By Danny Wright
West Brom manager Tony Pulis has predicted that set-pieces will be an important part of the game when Liverpool travel to the Hawthorns.
The two sides come to blows on Easter Sunday in a game that Pulis thinks will be dominated by the aerial prowess of both sides.
The ex-Stoke and Crystal Palace boss has never seen any of his previous teams lose a home game against Liverpool and he’s made a prediction as to how the game might unfold.
“We’ve watched tapes back again in the last couple of days and they’re very good on set-plays themselves,” said Pulis, as quoted by the Express & Star.
“If they go with the three centre-halves they’re a big team and they can be really dangerous.
“I think both boxes will have to be defended well off set-plays.”
Albion are eighth in the Premier League table and have made a name for themselves this season by scoring a majority of their goals from corners and free-kicks.
The Black Country club have scored 19 of their league goals from set-pieces – which is not bettered by any other club, according to WhoScored.
Gareth McAuley is the top goal-scoring defender in the top-flight with six goals to his name meaning that Pulis’ thoughts about his own club are definitely justified.
However the stats might prove him to be wrong about Liverpool’s set-play prowess.
The Merseysiders have scored just six goals from free-kicks and corners, which is the 17th worst in the league.
Their centre-backs have only found the net on three occasions in the division with Dejan Lovren scoring twice and Joel Matip bagging the other.
In other Liverpool news, Jurgen Klopp is sweating over the fitness of this attacker ahead of the West Brom clash.