By Gary Fulcher and Daniel Rhodes.
Liverpool will be hoping to push the FA Cup semi-final disappointment behind them when they travel to the Hawthorns on Saturday to face West Bromwich Albion; 3pm kick off UK time. Although the Reds are seven points behind 4th placed Manchester City – who have played a game more, with our game in hand coming on Tuesday against Hull – there are still 18 points to play for, so 4th place is still mathematically achievable for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Liverpool have never won a league game away from home against a team managed by Tony Pulis. Our record reads three draws and three defeats, with five goals for and ten against. Our only away victory against a Tony Pulis side came in a League Cup 4th round tie against Stoke City back in November 2011, a tie we won 2-1. With the Baggies eight points clear of the drop zone, it would take a significant collapse for their Premier League status to be threatened, although aside from hosting Liverpool on Saturday, they face Man Utd (a), Chelsea (h) and Arsenal (a) over their remaining five league games, so their safety is not a foregone conclusion.
Since Pulis took over as West Brom manager in early January, the Baggies have a Premier League record of five wins, four draws and five defeats, picking up 19 points from 14 games. That is two more points than what his predecessor Alan Irvine amassed over the first 19 games of the season and why Baggies owner Jeremy Peace decided to part ways with Irvine at the end of 2014.
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