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    Sunday, 27 December 2020

    Liverpool v West Brom: Sam Allardyce hopes he defeat Liverpool at Anfield once again

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp comes up against an old adversary in Sam Allardyce at Anfield


    Allardyce feets were barely under the table at West Bromwich Albion earlier this month when he was asked about the prospect of facing the likes of leading managers including 
    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

    "I just hope I can wind them up again, that is all!" joked Allardyce.

    Certainly, nobody knows how to poop a party quite like the one-time England manager.

    Allardyce remains the last visiting boss to exit Anfield with three Premier League points, in charge of the Crystal Palace side that came from behind to beat Liverpool 2-1 on April 23 2017 - 1,345 days ago..

    Since then, the Reds have embarked on a club record run of 66 home league games unbeaten, a sequence they will aim to extend on Sunday afternoon when Allarydce brings his new West Brom outfit to Merseyside.


    Allardyce, pragmatic as ever, knows exactly what needs to be done as his team, who have the second-most leaky defence in the Premier League, prepare to face the division's leading scorers that romped to their biggest away top-flight win in history with a 7-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace last weekend.

    "You start by sorting the defence out, because if we get a clean sheet we only need one goal to win, and at this moment in time, the team is struggling to score more than one goal in a game," he says.

    "Goals have been difficult for us to come by, but clean sheets are more important to start with than goals.

    "And if you can get more goals and clean sheets at the same time, we'll start shooting up that league a little bit better and quicker than maybe anybody expected."

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