Liverpool - West Bromwich Albion: Previous meetings
Liverpool have had the better in this fixture, but West Brom have improved in recent meetings. (Photo: Zimbio)

West Bromwich Albion make the familiar trip to Anfield on Sunday to face Liverpool, and whilst the fixture may be a frequent one in the Premier League today, it's not one that the Baggies have had much success in.

With just four wins in the last 29 meetings between the two, a disappointing run that dates back to 1981 for the Midlands outfit, the Reds are never an easy test and that fact will remain this weekend given the team's improvements under Jürgen Klopp.

Nonetheless, those four wins have all come in the last four years, two of them on Merseyside, and so Tony Pulis's men will hope to continue a good recent record that has seen Liverpool emerge victorious in only four of their last 10 meetings.

Anfield no happy hunting ground

Despite West Brom winning in two of their last four games at Anfield, it has never been a ground where they have struck gold regularly, with those back-to-back wins on Merseyside, coming in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, ending a 21-game winless streak at the venue.

The man who ended this barren run in 2012 was Peter Odemwingie, the Nigerian's strike giving West Brom a 1-0 win 45 years to the day that the club had last beat Liverpool on the road, by the same scoreline too.

Furthermore, it was the first time the team had scored against the Reds in open play since 1986, Glen Johnson's sloppy misplaced pass in his defensive third pounced on by Youssouf Mulumbu, who in turn played in Odemwingie to finish in the 75th minute.

Peter Odemwingie gave West Brom their first win in 45 years against Liverpool back in 2012. (Photo: Premier League)
Peter Odemwingie gave West Brom their first win in 45 years against Liverpool back in 2012. (Photo: Premier League)

It moved the Baggies to within a point of the Merseysiders in the standings at the time, with them having a disappointing season under former star player Kenny Daglish, eventually finishing eighth come May.

Baggies make it two from two

Buoyed by their success in the 2011-12 season at Anfield, West Brom travelled to Merseyside the following season to clinch another victory on the Reds' own turf, this time by a two goal margin in a terrific game.

After a rather uneventful opening 75 minutes or so, Liverpool had a super chance to take the lead with 13 minutes remaining when Jonas Olsson brought down Luis Suarez in the box and the hosts were awarded a penalty.

However, Ben Foster, who had a splendid game on the day, denied captain Steven Gerrard from 12 yards with a brilliant stop, one which would inspire his team to victory in hindsight.

Four minutes later, Gareth McAuley rose highest from a corner, one which came from West Brom's first shot on target, to head in Chris Brunt's delivery and put his team ahead. Then, to round things off as the game got nervy, on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku added a second in the final minute of the 90 to give the Baggies a terrific and dramatic 2-0 win.

Visitors looking to stop Reds recent run 

This weekend, things are much different, with Liverpool coming into the game having won the last two meetings between these two at Anfield.

A hat-trick from Suarez and a strike from Daniel Sturridge gave them a 4-1 win two seasons ago, James Morrison's penalty nothing but a consolation, whilst Jordan Henderson was the match-winner in the previous campaign as the Reds emerged as 2-1 victors.

Thus, Liverpool will be searching for their third win in a row in this fixture in order to bounce back from a surprise defeat to Newcastle United last time out.

West Brom, on the other hand, are slowly building some momentum, on a three game unbeaten streak but the last two being draws. Those stalemates were good results still, one against Tottenham Hotspur and the other against West Ham United, meaning the Baggies will be confident of making it four unbeaten this coming Sunday.

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