West Bromwich Albion - Liverpool Preview: Much-changed Reds look to end Premier League season on a high

Liverpool play their final Premier League game of the season at West Brom on Sunday as they look to rise to sixth in the Premier League table.

West Bromwich Albion - Liverpool Preview: Much-changed Reds look to end Premier League season on a high
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Liverpool travel to the Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon to take on West Bromwich Albion in what will be their final game of the 2015-16 Premier League season.

The Reds go into the game in eighth place but could finish as high as sixth if they win and if other results go their way.

Despite this, as this game has little significance, it is expected that Jürgen Klopp will field a youthful side for the game, allowing senior players to rest for the Europa League final which takes place next Wednesday.

Team News

Klopp has been boosted by the news that three key players could return for the Reds for this game.

Danny Ings could feature for the first time under the German and for the first time for the club since mid-October, when he picked up a cruciate knee ligament injury which effectively ended his season.

He would be unlikely to start, but could make the bench, which would show the extraordinary recovery the Englishman has made in the last few months.

Captain Jordan Henderson could also return for the short trip to the Midlands this weekend, but it is more likely he will be spared for the Europa League final if he is fit.

The midfielder has missed the last five weeks through a knee injury.

Klopp is expected to rest many of his first-team stars, although some may return from injury. (Picture: Getty Images)
Klopp is expected to rest many of his first-team stars, although some may return from injury. (Picture: Getty Images)

Another huge boost for the Reds is that in-form striker Divock Origi has overcome his ankle injury which he picked up in the Merseyside Derby.

The Belgian was in fine form before picking up the injury and could be a crucial player for the final if he can prove his fitness in time.

For Tony Pulis, midfielder James Morrison is hoping to feature following a long-term hamstring injury, while Darren Fletcher and Stephane Sessegnon are both in the frame to return from an ankle injury and illness respectively.

Elsewhere West Brom have no injury worries, with long-term absentee Chris Brunt out for October after recently suffering a knee ligament injury.

The Opposition

Pulis' men have had a generally disappointing season and currently sit 15th in the league table going in to the final game. They could finish as low as 16th but could also rise to 12th on the final day, depending on results for the teams around them.

Some poor performances from the players has questioned whether Pulis’ style of play is the right one going forward for the club and a change could be made if they want to rise up the table next season.

Head-to-Head

Three of the last four meetings between the two sides have been draws.

In the reverse fixture at Anfield, the game finished 2-2 thanks to a stoppage-time equaliser from Divock Origi.

The Baggies are winless in eight league games, whilst Klopp’s men have lost just once in the same number of games.