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Gareth McAuley manages to make a clearance.
The referee ends the match.
Unfair challenge on Victor Anichebe by Martin Kelly results in a free kick.
Diego Lugano makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Raheem Sterling.
Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard.
Martin Skrtel takes a shot. Blocked by Billy Jones.
The ball is crossed by Kolo Toure.
Diego Lugano is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Diego Lugano on Daniel Sturridge.
Joe Allen takes the free kick.
Daniel Sturridge fouled by Billy Jones, the ref awards a free kick.
Clearance by Billy Jones.
Corner taken by Chris Brunt from the left by-line.
Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
Raheem Sterling fouled by Youssouf Mulumbu, the ref awards a free kick.
Aly Cissokho makes a clearance.
Chris Brunt crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Foul by Steven Gerrard on Gareth McAuley, free kick awarded.
Header by Kolo Toure misses to the right of the target.
Corner taken by Steven Gerrard.
Shot by Raheem Sterling. Blocked by Chris Brunt.
Steven Gerrard crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Chris Brunt concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Sturridge.
Graham Dorrans joins the action as a substitute, replacing Matej Vydra.
Martin Kelly joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jon Flanagan.
Joe Allen on for Phillippe Coutinho.
Luis Suarez receives a yellow card.
Unfair challenge on Claudio Yacob by Luis Suarez results in a free kick.
Raheem Sterling sends in a cross.
Kolo Toure manages to make a clearance.
Victor Anichebe fouled by Martin Skrtel, the ref awards a free kick.
Clearance by Diego Lugano.
Zoltan Gera sends in a cross.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordan Henderson on Zoltan Gera.
Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Chris Brunt. Simon Mignolet catches the ball.
Victor Anichebe fouled by Kolo Toure, the ref awards a free kick.
Saido Berahino goes off and Victor Anichebe comes on.
Clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
Saido Berahino produces a cross.
Free kick taken by Jon Flanagan.
Foul by Liam Ridgewell on Raheem Sterling, free kick awarded.
Billy Jones delivers the ball.
Corner taken by Luis Suarez.
Saido Berahino takes a shot and went wide right of the net.
Clearance made by Aly Cissokho.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matej Vydra by Jordan Henderson.
The ball is delivered by Aly Cissokho.
Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.
Phillippe Coutinho takes a shot.
Clearance by Aly Cissokho.
Chris Brunt takes a shot. Jon Flanagan gets a block in.
A cross is delivered by Youssouf Mulumbu.
Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Chris Brunt and misses to the left of the goal.
Steven Gerrard concedes a free kick for a foul on Zoltan Gera.
Chris Brunt sends in a cross.
The game restarts for the second half.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
Free kick taken by Jordan Henderson.
Raheem Sterling concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Ridgewell.
Youssouf Mulumbu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Sturridge.
Zoltan Gera takes a fantastic shot and missed to the left of the goal.
Jonas Olsson leaves the field to be replaced by Diego Lugano.
The ball is sent over by Daniel Sturridge.
Shot by Phillippe Coutinho missed to the right of the net.
Clearance by Jonas Olsson.
Saido Berahino gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Raheem Sterling.
Unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu by Kolo Toure results in a free kick.
Aly Cissokho delivers the ball.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Phillippe Coutinho.
Raheem Sterling takes a shot. Blocked by Gareth McAuley.
Free kick taken by Chris Brunt.
Liam Ridgewell fouled by Raheem Sterling, the ref awards a free kick.
Centre by Chris Brunt.
Luis Suarez fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick which goes left of the net.
Luis Suarez fouled by Gareth McAuley, the ref awards a free kick.
Daniel Sturridge scores with a left foot finish. West Brom 0-1 Liverpool.Assist by Luis Suarez.
Centre by Raheem Sterling.
Aly Cissokho manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Billy Jones.
Jon Flanagan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell.
Foul by Claudio Yacob on Steven Gerrard, free kick awarded.
Jon Flanagan makes a clearance.
The referee blows for offside.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Claudio Yacob on Raheem Sterling.
The ball is sent over by Zoltan Gera.
Unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu by Steven Gerrard results in a free kick.
Luis Suarez fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Blocked by Zoltan Gera.
Claudio Yacob challenges Luis Suarez unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Martin Skrtel takes the free kick.
Foul by Chris Brunt on Raheem Sterling, free kick awarded.
Claudio Yacob takes the free kick.
Luis Suarez concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth McAuley.
Centre by Zoltan Gera.
Shot by Zoltan Gera. Blocked by Kolo Toure.
The referee starts the match.
Mel hails 'fantastic' Suarez
West Brom head coach Pepe Mel is ready to pit his wits against a Liverpool side spearheaded by a forward he believes may be the best in the world in Luis Suarez.
The Spaniard has had an interesting introduction to life in the Barclays Premier League since succeeding Steve Clarke, drawing his opening match against Everton before ending up on the wrong side of a 4-3 thriller against local rivals Aston Villa on Wednesday.
The derby defeat was tough to take, as Mel watched his side take an early 2-0 lead only to be pegged back by the home team, before losing the points courtesy of a Christian Benteke penalty.
Mel revealed ahead of Liverpool's visit on Sunday that a team meeting was held this week to help Albion move on from the Villa defeat. Now he is readying himself for the arrival of a Reds side in sparkling form, inspired by the maverick genius of Uruguayan striker Suarez.
"Suarez is in fantastic form, there aren't many players like him," said Mel. "In my opinion he is in the top one or two forwards in the world at the moment.
"But just as important as Suarez is Steven Gerrard, because it's Gerrard who provides the passes for Suarez in the first place."
Mel admits Brendan Rodgers' silky side will pose a very different challenge to the long-ball tactics which saw Villa edge Wednesday's derby.
"Liverpool are a big team, of course," he said. "But they are a different team to Aston Villa.
"Liverpool use more build-up play whereas Aston Villa play long with Benteke, with us having to play against the second balls (from his flick-ons). It was a difficult game for us.
"Liverpool, though, are more like Everton and play in the same way.
"It isn't that Liverpool is a better or easier game for us than Aston Villa, it's just that it's a different type of opponent.
"For me, Aston Villa played, very, very well but Liverpool play a different game. Liverpool use more build-up play while Villa get the ball forward quicker. It's not that one is better than the other, it's just different."
Mel's side sit just three points away from the bottom three, and while the former Real Betis boss has admitted they are in a relegation battle, he is wary of letting it affect their focus.
"I believe we're strong enough to avoid relegation," he said. "For me it's important only to look in front of us and focus on the next game.
"We need the points, of course, but we need to produce a lot of hard work to get them."
Mel will be without forwards Nicolas Anelka (knee) and Stephane Sessegnon (groin) for the Reds' visit to The Hawthorns.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has emphasised the character and sense of team ethic he feels there is within his squad as the Reds look to move on from a disappointing January transfer window.
The Merseyside outfit's attempts to strengthen during the window did not yield a single signing, with one of their targets, Mohamed Salah, opting to join Chelsea and a deal for another, Yevhen Konoplyanka, failing to materialise before Friday's deadline.
But Rodgers, whose side are fourth in the Barclays Premier League and thrashed derby rivals Everton 4-0 on Tuesday, has insisted he is "very optimistic" about the group of players already at his disposal in terms of their prospects of having "a really good finish" to the season.
And he sees their character - something he thinks they have in "bucketloads" - as being key to that.
Asked about leaders in his team, Rodgers said: "If you look at the game the other night, (captain) Steven Gerrard was organising, dictating the game, ordering people about.
"Martin Skrtel is really taking on board the leadership qualities and was outstanding, Kolo Toure is a natural leader and before the game, young Jon Flanagan was really vocal in the changing room. Luis Suarez is a natural leader and Jordan Henderson is coming out of his shell.
"It is a natural evolution of the team and the group and you see that character and personality starting to come into the team, which takes time.
"It is players understanding the kind of characteristics we are looking for and it is good to see.
"I think we have been challenged since I have been here, especially early on, about if we have enough character, if we can come back from losing positions, if we can fight, and I think we are seeing all those qualities now - and that will only improve as we grow together."
Midfielder Joe Allen, who has missed the last two games due to a hamstring problem, is set to return to Liverpool's matchday squad for the clash at The Hawthorns.
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