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Expected Liverpool XI vs West Brom as Jurgen Klopp prepares to go gung-ho

Jurgen Klopp is expected to go on the attack against West Brom on Sunday after seeing Liverpool score seven against Crystal Palace.

Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were both on the scoresheet against Palace while Mohamed Salah climbed off the bench to net twice.

The trio could all start at Anfield with Takumi Minamino likely to make way, despite scoring inside three minutes last weekend.

Fabinho could make his 100th appearance with the Brazilian again likely to fill in at centre-back in the absence of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may be given an opportunity, should Klopp use this fixture as an opportunity to rest stars.

Though the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, James Milner and Thiago Alcantara are not expected to feature against Sam Allardyce’s side.

“Shaq trained really good and Millie, yesterday full session, today then a little bit adapted,” Klopp said at Thursday’s pre-match press conference.

“It is a new situation for us; we have still two more training days until we have to make decisions. It looks good, but I don’t know.

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“Thiago made his first steps back towards team training. He is not involved in the full session but makes good steps and after, unfortunately, the long time he is out now, we cannot and will not rush it.

“He will not be involved, he has to first be in full training sessions and then we start thinking about it. He is not too far away, I hope.”

Salah has been in excellent form of late, and Klopp added: “I think there is always things to talk about – he didn’t start the last game… and then he came on and scored two.

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“I think in his first season he didn’t start against Stoke, came on and scored two so obviously he doesn’t need a long time anyway and yes, [he is] in a good moment.

“I hope it stays like this and that’s the most important thing.”

Expected Liverpool XI vs West Brom: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson, Keita, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane

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