Another Premier League season will come to a close on Sunday. Liverpool take their final bow in the league at The Hawthorns where they will face Tony Pulis's West Brom. This game comes just three days before the Europa League final, and as such, it's expected that Jurgen Klopp will choose to field a changed side similar to the one that beat Watford last weekend.
When Liverpool faced West Brom at Anfield earlier this season, Liverpool needed a Divock Origi goal in the 96th minute in order steal a draw from the Baggies.This time, Liverpool will be hoping for a better outcome. West Brom have barely passed the 40 point threshold and guaranteed themselves Premier League football next season, which was no easy task considering their rocky start.
Pulis has promised to blood some youngsters in this match, so expect to see some unfamiliar faces, including possible league debuts for Sam Field and Tyler Roberts. As for the rest of the first team, James Morrison is still out injured, while Alex Pritchard and Stephane Sessegnon are both doubtful for this match.
While we steer clear of score predictions in these previews, I'm going to go all in here and say that this season-ender will be better than last year's 6-1 abomination against Stoke City at the Britannia. And if I'm wrong and somehow Liverpool implode even harder on Sunday, then I'll admit it -- assuming, of course, that I've somehow retained the will to live in that nightmare scenario.
There's been plenty of speculation happening about these next two games and which players may feature. Word is that both Jordan Henderson and Divock Origi may be ready to make an appearance in the final. If that is the case, neither will be risked on Sunday. An even more unlikely prospect is that Liverpool fans may get to see Danny Ings for the first time since October. On the other hand, Klopp recently implied that Sergi Canos, newly returned to Liverpool after a successful year-long loan spell at Brentford, could make his debut in this match.
Flanagan, Skrtel, Lucas, Smith
Ibe, Firmino, Ojo
Brad Smith returns after his suspension and should get another opportunity to play. Coutinho started and played 60 minutes against Watford before he was relieved by Firmino, and their roles may be reversed in this game. Danny Ward is out of contention, along with Joe Gomez. Everyone else is doubtful but close to returning to full fitness, if not match readiness (looking at you, Danny).
As with all the other nine games, kickoff for this match is set for 3:00PM BST / 10:00AM EST Sunday. Television coverage will be on MSNBC for the US, where every Premier League game of the final round will be televised. Elsewhere, Foxtel Play in Australia, and Star Sports HD 2 in India are carrying the match. In the UK, the match will not be televised, but online radio will be available for fans both in England and the rest of the world on LFCTV GO. You can find other listings at LiveSoccerTV.
We'll be keeping you updated with all the buildup to the game, including team news as it's released, our live matchday thread and post-match recaps from The Liverpool Offside staff. If you want to join the discussion, sign up for an SB Nation account to have your say on all the action as it happens.