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STAT PACK: Liverpool v Albion

3 October 2014

Facts and figures ahead of Saturday's clash with the Reds (ko 3pm)

ALBION completed an impressive week by making it three wins from three games in all competitions against Burnley last Sunday.

Now the Baggies are back in action at Anfield this weekend and looking to make it four successive victories. Ahead of the upcoming clash against Liverpool, football stats website WhoScored.com crunch the numbers.

Graham Dorrans was the star of the show at The Hawthorns last week as Albion overcame a previously resilient Burnley team to romp to a resounding 4-0 win. 

Prior to the emphatic triumph, the Clarets had kept three consecutive clean sheets - the longest such streak by any Barclays Premier League team this season - but Albion secured a convincing three points, with Dorrans heavily involved throughout.

In fact, so impressive was the Scot’s display that he picked up a perfect 10 rating from WhoScored.com to become their player of the week - not only in England, but across the whole of Europe. 

On the other flank in the football stats website's European team of the week? One Cristiano Ronaldo.

Few would claim that Dorrans is quite on Ronaldo's level, but that game week in particular the Albion midfielder outshone the Ballon d'Or winner as well as every other player in the top five European leagues.

Dorrans scored Albion's fourth goal to wrap up what was a fantastic week for the Baggies, who had earlier progressed to the Captial One Cup fourth round and claimed their first win at White Hart Lane in 30 years courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Tottenham.

The Scotland international had, prior to netting, already been provider for two of his side's three goals, flicking a corner into the path of Saido Berahino for Albion's second before slipping the forward through on goal to make it three. 

With this week's opponents, Liverpool, boasting a statistically calculated weakness of 'defending against throughball attacks', Dorrans' vision could well come in handy.

Liverpool have also looked suspect when defending set-pieces this season, most recently in their midweek 1-0 Champions League defeat at Basel, with the winning goal coming from a corner.

Albion's winner at White Hart Lane as well as their first two strikes at home to Burnley came from corner kicks and chances from dead-ball situations could be key this weekend. 

Dorrans proved he is a dab hand in the box, but while also boasting a strength of 'taking set-pieces', he is a more than adequate deputy for the ever-reliable left boot of Chris Brunt.

Such has been Albion's threat from those situations that they have developed a WhoScored strength of 'attacking set-pieces' and, against a team like Liverpool, head coach Alan Irvine will want his team to make the most of chances from dead balls. 

Albion's recent form suggests they are in with a chance of taking something from a game against a team whose only victory in their last four matches came at home to Championship side Middlesbrough via a penalty shootout in the Capital One Cup. 

Albion have won two of their last three trips to Anfield and there is, on recent form, the chance they could add to that this weekend.


*WhoScored.com is a unique website and one of the fastest growing in the sports industry, specialising in the in-depth analysis of detailed football data. Provided with unique stats, they compile and create comprehensive analysis on the major European divisions, including live match stats and player ratings. Follow @WhoScored and their editor-in-chief @alitweedale on Twitter.

Interesting facts

The first-ever meeting between Albion and Liverpool was in the old First Division on Saturday, September 15 1894. Albion ran out 5-0 winners on the day and the result remains their joint-biggest victory against the Reds.

Albion have taken six points from a possible nine in their last three visits to Anfield. Only Aston Villa have taken more (seven from nine).

Current England manager Roy Hodgson has managed both clubs. His managerial stint at Liverpool lasted 34 games (July 2010–January 2011) before he took the reins at Albion in February 2011.

Saido Berahino has scored as many Premier League goals (four) as Liverpool’s English attackers combined so far this season, Raheem Sterling (three), Daniel Sturridge (one) and Rickie Lambert (zero).

We said, they said

We Said – Alan Irvine: “We go to Anfield feeling good about ourselves, we know we will have to play extremely well to get a result but we also know we are capable of doing that.”

They Said – Brendan Rodgers: “We know it will be a tough game for us; Alan Irvine will have them very well organised and they have got some good players.”

Most recent trips to Anfield

Liverpool 4-1 Albion (October 26, 2013)
Liverpool 0-2 Albion (February 11, 2013)
Liverpool 0-1 Albion (April 22, 2012)

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