Pascal Gross succinctly summarised the potential pain, and possible joy, of facing a Liverpool side managed by fellow German Jurgen Klopp.

Albion's influential No.10 said: "His team always play good football, nice to watch, because they score many goals.

"They are happy about the goals for them but sometimes against them is what he doesn't like!"

That, in a nutshell, is what Albion are up against at the Amex tomorrow as they seek their first 'bonus' point, or points, against one of the Big Six.

Wednesday's 3-0 win for Liverpool at Stoke emphasised the array of attacking talent at Klopp's disposal.

He started with opening goalscorer Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and youngster Dominic Solanke.

Mo Salah came off the bench to return to the top of the Premier League scoring chart with a clinical late double, taking his tally to 12, two ahead of Harry Kane.

On the bench with Salah, but not required, were Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge.

Adam Lallana was not in the squad, sidelined by a slight injury.

Joe Gomez (below right), the Liverpool and now England defender Albion were keen to sign on loan in the summer, said: "It shows the depth of this squad. He (Salah) is in amazing form and the goals he brings to the team are massive for us.

The Argus: "Not just him, our attacking force is so strong and we still had him to bring on."

Stoke are not the only side to feel the full force of Liverpool's attacking prowess in recent matches.

They are averaging two goals per game after also scoring three against Southampton and Huddersfield and in the Champions League against Sevilla and Maribor. They went one better against West Ham.

The flip side is the 18 goals conceded by Klopp's vulnerable defence, the worst record among the top seven.

In fact, Liverpool have leaked more goals than Albion (14), Bournemouth and next-to-bottom Swansea (16), as well as Southampton (17).

Their seven-match unbeaten sequence, preceded by a 4-1 drubbing by Spurs at Wembley, includes a second half capitulation in Sevilla, who came from 3-0 down to draw 3-3.

The Argus: At Stoke they were fortunate to keep their first clean sheet away from Anfield. Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet (above right) escaped an obvious red card in the first half when he swiped Mame Biram Diouf to the floor just outside the box as he was about to equalise.

Right-back Gomez, whose cross set up Mane's early breakthrough, said: "We have let a few leads slip and as a back four it's one of our focal points in an away game. "As soon as we score we think, 'let's keep a clean sheet', because if you do that you win, so it's massive for us."

Albion have not led at the Amex since nearly beating Liverpool's Merseyside neighbours Everton in mid-October and they have not won at home since defeating Newcastle in late September.

For that to change against Liverpool they will almost certainly have to score at least twice.

They have drawn a blank so far against three of the Big Six - Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United - both in terms of points and goals.

Liverpool's visit is followed by trips to Wembley to face Spurs a week on Wednesday and Chelsea on Boxing Day.

Losing all 12 games against the Big Six, a plausible scenario for any promoted side, would leave Albion needing around 20 points from the other 15 remaining matches to survive.

They are on course with 17 points from 14. Exploiting Liverpool's defensive shortcomings to gain an extra point, or three, would ease the safety equation.


Manchester City (44 goals)

Manchester United (32)

Liverpool and Arsenal (28)


West Ham (30 goals)

Stoke (29)

Everton (28)

Crystal Palace and Watford (25)

Huddersfield (24)

West Brom (21)

Leicester (20)

Newcastle (19)

Liverpool (18)