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PremierLeague-News.Com - Liverpool travel to take on Sam Allardyce's West Brom this weekend - the first game the Baggies have faced since their relegation was confirmed
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! It might be too late for West Brom and Sam Allardyce to save their season, but for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp, the aim in their final three games is clear. After a week that saw them win 4-2 against Manchester United, just two days after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's much-changed team had been defeated by Leicester, Liverpool know winning all three of their remaining fixtures will almost certainly be enough to get them back into the Champions League next season. If Liverpool are to get their own job done, it all begins with West Brom. Allardyce's side might already be down, but that means they have nothing to play for and can perform without pressure. They might not have had enough good results to survive this season but they did go to Chelsea and win 5-2 just last month, and it was the draw against them at Anfield that kicked off Liverpool's poor run. Nevertheless, Liverpool will be huge favourites to get the three points. Read More Related Articles Ibrahima Konate sends Liverpool fans wild with Instagram update Read More Related Articles Sam Allardyce vows to 'hurt' Liverpool and land Champions League blow If they are to do that, stopping Matheus Pereira will be crucial. Signed for around £9m from Sporting Lisbon last summer, having been on loan there the season before, the Brazilian is their key threat in attack. "Without question, Pereira is the key man," said Birmingham Live's West Brom reporter, Joe Chapman, on the latest Behind Enemy Lines podcast. "If you stop him dictating the play in the final third you are halfway there, really, to stopping Albion. "When I look at Pereira, he is one of those players that doesn't come around too often at West Brom, in the way he has taken to life in England and is scoring and assisting for fun. "They signed him for £9m and they should be making four times as much as that when they sell him. Listen to the full Behind Enemy Lines podcast by clicking HERE "He has proven he can do it in a struggling West Brom, where he has had a role to play in half of their goals. "He has had a similar role to what Jack Grealish did with Aston Villa last season, but he has not been able to be the talisman who has kept them up. "But in terms of his numbers, they are very similar. He is that kind of player and I can see him reaching any level at the Premier League, to be honest." Under contract for another three years, it is highly unlikely that Pereira will see out his deal in the Midlands, with top-flight clubs already said to be circling.
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That should be no surprise: with eight goals and 16 assists in the Championship and then 11 goals and five assists in all competitions during his first season in the top flight, his numbers, even when in a struggling side, are good. Aston Villa among the teams said to be interested in him, while Arsenal have also been tentatively linked. Others, no doubt, will have taken note too. "He contributes in the attacking third and is a good player technically," said David Hughes on the Analysing Anfield podcast. "He would be a good move for an Everton or an equivalent side - maybe even a West Ham if they were not to keep hold of Jesse Lingard. Listen to the latest Analysing Anfield podcast by clicking HERE "He has that ability and he has only just turned 25, so he is not in his prime years yet. He could definitely be in a top-eight Premier League side next season. "He has 10 goals in the league this season which for a relegated side, is pretty impressive." "He is likely to remain in the Premier League," added Josh Williams. "He is one to watch out for and one that Liverpool will have to look after. "And with set-pieces as well, with a Sam Allardyce side, that is something you have to be careful of.
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"Mbaye Diagne, who they signed on loan from Galatasaray in January, is a bit of a handful, too. "But other than that, you can't see too many ways that they cause Liverpool more problems than Liverpool cause them." Pereira will be the player that Liverpool need to stop on Sunday. And there is a good chance they have to stop him a couple of times next season too should he have done enough to earn a move back to the Premier League as most of his teammates drop down a division.
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