Will Big Sam be the Grinch this Christmas? (Match prediction, talking points and more!)

Liverpool will hope to build on their emphatic 7-0 victory over Crystal Palace, as they prepare to host newly-promoted side West Bromwich Albion in a post-Boxing Day fixture.

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It's the most wonderful time of the year

The Reds struck seven sensational goals at Selhurst Park to take them top of the tree this Christmas; with a perfect chance to stretch their lead before the new year against the Baggies.

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It is not unfamiliar territory for Jurgen Klopp's men, who occupied the same position last year. The Reds — as we all know — went on to run away with the title; finally laying their hands on the Holy Grail after a three-decade-long wait.

Liverpool can potentially see their four-point lead over Leicester City extend after the Boxing Day fixtures; as the Foxes set up for a huge clash against Manchester United who are sitting in third place.

It gets even better for the Reds.

With the Boxing Day matches a staple in English football, teams usually face a congested fixture list as they approach this time of the year. Liverpool — for once, perhaps — got the better of the luck of the draw, with the game scheduled a day after Boxing Day, giving them an eight-day-period to rest and prepare for the encounter.

It is indeed looking like the most wonderful of the year.

Can Big Sam put a damper on the Reds festive season?

If there is a character in football to play the role of the Grinch this Christmas, Big Sam will almost definitely be amongst the favourites.

Allardyce was recently hired to replace the unfortunate Slaven Bilic in a desperate rescue operation, to ensure that the newly-promoted side's stint in the top flight lasts more than a solitary campaign.

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One of the most prominent figures in English football, it was Big Sam who last won at Anfield too, taking charge of the Eagles back in 2016. It remains to be seen if Allardyce can once again mastermind another feat of escapology for the Baggies, but we are certain they will turn up at Anfield as a more solid, organised outfit.

Playing swash-buckling football is not exactly high on Big Sam's list, with the former England manager known for setting his team up defensively and making them incredibly hard to break down.

Klopp will surely be aware of that and he will be hoping his team can burst out of the blocks fast; scoring an important early goal to throw a spanner in Allardyce's works.

Anfield's unbeaten run set to continue...

Liverpool's astonishing unbeaten run at home now stands at 66 games, a record that they will be hoping to extend against West Brom. It has been over three and a half years since the Reds were defeated at Anfield, who fell 2-1 to Crystal Palace when Christian Benteke notched two goals against his former club.

Klopp has undeniably restored Anfield as a fortress for the Reds, with teams facing a mammoth task — despite the absence of the famous Kop —whenever they make their way to the red side of Merseyside.

Liverpool will surely be hoping to remain clinch all three points against Allardyce's side, which will also mean that the Reds can cap off another wonderful year — sitting nicely top of the Premier League table and unbeaten at Anfield.

Match Prediction: Liverpool 4-1 West Brom

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