Sam Allardyce has said it would be wonderful to beat Liverpool – but his priority is securing wins against Albion’s relegation rivals.
The Baggies head to Anfield tomorrow where they will face a Liverpool side who last lost at home in April 2017. Crystal Palace, coincidently under the guidance of Allardyce, were the team who secured that victory.
Now Albion’s new head coach is aiming to upset Jurgen Klopp once again.
But he says any result at Anfield will be a bonus – with Allardyce believing it will be results against the bottom eight that determine whether or not Albion stay in the Premier League this year.
“Our points total needs to be gained against the bottom eight more than anywhere else,” the 66-year-old said.
“If there was a mini-league of the bottom eight and we finished on top, I don’t think we would get relegated.
“If we can beat them or draw against them – if we finish near the top of that table – we will almost certainly guarantee our safety.
“When you play the teams above there, teams like Manchester City, that has got to be seen as a bonus point.
“If you lose to the bottom eight sides you have to make those points up by beating a Liverpool, a Chelsea, a Man United, a Liverpool or an Everton at this time.
“They have got to be bonus points not points you need to stay in the league.
“Let’s go to Liverpool and try as best we can. If we get a result it will be a wonderful achievement.”
While Allardyce admits Albion go to Anfield as massive underdogs, he is adamant they have the potential to upset the odds.
“I will do my best to set tactics and ask players to stick to the instructions,” he continued.
“If we can do that maybe we can frustrate them and get the first goal.
“Let’s have a siege mentality.”