West Brom boss Steve Clarke played down the threat faced by Liverpool’s in form strike pairLuis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, insisting that his defenders won’t be kept up all night worrying at the prospect of playing against the duo. Clarke conceded that the pair are both top quality players, but backed his defence to rise to the challenge, report Sky Sports.
“Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez deserve all the praise they get. Having said that, I don’t think Jonas Olsson and Gareth McAuley will be losing any sleep on Friday night worrying about facing them.”
“Our players will be looking forward to the challenge of keeping those players quiet.”
Further to his confidence in his defenders, Clarke insisted that his side will show ambition when the two sides meet at Anfield:
“We’re never daunted by going to the big grounds and we go to these places with the intention of winning the game. That’s the frame of mind you have to approach these games in.”
Northern Irish centre back McAuley will be one of the men tasked with keeping the Liverpool pair – dubbed SAS – quiet, and knows that the duo are likely to pose his side a serious threat.
The former Ipswich player said; “Suarez is a quality player, world class. He knows where the back of the net is and he’s a handful. He’s someone we’ll need to keep a close eye on.
“Suarez and Sturridge are clever players. They link well and one of them can go long while the other comes short.
“They have good movement and it’s going to be up to us to make clever decisions in the game. We’ll have to be on top of our game if we’re going to stop them
Only three teams have conceded fewer goals than West Brom this season. The Baggies have also only conceded more than one goal on one occasion – a 2-0 defeat to Swansea on September 1st.