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West Brom place Saido Berahino on weight-loss diet

Pulis has placed Saido Berahino on a new fitness regime. Credit: PA

West Brom boss Tony Pulis has insisted that Saido Berahino needed to be taken out of the side and placed on a person fitness plan.

The striker is now doing extra work as well as training with the first team after the club decided he was overweight and unfit to play.

Tests found he was eight pounds over his ideal weight and the 23-year-old will not feature at Liverpool on Saturday.

Berahino has not scored since February, a 14-game run, and has not played in the Baggies' past four matches having also been left out of the squad completely for last weekend's 1-1 draw with Tottenham.

Pulis said:

We've come to the conclusion that's the best way forward, he's bought into it and we'll take him out of the firing line. It's important we get him back to sharpness and fitness.

When you're playing as we are the players are training hard at the beginning of the week and dropping off and then Saido is having the weekend off as well. We're hoping and praying that'll benefit him and get him back to where we want him.

I don't think there's one reason, there's all different reasons. We've looked at it and he wants to get as fit as he can. Saido has got too many people around him talking to him at times and gets carried away with too many different ideas and thoughts.

We've decided this is the best way to get Saido fit, back on board and playing the way he played when I first came here.

– West Brom manager Tony Pulis

Liverpool boss Klopp not taking West Brom lightly

Liverpool face West Brom this weekend. Credit: PA

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has vowed not to take West Brom lightly and refused to rule out further full-time celebrations if his side are held at home by the Baggies again.

Last year Tony Pulis' side claimed a 2-2 draw at Anfield, though the hosts only snatched a point thanks to a stoppage-time leveller from Divock Origi, and Klopp was so delighted he orchestrated on-pitch celebrations in front of the Kop.

Reacting in such a manner to a point against West Brom was derided by critics, yet Klopp insisted that was merely a consequence of his admiration for every team in the Premier League.

The Reds now have a run of league fixtures against West Brom, Crystal Palace and Watford, all of whom they dropped points to early in Klopp's tenure.

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"The differences between the Premier League and all the other leagues in world football is that (there are) big individual qualities in all of these teams," said Klopp. "I think we all know the reason for it and that's the big difference.

"Nobody will go through and have at the end 120 points or something because there are a lot of difficult hurdles to jump over and West Brom is for sure one of them. They fight for every point.

"I respect them all and I showed it last year when we played West Brom. I celebrated the point and it was a little bit surprising for most of the people but I was happy.

"I don't know in this moment if I would celebrate a draw again, it depends on the game we play on Saturday. Everything's possible."


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