LIVERPOOL 2-1 WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Liverpool take their successive unbeaten streak to 2 games at Anfield in two fixtures. Drawing with Manchester United and winning against West Brom. Fans can be fairly happy with this form. We’ve shown ourselves to be good enough to go up against the best from the Premier League and not have to endure any home defeats in the last couple of matches. The new stadium expansion has been buzzing with excitement and joy since Reds fans started flooding it to see their team from the main stand.
Klopp could bring back a couple of key players as Lallana and Wijnaldum both made a return to full fitness again after recent injuries. Sturridge would be moved from starting striker to substitute. Recently, his form has not been the same as when he was partnering Luis Suarez and scoring 20 goals in a season. It may take more hard training for him to regain what he’s lost. Meanwhile, a little squad rotation will be good for us.
The first half saw Liverpool move up the pitch to their opponents goalkeeper regularly. Ex Manchester United goalie Ben Foster would be tested frequently but could not withstand every attack as he conceded twice in the first 45 minutes.
It was just 20 minutes before the first goal of the game would come for Liverpool. A splendid rush down the left wing saw Firmino cross over a perfect cross that drifted over the head of the last West Brom defender before finding Sadio Mané who finished well to score. In my opinion, this was the best goal of the game. Really well set up and really well finished. Beautiful football.
Liverpool’s lead would increase further after another quarter of an hour of play. Coutinho was busy inside of the penalty area and after rushing past a few West Brom defenders he created enough space to get a shot off, which sailed into the bottom left corner of the net. A bit scrappy as Coutinho had to muscle his way through a few players before finding his way to a clear shot on goal, but by the end of the game his goal would be a vital part of contributing towards the victory.
A two goal lead (and not conceding) would have seen Liverpool push past Arsenal and go to the top of the Premier League table.
Unfortunately for Liverpool, West Brom would score in the second half and Gareth McAuley’s close range shot that found the net after a corner found McAuley in a dangerous position pushed our goal difference down enough to see Liverpool only claim 2nd place for now. McAuley scored on 81 minutes so Liverpool had just 9 minutes and 3 minutes of extra time to play before we were declared the winners. It was a worrying last 12 minutes though as West Brom continued to attack and attempt to claim another goal for a 2-2 draw and a single point.
Liverpool tried to get more goals of their own in the last 45 minutes but were denied by Ben Foster. Dejan Lovren had a great chance when he headed towards goal, just like a headed shot Liverpool fans have seen him score before. An acrobatic save stopped Lovren from repeating his previous moment of glory. Firmino also ran through West Brom’s defence to a 1 on 1 encounter with Foster but his quick reaction to save the shot would stop the Brazilian from claiming a goal. Despite these denials, Liverpool still hung on for their win.
Man Of the Match
Coutinho scored a vital goal which without it, we may just have gotten a 1-1 draw and a single point. Most of the game saw Coutinho pushing forward and unselfishly making chances for others when he wasn’t attempting to score himself.
Liverpool are once again going to be at Anfield, this time for an English League Cup fixture which requires more than the 1-1 draw we previously had with Spurs to progress in the competition. We gotta win.
That’s all for now, Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.