For all their superb displays up against the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea, Liverpool have looked at risk when they’ve come up against the more average sides who like to defend, with defeat to Burnley and a narrow comeback against Swansea City coming before a draw against Manchester United, so West Brom provided a potential banana skin for the Reds.
Tony Pulis’ side set up to defend but Sadio Mane sent a wave of relief around Anfield when he opened the scoring and it wasn’t long until some superb footwork from Phillipe Coutinho gave his side a two goal lead going into half-time. The Reds were convincing early on and played some great football.
However, the final ten minutes were a different story as the Baggies pulled one back with Gareth Macauley scoring from a corner in the 80th minute and Pulis’ side piling on the pressure right up to the final whistle though Georgino Wijnaldum nearly added a third on the counter to alleviate the pressure.
Liverpool now sit second in the table, missing the opportunity to have potentially gone top temporarily, but they will be pleased to have emerged victorious and remain unbeaten at home this campaign.
Read on over the next few pages to see what we learnt from the game…