Full-time: Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

  • Liverpool stretch their unbeaten home run to 17 matches in all competitions and get back to winning ways at Anfield after dour goalless draw against Manchester United
  • The Reds, undefeated in nine games, dominated the first half and took the lead when a glorious passing move was finished off by a side-footed volley from Sadio Mane
  • Philippe Coutinho doubled the lead before half-time by selling a second great dummy and beating Ben Foster at his near post
  • West Brom looked unable to cope with the hosts' attacking flair, but grew into the game late on and set up a nervy finish when Gareth McAuley reduced the deficit from a corner
  • Claudio Yacob and Jordan Henderson will both serve one-match suspensions after picking up their fifth yellows cards of the season for dissent
  • Liverpool needed to win by a two-goal margin to go top of the Premier League and instead now sit second behind Arsenal on goal difference ahead of Manchester City's clash with Southampton on Sunday
  • Earlier: Bournemouth 0-0 Tottenham, Arsenal 0-0 Middlesbrough
Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane

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No handshake again between Klopp and Pulis...



So Liverpool miss out on the chance to go top of the Premier League for the first time since 2014, but that win sees them extend their formidable unbeaten home run to 17 matches in all competitions. Klopp's side, who have not been defeated at all since that shock 1-0 loss at Burnley in August, now sit second behind Arsenal on goal difference but will be bumped back to third in the likely event that Manchester City avoid losing to Southampton at the Etihad Stadium tomorrow.

Jurgen Klopp and Jordan Henderson
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McAuley's goal made things slightly nervier than they should have been, but it was another dominant performance full of flair that should have yielded more goals and a far more comfortable scoreline. Lallana, Mane, Coutinho and Firmino all impressed.

For West Brom, defeat marks the end of three consecutive 1-1 draws. The Baggies lie 13th and three points above the relegation zone before City's visit to The Hawthorns next weekend. Liverpool travel to Crystal Palace next Saturday evening after their midweek cup date with Spurs.



Liverpool 2-1 West Brom


A couple of potential late openings for West Brom. However, Nyom strays offside and Robson-Kanu is unable to control the ball.

Wijnaldum also comes within a whisker of adding a third goal for Liverpool, but his bending shot whistles agonisingly wide of the post.


Three minutes of added time for West Brom to find an equaliser.

Klopp makes his final change. Origi takes the place of Mane.


Morrison is into the book for a shirt pull on Coutinho and Henderson, like Yacob, picks up his fifth booking of the season for dissent. The Liverpool skipper will sit out Tuesday's EFL Cup fourth-round tie against Tottenham.

In an effort to shore up his midfield in the dying minutes, Klopp sends on Lucas Leiva. Coutinho is the man to make way.


McAuley gets his head to Brunt's free-kick after Matip is penalised for a foul on Rondon. Milner then produces a fine block to snuff out Robson-Kanu's hopeful shot.


The game is really stretched now with only five minutes left to play. Foster produces another great stop to deny Firmino and Chadli shoots well over from distance.

Roberto Firmino
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West Brom have been much improved over the last 10 minutes or so and have now stunned in Anfield into silence and set up an exciting finish by halving the deficit.

Karius again looks a bag of nerves as he fails to deal with a ball to the back post. Brunt's corner holds up in the six-yard box and the ball bounces off McAuley's shoulder before the veteran centre-back fires home his third goal of the season from close range.

Can West Brom pull of the most unlikely of comebacks?

Gareth McAuley


Goal: Liverpool 2-1 West Brom (Gareth McAuley)


Lallana receives a standing ovation at the end of his 100th Liverpool appearance as he goes off to be replaced by Wijnaldum. It's been another impressive performance by the energetic England winger.



Good determination from Robson-Kanu, who has oddly been given the number four shirt by West Brom, to poke the ball towards Morrison after initially looking like he had been dispossessed by Milner.

The Scotland international then tries to test Karius but his right-footed shot from 25 yards was always drifting harmlessly wide of the post.


West Brom's travelling supporters ironically celebrate winning a corner as if they've scored a goal.

Brunt's near-post delivery is headed away by Firmino and Chadli creates space before digging an effort over the crossbar.

70 minutes on the clock and I believe that was the visitors' first shot of any kind. It's just been one of those days. Particularly disappointing when you consider how shaky Loris Karius has looked since replacing Simon Mignolet as Liverpool's first-choice goalkeeper.


Milner picks out Can with a great long pass, but the former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder is denied by an absolutely sensational flying block from Olsson.

Can then fires over with another potshot.

Emre Can


Pulis' third and final change sees Hal Robson-Kanu replace McClean. You don't imagine that will strike fear into the heart of Liverpool's backline.


West Brom launch a rare counter attack. They have a man over on the left, but Rondon's pass towards Chadli is just too slow and allows Liverpool to get men behind the ball.

At the other end, another Reds attack ends with Can shooting over from distance.


Still the hosts push forward in search of goals and only a brilliant last-ditch block from McAuley denies Firmino, who was set-up by a perfect low pass from Coutinho. The latter was left in acres of space during his run towards the edge of the penalty area.

Foster then produces a terrific diving save to keep out Dejan Lovren's header. You sense this will only get worse for West Brom.

Roberto Firmino and Gareth McAuley


Liverpool are coasting now and the skillful Firmino wins a free-kick out near the left touchline after being bundled over by McAuley.

Milner looks to swing in a deep cross but gets it all wrong and the ball sails straight out of play.


We are barely five minutes into this second half and Pulis has already made his second substitution. James Morrison jogs on in place of Phillips.


Coutinho looks to release Firmino with a low pass down the right channel, but Olsson does just enough to fend off the makeshift striker and allow Foster to collect.

Jonas Olsson and Roberto Firmino


It doesn't take West Brom long to be opened up again as Mane tees up Coutinho. This time, however, the Brazilian's shot is blocked by Dawson.


We are back off and running at Anfield. Yacob, booked for dissent in that first half, has been replaced by Chris Brunt at the interval.