Liverpool secured a deserved victory over West Brom


Liverpool secured a deserved victory over West Brom – sadly conceding a late goal, missing out on going top in the Premier League. Liverpool end Pulis hoodoo – having only beaten his teams 4 times in 16 attempts. Last beaten him in 2011 vs. Stoke.  

Summary

  • Liverpool move up to second in the Premier League
  • Mane scores after slick movement from Can and Coutinho 
  • Late West Brom goal denies Reds top spot
  • Coutinho adds second with drilled finish

Jurgen Klopp’s team really did dominate at Anfield. They were fast, powerful in fact everything you’d expect from a Klopp team.

Celebrating the 1st goal

 

Brom did their homework, using ingredients Mourinho’s blueprint, setting up a back 6 with 3 in front of them everytime Liverpool got the ball. The issue was, even when we received it wide, no one attempted to close. Thus allowing Milner and Clyne acres of space out wide.

Watching our fluid 3 attack was a joy – no defender knew who to mark!! The system implemented was so very clever. Hunting in groups – recycling the ball at speed. Lallana really made the difference – just skipping through defenders. The 2 deeper midfielders worked in tandem. When Henderson attacked, Can would sit deep – often becoming a centre-half. When Can attacked it would be Henderson’s turn to stay back.

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Breakthrough

Our 1st goal started from such an attack. Can powerfully taking control on the left. Drifting wide, then moving in taking 2 defenders with him. Firmino received the pass, now with more space, crossing over to Mane who hit it 1st time.
Coutinho added our second when he picked up the ball from Mane, cut inside Baggies defender Gareth McAuley and shot into the bottom corner. Really utilising his ability to use both feet. The way he glides, changes his body shape allowing the defender to commit before cutting in was nothing short of phenomenal.

Liverpool did have further chances, with Lallana – recalled in place of Sturridge, curled over the bar. Followed by Milner also headed off target.

Liverpool secured a deserved victory over West Brom

Celebrating our 2nd goal

Top spot denied

A two-goal victory would have taken Liverpool to the top. Unfortunately West Brom never got the memory – McAuley denying them 1st place, smashing in a late goal after the we failed to clear a corner.

Despite Daniel Sturridge failing to score in his 7 league outings, Liverpool have scored 20 times in the Premier League this season – more than anybody else.

This weekend he was named a substitute. However wasn’t needed – I thought he may have come on rather than Origi.

Liverpool continued to dominate, having 21 shots on goal and 68% of possession.
The Baggies had goalkeeper Ben Foster to thank for keeping them in the game, He Was phenomenal. Acrobatically pushing away Dejan Lovren’s header and also saving a Roberto Firmino effort. He was everywhere – their man of the match.

Liverpool panic

Liverpool again failed to kill off the game as West Brom looked more likely to score the next goal. Which is crazy considering it took the until the 70th minute to register there 1st shot!

Right at the end of the game it was very heart in mouth, as substitute Hal Robson-Kanu almost scored!! He shot was blocked by Dejan Lovren.

However, another 3 points – extending our unbeaten run to 9 games in all competitions. We are now 2nd in the Premier League table, behind leaders Arsenal on goal difference.
Who’d have thought that when the fixture list arrived?

The next set of league fixtures are;

Crystal Palace (A), Watford (H), Southampton (A), Sunderland (H), Bournemouth (A), West Ham United (H), and Middlesbrough (A).
In Klopp we trust – YNWA

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