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BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 26: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates scoring his sides opening goal during the Copa del Rey semi final second leg match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at the Camp Nou on February 26, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 26: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates scoring his sides opening goal during the Copa del Rey semi final second leg match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at the Camp Nou on February 26, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Por si no tuviera pocos ​problemas con la justicia española derivados de la no tributación en España de la explotación de sus derechos de imagen, ahora, a través de Football Leaks, se ha divulgado que Cristiano Ronaldo habría gestionado sus hoteles a través de paraísos fiscales. Exclusiva #FootballLeaks Cristiano Ronaldo utilizó dos paraísos fiscales para gestionar sus hoteles. https://t.co/BJloOttnpx — EL MUNDO (@elmundoes) 21 de abril de 2018 Al parecer, según El Mundo, desde mediados de...
Filtrado | Cristiano Ronaldo habría gestionado sus hoteles a través de paraísos fiscales
Por si no tuviera pocos ​problemas con la justicia española derivados de la no tributación en España de la explotación de sus derechos de imagen, ahora, a través de Football Leaks, se ha divulgado que Cristiano Ronaldo habría gestionado sus hoteles a través de paraísos fiscales. Exclusiva #FootballLeaks Cristiano Ronaldo utilizó dos paraísos fiscales para gestionar sus hoteles. https://t.co/BJloOttnpx — EL MUNDO (@elmundoes) 21 de abril de 2018 Al parecer, según El Mundo, desde mediados de...
Por si no tuviera pocos ​problemas con la justicia española derivados de la no tributación en España de la explotación de sus derechos de imagen, ahora, a través de Football Leaks, se ha divulgado que Cristiano Ronaldo habría gestionado sus hoteles a través de paraísos fiscales. Exclusiva #FootballLeaks Cristiano Ronaldo utilizó dos paraísos fiscales para gestionar sus hoteles. https://t.co/BJloOttnpx — EL MUNDO (@elmundoes) 21 de abril de 2018 Al parecer, según El Mundo, desde mediados de...
Filtrado | Cristiano Ronaldo habría gestionado sus hoteles a través de paraísos fiscales
Por si no tuviera pocos ​problemas con la justicia española derivados de la no tributación en España de la explotación de sus derechos de imagen, ahora, a través de Football Leaks, se ha divulgado que Cristiano Ronaldo habría gestionado sus hoteles a través de paraísos fiscales. Exclusiva #FootballLeaks Cristiano Ronaldo utilizó dos paraísos fiscales para gestionar sus hoteles. https://t.co/BJloOttnpx — EL MUNDO (@elmundoes) 21 de abril de 2018 Al parecer, según El Mundo, desde mediados de...
Por si no tuviera pocos ​problemas con la justicia española derivados de la no tributación en España de la explotación de sus derechos de imagen, ahora, a través de Football Leaks, se ha divulgado que Cristiano Ronaldo habría gestionado sus hoteles a través de paraísos fiscales. Exclusiva #FootballLeaks Cristiano Ronaldo utilizó dos paraísos fiscales para gestionar sus hoteles. https://t.co/BJloOttnpx — EL MUNDO (@elmundoes) 21 de abril de 2018 Al parecer, según El Mundo, desde mediados de...
Filtrado | Cristiano Ronaldo habría gestionado sus hoteles a través de paraísos fiscales
Por si no tuviera pocos ​problemas con la justicia española derivados de la no tributación en España de la explotación de sus derechos de imagen, ahora, a través de Football Leaks, se ha divulgado que Cristiano Ronaldo habría gestionado sus hoteles a través de paraísos fiscales. Exclusiva #FootballLeaks Cristiano Ronaldo utilizó dos paraísos fiscales para gestionar sus hoteles. https://t.co/BJloOttnpx — EL MUNDO (@elmundoes) 21 de abril de 2018 Al parecer, según El Mundo, desde mediados de...
It was only stalling the inevitable. The end will come soon enough, the moment other results conspire to make the mathematics unbreachable. But at the conclusion of this resolute comeback, the West Bromwich Albion fans made a noise as if the title had been won rather than relegation postponed. “Big Dazz, there’s only one Big Dazz,” they chanted in the direction of Darren Moore, the stand-in manager who has now taken five points from his three games in charge, after the previous eight had yielded precisely none. How the home support must wonder what might have been had he been given the job earlier, had he been able to restore a bit of unity when it might still have counted. Coming a week after victory at Old Trafford, this point was hard fought. Liverpool had cruised to a two-goal lead that appeared to be the perfect preparation for their Champions League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday. Goals from Danny Ings and, naturally, Mo Salah had given the afternoon the appearance of a stroll. But then West Brom, through a scrambled strike by Jake Livermore and a jet-propelled header from Salomon Rondon, fought back with spirit, effort and commitment, three words that would never have been associated with them under the previous hapless administration. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool had begun with a purpose which suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes, resting limbs ahead of the Roma game. But enough threat remained. As became clear after just four minutes. From a corner, Sadio Mane exchanged passes with James Milner, sauntered into the box and crossed for Georginio Wijnaldum, who cushioned the ball into the path of Ings. How the much-absent striker celebrated his first goal since Brendan Rodgers was manager. Ings came close to adding another when he miscued from close-in after being set up by Salah. His manager blamed the bobble on West Brom’s decision not to water the pitch. But you sense had the roles been reversed, Salah would have had no such trouble from dry conditions. With Moore casting a huge, brooding presence on the touchline, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for the rested Andy Robertson, and kept tearing down the right wing. Despite the accuracy of his crosses, nothing seemed to land for a colleague. As the half reached its conclusion, the home side had three successive corners, each pinged in with venom, each devoid of any touch. When James McClean fizzed in a cross which spun just in front of the sliding Jay Rodriguez, it seemed to sum up West Brom’s season: late, ineffectual and off-balance. As the second half begun, Ings should have had a penalty when tumbled by Ahmed Hegazi and the Egyptian was lucky to remain on the pitch after applying his knuckles to Ings’ ribcage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s shrewd through ball and deftly chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season. It was a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. Not bad company, his manager suggested. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two set-pieces late on allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered home Chris Brunt’s free-kick, prompting a rare explosion of delight in these parts. “Unfortunately for them it is a useless point,” suggested Klopp. Sadly for the calm, dignified, impressive Moore he is right. 2:57PM Danny Ings post-match "Disappointed. It's alright scoring goals but the three points is the most important thing. "I think they gathered some momentum, the pitch was very dry and suited the long ball, it really benefitted them. With their long balls they gathered momentum and scored two goals. "A lot. I've been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It's been a hell of a mountain I've had to climb to get there. "When you're out for a long time there's always doubts, it's important to surround yourself with people who are positive. That's really helped push me through to get me into the shape I'm in today. "I think it's one of them [those things], I looked the other way, it was a coming together, I don't want to throw another player under the bus. It's just a coming together, it's what English football's all about. You want to keep the physical side." 2:44PM Jurgen Klopp is a terrible loser "When they scored the goals. I think we controlled it pretty well, it was clear they only had opportunities from set pieces, Brunt, Phillips they take them really well. We gave them a corner it was difficult like the block on the goalkeeper, it makes life difficult, and what I heard the second was not a foul. "They score twice, we had the ball constantly, West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half time and it was quite difficult the second half. We had the chance second half for Ingsy in the box and the situation with Hegazi and Ingsy I dunno. You need a little help in these situations. We have to take it as it is. Credit: PA "I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football obviously. If the pitch is dry you can't pass three or four yards, but that's how it is, you have to deal with that. "I think everybody knows they want set pieces last few minutes but the referee gives it. "I'm not in the mood to talk about positive things. Give me a night and I'll tell Danny how good it was." 2:32PM Gutted West Brom players post-match Livermore "It's a shame. We've started to gain that belief and confidence in the last few weeks, all we can do is keep fighting for our fans. "Probably yeh (the result reflects the season). It's not for want of trying but the rub of the green hasn't happened like last season. It's just one of those things. "It's difficult to say, if we knew we'd try to change it months ago. I think confidence is a thing. We've thrown [lots of] points away from winning positions." Rondon "Yes I feel ... it's difficult situation for us, relegation, so thank you to our fans, our teammates, we worked so hard." 2:24PM Too little too late Despite that late effort, West Brom are stuck bottom of the league and are basically relegated. They really did need the three points and you can see the disappointment on the faces of the players. 2:23PM Rondon gives his shirt away Rondon goes to the crowd and gives his shirt to a guy with a Spanish language sign asking for it. #heartwarmingscenes 2:21PM FULL TIME What a comeback! Brilliant from West Brom. Their switch to a back three gave them the structure to work their way back into the match and they rode momentum to get those crucial goals. Jurgen Klopp looks furious. 2:20PM 90 mins +4 Milner sees the chance to shoot from 25 yards and takes it. Way over the bar. Foster rushes to get the ball and plays it short, Evans boots the ball long, Liverpool have everyone behind the ball. It's hooked into the area, Rondon goes for the header but it's knocked away. The ball is hit across the box and Rodriguez swings a foot at it but kicks the air and misses the ball. Liverpool just want the final whistle! 2:18PM 90 mins +2 Here come West Brom again! They power down the right wing, cross into the area and strikers attack it! Van Dijk is strong and heads away. 2:17PM 90 mins +1 Credit: AFP The fans believe West Brom can do this! They've got all the momentum, Liverpool are trying to hold on to a point now! 2:16PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! rondon goal YES THEY CAN! WOW! What a comeback! West Brom win a free-kick wide left, Burke hurries to get the ball, Brunt hits an absolute belter of a cross to the front post and Karius is caught in that dimension the kids get trapped inside in Stranger Things. He is nowhere close to it and Rondon heads in at the near post! Brilliant! West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool (Salomón Rondón, 88 min) 2:12PM 86 mins Liverpool are in full counter-attack mode now. Sitting mega deep and just getting rid of the ball whenever they can. The pressure's building! Can West Brom get back into this?! 2:09PM 84 mins Milner tries a roulette turn in the area but leaves the ball behind. Close. Very close. West Brom fans are urging their team on now, Liverpool sitting much deeper than they were earlier but West Brom's chips into the area are being headed away. Here comes Lovren for the final 10 minutes. Salah is replaced. 2:07PM 82 mins Hegazi full on catches Salah in the face with a swinging arm. Again the referee doesn't see it. 2:06PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! west brom goal Or is it all over?! The corner is knocked back across goal at the far post, Liverpool players are in a mess and Van Dijk plays West Brom players onside. Livermore is on the deck but swings a leg at the loose ball and finds the net! West Brom 1 - 2 Liverpool (Jake Livermore, 79 min) 2:04PM 78 mins Liverpool get nice and compact as they're forced deeper into their own half by West Brom's more direct passing. They win a corner. 2:01PM 75 mins West Brom are about to bring on Oliver Burke. I have a feeling it may be a little late for them to get back into this one. Relegation beckons! 1:59PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! mo salah goal Ooooooh what a finish that is! Liverpool counter-attack rapidly and are in on goal before West Brom even realise what is happening! Oxlade-Chamberlain creates the chance with an absolutely brilliant reverse pass to split the defence but Salah takes his time, stays composed and does that little dink he does to chip the goalkeeper. Superb. West Brom 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 72 min) 1:57PM 72 mins More boos from West Brom fans as McClean is taken off for Jonny Evans. That'll be West Brom in a back three with Gibbs pushed higher up the pitch. SALAH IS IN HERE! 1:56PM 71 mins Wijnaldum points to where he's going to pass and switches play right towards Gomez. Gomez waits, waits, waits and then loses possession as McClean nips in to intercept. Really poor from Gomez. Moreno has been booked - the first yellow of the day - for a foul on Phillips wide right of the box. This is a decent chance to get the ball in the box. It's chipped in and there's a bit of a pinball rammy in the area... but Karius can gather. 1:54PM 68 mins Gomez's pass inside nearly hands Rondon the chance to score but Henderson charges back to block everything he tries. McClean hits a cross into the area but Liverpool get it away and send Salah up the pitch! He takes on his man, attempts a lovely back-heel pass to Firmino... but it's cleared by Nyom. 1:52PM 66 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Klopp is about to make a change and bring Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain. It looks like he wants to get another goal to kill this one off before West Brom get a lucky break from a corner or something. Ings makes way for Firmino and Mane is rested for The Ox to get a chance upfront. 1:49PM 64 mins Space opens up for Salah to attack, he gets closer to the box and shoots... but it's blocked. Liverpool are dominating West Brom's half now, moving the ball around largely unchallenged. West Brom can't really afford to lose here, I'm not sure I understand the mentality of sitting and waiting. 1:47PM 62 mins A West Brom corner is headed away and Nyom's dreadful touch nearly plays Salah and Mane into score! Livermore gets back to force Salah to release the ball and Wijnaldum's cross is cut out. Klavan and Van Dijk slow things down and pass around their own half, waiting for West Brom to come out of their defensive shape. 1:45PM 60 mins West Brom are pushing higher up the pitch, battling hard every chance they have to win the ball in duels with Liverpool players. It's working at the moment too, they have the momentum. Van Dijk reads a cut back as Phillips powers his way into the box. West Brom getting closer! Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool 1:42PM 57 mins That's him punching Ings after doing what looks like a stone cold stunner on the striker as they fall to the ground. 1:41PM 55 mins Hegazi has a little battle with Ings and Hegazi hits him off the ball. He should be sent off but again the referee hasn't seen it. He's having a dreadful game. 1:38PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS What is Klavan doing?! He stops playing and suddenly Rondon runs in behind him and is close to putting the ball round Karius and slotting into an empty net. Poor defending from the Liverpool man. 1:36PM 50 mins Phillips does superbly on the right wing to lose Wijnaldum and then chips the ball across the penalty area at a perfect height for a striker to head at goal. Neither of West Brom's forwards can get there in time. They've started well here... and the ball drops to McClean about 25 yards out! He tries to strike across the ball and bend it into the bottom corner but it puts it wide. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 50 min) 1:28PM Shots on goal West Brom vs Liverpool shots on goal 1:17PM Average positions Average touch positions (half time) 1:17PM HALF TIME Danny Ings gives Liverpool the lead in a fairly even first half. Liverpool aren't at full strength and haven't quite got going but West Brom don't really look like they believe they can win this one. 1:14PM 45 mins Gomez tries to burn past McClean but isn't quick enough and then bounces off the West Brom man, who does well to prevent a corner. Nyom is too strong for Wijnaldum, sends him to the floor and then tries to score from 60 yards. It doesn't work but by Jove I admire the effort. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Allan Nyom, 44 min) 1:13PM 43 mins INGS MUST SCORE! Out of nothing Liverpool create a chance. The ball is switched, Salah gets lucky against Hegazi and the ball falls to Ings in the centre of the area with only Foster to beat. The goalkeeper gets down and blocks the shot - he should really have scored that. 1:09PM 41 mins Credit: AFP Moreno gets forward on the left wing but doesn't appear to have the confidence to take on Nyom for pace. Every pass he's made has been backwards so far. 1:08PM 38 mins CHANCE FOR WEST BROM! That's much better! Livermore sneaks in to rob Milner of the ball and then swings a cross to the back post. McClean is there and hits it first time... it's zipped juuuust past the far post! Rodriguez did his best Gazza impression, stretching on the slide to try and turn it in! Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 37 min) Liverpool caught sleeping there, West Brom are pressing much higher to try and catch them out. Darren Moore encourages his players from the touchline. 1:06PM 36 mins West Brom look good from set pieces, this might be where they get some fun. The latest in their series of corners misses everybody again, though Dawson had roamed in at the back-post unmarked, thanks to Liverpool's zonal system. 1:05PM 35 mins Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool Another West Brom corner is whipped in and this one is dangerous! Klavan manages to get a head on it but Dawson was inches away from connecting and turning that in! Another corner coming. 1:03PM 34 mins West Brom win a corner. The big lads come up for it. Liverpool mark their zones... and Brunt's corner misses everyone and goes out for a throw-in. 1:02PM 32 mins West Brom working harder to press Liverpool higher up the pitch. The defensive line is still way deep to prevent Salah and Mane being played in with a direct pass over the top. Livermore passes the ball straight out for a throw-in, for no clear reason. 1:00PM 30 mins Oh my word that is a very heavy challenge from Rondon. He lunges into a slide tackle on Ings, gets up and then throws himself into another. I cannot believe he's not been booked - there's going in to a 50/50 to win it, and then there's aggressive studs up tackles with momentum behind them. This referee needs to calm those tackles down before someone gets hurt. Those of you who preferred the 'contact sport' of yesteryear will strongly disagree with me. 12:57PM 27 mins Salah takes it... but it's just over and wide. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 26 min) Rodriguez and Rondon are having to work hard today, chasing the ball into space on either wing from long passes by the defenders. They'll both be knackered by about the 60th minute but it does mean West Brom can shift from a defensive shape to attacking quickly without trying to go through Liverpool's hardworking midfield. 12:55PM 25 mins Hegazi fouls his countryman Salah and gives Liverpool the chance to shoot from a great position just infront of the box, slightly right of goal. This suits a left-footer. Foster eagerly sets up his wall. 12:54PM 24 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES 12:52PM 23 mins Phillips takes the chance to shoot on his left foot as he finds space inside the Liverpool box but his effort is weak and no trouble for the goalkeeper whatsoever. Dawson barges through the back of Ings while contesting a header but it's a fair challenge, even if the striker gets a whack to the head. Milner is having a great game, drifting around the pitch to link passing moves. 12:50PM 20 mins Moreno attacks down the left, passes inside, Liverpool keep the ball moving quickly, looking to go around the outside of the West Brom defence. Salah loses possession and the ball is punted up the pitch to groans from the fans, but Van Dijk's volleyed pass gives West Brom the chance to get forward. 12:48PM 18 mins Chris Brunt laughs with Salah as the West Brom man's attempted shot makes its way towards Egypt. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Chris Brunt, 18 min) 12:46PM 17 mins Dawson heads at goal from a corner but the linesman has spotted an offside in the area from the second ball. West Brom beginning to get into this game now, attacking down the wings with Phillips and McClean. 12:45PM 15 mins Credit: REUTERS Nyom goes into a high sliding tackle on Milner, which the latter manages to avoid. If he hadn't that one would've really hurt - I'm surprised the referee hasn't pulled play back and booked him for that. It was overly and needlessly aggressive. Milner isn't going to do much damage on the touchline. 12:43PM 13 mins Liverpool keep the ball and pass patiently around their own half. West Brom refuse to be drawn out of their shell to take them on. They're quite clearly very scared of the attacking threat Klopp's team has. Salah is at it today too - he's enjoying himself with the ball at his feet, dancing around a couple of players with quick feet and almost creating a chance out of thin air. 12:41PM 10 mins Van Dijk goes into a tackle on Rondon and has hurt himself here. He looks to have jarred his knee a little off the striker's boot and isn't walking as freely as he might like. West Brom are still defending really deep... and Salah has spun his man in the box! He sets himself up for the shot on his left foot but it's deflected over! 12:36PM 7 mins Karius has to come off his line to boot a long ball over the top away. West Brom looking to react to that early setback immediately. 12:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Danny Ings goal Ings scores! Boos ring out at the Hawthorns. West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Danny Ings, 4 min) 12:33PM 4 mins Liverpool win a corner. It's cleared, Milner has it wide right and hits a brilliant powerful cross to the corner of the six yard box and it's kept alive. Liverpool are in here! 12:32PM 3 mins Rondon tries to force his way past a defender into the box but the goalkeeper smothers, West Brom instantly fall back into a deep defensive shape behind the halfway line. That's the strategy for the day. Rondon battles with Klavan again, the pair shoving each other as they chase the ball into the channel. Free-kick to Liverpool. 12:30PM KICK OFF west brom vs liverpool kickoff Here we go! Liverpool get the game started. 12:27PM Here come the players! 12:11PM Darren Moore pre-match words "It's been great, we've gotten together as a group and worked hard as a group. there's wonderful belief in each other, everybody's working hard to turn this situation around. we're just working hard, we can't control what's happened in the past. "No (we aren't entertaining thoughts of surviving relegation). It's the next game. The next game is today. There's nothing we can do and we'll put all our efforts into the next game. " 12:10PM Result vs performance One side of the argument says that supporting a club like West Brom means you should accept the players are of a lower quality and to survive in the Premier League they need to play defensive, rigid football and that's that. The other says that even if they lose every game, they'd much prefer the team to have a go, attack and play football. That style is much better to watch but against stronger teams is asking for trouble. Obviously you can have a mix and adapt depending on the opposition, but I know I'd much prefer my team to actually play football. There's a reason Pep Guardiola was able to turn the Barca B team into a machine before he took the big job. There's a reason Ajax were able to win a European cup back in the 90s. There's a reason Alex Ferguson was able to dominate Scottish football with Aberdeen - and even beat Real Madrid. Yeh, sure, it's a different game now, but these things all happened with attacking football. What do you think? 11:52AM A lovely day Credit: PA What a day it is! A fine day for football or sitting in the park listening to music through one of those little bluetooth speakers. I don't want to hear your music! Use headphones! Arrhghgghg. But really, football is the winner today. West Brom aren't relegated (yet) but Liverpool's incredible front three could kill them off today. Will Darren Moore have a cunning plan up his sleeve? I suspect it'll be a 4-5-1 low block looking to deny space in behind and try to hit an unsuspecting, frustrated opposition with a counter-attack or score from a corner. Liverpool might be a little too good for them today. 11:37AM West Brom starting lineup An unchanged XI...#WBALIV#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/Jtw2IqhuL9— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 21, 2018 11:36AM Liverpool starting lineup Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma, has made five changes for the trip to rock-bottom West Brom, including giving a rest to 25-goal forward Roberto Firmino. However, he still fields a strong front line with Mohamed Salah, one of the favourites to be named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday, retaining his place alongside Sadio Mane with Danny Ings replacing Firmino and James Milner in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. There are three changes at the back as only Virgil van Dijk keeps his place from last weekend's win over Bournemouth as Ragnar Klavan comes in with Alberto Moreno making his first Premier League start since late November and Joe Gomez back after a month out with an ankle injury. The #LFC team to face @WBA...#WBALIVhttps://t.co/6XOx3UJ7x7pic.twitter.com/BdTIwhw7jF— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2018
West Brom complete remarkable comeback against Liverpool but can't escape relegation fears
It was only stalling the inevitable. The end will come soon enough, the moment other results conspire to make the mathematics unbreachable. But at the conclusion of this resolute comeback, the West Bromwich Albion fans made a noise as if the title had been won rather than relegation postponed. “Big Dazz, there’s only one Big Dazz,” they chanted in the direction of Darren Moore, the stand-in manager who has now taken five points from his three games in charge, after the previous eight had yielded precisely none. How the home support must wonder what might have been had he been given the job earlier, had he been able to restore a bit of unity when it might still have counted. Coming a week after victory at Old Trafford, this point was hard fought. Liverpool had cruised to a two-goal lead that appeared to be the perfect preparation for their Champions League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday. Goals from Danny Ings and, naturally, Mo Salah had given the afternoon the appearance of a stroll. But then West Brom, through a scrambled strike by Jake Livermore and a jet-propelled header from Salomon Rondon, fought back with spirit, effort and commitment, three words that would never have been associated with them under the previous hapless administration. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool had begun with a purpose which suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes, resting limbs ahead of the Roma game. But enough threat remained. As became clear after just four minutes. From a corner, Sadio Mane exchanged passes with James Milner, sauntered into the box and crossed for Georginio Wijnaldum, who cushioned the ball into the path of Ings. How the much-absent striker celebrated his first goal since Brendan Rodgers was manager. Ings came close to adding another when he miscued from close-in after being set up by Salah. His manager blamed the bobble on West Brom’s decision not to water the pitch. But you sense had the roles been reversed, Salah would have had no such trouble from dry conditions. With Moore casting a huge, brooding presence on the touchline, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for the rested Andy Robertson, and kept tearing down the right wing. Despite the accuracy of his crosses, nothing seemed to land for a colleague. As the half reached its conclusion, the home side had three successive corners, each pinged in with venom, each devoid of any touch. When James McClean fizzed in a cross which spun just in front of the sliding Jay Rodriguez, it seemed to sum up West Brom’s season: late, ineffectual and off-balance. As the second half begun, Ings should have had a penalty when tumbled by Ahmed Hegazi and the Egyptian was lucky to remain on the pitch after applying his knuckles to Ings’ ribcage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s shrewd through ball and deftly chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season. It was a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. Not bad company, his manager suggested. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two set-pieces late on allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered home Chris Brunt’s free-kick, prompting a rare explosion of delight in these parts. “Unfortunately for them it is a useless point,” suggested Klopp. Sadly for the calm, dignified, impressive Moore he is right. 2:57PM Danny Ings post-match "Disappointed. It's alright scoring goals but the three points is the most important thing. "I think they gathered some momentum, the pitch was very dry and suited the long ball, it really benefitted them. With their long balls they gathered momentum and scored two goals. "A lot. I've been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It's been a hell of a mountain I've had to climb to get there. "When you're out for a long time there's always doubts, it's important to surround yourself with people who are positive. That's really helped push me through to get me into the shape I'm in today. "I think it's one of them [those things], I looked the other way, it was a coming together, I don't want to throw another player under the bus. It's just a coming together, it's what English football's all about. You want to keep the physical side." 2:44PM Jurgen Klopp is a terrible loser "When they scored the goals. I think we controlled it pretty well, it was clear they only had opportunities from set pieces, Brunt, Phillips they take them really well. We gave them a corner it was difficult like the block on the goalkeeper, it makes life difficult, and what I heard the second was not a foul. "They score twice, we had the ball constantly, West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half time and it was quite difficult the second half. We had the chance second half for Ingsy in the box and the situation with Hegazi and Ingsy I dunno. You need a little help in these situations. We have to take it as it is. Credit: PA "I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football obviously. If the pitch is dry you can't pass three or four yards, but that's how it is, you have to deal with that. "I think everybody knows they want set pieces last few minutes but the referee gives it. "I'm not in the mood to talk about positive things. Give me a night and I'll tell Danny how good it was." 2:32PM Gutted West Brom players post-match Livermore "It's a shame. We've started to gain that belief and confidence in the last few weeks, all we can do is keep fighting for our fans. "Probably yeh (the result reflects the season). It's not for want of trying but the rub of the green hasn't happened like last season. It's just one of those things. "It's difficult to say, if we knew we'd try to change it months ago. I think confidence is a thing. We've thrown [lots of] points away from winning positions." Rondon "Yes I feel ... it's difficult situation for us, relegation, so thank you to our fans, our teammates, we worked so hard." 2:24PM Too little too late Despite that late effort, West Brom are stuck bottom of the league and are basically relegated. They really did need the three points and you can see the disappointment on the faces of the players. 2:23PM Rondon gives his shirt away Rondon goes to the crowd and gives his shirt to a guy with a Spanish language sign asking for it. #heartwarmingscenes 2:21PM FULL TIME What a comeback! Brilliant from West Brom. Their switch to a back three gave them the structure to work their way back into the match and they rode momentum to get those crucial goals. Jurgen Klopp looks furious. 2:20PM 90 mins +4 Milner sees the chance to shoot from 25 yards and takes it. Way over the bar. Foster rushes to get the ball and plays it short, Evans boots the ball long, Liverpool have everyone behind the ball. It's hooked into the area, Rondon goes for the header but it's knocked away. The ball is hit across the box and Rodriguez swings a foot at it but kicks the air and misses the ball. Liverpool just want the final whistle! 2:18PM 90 mins +2 Here come West Brom again! They power down the right wing, cross into the area and strikers attack it! Van Dijk is strong and heads away. 2:17PM 90 mins +1 Credit: AFP The fans believe West Brom can do this! They've got all the momentum, Liverpool are trying to hold on to a point now! 2:16PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! rondon goal YES THEY CAN! WOW! What a comeback! West Brom win a free-kick wide left, Burke hurries to get the ball, Brunt hits an absolute belter of a cross to the front post and Karius is caught in that dimension the kids get trapped inside in Stranger Things. He is nowhere close to it and Rondon heads in at the near post! Brilliant! West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool (Salomón Rondón, 88 min) 2:12PM 86 mins Liverpool are in full counter-attack mode now. Sitting mega deep and just getting rid of the ball whenever they can. The pressure's building! Can West Brom get back into this?! 2:09PM 84 mins Milner tries a roulette turn in the area but leaves the ball behind. Close. Very close. West Brom fans are urging their team on now, Liverpool sitting much deeper than they were earlier but West Brom's chips into the area are being headed away. Here comes Lovren for the final 10 minutes. Salah is replaced. 2:07PM 82 mins Hegazi full on catches Salah in the face with a swinging arm. Again the referee doesn't see it. 2:06PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! west brom goal Or is it all over?! The corner is knocked back across goal at the far post, Liverpool players are in a mess and Van Dijk plays West Brom players onside. Livermore is on the deck but swings a leg at the loose ball and finds the net! West Brom 1 - 2 Liverpool (Jake Livermore, 79 min) 2:04PM 78 mins Liverpool get nice and compact as they're forced deeper into their own half by West Brom's more direct passing. They win a corner. 2:01PM 75 mins West Brom are about to bring on Oliver Burke. I have a feeling it may be a little late for them to get back into this one. Relegation beckons! 1:59PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! mo salah goal Ooooooh what a finish that is! Liverpool counter-attack rapidly and are in on goal before West Brom even realise what is happening! Oxlade-Chamberlain creates the chance with an absolutely brilliant reverse pass to split the defence but Salah takes his time, stays composed and does that little dink he does to chip the goalkeeper. Superb. West Brom 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 72 min) 1:57PM 72 mins More boos from West Brom fans as McClean is taken off for Jonny Evans. That'll be West Brom in a back three with Gibbs pushed higher up the pitch. SALAH IS IN HERE! 1:56PM 71 mins Wijnaldum points to where he's going to pass and switches play right towards Gomez. Gomez waits, waits, waits and then loses possession as McClean nips in to intercept. Really poor from Gomez. Moreno has been booked - the first yellow of the day - for a foul on Phillips wide right of the box. This is a decent chance to get the ball in the box. It's chipped in and there's a bit of a pinball rammy in the area... but Karius can gather. 1:54PM 68 mins Gomez's pass inside nearly hands Rondon the chance to score but Henderson charges back to block everything he tries. McClean hits a cross into the area but Liverpool get it away and send Salah up the pitch! He takes on his man, attempts a lovely back-heel pass to Firmino... but it's cleared by Nyom. 1:52PM 66 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Klopp is about to make a change and bring Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain. It looks like he wants to get another goal to kill this one off before West Brom get a lucky break from a corner or something. Ings makes way for Firmino and Mane is rested for The Ox to get a chance upfront. 1:49PM 64 mins Space opens up for Salah to attack, he gets closer to the box and shoots... but it's blocked. Liverpool are dominating West Brom's half now, moving the ball around largely unchallenged. West Brom can't really afford to lose here, I'm not sure I understand the mentality of sitting and waiting. 1:47PM 62 mins A West Brom corner is headed away and Nyom's dreadful touch nearly plays Salah and Mane into score! Livermore gets back to force Salah to release the ball and Wijnaldum's cross is cut out. Klavan and Van Dijk slow things down and pass around their own half, waiting for West Brom to come out of their defensive shape. 1:45PM 60 mins West Brom are pushing higher up the pitch, battling hard every chance they have to win the ball in duels with Liverpool players. It's working at the moment too, they have the momentum. Van Dijk reads a cut back as Phillips powers his way into the box. West Brom getting closer! Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool 1:42PM 57 mins That's him punching Ings after doing what looks like a stone cold stunner on the striker as they fall to the ground. 1:41PM 55 mins Hegazi has a little battle with Ings and Hegazi hits him off the ball. He should be sent off but again the referee hasn't seen it. He's having a dreadful game. 1:38PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS What is Klavan doing?! He stops playing and suddenly Rondon runs in behind him and is close to putting the ball round Karius and slotting into an empty net. Poor defending from the Liverpool man. 1:36PM 50 mins Phillips does superbly on the right wing to lose Wijnaldum and then chips the ball across the penalty area at a perfect height for a striker to head at goal. Neither of West Brom's forwards can get there in time. They've started well here... and the ball drops to McClean about 25 yards out! He tries to strike across the ball and bend it into the bottom corner but it puts it wide. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 50 min) 1:28PM Shots on goal West Brom vs Liverpool shots on goal 1:17PM Average positions Average touch positions (half time) 1:17PM HALF TIME Danny Ings gives Liverpool the lead in a fairly even first half. Liverpool aren't at full strength and haven't quite got going but West Brom don't really look like they believe they can win this one. 1:14PM 45 mins Gomez tries to burn past McClean but isn't quick enough and then bounces off the West Brom man, who does well to prevent a corner. Nyom is too strong for Wijnaldum, sends him to the floor and then tries to score from 60 yards. It doesn't work but by Jove I admire the effort. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Allan Nyom, 44 min) 1:13PM 43 mins INGS MUST SCORE! Out of nothing Liverpool create a chance. The ball is switched, Salah gets lucky against Hegazi and the ball falls to Ings in the centre of the area with only Foster to beat. The goalkeeper gets down and blocks the shot - he should really have scored that. 1:09PM 41 mins Credit: AFP Moreno gets forward on the left wing but doesn't appear to have the confidence to take on Nyom for pace. Every pass he's made has been backwards so far. 1:08PM 38 mins CHANCE FOR WEST BROM! That's much better! Livermore sneaks in to rob Milner of the ball and then swings a cross to the back post. McClean is there and hits it first time... it's zipped juuuust past the far post! Rodriguez did his best Gazza impression, stretching on the slide to try and turn it in! Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 37 min) Liverpool caught sleeping there, West Brom are pressing much higher to try and catch them out. Darren Moore encourages his players from the touchline. 1:06PM 36 mins West Brom look good from set pieces, this might be where they get some fun. The latest in their series of corners misses everybody again, though Dawson had roamed in at the back-post unmarked, thanks to Liverpool's zonal system. 1:05PM 35 mins Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool Another West Brom corner is whipped in and this one is dangerous! Klavan manages to get a head on it but Dawson was inches away from connecting and turning that in! Another corner coming. 1:03PM 34 mins West Brom win a corner. The big lads come up for it. Liverpool mark their zones... and Brunt's corner misses everyone and goes out for a throw-in. 1:02PM 32 mins West Brom working harder to press Liverpool higher up the pitch. The defensive line is still way deep to prevent Salah and Mane being played in with a direct pass over the top. Livermore passes the ball straight out for a throw-in, for no clear reason. 1:00PM 30 mins Oh my word that is a very heavy challenge from Rondon. He lunges into a slide tackle on Ings, gets up and then throws himself into another. I cannot believe he's not been booked - there's going in to a 50/50 to win it, and then there's aggressive studs up tackles with momentum behind them. This referee needs to calm those tackles down before someone gets hurt. Those of you who preferred the 'contact sport' of yesteryear will strongly disagree with me. 12:57PM 27 mins Salah takes it... but it's just over and wide. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 26 min) Rodriguez and Rondon are having to work hard today, chasing the ball into space on either wing from long passes by the defenders. They'll both be knackered by about the 60th minute but it does mean West Brom can shift from a defensive shape to attacking quickly without trying to go through Liverpool's hardworking midfield. 12:55PM 25 mins Hegazi fouls his countryman Salah and gives Liverpool the chance to shoot from a great position just infront of the box, slightly right of goal. This suits a left-footer. Foster eagerly sets up his wall. 12:54PM 24 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES 12:52PM 23 mins Phillips takes the chance to shoot on his left foot as he finds space inside the Liverpool box but his effort is weak and no trouble for the goalkeeper whatsoever. Dawson barges through the back of Ings while contesting a header but it's a fair challenge, even if the striker gets a whack to the head. Milner is having a great game, drifting around the pitch to link passing moves. 12:50PM 20 mins Moreno attacks down the left, passes inside, Liverpool keep the ball moving quickly, looking to go around the outside of the West Brom defence. Salah loses possession and the ball is punted up the pitch to groans from the fans, but Van Dijk's volleyed pass gives West Brom the chance to get forward. 12:48PM 18 mins Chris Brunt laughs with Salah as the West Brom man's attempted shot makes its way towards Egypt. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Chris Brunt, 18 min) 12:46PM 17 mins Dawson heads at goal from a corner but the linesman has spotted an offside in the area from the second ball. West Brom beginning to get into this game now, attacking down the wings with Phillips and McClean. 12:45PM 15 mins Credit: REUTERS Nyom goes into a high sliding tackle on Milner, which the latter manages to avoid. If he hadn't that one would've really hurt - I'm surprised the referee hasn't pulled play back and booked him for that. It was overly and needlessly aggressive. Milner isn't going to do much damage on the touchline. 12:43PM 13 mins Liverpool keep the ball and pass patiently around their own half. West Brom refuse to be drawn out of their shell to take them on. They're quite clearly very scared of the attacking threat Klopp's team has. Salah is at it today too - he's enjoying himself with the ball at his feet, dancing around a couple of players with quick feet and almost creating a chance out of thin air. 12:41PM 10 mins Van Dijk goes into a tackle on Rondon and has hurt himself here. He looks to have jarred his knee a little off the striker's boot and isn't walking as freely as he might like. West Brom are still defending really deep... and Salah has spun his man in the box! He sets himself up for the shot on his left foot but it's deflected over! 12:36PM 7 mins Karius has to come off his line to boot a long ball over the top away. West Brom looking to react to that early setback immediately. 12:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Danny Ings goal Ings scores! Boos ring out at the Hawthorns. West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Danny Ings, 4 min) 12:33PM 4 mins Liverpool win a corner. It's cleared, Milner has it wide right and hits a brilliant powerful cross to the corner of the six yard box and it's kept alive. Liverpool are in here! 12:32PM 3 mins Rondon tries to force his way past a defender into the box but the goalkeeper smothers, West Brom instantly fall back into a deep defensive shape behind the halfway line. That's the strategy for the day. Rondon battles with Klavan again, the pair shoving each other as they chase the ball into the channel. Free-kick to Liverpool. 12:30PM KICK OFF west brom vs liverpool kickoff Here we go! Liverpool get the game started. 12:27PM Here come the players! 12:11PM Darren Moore pre-match words "It's been great, we've gotten together as a group and worked hard as a group. there's wonderful belief in each other, everybody's working hard to turn this situation around. we're just working hard, we can't control what's happened in the past. "No (we aren't entertaining thoughts of surviving relegation). It's the next game. The next game is today. There's nothing we can do and we'll put all our efforts into the next game. " 12:10PM Result vs performance One side of the argument says that supporting a club like West Brom means you should accept the players are of a lower quality and to survive in the Premier League they need to play defensive, rigid football and that's that. The other says that even if they lose every game, they'd much prefer the team to have a go, attack and play football. That style is much better to watch but against stronger teams is asking for trouble. Obviously you can have a mix and adapt depending on the opposition, but I know I'd much prefer my team to actually play football. There's a reason Pep Guardiola was able to turn the Barca B team into a machine before he took the big job. There's a reason Ajax were able to win a European cup back in the 90s. There's a reason Alex Ferguson was able to dominate Scottish football with Aberdeen - and even beat Real Madrid. Yeh, sure, it's a different game now, but these things all happened with attacking football. What do you think? 11:52AM A lovely day Credit: PA What a day it is! A fine day for football or sitting in the park listening to music through one of those little bluetooth speakers. I don't want to hear your music! Use headphones! Arrhghgghg. But really, football is the winner today. West Brom aren't relegated (yet) but Liverpool's incredible front three could kill them off today. Will Darren Moore have a cunning plan up his sleeve? I suspect it'll be a 4-5-1 low block looking to deny space in behind and try to hit an unsuspecting, frustrated opposition with a counter-attack or score from a corner. Liverpool might be a little too good for them today. 11:37AM West Brom starting lineup An unchanged XI...#WBALIV#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/Jtw2IqhuL9— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 21, 2018 11:36AM Liverpool starting lineup Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma, has made five changes for the trip to rock-bottom West Brom, including giving a rest to 25-goal forward Roberto Firmino. However, he still fields a strong front line with Mohamed Salah, one of the favourites to be named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday, retaining his place alongside Sadio Mane with Danny Ings replacing Firmino and James Milner in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. There are three changes at the back as only Virgil van Dijk keeps his place from last weekend's win over Bournemouth as Ragnar Klavan comes in with Alberto Moreno making his first Premier League start since late November and Joe Gomez back after a month out with an ankle injury. The #LFC team to face @WBA...#WBALIVhttps://t.co/6XOx3UJ7x7pic.twitter.com/BdTIwhw7jF— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2018
It was only stalling the inevitable. The end will come soon enough, the moment other results conspire to make the mathematics unbreachable. But at the conclusion of this resolute comeback, the West Bromwich Albion fans made a noise as if the title had been won rather than relegation postponed. “Big Dazz, there’s only one Big Dazz,” they chanted in the direction of Darren Moore, the stand-in manager who has now taken five points from his three games in charge, after the previous eight had yielded precisely none. How the home support must wonder what might have been had he been given the job earlier, had he been able to restore a bit of unity when it might still have counted. Coming a week after victory at Old Trafford, this point was hard fought. Liverpool had cruised to a two-goal lead that appeared to be the perfect preparation for their Champions League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday. Goals from Danny Ings and, naturally, Mo Salah had given the afternoon the appearance of a stroll. But then West Brom, through a scrambled strike by Jake Livermore and a jet-propelled header from Salomon Rondon, fought back with spirit, effort and commitment, three words that would never have been associated with them under the previous hapless administration. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool had begun with a purpose which suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes, resting limbs ahead of the Roma game. But enough threat remained. As became clear after just four minutes. From a corner, Sadio Mane exchanged passes with James Milner, sauntered into the box and crossed for Georginio Wijnaldum, who cushioned the ball into the path of Ings. How the much-absent striker celebrated his first goal since Brendan Rodgers was manager. Ings came close to adding another when he miscued from close-in after being set up by Salah. His manager blamed the bobble on West Brom’s decision not to water the pitch. But you sense had the roles been reversed, Salah would have had no such trouble from dry conditions. With Moore casting a huge, brooding presence on the touchline, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for the rested Andy Robertson, and kept tearing down the right wing. Despite the accuracy of his crosses, nothing seemed to land for a colleague. As the half reached its conclusion, the home side had three successive corners, each pinged in with venom, each devoid of any touch. When James McClean fizzed in a cross which spun just in front of the sliding Jay Rodriguez, it seemed to sum up West Brom’s season: late, ineffectual and off-balance. As the second half begun, Ings should have had a penalty when tumbled by Ahmed Hegazi and the Egyptian was lucky to remain on the pitch after applying his knuckles to Ings’ ribcage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s shrewd through ball and deftly chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season. It was a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. Not bad company, his manager suggested. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two set-pieces late on allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered home Chris Brunt’s free-kick, prompting a rare explosion of delight in these parts. “Unfortunately for them it is a useless point,” suggested Klopp. Sadly for the calm, dignified, impressive Moore he is right. 2:57PM Danny Ings post-match "Disappointed. It's alright scoring goals but the three points is the most important thing. "I think they gathered some momentum, the pitch was very dry and suited the long ball, it really benefitted them. With their long balls they gathered momentum and scored two goals. "A lot. I've been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It's been a hell of a mountain I've had to climb to get there. "When you're out for a long time there's always doubts, it's important to surround yourself with people who are positive. That's really helped push me through to get me into the shape I'm in today. "I think it's one of them [those things], I looked the other way, it was a coming together, I don't want to throw another player under the bus. It's just a coming together, it's what English football's all about. You want to keep the physical side." 2:44PM Jurgen Klopp is a terrible loser "When they scored the goals. I think we controlled it pretty well, it was clear they only had opportunities from set pieces, Brunt, Phillips they take them really well. We gave them a corner it was difficult like the block on the goalkeeper, it makes life difficult, and what I heard the second was not a foul. "They score twice, we had the ball constantly, West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half time and it was quite difficult the second half. We had the chance second half for Ingsy in the box and the situation with Hegazi and Ingsy I dunno. You need a little help in these situations. We have to take it as it is. Credit: PA "I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football obviously. If the pitch is dry you can't pass three or four yards, but that's how it is, you have to deal with that. "I think everybody knows they want set pieces last few minutes but the referee gives it. "I'm not in the mood to talk about positive things. Give me a night and I'll tell Danny how good it was." 2:32PM Gutted West Brom players post-match Livermore "It's a shame. We've started to gain that belief and confidence in the last few weeks, all we can do is keep fighting for our fans. "Probably yeh (the result reflects the season). It's not for want of trying but the rub of the green hasn't happened like last season. It's just one of those things. "It's difficult to say, if we knew we'd try to change it months ago. I think confidence is a thing. We've thrown [lots of] points away from winning positions." Rondon "Yes I feel ... it's difficult situation for us, relegation, so thank you to our fans, our teammates, we worked so hard." 2:24PM Too little too late Despite that late effort, West Brom are stuck bottom of the league and are basically relegated. They really did need the three points and you can see the disappointment on the faces of the players. 2:23PM Rondon gives his shirt away Rondon goes to the crowd and gives his shirt to a guy with a Spanish language sign asking for it. #heartwarmingscenes 2:21PM FULL TIME What a comeback! Brilliant from West Brom. Their switch to a back three gave them the structure to work their way back into the match and they rode momentum to get those crucial goals. Jurgen Klopp looks furious. 2:20PM 90 mins +4 Milner sees the chance to shoot from 25 yards and takes it. Way over the bar. Foster rushes to get the ball and plays it short, Evans boots the ball long, Liverpool have everyone behind the ball. It's hooked into the area, Rondon goes for the header but it's knocked away. The ball is hit across the box and Rodriguez swings a foot at it but kicks the air and misses the ball. Liverpool just want the final whistle! 2:18PM 90 mins +2 Here come West Brom again! They power down the right wing, cross into the area and strikers attack it! Van Dijk is strong and heads away. 2:17PM 90 mins +1 Credit: AFP The fans believe West Brom can do this! They've got all the momentum, Liverpool are trying to hold on to a point now! 2:16PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! rondon goal YES THEY CAN! WOW! What a comeback! West Brom win a free-kick wide left, Burke hurries to get the ball, Brunt hits an absolute belter of a cross to the front post and Karius is caught in that dimension the kids get trapped inside in Stranger Things. He is nowhere close to it and Rondon heads in at the near post! Brilliant! West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool (Salomón Rondón, 88 min) 2:12PM 86 mins Liverpool are in full counter-attack mode now. Sitting mega deep and just getting rid of the ball whenever they can. The pressure's building! Can West Brom get back into this?! 2:09PM 84 mins Milner tries a roulette turn in the area but leaves the ball behind. Close. Very close. West Brom fans are urging their team on now, Liverpool sitting much deeper than they were earlier but West Brom's chips into the area are being headed away. Here comes Lovren for the final 10 minutes. Salah is replaced. 2:07PM 82 mins Hegazi full on catches Salah in the face with a swinging arm. Again the referee doesn't see it. 2:06PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! west brom goal Or is it all over?! The corner is knocked back across goal at the far post, Liverpool players are in a mess and Van Dijk plays West Brom players onside. Livermore is on the deck but swings a leg at the loose ball and finds the net! West Brom 1 - 2 Liverpool (Jake Livermore, 79 min) 2:04PM 78 mins Liverpool get nice and compact as they're forced deeper into their own half by West Brom's more direct passing. They win a corner. 2:01PM 75 mins West Brom are about to bring on Oliver Burke. I have a feeling it may be a little late for them to get back into this one. Relegation beckons! 1:59PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! mo salah goal Ooooooh what a finish that is! Liverpool counter-attack rapidly and are in on goal before West Brom even realise what is happening! Oxlade-Chamberlain creates the chance with an absolutely brilliant reverse pass to split the defence but Salah takes his time, stays composed and does that little dink he does to chip the goalkeeper. Superb. West Brom 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 72 min) 1:57PM 72 mins More boos from West Brom fans as McClean is taken off for Jonny Evans. That'll be West Brom in a back three with Gibbs pushed higher up the pitch. SALAH IS IN HERE! 1:56PM 71 mins Wijnaldum points to where he's going to pass and switches play right towards Gomez. Gomez waits, waits, waits and then loses possession as McClean nips in to intercept. Really poor from Gomez. Moreno has been booked - the first yellow of the day - for a foul on Phillips wide right of the box. This is a decent chance to get the ball in the box. It's chipped in and there's a bit of a pinball rammy in the area... but Karius can gather. 1:54PM 68 mins Gomez's pass inside nearly hands Rondon the chance to score but Henderson charges back to block everything he tries. McClean hits a cross into the area but Liverpool get it away and send Salah up the pitch! He takes on his man, attempts a lovely back-heel pass to Firmino... but it's cleared by Nyom. 1:52PM 66 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Klopp is about to make a change and bring Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain. It looks like he wants to get another goal to kill this one off before West Brom get a lucky break from a corner or something. Ings makes way for Firmino and Mane is rested for The Ox to get a chance upfront. 1:49PM 64 mins Space opens up for Salah to attack, he gets closer to the box and shoots... but it's blocked. Liverpool are dominating West Brom's half now, moving the ball around largely unchallenged. West Brom can't really afford to lose here, I'm not sure I understand the mentality of sitting and waiting. 1:47PM 62 mins A West Brom corner is headed away and Nyom's dreadful touch nearly plays Salah and Mane into score! Livermore gets back to force Salah to release the ball and Wijnaldum's cross is cut out. Klavan and Van Dijk slow things down and pass around their own half, waiting for West Brom to come out of their defensive shape. 1:45PM 60 mins West Brom are pushing higher up the pitch, battling hard every chance they have to win the ball in duels with Liverpool players. It's working at the moment too, they have the momentum. Van Dijk reads a cut back as Phillips powers his way into the box. West Brom getting closer! Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool 1:42PM 57 mins That's him punching Ings after doing what looks like a stone cold stunner on the striker as they fall to the ground. 1:41PM 55 mins Hegazi has a little battle with Ings and Hegazi hits him off the ball. He should be sent off but again the referee hasn't seen it. He's having a dreadful game. 1:38PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS What is Klavan doing?! He stops playing and suddenly Rondon runs in behind him and is close to putting the ball round Karius and slotting into an empty net. Poor defending from the Liverpool man. 1:36PM 50 mins Phillips does superbly on the right wing to lose Wijnaldum and then chips the ball across the penalty area at a perfect height for a striker to head at goal. Neither of West Brom's forwards can get there in time. They've started well here... and the ball drops to McClean about 25 yards out! He tries to strike across the ball and bend it into the bottom corner but it puts it wide. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 50 min) 1:28PM Shots on goal West Brom vs Liverpool shots on goal 1:17PM Average positions Average touch positions (half time) 1:17PM HALF TIME Danny Ings gives Liverpool the lead in a fairly even first half. Liverpool aren't at full strength and haven't quite got going but West Brom don't really look like they believe they can win this one. 1:14PM 45 mins Gomez tries to burn past McClean but isn't quick enough and then bounces off the West Brom man, who does well to prevent a corner. Nyom is too strong for Wijnaldum, sends him to the floor and then tries to score from 60 yards. It doesn't work but by Jove I admire the effort. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Allan Nyom, 44 min) 1:13PM 43 mins INGS MUST SCORE! Out of nothing Liverpool create a chance. The ball is switched, Salah gets lucky against Hegazi and the ball falls to Ings in the centre of the area with only Foster to beat. The goalkeeper gets down and blocks the shot - he should really have scored that. 1:09PM 41 mins Credit: AFP Moreno gets forward on the left wing but doesn't appear to have the confidence to take on Nyom for pace. Every pass he's made has been backwards so far. 1:08PM 38 mins CHANCE FOR WEST BROM! That's much better! Livermore sneaks in to rob Milner of the ball and then swings a cross to the back post. McClean is there and hits it first time... it's zipped juuuust past the far post! Rodriguez did his best Gazza impression, stretching on the slide to try and turn it in! Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 37 min) Liverpool caught sleeping there, West Brom are pressing much higher to try and catch them out. Darren Moore encourages his players from the touchline. 1:06PM 36 mins West Brom look good from set pieces, this might be where they get some fun. The latest in their series of corners misses everybody again, though Dawson had roamed in at the back-post unmarked, thanks to Liverpool's zonal system. 1:05PM 35 mins Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool Another West Brom corner is whipped in and this one is dangerous! Klavan manages to get a head on it but Dawson was inches away from connecting and turning that in! Another corner coming. 1:03PM 34 mins West Brom win a corner. The big lads come up for it. Liverpool mark their zones... and Brunt's corner misses everyone and goes out for a throw-in. 1:02PM 32 mins West Brom working harder to press Liverpool higher up the pitch. The defensive line is still way deep to prevent Salah and Mane being played in with a direct pass over the top. Livermore passes the ball straight out for a throw-in, for no clear reason. 1:00PM 30 mins Oh my word that is a very heavy challenge from Rondon. He lunges into a slide tackle on Ings, gets up and then throws himself into another. I cannot believe he's not been booked - there's going in to a 50/50 to win it, and then there's aggressive studs up tackles with momentum behind them. This referee needs to calm those tackles down before someone gets hurt. Those of you who preferred the 'contact sport' of yesteryear will strongly disagree with me. 12:57PM 27 mins Salah takes it... but it's just over and wide. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 26 min) Rodriguez and Rondon are having to work hard today, chasing the ball into space on either wing from long passes by the defenders. They'll both be knackered by about the 60th minute but it does mean West Brom can shift from a defensive shape to attacking quickly without trying to go through Liverpool's hardworking midfield. 12:55PM 25 mins Hegazi fouls his countryman Salah and gives Liverpool the chance to shoot from a great position just infront of the box, slightly right of goal. This suits a left-footer. Foster eagerly sets up his wall. 12:54PM 24 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES 12:52PM 23 mins Phillips takes the chance to shoot on his left foot as he finds space inside the Liverpool box but his effort is weak and no trouble for the goalkeeper whatsoever. Dawson barges through the back of Ings while contesting a header but it's a fair challenge, even if the striker gets a whack to the head. Milner is having a great game, drifting around the pitch to link passing moves. 12:50PM 20 mins Moreno attacks down the left, passes inside, Liverpool keep the ball moving quickly, looking to go around the outside of the West Brom defence. Salah loses possession and the ball is punted up the pitch to groans from the fans, but Van Dijk's volleyed pass gives West Brom the chance to get forward. 12:48PM 18 mins Chris Brunt laughs with Salah as the West Brom man's attempted shot makes its way towards Egypt. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Chris Brunt, 18 min) 12:46PM 17 mins Dawson heads at goal from a corner but the linesman has spotted an offside in the area from the second ball. West Brom beginning to get into this game now, attacking down the wings with Phillips and McClean. 12:45PM 15 mins Credit: REUTERS Nyom goes into a high sliding tackle on Milner, which the latter manages to avoid. If he hadn't that one would've really hurt - I'm surprised the referee hasn't pulled play back and booked him for that. It was overly and needlessly aggressive. Milner isn't going to do much damage on the touchline. 12:43PM 13 mins Liverpool keep the ball and pass patiently around their own half. West Brom refuse to be drawn out of their shell to take them on. They're quite clearly very scared of the attacking threat Klopp's team has. Salah is at it today too - he's enjoying himself with the ball at his feet, dancing around a couple of players with quick feet and almost creating a chance out of thin air. 12:41PM 10 mins Van Dijk goes into a tackle on Rondon and has hurt himself here. He looks to have jarred his knee a little off the striker's boot and isn't walking as freely as he might like. West Brom are still defending really deep... and Salah has spun his man in the box! He sets himself up for the shot on his left foot but it's deflected over! 12:36PM 7 mins Karius has to come off his line to boot a long ball over the top away. West Brom looking to react to that early setback immediately. 12:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Danny Ings goal Ings scores! Boos ring out at the Hawthorns. West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Danny Ings, 4 min) 12:33PM 4 mins Liverpool win a corner. It's cleared, Milner has it wide right and hits a brilliant powerful cross to the corner of the six yard box and it's kept alive. Liverpool are in here! 12:32PM 3 mins Rondon tries to force his way past a defender into the box but the goalkeeper smothers, West Brom instantly fall back into a deep defensive shape behind the halfway line. That's the strategy for the day. Rondon battles with Klavan again, the pair shoving each other as they chase the ball into the channel. Free-kick to Liverpool. 12:30PM KICK OFF west brom vs liverpool kickoff Here we go! Liverpool get the game started. 12:27PM Here come the players! 12:11PM Darren Moore pre-match words "It's been great, we've gotten together as a group and worked hard as a group. there's wonderful belief in each other, everybody's working hard to turn this situation around. we're just working hard, we can't control what's happened in the past. "No (we aren't entertaining thoughts of surviving relegation). It's the next game. The next game is today. There's nothing we can do and we'll put all our efforts into the next game. " 12:10PM Result vs performance One side of the argument says that supporting a club like West Brom means you should accept the players are of a lower quality and to survive in the Premier League they need to play defensive, rigid football and that's that. The other says that even if they lose every game, they'd much prefer the team to have a go, attack and play football. That style is much better to watch but against stronger teams is asking for trouble. Obviously you can have a mix and adapt depending on the opposition, but I know I'd much prefer my team to actually play football. There's a reason Pep Guardiola was able to turn the Barca B team into a machine before he took the big job. There's a reason Ajax were able to win a European cup back in the 90s. There's a reason Alex Ferguson was able to dominate Scottish football with Aberdeen - and even beat Real Madrid. Yeh, sure, it's a different game now, but these things all happened with attacking football. What do you think? 11:52AM A lovely day Credit: PA What a day it is! A fine day for football or sitting in the park listening to music through one of those little bluetooth speakers. I don't want to hear your music! Use headphones! Arrhghgghg. But really, football is the winner today. West Brom aren't relegated (yet) but Liverpool's incredible front three could kill them off today. Will Darren Moore have a cunning plan up his sleeve? I suspect it'll be a 4-5-1 low block looking to deny space in behind and try to hit an unsuspecting, frustrated opposition with a counter-attack or score from a corner. Liverpool might be a little too good for them today. 11:37AM West Brom starting lineup An unchanged XI...#WBALIV#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/Jtw2IqhuL9— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 21, 2018 11:36AM Liverpool starting lineup Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma, has made five changes for the trip to rock-bottom West Brom, including giving a rest to 25-goal forward Roberto Firmino. However, he still fields a strong front line with Mohamed Salah, one of the favourites to be named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday, retaining his place alongside Sadio Mane with Danny Ings replacing Firmino and James Milner in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. There are three changes at the back as only Virgil van Dijk keeps his place from last weekend's win over Bournemouth as Ragnar Klavan comes in with Alberto Moreno making his first Premier League start since late November and Joe Gomez back after a month out with an ankle injury. The #LFC team to face @WBA...#WBALIVhttps://t.co/6XOx3UJ7x7pic.twitter.com/BdTIwhw7jF— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2018
West Brom complete remarkable comeback against Liverpool but can't escape relegation fears
It was only stalling the inevitable. The end will come soon enough, the moment other results conspire to make the mathematics unbreachable. But at the conclusion of this resolute comeback, the West Bromwich Albion fans made a noise as if the title had been won rather than relegation postponed. “Big Dazz, there’s only one Big Dazz,” they chanted in the direction of Darren Moore, the stand-in manager who has now taken five points from his three games in charge, after the previous eight had yielded precisely none. How the home support must wonder what might have been had he been given the job earlier, had he been able to restore a bit of unity when it might still have counted. Coming a week after victory at Old Trafford, this point was hard fought. Liverpool had cruised to a two-goal lead that appeared to be the perfect preparation for their Champions League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday. Goals from Danny Ings and, naturally, Mo Salah had given the afternoon the appearance of a stroll. But then West Brom, through a scrambled strike by Jake Livermore and a jet-propelled header from Salomon Rondon, fought back with spirit, effort and commitment, three words that would never have been associated with them under the previous hapless administration. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool had begun with a purpose which suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes, resting limbs ahead of the Roma game. But enough threat remained. As became clear after just four minutes. From a corner, Sadio Mane exchanged passes with James Milner, sauntered into the box and crossed for Georginio Wijnaldum, who cushioned the ball into the path of Ings. How the much-absent striker celebrated his first goal since Brendan Rodgers was manager. Ings came close to adding another when he miscued from close-in after being set up by Salah. His manager blamed the bobble on West Brom’s decision not to water the pitch. But you sense had the roles been reversed, Salah would have had no such trouble from dry conditions. With Moore casting a huge, brooding presence on the touchline, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for the rested Andy Robertson, and kept tearing down the right wing. Despite the accuracy of his crosses, nothing seemed to land for a colleague. As the half reached its conclusion, the home side had three successive corners, each pinged in with venom, each devoid of any touch. When James McClean fizzed in a cross which spun just in front of the sliding Jay Rodriguez, it seemed to sum up West Brom’s season: late, ineffectual and off-balance. As the second half begun, Ings should have had a penalty when tumbled by Ahmed Hegazi and the Egyptian was lucky to remain on the pitch after applying his knuckles to Ings’ ribcage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s shrewd through ball and deftly chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season. It was a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. Not bad company, his manager suggested. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two set-pieces late on allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered home Chris Brunt’s free-kick, prompting a rare explosion of delight in these parts. “Unfortunately for them it is a useless point,” suggested Klopp. Sadly for the calm, dignified, impressive Moore he is right. 2:57PM Danny Ings post-match "Disappointed. It's alright scoring goals but the three points is the most important thing. "I think they gathered some momentum, the pitch was very dry and suited the long ball, it really benefitted them. With their long balls they gathered momentum and scored two goals. "A lot. I've been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It's been a hell of a mountain I've had to climb to get there. "When you're out for a long time there's always doubts, it's important to surround yourself with people who are positive. That's really helped push me through to get me into the shape I'm in today. "I think it's one of them [those things], I looked the other way, it was a coming together, I don't want to throw another player under the bus. It's just a coming together, it's what English football's all about. You want to keep the physical side." 2:44PM Jurgen Klopp is a terrible loser "When they scored the goals. I think we controlled it pretty well, it was clear they only had opportunities from set pieces, Brunt, Phillips they take them really well. We gave them a corner it was difficult like the block on the goalkeeper, it makes life difficult, and what I heard the second was not a foul. "They score twice, we had the ball constantly, West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half time and it was quite difficult the second half. We had the chance second half for Ingsy in the box and the situation with Hegazi and Ingsy I dunno. You need a little help in these situations. We have to take it as it is. Credit: PA "I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football obviously. If the pitch is dry you can't pass three or four yards, but that's how it is, you have to deal with that. "I think everybody knows they want set pieces last few minutes but the referee gives it. "I'm not in the mood to talk about positive things. Give me a night and I'll tell Danny how good it was." 2:32PM Gutted West Brom players post-match Livermore "It's a shame. We've started to gain that belief and confidence in the last few weeks, all we can do is keep fighting for our fans. "Probably yeh (the result reflects the season). It's not for want of trying but the rub of the green hasn't happened like last season. It's just one of those things. "It's difficult to say, if we knew we'd try to change it months ago. I think confidence is a thing. We've thrown [lots of] points away from winning positions." Rondon "Yes I feel ... it's difficult situation for us, relegation, so thank you to our fans, our teammates, we worked so hard." 2:24PM Too little too late Despite that late effort, West Brom are stuck bottom of the league and are basically relegated. They really did need the three points and you can see the disappointment on the faces of the players. 2:23PM Rondon gives his shirt away Rondon goes to the crowd and gives his shirt to a guy with a Spanish language sign asking for it. #heartwarmingscenes 2:21PM FULL TIME What a comeback! Brilliant from West Brom. Their switch to a back three gave them the structure to work their way back into the match and they rode momentum to get those crucial goals. Jurgen Klopp looks furious. 2:20PM 90 mins +4 Milner sees the chance to shoot from 25 yards and takes it. Way over the bar. Foster rushes to get the ball and plays it short, Evans boots the ball long, Liverpool have everyone behind the ball. It's hooked into the area, Rondon goes for the header but it's knocked away. The ball is hit across the box and Rodriguez swings a foot at it but kicks the air and misses the ball. Liverpool just want the final whistle! 2:18PM 90 mins +2 Here come West Brom again! They power down the right wing, cross into the area and strikers attack it! Van Dijk is strong and heads away. 2:17PM 90 mins +1 Credit: AFP The fans believe West Brom can do this! They've got all the momentum, Liverpool are trying to hold on to a point now! 2:16PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! rondon goal YES THEY CAN! WOW! What a comeback! West Brom win a free-kick wide left, Burke hurries to get the ball, Brunt hits an absolute belter of a cross to the front post and Karius is caught in that dimension the kids get trapped inside in Stranger Things. He is nowhere close to it and Rondon heads in at the near post! Brilliant! West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool (Salomón Rondón, 88 min) 2:12PM 86 mins Liverpool are in full counter-attack mode now. Sitting mega deep and just getting rid of the ball whenever they can. The pressure's building! Can West Brom get back into this?! 2:09PM 84 mins Milner tries a roulette turn in the area but leaves the ball behind. Close. Very close. West Brom fans are urging their team on now, Liverpool sitting much deeper than they were earlier but West Brom's chips into the area are being headed away. Here comes Lovren for the final 10 minutes. Salah is replaced. 2:07PM 82 mins Hegazi full on catches Salah in the face with a swinging arm. Again the referee doesn't see it. 2:06PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! west brom goal Or is it all over?! The corner is knocked back across goal at the far post, Liverpool players are in a mess and Van Dijk plays West Brom players onside. Livermore is on the deck but swings a leg at the loose ball and finds the net! West Brom 1 - 2 Liverpool (Jake Livermore, 79 min) 2:04PM 78 mins Liverpool get nice and compact as they're forced deeper into their own half by West Brom's more direct passing. They win a corner. 2:01PM 75 mins West Brom are about to bring on Oliver Burke. I have a feeling it may be a little late for them to get back into this one. Relegation beckons! 1:59PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! mo salah goal Ooooooh what a finish that is! Liverpool counter-attack rapidly and are in on goal before West Brom even realise what is happening! Oxlade-Chamberlain creates the chance with an absolutely brilliant reverse pass to split the defence but Salah takes his time, stays composed and does that little dink he does to chip the goalkeeper. Superb. West Brom 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 72 min) 1:57PM 72 mins More boos from West Brom fans as McClean is taken off for Jonny Evans. That'll be West Brom in a back three with Gibbs pushed higher up the pitch. SALAH IS IN HERE! 1:56PM 71 mins Wijnaldum points to where he's going to pass and switches play right towards Gomez. Gomez waits, waits, waits and then loses possession as McClean nips in to intercept. Really poor from Gomez. Moreno has been booked - the first yellow of the day - for a foul on Phillips wide right of the box. This is a decent chance to get the ball in the box. It's chipped in and there's a bit of a pinball rammy in the area... but Karius can gather. 1:54PM 68 mins Gomez's pass inside nearly hands Rondon the chance to score but Henderson charges back to block everything he tries. McClean hits a cross into the area but Liverpool get it away and send Salah up the pitch! He takes on his man, attempts a lovely back-heel pass to Firmino... but it's cleared by Nyom. 1:52PM 66 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Klopp is about to make a change and bring Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain. It looks like he wants to get another goal to kill this one off before West Brom get a lucky break from a corner or something. Ings makes way for Firmino and Mane is rested for The Ox to get a chance upfront. 1:49PM 64 mins Space opens up for Salah to attack, he gets closer to the box and shoots... but it's blocked. Liverpool are dominating West Brom's half now, moving the ball around largely unchallenged. West Brom can't really afford to lose here, I'm not sure I understand the mentality of sitting and waiting. 1:47PM 62 mins A West Brom corner is headed away and Nyom's dreadful touch nearly plays Salah and Mane into score! Livermore gets back to force Salah to release the ball and Wijnaldum's cross is cut out. Klavan and Van Dijk slow things down and pass around their own half, waiting for West Brom to come out of their defensive shape. 1:45PM 60 mins West Brom are pushing higher up the pitch, battling hard every chance they have to win the ball in duels with Liverpool players. It's working at the moment too, they have the momentum. Van Dijk reads a cut back as Phillips powers his way into the box. West Brom getting closer! Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool 1:42PM 57 mins That's him punching Ings after doing what looks like a stone cold stunner on the striker as they fall to the ground. 1:41PM 55 mins Hegazi has a little battle with Ings and Hegazi hits him off the ball. He should be sent off but again the referee hasn't seen it. He's having a dreadful game. 1:38PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS What is Klavan doing?! He stops playing and suddenly Rondon runs in behind him and is close to putting the ball round Karius and slotting into an empty net. Poor defending from the Liverpool man. 1:36PM 50 mins Phillips does superbly on the right wing to lose Wijnaldum and then chips the ball across the penalty area at a perfect height for a striker to head at goal. Neither of West Brom's forwards can get there in time. They've started well here... and the ball drops to McClean about 25 yards out! He tries to strike across the ball and bend it into the bottom corner but it puts it wide. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 50 min) 1:28PM Shots on goal West Brom vs Liverpool shots on goal 1:17PM Average positions Average touch positions (half time) 1:17PM HALF TIME Danny Ings gives Liverpool the lead in a fairly even first half. Liverpool aren't at full strength and haven't quite got going but West Brom don't really look like they believe they can win this one. 1:14PM 45 mins Gomez tries to burn past McClean but isn't quick enough and then bounces off the West Brom man, who does well to prevent a corner. Nyom is too strong for Wijnaldum, sends him to the floor and then tries to score from 60 yards. It doesn't work but by Jove I admire the effort. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Allan Nyom, 44 min) 1:13PM 43 mins INGS MUST SCORE! Out of nothing Liverpool create a chance. The ball is switched, Salah gets lucky against Hegazi and the ball falls to Ings in the centre of the area with only Foster to beat. The goalkeeper gets down and blocks the shot - he should really have scored that. 1:09PM 41 mins Credit: AFP Moreno gets forward on the left wing but doesn't appear to have the confidence to take on Nyom for pace. Every pass he's made has been backwards so far. 1:08PM 38 mins CHANCE FOR WEST BROM! That's much better! Livermore sneaks in to rob Milner of the ball and then swings a cross to the back post. McClean is there and hits it first time... it's zipped juuuust past the far post! Rodriguez did his best Gazza impression, stretching on the slide to try and turn it in! Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 37 min) Liverpool caught sleeping there, West Brom are pressing much higher to try and catch them out. Darren Moore encourages his players from the touchline. 1:06PM 36 mins West Brom look good from set pieces, this might be where they get some fun. The latest in their series of corners misses everybody again, though Dawson had roamed in at the back-post unmarked, thanks to Liverpool's zonal system. 1:05PM 35 mins Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool Another West Brom corner is whipped in and this one is dangerous! Klavan manages to get a head on it but Dawson was inches away from connecting and turning that in! Another corner coming. 1:03PM 34 mins West Brom win a corner. The big lads come up for it. Liverpool mark their zones... and Brunt's corner misses everyone and goes out for a throw-in. 1:02PM 32 mins West Brom working harder to press Liverpool higher up the pitch. The defensive line is still way deep to prevent Salah and Mane being played in with a direct pass over the top. Livermore passes the ball straight out for a throw-in, for no clear reason. 1:00PM 30 mins Oh my word that is a very heavy challenge from Rondon. He lunges into a slide tackle on Ings, gets up and then throws himself into another. I cannot believe he's not been booked - there's going in to a 50/50 to win it, and then there's aggressive studs up tackles with momentum behind them. This referee needs to calm those tackles down before someone gets hurt. Those of you who preferred the 'contact sport' of yesteryear will strongly disagree with me. 12:57PM 27 mins Salah takes it... but it's just over and wide. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 26 min) Rodriguez and Rondon are having to work hard today, chasing the ball into space on either wing from long passes by the defenders. They'll both be knackered by about the 60th minute but it does mean West Brom can shift from a defensive shape to attacking quickly without trying to go through Liverpool's hardworking midfield. 12:55PM 25 mins Hegazi fouls his countryman Salah and gives Liverpool the chance to shoot from a great position just infront of the box, slightly right of goal. This suits a left-footer. Foster eagerly sets up his wall. 12:54PM 24 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES 12:52PM 23 mins Phillips takes the chance to shoot on his left foot as he finds space inside the Liverpool box but his effort is weak and no trouble for the goalkeeper whatsoever. Dawson barges through the back of Ings while contesting a header but it's a fair challenge, even if the striker gets a whack to the head. Milner is having a great game, drifting around the pitch to link passing moves. 12:50PM 20 mins Moreno attacks down the left, passes inside, Liverpool keep the ball moving quickly, looking to go around the outside of the West Brom defence. Salah loses possession and the ball is punted up the pitch to groans from the fans, but Van Dijk's volleyed pass gives West Brom the chance to get forward. 12:48PM 18 mins Chris Brunt laughs with Salah as the West Brom man's attempted shot makes its way towards Egypt. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Chris Brunt, 18 min) 12:46PM 17 mins Dawson heads at goal from a corner but the linesman has spotted an offside in the area from the second ball. West Brom beginning to get into this game now, attacking down the wings with Phillips and McClean. 12:45PM 15 mins Credit: REUTERS Nyom goes into a high sliding tackle on Milner, which the latter manages to avoid. If he hadn't that one would've really hurt - I'm surprised the referee hasn't pulled play back and booked him for that. It was overly and needlessly aggressive. Milner isn't going to do much damage on the touchline. 12:43PM 13 mins Liverpool keep the ball and pass patiently around their own half. West Brom refuse to be drawn out of their shell to take them on. They're quite clearly very scared of the attacking threat Klopp's team has. Salah is at it today too - he's enjoying himself with the ball at his feet, dancing around a couple of players with quick feet and almost creating a chance out of thin air. 12:41PM 10 mins Van Dijk goes into a tackle on Rondon and has hurt himself here. He looks to have jarred his knee a little off the striker's boot and isn't walking as freely as he might like. West Brom are still defending really deep... and Salah has spun his man in the box! He sets himself up for the shot on his left foot but it's deflected over! 12:36PM 7 mins Karius has to come off his line to boot a long ball over the top away. West Brom looking to react to that early setback immediately. 12:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Danny Ings goal Ings scores! Boos ring out at the Hawthorns. West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Danny Ings, 4 min) 12:33PM 4 mins Liverpool win a corner. It's cleared, Milner has it wide right and hits a brilliant powerful cross to the corner of the six yard box and it's kept alive. Liverpool are in here! 12:32PM 3 mins Rondon tries to force his way past a defender into the box but the goalkeeper smothers, West Brom instantly fall back into a deep defensive shape behind the halfway line. That's the strategy for the day. Rondon battles with Klavan again, the pair shoving each other as they chase the ball into the channel. Free-kick to Liverpool. 12:30PM KICK OFF west brom vs liverpool kickoff Here we go! Liverpool get the game started. 12:27PM Here come the players! 12:11PM Darren Moore pre-match words "It's been great, we've gotten together as a group and worked hard as a group. there's wonderful belief in each other, everybody's working hard to turn this situation around. we're just working hard, we can't control what's happened in the past. "No (we aren't entertaining thoughts of surviving relegation). It's the next game. The next game is today. There's nothing we can do and we'll put all our efforts into the next game. " 12:10PM Result vs performance One side of the argument says that supporting a club like West Brom means you should accept the players are of a lower quality and to survive in the Premier League they need to play defensive, rigid football and that's that. The other says that even if they lose every game, they'd much prefer the team to have a go, attack and play football. That style is much better to watch but against stronger teams is asking for trouble. Obviously you can have a mix and adapt depending on the opposition, but I know I'd much prefer my team to actually play football. There's a reason Pep Guardiola was able to turn the Barca B team into a machine before he took the big job. There's a reason Ajax were able to win a European cup back in the 90s. There's a reason Alex Ferguson was able to dominate Scottish football with Aberdeen - and even beat Real Madrid. Yeh, sure, it's a different game now, but these things all happened with attacking football. What do you think? 11:52AM A lovely day Credit: PA What a day it is! A fine day for football or sitting in the park listening to music through one of those little bluetooth speakers. I don't want to hear your music! Use headphones! Arrhghgghg. But really, football is the winner today. West Brom aren't relegated (yet) but Liverpool's incredible front three could kill them off today. Will Darren Moore have a cunning plan up his sleeve? I suspect it'll be a 4-5-1 low block looking to deny space in behind and try to hit an unsuspecting, frustrated opposition with a counter-attack or score from a corner. Liverpool might be a little too good for them today. 11:37AM West Brom starting lineup An unchanged XI...#WBALIV#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/Jtw2IqhuL9— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 21, 2018 11:36AM Liverpool starting lineup Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma, has made five changes for the trip to rock-bottom West Brom, including giving a rest to 25-goal forward Roberto Firmino. However, he still fields a strong front line with Mohamed Salah, one of the favourites to be named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday, retaining his place alongside Sadio Mane with Danny Ings replacing Firmino and James Milner in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. There are three changes at the back as only Virgil van Dijk keeps his place from last weekend's win over Bournemouth as Ragnar Klavan comes in with Alberto Moreno making his first Premier League start since late November and Joe Gomez back after a month out with an ankle injury. The #LFC team to face @WBA...#WBALIVhttps://t.co/6XOx3UJ7x7pic.twitter.com/BdTIwhw7jF— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2018
It was only stalling the inevitable. The end will come soon enough, the moment other results conspire to make the mathematics unbreachable. But at the conclusion of this resolute comeback, the West Bromwich Albion fans made a noise as if the title had been won rather than relegation postponed. “Big Dazz, there’s only one Big Dazz,” they chanted in the direction of Darren Moore, the stand-in manager who has now taken five points from his three games in charge, after the previous eight had yielded precisely none. How the home support must wonder what might have been had he been given the job earlier, had he been able to restore a bit of unity when it might still have counted. Coming a week after victory at Old Trafford, this point was hard fought. Liverpool had cruised to a two-goal lead that appeared to be the perfect preparation for their Champions League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday. Goals from Danny Ings and, naturally, Mo Salah had given the afternoon the appearance of a stroll. But then West Brom, through a scrambled strike by Jake Livermore and a jet-propelled header from Salomon Rondon, fought back with spirit, effort and commitment, three words that would never have been associated with them under the previous hapless administration. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool had begun with a purpose which suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes, resting limbs ahead of the Roma game. But enough threat remained. As became clear after just four minutes. From a corner, Sadio Mane exchanged passes with James Milner, sauntered into the box and crossed for Georginio Wijnaldum, who cushioned the ball into the path of Ings. How the much-absent striker celebrated his first goal since Brendan Rodgers was manager. Ings came close to adding another when he miscued from close-in after being set up by Salah. His manager blamed the bobble on West Brom’s decision not to water the pitch. But you sense had the roles been reversed, Salah would have had no such trouble from dry conditions. With Moore casting a huge, brooding presence on the touchline, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for the rested Andy Robertson, and kept tearing down the right wing. Despite the accuracy of his crosses, nothing seemed to land for a colleague. As the half reached its conclusion, the home side had three successive corners, each pinged in with venom, each devoid of any touch. When James McClean fizzed in a cross which spun just in front of the sliding Jay Rodriguez, it seemed to sum up West Brom’s season: late, ineffectual and off-balance. As the second half begun, Ings should have had a penalty when tumbled by Ahmed Hegazi and the Egyptian was lucky to remain on the pitch after applying his knuckles to Ings’ ribcage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s shrewd through ball and deftly chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season. It was a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. Not bad company, his manager suggested. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two set-pieces late on allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered home Chris Brunt’s free-kick, prompting a rare explosion of delight in these parts. “Unfortunately for them it is a useless point,” suggested Klopp. Sadly for the calm, dignified, impressive Moore he is right. 2:57PM Danny Ings post-match "Disappointed. It's alright scoring goals but the three points is the most important thing. "I think they gathered some momentum, the pitch was very dry and suited the long ball, it really benefitted them. With their long balls they gathered momentum and scored two goals. "A lot. I've been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It's been a hell of a mountain I've had to climb to get there. "When you're out for a long time there's always doubts, it's important to surround yourself with people who are positive. That's really helped push me through to get me into the shape I'm in today. "I think it's one of them [those things], I looked the other way, it was a coming together, I don't want to throw another player under the bus. It's just a coming together, it's what English football's all about. You want to keep the physical side." 2:44PM Jurgen Klopp is a terrible loser "When they scored the goals. I think we controlled it pretty well, it was clear they only had opportunities from set pieces, Brunt, Phillips they take them really well. We gave them a corner it was difficult like the block on the goalkeeper, it makes life difficult, and what I heard the second was not a foul. "They score twice, we had the ball constantly, West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half time and it was quite difficult the second half. We had the chance second half for Ingsy in the box and the situation with Hegazi and Ingsy I dunno. You need a little help in these situations. We have to take it as it is. Credit: PA "I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football obviously. If the pitch is dry you can't pass three or four yards, but that's how it is, you have to deal with that. "I think everybody knows they want set pieces last few minutes but the referee gives it. "I'm not in the mood to talk about positive things. Give me a night and I'll tell Danny how good it was." 2:32PM Gutted West Brom players post-match Livermore "It's a shame. We've started to gain that belief and confidence in the last few weeks, all we can do is keep fighting for our fans. "Probably yeh (the result reflects the season). It's not for want of trying but the rub of the green hasn't happened like last season. It's just one of those things. "It's difficult to say, if we knew we'd try to change it months ago. I think confidence is a thing. We've thrown [lots of] points away from winning positions." Rondon "Yes I feel ... it's difficult situation for us, relegation, so thank you to our fans, our teammates, we worked so hard." 2:24PM Too little too late Despite that late effort, West Brom are stuck bottom of the league and are basically relegated. They really did need the three points and you can see the disappointment on the faces of the players. 2:23PM Rondon gives his shirt away Rondon goes to the crowd and gives his shirt to a guy with a Spanish language sign asking for it. #heartwarmingscenes 2:21PM FULL TIME What a comeback! Brilliant from West Brom. Their switch to a back three gave them the structure to work their way back into the match and they rode momentum to get those crucial goals. Jurgen Klopp looks furious. 2:20PM 90 mins +4 Milner sees the chance to shoot from 25 yards and takes it. Way over the bar. Foster rushes to get the ball and plays it short, Evans boots the ball long, Liverpool have everyone behind the ball. It's hooked into the area, Rondon goes for the header but it's knocked away. The ball is hit across the box and Rodriguez swings a foot at it but kicks the air and misses the ball. Liverpool just want the final whistle! 2:18PM 90 mins +2 Here come West Brom again! They power down the right wing, cross into the area and strikers attack it! Van Dijk is strong and heads away. 2:17PM 90 mins +1 Credit: AFP The fans believe West Brom can do this! They've got all the momentum, Liverpool are trying to hold on to a point now! 2:16PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! rondon goal YES THEY CAN! WOW! What a comeback! West Brom win a free-kick wide left, Burke hurries to get the ball, Brunt hits an absolute belter of a cross to the front post and Karius is caught in that dimension the kids get trapped inside in Stranger Things. He is nowhere close to it and Rondon heads in at the near post! Brilliant! West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool (Salomón Rondón, 88 min) 2:12PM 86 mins Liverpool are in full counter-attack mode now. Sitting mega deep and just getting rid of the ball whenever they can. The pressure's building! Can West Brom get back into this?! 2:09PM 84 mins Milner tries a roulette turn in the area but leaves the ball behind. Close. Very close. West Brom fans are urging their team on now, Liverpool sitting much deeper than they were earlier but West Brom's chips into the area are being headed away. Here comes Lovren for the final 10 minutes. Salah is replaced. 2:07PM 82 mins Hegazi full on catches Salah in the face with a swinging arm. Again the referee doesn't see it. 2:06PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! west brom goal Or is it all over?! The corner is knocked back across goal at the far post, Liverpool players are in a mess and Van Dijk plays West Brom players onside. Livermore is on the deck but swings a leg at the loose ball and finds the net! West Brom 1 - 2 Liverpool (Jake Livermore, 79 min) 2:04PM 78 mins Liverpool get nice and compact as they're forced deeper into their own half by West Brom's more direct passing. They win a corner. 2:01PM 75 mins West Brom are about to bring on Oliver Burke. I have a feeling it may be a little late for them to get back into this one. Relegation beckons! 1:59PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! mo salah goal Ooooooh what a finish that is! Liverpool counter-attack rapidly and are in on goal before West Brom even realise what is happening! Oxlade-Chamberlain creates the chance with an absolutely brilliant reverse pass to split the defence but Salah takes his time, stays composed and does that little dink he does to chip the goalkeeper. Superb. West Brom 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 72 min) 1:57PM 72 mins More boos from West Brom fans as McClean is taken off for Jonny Evans. That'll be West Brom in a back three with Gibbs pushed higher up the pitch. SALAH IS IN HERE! 1:56PM 71 mins Wijnaldum points to where he's going to pass and switches play right towards Gomez. Gomez waits, waits, waits and then loses possession as McClean nips in to intercept. Really poor from Gomez. Moreno has been booked - the first yellow of the day - for a foul on Phillips wide right of the box. This is a decent chance to get the ball in the box. It's chipped in and there's a bit of a pinball rammy in the area... but Karius can gather. 1:54PM 68 mins Gomez's pass inside nearly hands Rondon the chance to score but Henderson charges back to block everything he tries. McClean hits a cross into the area but Liverpool get it away and send Salah up the pitch! He takes on his man, attempts a lovely back-heel pass to Firmino... but it's cleared by Nyom. 1:52PM 66 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Klopp is about to make a change and bring Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain. It looks like he wants to get another goal to kill this one off before West Brom get a lucky break from a corner or something. Ings makes way for Firmino and Mane is rested for The Ox to get a chance upfront. 1:49PM 64 mins Space opens up for Salah to attack, he gets closer to the box and shoots... but it's blocked. Liverpool are dominating West Brom's half now, moving the ball around largely unchallenged. West Brom can't really afford to lose here, I'm not sure I understand the mentality of sitting and waiting. 1:47PM 62 mins A West Brom corner is headed away and Nyom's dreadful touch nearly plays Salah and Mane into score! Livermore gets back to force Salah to release the ball and Wijnaldum's cross is cut out. Klavan and Van Dijk slow things down and pass around their own half, waiting for West Brom to come out of their defensive shape. 1:45PM 60 mins West Brom are pushing higher up the pitch, battling hard every chance they have to win the ball in duels with Liverpool players. It's working at the moment too, they have the momentum. Van Dijk reads a cut back as Phillips powers his way into the box. West Brom getting closer! Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool 1:42PM 57 mins That's him punching Ings after doing what looks like a stone cold stunner on the striker as they fall to the ground. 1:41PM 55 mins Hegazi has a little battle with Ings and Hegazi hits him off the ball. He should be sent off but again the referee hasn't seen it. He's having a dreadful game. 1:38PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS What is Klavan doing?! He stops playing and suddenly Rondon runs in behind him and is close to putting the ball round Karius and slotting into an empty net. Poor defending from the Liverpool man. 1:36PM 50 mins Phillips does superbly on the right wing to lose Wijnaldum and then chips the ball across the penalty area at a perfect height for a striker to head at goal. Neither of West Brom's forwards can get there in time. They've started well here... and the ball drops to McClean about 25 yards out! He tries to strike across the ball and bend it into the bottom corner but it puts it wide. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 50 min) 1:28PM Shots on goal West Brom vs Liverpool shots on goal 1:17PM Average positions Average touch positions (half time) 1:17PM HALF TIME Danny Ings gives Liverpool the lead in a fairly even first half. Liverpool aren't at full strength and haven't quite got going but West Brom don't really look like they believe they can win this one. 1:14PM 45 mins Gomez tries to burn past McClean but isn't quick enough and then bounces off the West Brom man, who does well to prevent a corner. Nyom is too strong for Wijnaldum, sends him to the floor and then tries to score from 60 yards. It doesn't work but by Jove I admire the effort. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Allan Nyom, 44 min) 1:13PM 43 mins INGS MUST SCORE! Out of nothing Liverpool create a chance. The ball is switched, Salah gets lucky against Hegazi and the ball falls to Ings in the centre of the area with only Foster to beat. The goalkeeper gets down and blocks the shot - he should really have scored that. 1:09PM 41 mins Credit: AFP Moreno gets forward on the left wing but doesn't appear to have the confidence to take on Nyom for pace. Every pass he's made has been backwards so far. 1:08PM 38 mins CHANCE FOR WEST BROM! That's much better! Livermore sneaks in to rob Milner of the ball and then swings a cross to the back post. McClean is there and hits it first time... it's zipped juuuust past the far post! Rodriguez did his best Gazza impression, stretching on the slide to try and turn it in! Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 37 min) Liverpool caught sleeping there, West Brom are pressing much higher to try and catch them out. Darren Moore encourages his players from the touchline. 1:06PM 36 mins West Brom look good from set pieces, this might be where they get some fun. The latest in their series of corners misses everybody again, though Dawson had roamed in at the back-post unmarked, thanks to Liverpool's zonal system. 1:05PM 35 mins Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool Another West Brom corner is whipped in and this one is dangerous! Klavan manages to get a head on it but Dawson was inches away from connecting and turning that in! Another corner coming. 1:03PM 34 mins West Brom win a corner. The big lads come up for it. Liverpool mark their zones... and Brunt's corner misses everyone and goes out for a throw-in. 1:02PM 32 mins West Brom working harder to press Liverpool higher up the pitch. The defensive line is still way deep to prevent Salah and Mane being played in with a direct pass over the top. Livermore passes the ball straight out for a throw-in, for no clear reason. 1:00PM 30 mins Oh my word that is a very heavy challenge from Rondon. He lunges into a slide tackle on Ings, gets up and then throws himself into another. I cannot believe he's not been booked - there's going in to a 50/50 to win it, and then there's aggressive studs up tackles with momentum behind them. This referee needs to calm those tackles down before someone gets hurt. Those of you who preferred the 'contact sport' of yesteryear will strongly disagree with me. 12:57PM 27 mins Salah takes it... but it's just over and wide. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 26 min) Rodriguez and Rondon are having to work hard today, chasing the ball into space on either wing from long passes by the defenders. They'll both be knackered by about the 60th minute but it does mean West Brom can shift from a defensive shape to attacking quickly without trying to go through Liverpool's hardworking midfield. 12:55PM 25 mins Hegazi fouls his countryman Salah and gives Liverpool the chance to shoot from a great position just infront of the box, slightly right of goal. This suits a left-footer. Foster eagerly sets up his wall. 12:54PM 24 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES 12:52PM 23 mins Phillips takes the chance to shoot on his left foot as he finds space inside the Liverpool box but his effort is weak and no trouble for the goalkeeper whatsoever. Dawson barges through the back of Ings while contesting a header but it's a fair challenge, even if the striker gets a whack to the head. Milner is having a great game, drifting around the pitch to link passing moves. 12:50PM 20 mins Moreno attacks down the left, passes inside, Liverpool keep the ball moving quickly, looking to go around the outside of the West Brom defence. Salah loses possession and the ball is punted up the pitch to groans from the fans, but Van Dijk's volleyed pass gives West Brom the chance to get forward. 12:48PM 18 mins Chris Brunt laughs with Salah as the West Brom man's attempted shot makes its way towards Egypt. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Chris Brunt, 18 min) 12:46PM 17 mins Dawson heads at goal from a corner but the linesman has spotted an offside in the area from the second ball. West Brom beginning to get into this game now, attacking down the wings with Phillips and McClean. 12:45PM 15 mins Credit: REUTERS Nyom goes into a high sliding tackle on Milner, which the latter manages to avoid. If he hadn't that one would've really hurt - I'm surprised the referee hasn't pulled play back and booked him for that. It was overly and needlessly aggressive. Milner isn't going to do much damage on the touchline. 12:43PM 13 mins Liverpool keep the ball and pass patiently around their own half. West Brom refuse to be drawn out of their shell to take them on. They're quite clearly very scared of the attacking threat Klopp's team has. Salah is at it today too - he's enjoying himself with the ball at his feet, dancing around a couple of players with quick feet and almost creating a chance out of thin air. 12:41PM 10 mins Van Dijk goes into a tackle on Rondon and has hurt himself here. He looks to have jarred his knee a little off the striker's boot and isn't walking as freely as he might like. West Brom are still defending really deep... and Salah has spun his man in the box! He sets himself up for the shot on his left foot but it's deflected over! 12:36PM 7 mins Karius has to come off his line to boot a long ball over the top away. West Brom looking to react to that early setback immediately. 12:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Danny Ings goal Ings scores! Boos ring out at the Hawthorns. West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Danny Ings, 4 min) 12:33PM 4 mins Liverpool win a corner. It's cleared, Milner has it wide right and hits a brilliant powerful cross to the corner of the six yard box and it's kept alive. Liverpool are in here! 12:32PM 3 mins Rondon tries to force his way past a defender into the box but the goalkeeper smothers, West Brom instantly fall back into a deep defensive shape behind the halfway line. That's the strategy for the day. Rondon battles with Klavan again, the pair shoving each other as they chase the ball into the channel. Free-kick to Liverpool. 12:30PM KICK OFF west brom vs liverpool kickoff Here we go! Liverpool get the game started. 12:27PM Here come the players! 12:11PM Darren Moore pre-match words "It's been great, we've gotten together as a group and worked hard as a group. there's wonderful belief in each other, everybody's working hard to turn this situation around. we're just working hard, we can't control what's happened in the past. "No (we aren't entertaining thoughts of surviving relegation). It's the next game. The next game is today. There's nothing we can do and we'll put all our efforts into the next game. " 12:10PM Result vs performance One side of the argument says that supporting a club like West Brom means you should accept the players are of a lower quality and to survive in the Premier League they need to play defensive, rigid football and that's that. The other says that even if they lose every game, they'd much prefer the team to have a go, attack and play football. That style is much better to watch but against stronger teams is asking for trouble. Obviously you can have a mix and adapt depending on the opposition, but I know I'd much prefer my team to actually play football. There's a reason Pep Guardiola was able to turn the Barca B team into a machine before he took the big job. There's a reason Ajax were able to win a European cup back in the 90s. There's a reason Alex Ferguson was able to dominate Scottish football with Aberdeen - and even beat Real Madrid. Yeh, sure, it's a different game now, but these things all happened with attacking football. What do you think? 11:52AM A lovely day Credit: PA What a day it is! A fine day for football or sitting in the park listening to music through one of those little bluetooth speakers. I don't want to hear your music! Use headphones! Arrhghgghg. But really, football is the winner today. West Brom aren't relegated (yet) but Liverpool's incredible front three could kill them off today. Will Darren Moore have a cunning plan up his sleeve? I suspect it'll be a 4-5-1 low block looking to deny space in behind and try to hit an unsuspecting, frustrated opposition with a counter-attack or score from a corner. Liverpool might be a little too good for them today. 11:37AM West Brom starting lineup An unchanged XI...#WBALIV#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/Jtw2IqhuL9— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 21, 2018 11:36AM Liverpool starting lineup Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma, has made five changes for the trip to rock-bottom West Brom, including giving a rest to 25-goal forward Roberto Firmino. However, he still fields a strong front line with Mohamed Salah, one of the favourites to be named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday, retaining his place alongside Sadio Mane with Danny Ings replacing Firmino and James Milner in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. There are three changes at the back as only Virgil van Dijk keeps his place from last weekend's win over Bournemouth as Ragnar Klavan comes in with Alberto Moreno making his first Premier League start since late November and Joe Gomez back after a month out with an ankle injury. The #LFC team to face @WBA...#WBALIVhttps://t.co/6XOx3UJ7x7pic.twitter.com/BdTIwhw7jF— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2018
West Brom complete remarkable comeback against Liverpool but can't escape relegation fears
It was only stalling the inevitable. The end will come soon enough, the moment other results conspire to make the mathematics unbreachable. But at the conclusion of this resolute comeback, the West Bromwich Albion fans made a noise as if the title had been won rather than relegation postponed. “Big Dazz, there’s only one Big Dazz,” they chanted in the direction of Darren Moore, the stand-in manager who has now taken five points from his three games in charge, after the previous eight had yielded precisely none. How the home support must wonder what might have been had he been given the job earlier, had he been able to restore a bit of unity when it might still have counted. Coming a week after victory at Old Trafford, this point was hard fought. Liverpool had cruised to a two-goal lead that appeared to be the perfect preparation for their Champions League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday. Goals from Danny Ings and, naturally, Mo Salah had given the afternoon the appearance of a stroll. But then West Brom, through a scrambled strike by Jake Livermore and a jet-propelled header from Salomon Rondon, fought back with spirit, effort and commitment, three words that would never have been associated with them under the previous hapless administration. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool had begun with a purpose which suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes, resting limbs ahead of the Roma game. But enough threat remained. As became clear after just four minutes. From a corner, Sadio Mane exchanged passes with James Milner, sauntered into the box and crossed for Georginio Wijnaldum, who cushioned the ball into the path of Ings. How the much-absent striker celebrated his first goal since Brendan Rodgers was manager. Ings came close to adding another when he miscued from close-in after being set up by Salah. His manager blamed the bobble on West Brom’s decision not to water the pitch. But you sense had the roles been reversed, Salah would have had no such trouble from dry conditions. With Moore casting a huge, brooding presence on the touchline, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for the rested Andy Robertson, and kept tearing down the right wing. Despite the accuracy of his crosses, nothing seemed to land for a colleague. As the half reached its conclusion, the home side had three successive corners, each pinged in with venom, each devoid of any touch. When James McClean fizzed in a cross which spun just in front of the sliding Jay Rodriguez, it seemed to sum up West Brom’s season: late, ineffectual and off-balance. As the second half begun, Ings should have had a penalty when tumbled by Ahmed Hegazi and the Egyptian was lucky to remain on the pitch after applying his knuckles to Ings’ ribcage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s shrewd through ball and deftly chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season. It was a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. Not bad company, his manager suggested. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two set-pieces late on allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered home Chris Brunt’s free-kick, prompting a rare explosion of delight in these parts. “Unfortunately for them it is a useless point,” suggested Klopp. Sadly for the calm, dignified, impressive Moore he is right. 2:57PM Danny Ings post-match "Disappointed. It's alright scoring goals but the three points is the most important thing. "I think they gathered some momentum, the pitch was very dry and suited the long ball, it really benefitted them. With their long balls they gathered momentum and scored two goals. "A lot. I've been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It's been a hell of a mountain I've had to climb to get there. "When you're out for a long time there's always doubts, it's important to surround yourself with people who are positive. That's really helped push me through to get me into the shape I'm in today. "I think it's one of them [those things], I looked the other way, it was a coming together, I don't want to throw another player under the bus. It's just a coming together, it's what English football's all about. You want to keep the physical side." 2:44PM Jurgen Klopp is a terrible loser "When they scored the goals. I think we controlled it pretty well, it was clear they only had opportunities from set pieces, Brunt, Phillips they take them really well. We gave them a corner it was difficult like the block on the goalkeeper, it makes life difficult, and what I heard the second was not a foul. "They score twice, we had the ball constantly, West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half time and it was quite difficult the second half. We had the chance second half for Ingsy in the box and the situation with Hegazi and Ingsy I dunno. You need a little help in these situations. We have to take it as it is. Credit: PA "I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football obviously. If the pitch is dry you can't pass three or four yards, but that's how it is, you have to deal with that. "I think everybody knows they want set pieces last few minutes but the referee gives it. "I'm not in the mood to talk about positive things. Give me a night and I'll tell Danny how good it was." 2:32PM Gutted West Brom players post-match Livermore "It's a shame. We've started to gain that belief and confidence in the last few weeks, all we can do is keep fighting for our fans. "Probably yeh (the result reflects the season). It's not for want of trying but the rub of the green hasn't happened like last season. It's just one of those things. "It's difficult to say, if we knew we'd try to change it months ago. I think confidence is a thing. We've thrown [lots of] points away from winning positions." Rondon "Yes I feel ... it's difficult situation for us, relegation, so thank you to our fans, our teammates, we worked so hard." 2:24PM Too little too late Despite that late effort, West Brom are stuck bottom of the league and are basically relegated. They really did need the three points and you can see the disappointment on the faces of the players. 2:23PM Rondon gives his shirt away Rondon goes to the crowd and gives his shirt to a guy with a Spanish language sign asking for it. #heartwarmingscenes 2:21PM FULL TIME What a comeback! Brilliant from West Brom. Their switch to a back three gave them the structure to work their way back into the match and they rode momentum to get those crucial goals. Jurgen Klopp looks furious. 2:20PM 90 mins +4 Milner sees the chance to shoot from 25 yards and takes it. Way over the bar. Foster rushes to get the ball and plays it short, Evans boots the ball long, Liverpool have everyone behind the ball. It's hooked into the area, Rondon goes for the header but it's knocked away. The ball is hit across the box and Rodriguez swings a foot at it but kicks the air and misses the ball. Liverpool just want the final whistle! 2:18PM 90 mins +2 Here come West Brom again! They power down the right wing, cross into the area and strikers attack it! Van Dijk is strong and heads away. 2:17PM 90 mins +1 Credit: AFP The fans believe West Brom can do this! They've got all the momentum, Liverpool are trying to hold on to a point now! 2:16PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! rondon goal YES THEY CAN! WOW! What a comeback! West Brom win a free-kick wide left, Burke hurries to get the ball, Brunt hits an absolute belter of a cross to the front post and Karius is caught in that dimension the kids get trapped inside in Stranger Things. He is nowhere close to it and Rondon heads in at the near post! Brilliant! West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool (Salomón Rondón, 88 min) 2:12PM 86 mins Liverpool are in full counter-attack mode now. Sitting mega deep and just getting rid of the ball whenever they can. The pressure's building! Can West Brom get back into this?! 2:09PM 84 mins Milner tries a roulette turn in the area but leaves the ball behind. Close. Very close. West Brom fans are urging their team on now, Liverpool sitting much deeper than they were earlier but West Brom's chips into the area are being headed away. Here comes Lovren for the final 10 minutes. Salah is replaced. 2:07PM 82 mins Hegazi full on catches Salah in the face with a swinging arm. Again the referee doesn't see it. 2:06PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! west brom goal Or is it all over?! The corner is knocked back across goal at the far post, Liverpool players are in a mess and Van Dijk plays West Brom players onside. Livermore is on the deck but swings a leg at the loose ball and finds the net! West Brom 1 - 2 Liverpool (Jake Livermore, 79 min) 2:04PM 78 mins Liverpool get nice and compact as they're forced deeper into their own half by West Brom's more direct passing. They win a corner. 2:01PM 75 mins West Brom are about to bring on Oliver Burke. I have a feeling it may be a little late for them to get back into this one. Relegation beckons! 1:59PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! mo salah goal Ooooooh what a finish that is! Liverpool counter-attack rapidly and are in on goal before West Brom even realise what is happening! Oxlade-Chamberlain creates the chance with an absolutely brilliant reverse pass to split the defence but Salah takes his time, stays composed and does that little dink he does to chip the goalkeeper. Superb. West Brom 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 72 min) 1:57PM 72 mins More boos from West Brom fans as McClean is taken off for Jonny Evans. That'll be West Brom in a back three with Gibbs pushed higher up the pitch. SALAH IS IN HERE! 1:56PM 71 mins Wijnaldum points to where he's going to pass and switches play right towards Gomez. Gomez waits, waits, waits and then loses possession as McClean nips in to intercept. Really poor from Gomez. Moreno has been booked - the first yellow of the day - for a foul on Phillips wide right of the box. This is a decent chance to get the ball in the box. It's chipped in and there's a bit of a pinball rammy in the area... but Karius can gather. 1:54PM 68 mins Gomez's pass inside nearly hands Rondon the chance to score but Henderson charges back to block everything he tries. McClean hits a cross into the area but Liverpool get it away and send Salah up the pitch! He takes on his man, attempts a lovely back-heel pass to Firmino... but it's cleared by Nyom. 1:52PM 66 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Klopp is about to make a change and bring Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain. It looks like he wants to get another goal to kill this one off before West Brom get a lucky break from a corner or something. Ings makes way for Firmino and Mane is rested for The Ox to get a chance upfront. 1:49PM 64 mins Space opens up for Salah to attack, he gets closer to the box and shoots... but it's blocked. Liverpool are dominating West Brom's half now, moving the ball around largely unchallenged. West Brom can't really afford to lose here, I'm not sure I understand the mentality of sitting and waiting. 1:47PM 62 mins A West Brom corner is headed away and Nyom's dreadful touch nearly plays Salah and Mane into score! Livermore gets back to force Salah to release the ball and Wijnaldum's cross is cut out. Klavan and Van Dijk slow things down and pass around their own half, waiting for West Brom to come out of their defensive shape. 1:45PM 60 mins West Brom are pushing higher up the pitch, battling hard every chance they have to win the ball in duels with Liverpool players. It's working at the moment too, they have the momentum. Van Dijk reads a cut back as Phillips powers his way into the box. West Brom getting closer! Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool 1:42PM 57 mins That's him punching Ings after doing what looks like a stone cold stunner on the striker as they fall to the ground. 1:41PM 55 mins Hegazi has a little battle with Ings and Hegazi hits him off the ball. He should be sent off but again the referee hasn't seen it. He's having a dreadful game. 1:38PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS What is Klavan doing?! He stops playing and suddenly Rondon runs in behind him and is close to putting the ball round Karius and slotting into an empty net. Poor defending from the Liverpool man. 1:36PM 50 mins Phillips does superbly on the right wing to lose Wijnaldum and then chips the ball across the penalty area at a perfect height for a striker to head at goal. Neither of West Brom's forwards can get there in time. They've started well here... and the ball drops to McClean about 25 yards out! He tries to strike across the ball and bend it into the bottom corner but it puts it wide. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 50 min) 1:28PM Shots on goal West Brom vs Liverpool shots on goal 1:17PM Average positions Average touch positions (half time) 1:17PM HALF TIME Danny Ings gives Liverpool the lead in a fairly even first half. Liverpool aren't at full strength and haven't quite got going but West Brom don't really look like they believe they can win this one. 1:14PM 45 mins Gomez tries to burn past McClean but isn't quick enough and then bounces off the West Brom man, who does well to prevent a corner. Nyom is too strong for Wijnaldum, sends him to the floor and then tries to score from 60 yards. It doesn't work but by Jove I admire the effort. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Allan Nyom, 44 min) 1:13PM 43 mins INGS MUST SCORE! Out of nothing Liverpool create a chance. The ball is switched, Salah gets lucky against Hegazi and the ball falls to Ings in the centre of the area with only Foster to beat. The goalkeeper gets down and blocks the shot - he should really have scored that. 1:09PM 41 mins Credit: AFP Moreno gets forward on the left wing but doesn't appear to have the confidence to take on Nyom for pace. Every pass he's made has been backwards so far. 1:08PM 38 mins CHANCE FOR WEST BROM! That's much better! Livermore sneaks in to rob Milner of the ball and then swings a cross to the back post. McClean is there and hits it first time... it's zipped juuuust past the far post! Rodriguez did his best Gazza impression, stretching on the slide to try and turn it in! Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 37 min) Liverpool caught sleeping there, West Brom are pressing much higher to try and catch them out. Darren Moore encourages his players from the touchline. 1:06PM 36 mins West Brom look good from set pieces, this might be where they get some fun. The latest in their series of corners misses everybody again, though Dawson had roamed in at the back-post unmarked, thanks to Liverpool's zonal system. 1:05PM 35 mins Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool Another West Brom corner is whipped in and this one is dangerous! Klavan manages to get a head on it but Dawson was inches away from connecting and turning that in! Another corner coming. 1:03PM 34 mins West Brom win a corner. The big lads come up for it. Liverpool mark their zones... and Brunt's corner misses everyone and goes out for a throw-in. 1:02PM 32 mins West Brom working harder to press Liverpool higher up the pitch. The defensive line is still way deep to prevent Salah and Mane being played in with a direct pass over the top. Livermore passes the ball straight out for a throw-in, for no clear reason. 1:00PM 30 mins Oh my word that is a very heavy challenge from Rondon. He lunges into a slide tackle on Ings, gets up and then throws himself into another. I cannot believe he's not been booked - there's going in to a 50/50 to win it, and then there's aggressive studs up tackles with momentum behind them. This referee needs to calm those tackles down before someone gets hurt. Those of you who preferred the 'contact sport' of yesteryear will strongly disagree with me. 12:57PM 27 mins Salah takes it... but it's just over and wide. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 26 min) Rodriguez and Rondon are having to work hard today, chasing the ball into space on either wing from long passes by the defenders. They'll both be knackered by about the 60th minute but it does mean West Brom can shift from a defensive shape to attacking quickly without trying to go through Liverpool's hardworking midfield. 12:55PM 25 mins Hegazi fouls his countryman Salah and gives Liverpool the chance to shoot from a great position just infront of the box, slightly right of goal. This suits a left-footer. Foster eagerly sets up his wall. 12:54PM 24 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES 12:52PM 23 mins Phillips takes the chance to shoot on his left foot as he finds space inside the Liverpool box but his effort is weak and no trouble for the goalkeeper whatsoever. Dawson barges through the back of Ings while contesting a header but it's a fair challenge, even if the striker gets a whack to the head. Milner is having a great game, drifting around the pitch to link passing moves. 12:50PM 20 mins Moreno attacks down the left, passes inside, Liverpool keep the ball moving quickly, looking to go around the outside of the West Brom defence. Salah loses possession and the ball is punted up the pitch to groans from the fans, but Van Dijk's volleyed pass gives West Brom the chance to get forward. 12:48PM 18 mins Chris Brunt laughs with Salah as the West Brom man's attempted shot makes its way towards Egypt. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Chris Brunt, 18 min) 12:46PM 17 mins Dawson heads at goal from a corner but the linesman has spotted an offside in the area from the second ball. West Brom beginning to get into this game now, attacking down the wings with Phillips and McClean. 12:45PM 15 mins Credit: REUTERS Nyom goes into a high sliding tackle on Milner, which the latter manages to avoid. If he hadn't that one would've really hurt - I'm surprised the referee hasn't pulled play back and booked him for that. It was overly and needlessly aggressive. Milner isn't going to do much damage on the touchline. 12:43PM 13 mins Liverpool keep the ball and pass patiently around their own half. West Brom refuse to be drawn out of their shell to take them on. They're quite clearly very scared of the attacking threat Klopp's team has. Salah is at it today too - he's enjoying himself with the ball at his feet, dancing around a couple of players with quick feet and almost creating a chance out of thin air. 12:41PM 10 mins Van Dijk goes into a tackle on Rondon and has hurt himself here. He looks to have jarred his knee a little off the striker's boot and isn't walking as freely as he might like. West Brom are still defending really deep... and Salah has spun his man in the box! He sets himself up for the shot on his left foot but it's deflected over! 12:36PM 7 mins Karius has to come off his line to boot a long ball over the top away. West Brom looking to react to that early setback immediately. 12:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Danny Ings goal Ings scores! Boos ring out at the Hawthorns. West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Danny Ings, 4 min) 12:33PM 4 mins Liverpool win a corner. It's cleared, Milner has it wide right and hits a brilliant powerful cross to the corner of the six yard box and it's kept alive. Liverpool are in here! 12:32PM 3 mins Rondon tries to force his way past a defender into the box but the goalkeeper smothers, West Brom instantly fall back into a deep defensive shape behind the halfway line. That's the strategy for the day. Rondon battles with Klavan again, the pair shoving each other as they chase the ball into the channel. Free-kick to Liverpool. 12:30PM KICK OFF west brom vs liverpool kickoff Here we go! Liverpool get the game started. 12:27PM Here come the players! 12:11PM Darren Moore pre-match words "It's been great, we've gotten together as a group and worked hard as a group. there's wonderful belief in each other, everybody's working hard to turn this situation around. we're just working hard, we can't control what's happened in the past. "No (we aren't entertaining thoughts of surviving relegation). It's the next game. The next game is today. There's nothing we can do and we'll put all our efforts into the next game. " 12:10PM Result vs performance One side of the argument says that supporting a club like West Brom means you should accept the players are of a lower quality and to survive in the Premier League they need to play defensive, rigid football and that's that. The other says that even if they lose every game, they'd much prefer the team to have a go, attack and play football. That style is much better to watch but against stronger teams is asking for trouble. Obviously you can have a mix and adapt depending on the opposition, but I know I'd much prefer my team to actually play football. There's a reason Pep Guardiola was able to turn the Barca B team into a machine before he took the big job. There's a reason Ajax were able to win a European cup back in the 90s. There's a reason Alex Ferguson was able to dominate Scottish football with Aberdeen - and even beat Real Madrid. Yeh, sure, it's a different game now, but these things all happened with attacking football. What do you think? 11:52AM A lovely day Credit: PA What a day it is! A fine day for football or sitting in the park listening to music through one of those little bluetooth speakers. I don't want to hear your music! Use headphones! Arrhghgghg. But really, football is the winner today. West Brom aren't relegated (yet) but Liverpool's incredible front three could kill them off today. Will Darren Moore have a cunning plan up his sleeve? I suspect it'll be a 4-5-1 low block looking to deny space in behind and try to hit an unsuspecting, frustrated opposition with a counter-attack or score from a corner. Liverpool might be a little too good for them today. 11:37AM West Brom starting lineup An unchanged XI...#WBALIV#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/Jtw2IqhuL9— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 21, 2018 11:36AM Liverpool starting lineup Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma, has made five changes for the trip to rock-bottom West Brom, including giving a rest to 25-goal forward Roberto Firmino. However, he still fields a strong front line with Mohamed Salah, one of the favourites to be named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday, retaining his place alongside Sadio Mane with Danny Ings replacing Firmino and James Milner in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. There are three changes at the back as only Virgil van Dijk keeps his place from last weekend's win over Bournemouth as Ragnar Klavan comes in with Alberto Moreno making his first Premier League start since late November and Joe Gomez back after a month out with an ankle injury. The #LFC team to face @WBA...#WBALIVhttps://t.co/6XOx3UJ7x7pic.twitter.com/BdTIwhw7jF— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2018
It was only stalling the inevitable. The end will come soon enough, the moment other results conspire to make the mathematics unbreachable. But at the conclusion of this resolute comeback, the West Bromwich Albion fans made a noise as if the title had been won rather than relegation postponed. “Big Dazz, there’s only one Big Dazz,” they chanted in the direction of Darren Moore, the stand-in manager who has now taken five points from his three games in charge, after the previous eight had yielded precisely none. How the home support must wonder what might have been had he been given the job earlier, had he been able to restore a bit of unity when it might still have counted. Coming a week after victory at Old Trafford, this point was hard fought. Liverpool had cruised to a two-goal lead that appeared to be the perfect preparation for their Champions League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday. Goals from Danny Ings and, naturally, Mo Salah had given the afternoon the appearance of a stroll. But then West Brom, through a scrambled strike by Jake Livermore and a jet-propelled header from Salomon Rondon, fought back with spirit, effort and commitment, three words that would never have been associated with them under the previous hapless administration. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool had begun with a purpose which suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes, resting limbs ahead of the Roma game. But enough threat remained. As became clear after just four minutes. From a corner, Sadio Mane exchanged passes with James Milner, sauntered into the box and crossed for Georginio Wijnaldum, who cushioned the ball into the path of Ings. How the much-absent striker celebrated his first goal since Brendan Rodgers was manager. Ings came close to adding another when he miscued from close-in after being set up by Salah. His manager blamed the bobble on West Brom’s decision not to water the pitch. But you sense had the roles been reversed, Salah would have had no such trouble from dry conditions. With Moore casting a huge, brooding presence on the touchline, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for the rested Andy Robertson, and kept tearing down the right wing. Despite the accuracy of his crosses, nothing seemed to land for a colleague. As the half reached its conclusion, the home side had three successive corners, each pinged in with venom, each devoid of any touch. When James McClean fizzed in a cross which spun just in front of the sliding Jay Rodriguez, it seemed to sum up West Brom’s season: late, ineffectual and off-balance. As the second half begun, Ings should have had a penalty when tumbled by Ahmed Hegazi and the Egyptian was lucky to remain on the pitch after applying his knuckles to Ings’ ribcage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s shrewd through ball and deftly chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season. It was a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. Not bad company, his manager suggested. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two set-pieces late on allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered home Chris Brunt’s free-kick, prompting a rare explosion of delight in these parts. “Unfortunately for them it is a useless point,” suggested Klopp. Sadly for the calm, dignified, impressive Moore he is right. 2:57PM Danny Ings post-match "Disappointed. It's alright scoring goals but the three points is the most important thing. "I think they gathered some momentum, the pitch was very dry and suited the long ball, it really benefitted them. With their long balls they gathered momentum and scored two goals. "A lot. I've been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It's been a hell of a mountain I've had to climb to get there. "When you're out for a long time there's always doubts, it's important to surround yourself with people who are positive. That's really helped push me through to get me into the shape I'm in today. "I think it's one of them [those things], I looked the other way, it was a coming together, I don't want to throw another player under the bus. It's just a coming together, it's what English football's all about. You want to keep the physical side." 2:44PM Jurgen Klopp is a terrible loser "When they scored the goals. I think we controlled it pretty well, it was clear they only had opportunities from set pieces, Brunt, Phillips they take them really well. We gave them a corner it was difficult like the block on the goalkeeper, it makes life difficult, and what I heard the second was not a foul. "They score twice, we had the ball constantly, West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half time and it was quite difficult the second half. We had the chance second half for Ingsy in the box and the situation with Hegazi and Ingsy I dunno. You need a little help in these situations. We have to take it as it is. Credit: PA "I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football obviously. If the pitch is dry you can't pass three or four yards, but that's how it is, you have to deal with that. "I think everybody knows they want set pieces last few minutes but the referee gives it. "I'm not in the mood to talk about positive things. Give me a night and I'll tell Danny how good it was." 2:32PM Gutted West Brom players post-match Livermore "It's a shame. We've started to gain that belief and confidence in the last few weeks, all we can do is keep fighting for our fans. "Probably yeh (the result reflects the season). It's not for want of trying but the rub of the green hasn't happened like last season. It's just one of those things. "It's difficult to say, if we knew we'd try to change it months ago. I think confidence is a thing. We've thrown [lots of] points away from winning positions." Rondon "Yes I feel ... it's difficult situation for us, relegation, so thank you to our fans, our teammates, we worked so hard." 2:24PM Too little too late Despite that late effort, West Brom are stuck bottom of the league and are basically relegated. They really did need the three points and you can see the disappointment on the faces of the players. 2:23PM Rondon gives his shirt away Rondon goes to the crowd and gives his shirt to a guy with a Spanish language sign asking for it. #heartwarmingscenes 2:21PM FULL TIME What a comeback! Brilliant from West Brom. Their switch to a back three gave them the structure to work their way back into the match and they rode momentum to get those crucial goals. Jurgen Klopp looks furious. 2:20PM 90 mins +4 Milner sees the chance to shoot from 25 yards and takes it. Way over the bar. Foster rushes to get the ball and plays it short, Evans boots the ball long, Liverpool have everyone behind the ball. It's hooked into the area, Rondon goes for the header but it's knocked away. The ball is hit across the box and Rodriguez swings a foot at it but kicks the air and misses the ball. Liverpool just want the final whistle! 2:18PM 90 mins +2 Here come West Brom again! They power down the right wing, cross into the area and strikers attack it! Van Dijk is strong and heads away. 2:17PM 90 mins +1 Credit: AFP The fans believe West Brom can do this! They've got all the momentum, Liverpool are trying to hold on to a point now! 2:16PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! rondon goal YES THEY CAN! WOW! What a comeback! West Brom win a free-kick wide left, Burke hurries to get the ball, Brunt hits an absolute belter of a cross to the front post and Karius is caught in that dimension the kids get trapped inside in Stranger Things. He is nowhere close to it and Rondon heads in at the near post! Brilliant! West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool (Salomón Rondón, 88 min) 2:12PM 86 mins Liverpool are in full counter-attack mode now. Sitting mega deep and just getting rid of the ball whenever they can. The pressure's building! Can West Brom get back into this?! 2:09PM 84 mins Milner tries a roulette turn in the area but leaves the ball behind. Close. Very close. West Brom fans are urging their team on now, Liverpool sitting much deeper than they were earlier but West Brom's chips into the area are being headed away. Here comes Lovren for the final 10 minutes. Salah is replaced. 2:07PM 82 mins Hegazi full on catches Salah in the face with a swinging arm. Again the referee doesn't see it. 2:06PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! west brom goal Or is it all over?! The corner is knocked back across goal at the far post, Liverpool players are in a mess and Van Dijk plays West Brom players onside. Livermore is on the deck but swings a leg at the loose ball and finds the net! West Brom 1 - 2 Liverpool (Jake Livermore, 79 min) 2:04PM 78 mins Liverpool get nice and compact as they're forced deeper into their own half by West Brom's more direct passing. They win a corner. 2:01PM 75 mins West Brom are about to bring on Oliver Burke. I have a feeling it may be a little late for them to get back into this one. Relegation beckons! 1:59PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! mo salah goal Ooooooh what a finish that is! Liverpool counter-attack rapidly and are in on goal before West Brom even realise what is happening! Oxlade-Chamberlain creates the chance with an absolutely brilliant reverse pass to split the defence but Salah takes his time, stays composed and does that little dink he does to chip the goalkeeper. Superb. West Brom 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 72 min) 1:57PM 72 mins More boos from West Brom fans as McClean is taken off for Jonny Evans. That'll be West Brom in a back three with Gibbs pushed higher up the pitch. SALAH IS IN HERE! 1:56PM 71 mins Wijnaldum points to where he's going to pass and switches play right towards Gomez. Gomez waits, waits, waits and then loses possession as McClean nips in to intercept. Really poor from Gomez. Moreno has been booked - the first yellow of the day - for a foul on Phillips wide right of the box. This is a decent chance to get the ball in the box. It's chipped in and there's a bit of a pinball rammy in the area... but Karius can gather. 1:54PM 68 mins Gomez's pass inside nearly hands Rondon the chance to score but Henderson charges back to block everything he tries. McClean hits a cross into the area but Liverpool get it away and send Salah up the pitch! He takes on his man, attempts a lovely back-heel pass to Firmino... but it's cleared by Nyom. 1:52PM 66 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Klopp is about to make a change and bring Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain. It looks like he wants to get another goal to kill this one off before West Brom get a lucky break from a corner or something. Ings makes way for Firmino and Mane is rested for The Ox to get a chance upfront. 1:49PM 64 mins Space opens up for Salah to attack, he gets closer to the box and shoots... but it's blocked. Liverpool are dominating West Brom's half now, moving the ball around largely unchallenged. West Brom can't really afford to lose here, I'm not sure I understand the mentality of sitting and waiting. 1:47PM 62 mins A West Brom corner is headed away and Nyom's dreadful touch nearly plays Salah and Mane into score! Livermore gets back to force Salah to release the ball and Wijnaldum's cross is cut out. Klavan and Van Dijk slow things down and pass around their own half, waiting for West Brom to come out of their defensive shape. 1:45PM 60 mins West Brom are pushing higher up the pitch, battling hard every chance they have to win the ball in duels with Liverpool players. It's working at the moment too, they have the momentum. Van Dijk reads a cut back as Phillips powers his way into the box. West Brom getting closer! Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool 1:42PM 57 mins That's him punching Ings after doing what looks like a stone cold stunner on the striker as they fall to the ground. 1:41PM 55 mins Hegazi has a little battle with Ings and Hegazi hits him off the ball. He should be sent off but again the referee hasn't seen it. He's having a dreadful game. 1:38PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS What is Klavan doing?! He stops playing and suddenly Rondon runs in behind him and is close to putting the ball round Karius and slotting into an empty net. Poor defending from the Liverpool man. 1:36PM 50 mins Phillips does superbly on the right wing to lose Wijnaldum and then chips the ball across the penalty area at a perfect height for a striker to head at goal. Neither of West Brom's forwards can get there in time. They've started well here... and the ball drops to McClean about 25 yards out! He tries to strike across the ball and bend it into the bottom corner but it puts it wide. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 50 min) 1:28PM Shots on goal West Brom vs Liverpool shots on goal 1:17PM Average positions Average touch positions (half time) 1:17PM HALF TIME Danny Ings gives Liverpool the lead in a fairly even first half. Liverpool aren't at full strength and haven't quite got going but West Brom don't really look like they believe they can win this one. 1:14PM 45 mins Gomez tries to burn past McClean but isn't quick enough and then bounces off the West Brom man, who does well to prevent a corner. Nyom is too strong for Wijnaldum, sends him to the floor and then tries to score from 60 yards. It doesn't work but by Jove I admire the effort. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Allan Nyom, 44 min) 1:13PM 43 mins INGS MUST SCORE! Out of nothing Liverpool create a chance. The ball is switched, Salah gets lucky against Hegazi and the ball falls to Ings in the centre of the area with only Foster to beat. The goalkeeper gets down and blocks the shot - he should really have scored that. 1:09PM 41 mins Credit: AFP Moreno gets forward on the left wing but doesn't appear to have the confidence to take on Nyom for pace. Every pass he's made has been backwards so far. 1:08PM 38 mins CHANCE FOR WEST BROM! That's much better! Livermore sneaks in to rob Milner of the ball and then swings a cross to the back post. McClean is there and hits it first time... it's zipped juuuust past the far post! Rodriguez did his best Gazza impression, stretching on the slide to try and turn it in! Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 37 min) Liverpool caught sleeping there, West Brom are pressing much higher to try and catch them out. Darren Moore encourages his players from the touchline. 1:06PM 36 mins West Brom look good from set pieces, this might be where they get some fun. The latest in their series of corners misses everybody again, though Dawson had roamed in at the back-post unmarked, thanks to Liverpool's zonal system. 1:05PM 35 mins Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool Another West Brom corner is whipped in and this one is dangerous! Klavan manages to get a head on it but Dawson was inches away from connecting and turning that in! Another corner coming. 1:03PM 34 mins West Brom win a corner. The big lads come up for it. Liverpool mark their zones... and Brunt's corner misses everyone and goes out for a throw-in. 1:02PM 32 mins West Brom working harder to press Liverpool higher up the pitch. The defensive line is still way deep to prevent Salah and Mane being played in with a direct pass over the top. Livermore passes the ball straight out for a throw-in, for no clear reason. 1:00PM 30 mins Oh my word that is a very heavy challenge from Rondon. He lunges into a slide tackle on Ings, gets up and then throws himself into another. I cannot believe he's not been booked - there's going in to a 50/50 to win it, and then there's aggressive studs up tackles with momentum behind them. This referee needs to calm those tackles down before someone gets hurt. Those of you who preferred the 'contact sport' of yesteryear will strongly disagree with me. 12:57PM 27 mins Salah takes it... but it's just over and wide. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 26 min) Rodriguez and Rondon are having to work hard today, chasing the ball into space on either wing from long passes by the defenders. They'll both be knackered by about the 60th minute but it does mean West Brom can shift from a defensive shape to attacking quickly without trying to go through Liverpool's hardworking midfield. 12:55PM 25 mins Hegazi fouls his countryman Salah and gives Liverpool the chance to shoot from a great position just infront of the box, slightly right of goal. This suits a left-footer. Foster eagerly sets up his wall. 12:54PM 24 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES 12:52PM 23 mins Phillips takes the chance to shoot on his left foot as he finds space inside the Liverpool box but his effort is weak and no trouble for the goalkeeper whatsoever. Dawson barges through the back of Ings while contesting a header but it's a fair challenge, even if the striker gets a whack to the head. Milner is having a great game, drifting around the pitch to link passing moves. 12:50PM 20 mins Moreno attacks down the left, passes inside, Liverpool keep the ball moving quickly, looking to go around the outside of the West Brom defence. Salah loses possession and the ball is punted up the pitch to groans from the fans, but Van Dijk's volleyed pass gives West Brom the chance to get forward. 12:48PM 18 mins Chris Brunt laughs with Salah as the West Brom man's attempted shot makes its way towards Egypt. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Chris Brunt, 18 min) 12:46PM 17 mins Dawson heads at goal from a corner but the linesman has spotted an offside in the area from the second ball. West Brom beginning to get into this game now, attacking down the wings with Phillips and McClean. 12:45PM 15 mins Credit: REUTERS Nyom goes into a high sliding tackle on Milner, which the latter manages to avoid. If he hadn't that one would've really hurt - I'm surprised the referee hasn't pulled play back and booked him for that. It was overly and needlessly aggressive. Milner isn't going to do much damage on the touchline. 12:43PM 13 mins Liverpool keep the ball and pass patiently around their own half. West Brom refuse to be drawn out of their shell to take them on. They're quite clearly very scared of the attacking threat Klopp's team has. Salah is at it today too - he's enjoying himself with the ball at his feet, dancing around a couple of players with quick feet and almost creating a chance out of thin air. 12:41PM 10 mins Van Dijk goes into a tackle on Rondon and has hurt himself here. He looks to have jarred his knee a little off the striker's boot and isn't walking as freely as he might like. West Brom are still defending really deep... and Salah has spun his man in the box! He sets himself up for the shot on his left foot but it's deflected over! 12:36PM 7 mins Karius has to come off his line to boot a long ball over the top away. West Brom looking to react to that early setback immediately. 12:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Danny Ings goal Ings scores! Boos ring out at the Hawthorns. West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Danny Ings, 4 min) 12:33PM 4 mins Liverpool win a corner. It's cleared, Milner has it wide right and hits a brilliant powerful cross to the corner of the six yard box and it's kept alive. Liverpool are in here! 12:32PM 3 mins Rondon tries to force his way past a defender into the box but the goalkeeper smothers, West Brom instantly fall back into a deep defensive shape behind the halfway line. That's the strategy for the day. Rondon battles with Klavan again, the pair shoving each other as they chase the ball into the channel. Free-kick to Liverpool. 12:30PM KICK OFF west brom vs liverpool kickoff Here we go! Liverpool get the game started. 12:27PM Here come the players! 12:11PM Darren Moore pre-match words "It's been great, we've gotten together as a group and worked hard as a group. there's wonderful belief in each other, everybody's working hard to turn this situation around. we're just working hard, we can't control what's happened in the past. "No (we aren't entertaining thoughts of surviving relegation). It's the next game. The next game is today. There's nothing we can do and we'll put all our efforts into the next game. " 12:10PM Result vs performance One side of the argument says that supporting a club like West Brom means you should accept the players are of a lower quality and to survive in the Premier League they need to play defensive, rigid football and that's that. The other says that even if they lose every game, they'd much prefer the team to have a go, attack and play football. That style is much better to watch but against stronger teams is asking for trouble. Obviously you can have a mix and adapt depending on the opposition, but I know I'd much prefer my team to actually play football. There's a reason Pep Guardiola was able to turn the Barca B team into a machine before he took the big job. There's a reason Ajax were able to win a European cup back in the 90s. There's a reason Alex Ferguson was able to dominate Scottish football with Aberdeen - and even beat Real Madrid. Yeh, sure, it's a different game now, but these things all happened with attacking football. What do you think? 11:52AM A lovely day Credit: PA What a day it is! A fine day for football or sitting in the park listening to music through one of those little bluetooth speakers. I don't want to hear your music! Use headphones! Arrhghgghg. But really, football is the winner today. West Brom aren't relegated (yet) but Liverpool's incredible front three could kill them off today. Will Darren Moore have a cunning plan up his sleeve? I suspect it'll be a 4-5-1 low block looking to deny space in behind and try to hit an unsuspecting, frustrated opposition with a counter-attack or score from a corner. Liverpool might be a little too good for them today. 11:37AM West Brom starting lineup An unchanged XI...#WBALIV#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/Jtw2IqhuL9— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 21, 2018 11:36AM Liverpool starting lineup Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma, has made five changes for the trip to rock-bottom West Brom, including giving a rest to 25-goal forward Roberto Firmino. However, he still fields a strong front line with Mohamed Salah, one of the favourites to be named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday, retaining his place alongside Sadio Mane with Danny Ings replacing Firmino and James Milner in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. There are three changes at the back as only Virgil van Dijk keeps his place from last weekend's win over Bournemouth as Ragnar Klavan comes in with Alberto Moreno making his first Premier League start since late November and Joe Gomez back after a month out with an ankle injury. The #LFC team to face @WBA...#WBALIVhttps://t.co/6XOx3UJ7x7pic.twitter.com/BdTIwhw7jF— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2018
West Brom complete remarkable comeback against Liverpool but can't escape relegation fears
It was only stalling the inevitable. The end will come soon enough, the moment other results conspire to make the mathematics unbreachable. But at the conclusion of this resolute comeback, the West Bromwich Albion fans made a noise as if the title had been won rather than relegation postponed. “Big Dazz, there’s only one Big Dazz,” they chanted in the direction of Darren Moore, the stand-in manager who has now taken five points from his three games in charge, after the previous eight had yielded precisely none. How the home support must wonder what might have been had he been given the job earlier, had he been able to restore a bit of unity when it might still have counted. Coming a week after victory at Old Trafford, this point was hard fought. Liverpool had cruised to a two-goal lead that appeared to be the perfect preparation for their Champions League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday. Goals from Danny Ings and, naturally, Mo Salah had given the afternoon the appearance of a stroll. But then West Brom, through a scrambled strike by Jake Livermore and a jet-propelled header from Salomon Rondon, fought back with spirit, effort and commitment, three words that would never have been associated with them under the previous hapless administration. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool had begun with a purpose which suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes, resting limbs ahead of the Roma game. But enough threat remained. As became clear after just four minutes. From a corner, Sadio Mane exchanged passes with James Milner, sauntered into the box and crossed for Georginio Wijnaldum, who cushioned the ball into the path of Ings. How the much-absent striker celebrated his first goal since Brendan Rodgers was manager. Ings came close to adding another when he miscued from close-in after being set up by Salah. His manager blamed the bobble on West Brom’s decision not to water the pitch. But you sense had the roles been reversed, Salah would have had no such trouble from dry conditions. With Moore casting a huge, brooding presence on the touchline, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for the rested Andy Robertson, and kept tearing down the right wing. Despite the accuracy of his crosses, nothing seemed to land for a colleague. As the half reached its conclusion, the home side had three successive corners, each pinged in with venom, each devoid of any touch. When James McClean fizzed in a cross which spun just in front of the sliding Jay Rodriguez, it seemed to sum up West Brom’s season: late, ineffectual and off-balance. As the second half begun, Ings should have had a penalty when tumbled by Ahmed Hegazi and the Egyptian was lucky to remain on the pitch after applying his knuckles to Ings’ ribcage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s shrewd through ball and deftly chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season. It was a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. Not bad company, his manager suggested. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two set-pieces late on allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered home Chris Brunt’s free-kick, prompting a rare explosion of delight in these parts. “Unfortunately for them it is a useless point,” suggested Klopp. Sadly for the calm, dignified, impressive Moore he is right. 2:57PM Danny Ings post-match "Disappointed. It's alright scoring goals but the three points is the most important thing. "I think they gathered some momentum, the pitch was very dry and suited the long ball, it really benefitted them. With their long balls they gathered momentum and scored two goals. "A lot. I've been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It's been a hell of a mountain I've had to climb to get there. "When you're out for a long time there's always doubts, it's important to surround yourself with people who are positive. That's really helped push me through to get me into the shape I'm in today. "I think it's one of them [those things], I looked the other way, it was a coming together, I don't want to throw another player under the bus. It's just a coming together, it's what English football's all about. You want to keep the physical side." 2:44PM Jurgen Klopp is a terrible loser "When they scored the goals. I think we controlled it pretty well, it was clear they only had opportunities from set pieces, Brunt, Phillips they take them really well. We gave them a corner it was difficult like the block on the goalkeeper, it makes life difficult, and what I heard the second was not a foul. "They score twice, we had the ball constantly, West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half time and it was quite difficult the second half. We had the chance second half for Ingsy in the box and the situation with Hegazi and Ingsy I dunno. You need a little help in these situations. We have to take it as it is. Credit: PA "I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football obviously. If the pitch is dry you can't pass three or four yards, but that's how it is, you have to deal with that. "I think everybody knows they want set pieces last few minutes but the referee gives it. "I'm not in the mood to talk about positive things. Give me a night and I'll tell Danny how good it was." 2:32PM Gutted West Brom players post-match Livermore "It's a shame. We've started to gain that belief and confidence in the last few weeks, all we can do is keep fighting for our fans. "Probably yeh (the result reflects the season). It's not for want of trying but the rub of the green hasn't happened like last season. It's just one of those things. "It's difficult to say, if we knew we'd try to change it months ago. I think confidence is a thing. We've thrown [lots of] points away from winning positions." Rondon "Yes I feel ... it's difficult situation for us, relegation, so thank you to our fans, our teammates, we worked so hard." 2:24PM Too little too late Despite that late effort, West Brom are stuck bottom of the league and are basically relegated. They really did need the three points and you can see the disappointment on the faces of the players. 2:23PM Rondon gives his shirt away Rondon goes to the crowd and gives his shirt to a guy with a Spanish language sign asking for it. #heartwarmingscenes 2:21PM FULL TIME What a comeback! Brilliant from West Brom. Their switch to a back three gave them the structure to work their way back into the match and they rode momentum to get those crucial goals. Jurgen Klopp looks furious. 2:20PM 90 mins +4 Milner sees the chance to shoot from 25 yards and takes it. Way over the bar. Foster rushes to get the ball and plays it short, Evans boots the ball long, Liverpool have everyone behind the ball. It's hooked into the area, Rondon goes for the header but it's knocked away. The ball is hit across the box and Rodriguez swings a foot at it but kicks the air and misses the ball. Liverpool just want the final whistle! 2:18PM 90 mins +2 Here come West Brom again! They power down the right wing, cross into the area and strikers attack it! Van Dijk is strong and heads away. 2:17PM 90 mins +1 Credit: AFP The fans believe West Brom can do this! They've got all the momentum, Liverpool are trying to hold on to a point now! 2:16PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! rondon goal YES THEY CAN! WOW! What a comeback! West Brom win a free-kick wide left, Burke hurries to get the ball, Brunt hits an absolute belter of a cross to the front post and Karius is caught in that dimension the kids get trapped inside in Stranger Things. He is nowhere close to it and Rondon heads in at the near post! Brilliant! West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool (Salomón Rondón, 88 min) 2:12PM 86 mins Liverpool are in full counter-attack mode now. Sitting mega deep and just getting rid of the ball whenever they can. The pressure's building! Can West Brom get back into this?! 2:09PM 84 mins Milner tries a roulette turn in the area but leaves the ball behind. Close. Very close. West Brom fans are urging their team on now, Liverpool sitting much deeper than they were earlier but West Brom's chips into the area are being headed away. Here comes Lovren for the final 10 minutes. Salah is replaced. 2:07PM 82 mins Hegazi full on catches Salah in the face with a swinging arm. Again the referee doesn't see it. 2:06PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! west brom goal Or is it all over?! The corner is knocked back across goal at the far post, Liverpool players are in a mess and Van Dijk plays West Brom players onside. Livermore is on the deck but swings a leg at the loose ball and finds the net! West Brom 1 - 2 Liverpool (Jake Livermore, 79 min) 2:04PM 78 mins Liverpool get nice and compact as they're forced deeper into their own half by West Brom's more direct passing. They win a corner. 2:01PM 75 mins West Brom are about to bring on Oliver Burke. I have a feeling it may be a little late for them to get back into this one. Relegation beckons! 1:59PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! mo salah goal Ooooooh what a finish that is! Liverpool counter-attack rapidly and are in on goal before West Brom even realise what is happening! Oxlade-Chamberlain creates the chance with an absolutely brilliant reverse pass to split the defence but Salah takes his time, stays composed and does that little dink he does to chip the goalkeeper. Superb. West Brom 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 72 min) 1:57PM 72 mins More boos from West Brom fans as McClean is taken off for Jonny Evans. That'll be West Brom in a back three with Gibbs pushed higher up the pitch. SALAH IS IN HERE! 1:56PM 71 mins Wijnaldum points to where he's going to pass and switches play right towards Gomez. Gomez waits, waits, waits and then loses possession as McClean nips in to intercept. Really poor from Gomez. Moreno has been booked - the first yellow of the day - for a foul on Phillips wide right of the box. This is a decent chance to get the ball in the box. It's chipped in and there's a bit of a pinball rammy in the area... but Karius can gather. 1:54PM 68 mins Gomez's pass inside nearly hands Rondon the chance to score but Henderson charges back to block everything he tries. McClean hits a cross into the area but Liverpool get it away and send Salah up the pitch! He takes on his man, attempts a lovely back-heel pass to Firmino... but it's cleared by Nyom. 1:52PM 66 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Klopp is about to make a change and bring Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain. It looks like he wants to get another goal to kill this one off before West Brom get a lucky break from a corner or something. Ings makes way for Firmino and Mane is rested for The Ox to get a chance upfront. 1:49PM 64 mins Space opens up for Salah to attack, he gets closer to the box and shoots... but it's blocked. Liverpool are dominating West Brom's half now, moving the ball around largely unchallenged. West Brom can't really afford to lose here, I'm not sure I understand the mentality of sitting and waiting. 1:47PM 62 mins A West Brom corner is headed away and Nyom's dreadful touch nearly plays Salah and Mane into score! Livermore gets back to force Salah to release the ball and Wijnaldum's cross is cut out. Klavan and Van Dijk slow things down and pass around their own half, waiting for West Brom to come out of their defensive shape. 1:45PM 60 mins West Brom are pushing higher up the pitch, battling hard every chance they have to win the ball in duels with Liverpool players. It's working at the moment too, they have the momentum. Van Dijk reads a cut back as Phillips powers his way into the box. West Brom getting closer! Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool 1:42PM 57 mins That's him punching Ings after doing what looks like a stone cold stunner on the striker as they fall to the ground. 1:41PM 55 mins Hegazi has a little battle with Ings and Hegazi hits him off the ball. He should be sent off but again the referee hasn't seen it. He's having a dreadful game. 1:38PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS What is Klavan doing?! He stops playing and suddenly Rondon runs in behind him and is close to putting the ball round Karius and slotting into an empty net. Poor defending from the Liverpool man. 1:36PM 50 mins Phillips does superbly on the right wing to lose Wijnaldum and then chips the ball across the penalty area at a perfect height for a striker to head at goal. Neither of West Brom's forwards can get there in time. They've started well here... and the ball drops to McClean about 25 yards out! He tries to strike across the ball and bend it into the bottom corner but it puts it wide. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 50 min) 1:28PM Shots on goal West Brom vs Liverpool shots on goal 1:17PM Average positions Average touch positions (half time) 1:17PM HALF TIME Danny Ings gives Liverpool the lead in a fairly even first half. Liverpool aren't at full strength and haven't quite got going but West Brom don't really look like they believe they can win this one. 1:14PM 45 mins Gomez tries to burn past McClean but isn't quick enough and then bounces off the West Brom man, who does well to prevent a corner. Nyom is too strong for Wijnaldum, sends him to the floor and then tries to score from 60 yards. It doesn't work but by Jove I admire the effort. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Allan Nyom, 44 min) 1:13PM 43 mins INGS MUST SCORE! Out of nothing Liverpool create a chance. The ball is switched, Salah gets lucky against Hegazi and the ball falls to Ings in the centre of the area with only Foster to beat. The goalkeeper gets down and blocks the shot - he should really have scored that. 1:09PM 41 mins Credit: AFP Moreno gets forward on the left wing but doesn't appear to have the confidence to take on Nyom for pace. Every pass he's made has been backwards so far. 1:08PM 38 mins CHANCE FOR WEST BROM! That's much better! Livermore sneaks in to rob Milner of the ball and then swings a cross to the back post. McClean is there and hits it first time... it's zipped juuuust past the far post! Rodriguez did his best Gazza impression, stretching on the slide to try and turn it in! Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 37 min) Liverpool caught sleeping there, West Brom are pressing much higher to try and catch them out. Darren Moore encourages his players from the touchline. 1:06PM 36 mins West Brom look good from set pieces, this might be where they get some fun. The latest in their series of corners misses everybody again, though Dawson had roamed in at the back-post unmarked, thanks to Liverpool's zonal system. 1:05PM 35 mins Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool Another West Brom corner is whipped in and this one is dangerous! Klavan manages to get a head on it but Dawson was inches away from connecting and turning that in! Another corner coming. 1:03PM 34 mins West Brom win a corner. The big lads come up for it. Liverpool mark their zones... and Brunt's corner misses everyone and goes out for a throw-in. 1:02PM 32 mins West Brom working harder to press Liverpool higher up the pitch. The defensive line is still way deep to prevent Salah and Mane being played in with a direct pass over the top. Livermore passes the ball straight out for a throw-in, for no clear reason. 1:00PM 30 mins Oh my word that is a very heavy challenge from Rondon. He lunges into a slide tackle on Ings, gets up and then throws himself into another. I cannot believe he's not been booked - there's going in to a 50/50 to win it, and then there's aggressive studs up tackles with momentum behind them. This referee needs to calm those tackles down before someone gets hurt. Those of you who preferred the 'contact sport' of yesteryear will strongly disagree with me. 12:57PM 27 mins Salah takes it... but it's just over and wide. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 26 min) Rodriguez and Rondon are having to work hard today, chasing the ball into space on either wing from long passes by the defenders. They'll both be knackered by about the 60th minute but it does mean West Brom can shift from a defensive shape to attacking quickly without trying to go through Liverpool's hardworking midfield. 12:55PM 25 mins Hegazi fouls his countryman Salah and gives Liverpool the chance to shoot from a great position just infront of the box, slightly right of goal. This suits a left-footer. Foster eagerly sets up his wall. 12:54PM 24 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES 12:52PM 23 mins Phillips takes the chance to shoot on his left foot as he finds space inside the Liverpool box but his effort is weak and no trouble for the goalkeeper whatsoever. Dawson barges through the back of Ings while contesting a header but it's a fair challenge, even if the striker gets a whack to the head. Milner is having a great game, drifting around the pitch to link passing moves. 12:50PM 20 mins Moreno attacks down the left, passes inside, Liverpool keep the ball moving quickly, looking to go around the outside of the West Brom defence. Salah loses possession and the ball is punted up the pitch to groans from the fans, but Van Dijk's volleyed pass gives West Brom the chance to get forward. 12:48PM 18 mins Chris Brunt laughs with Salah as the West Brom man's attempted shot makes its way towards Egypt. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Chris Brunt, 18 min) 12:46PM 17 mins Dawson heads at goal from a corner but the linesman has spotted an offside in the area from the second ball. West Brom beginning to get into this game now, attacking down the wings with Phillips and McClean. 12:45PM 15 mins Credit: REUTERS Nyom goes into a high sliding tackle on Milner, which the latter manages to avoid. If he hadn't that one would've really hurt - I'm surprised the referee hasn't pulled play back and booked him for that. It was overly and needlessly aggressive. Milner isn't going to do much damage on the touchline. 12:43PM 13 mins Liverpool keep the ball and pass patiently around their own half. West Brom refuse to be drawn out of their shell to take them on. They're quite clearly very scared of the attacking threat Klopp's team has. Salah is at it today too - he's enjoying himself with the ball at his feet, dancing around a couple of players with quick feet and almost creating a chance out of thin air. 12:41PM 10 mins Van Dijk goes into a tackle on Rondon and has hurt himself here. He looks to have jarred his knee a little off the striker's boot and isn't walking as freely as he might like. West Brom are still defending really deep... and Salah has spun his man in the box! He sets himself up for the shot on his left foot but it's deflected over! 12:36PM 7 mins Karius has to come off his line to boot a long ball over the top away. West Brom looking to react to that early setback immediately. 12:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Danny Ings goal Ings scores! Boos ring out at the Hawthorns. West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Danny Ings, 4 min) 12:33PM 4 mins Liverpool win a corner. It's cleared, Milner has it wide right and hits a brilliant powerful cross to the corner of the six yard box and it's kept alive. Liverpool are in here! 12:32PM 3 mins Rondon tries to force his way past a defender into the box but the goalkeeper smothers, West Brom instantly fall back into a deep defensive shape behind the halfway line. That's the strategy for the day. Rondon battles with Klavan again, the pair shoving each other as they chase the ball into the channel. Free-kick to Liverpool. 12:30PM KICK OFF west brom vs liverpool kickoff Here we go! Liverpool get the game started. 12:27PM Here come the players! 12:11PM Darren Moore pre-match words "It's been great, we've gotten together as a group and worked hard as a group. there's wonderful belief in each other, everybody's working hard to turn this situation around. we're just working hard, we can't control what's happened in the past. "No (we aren't entertaining thoughts of surviving relegation). It's the next game. The next game is today. There's nothing we can do and we'll put all our efforts into the next game. " 12:10PM Result vs performance One side of the argument says that supporting a club like West Brom means you should accept the players are of a lower quality and to survive in the Premier League they need to play defensive, rigid football and that's that. The other says that even if they lose every game, they'd much prefer the team to have a go, attack and play football. That style is much better to watch but against stronger teams is asking for trouble. Obviously you can have a mix and adapt depending on the opposition, but I know I'd much prefer my team to actually play football. There's a reason Pep Guardiola was able to turn the Barca B team into a machine before he took the big job. There's a reason Ajax were able to win a European cup back in the 90s. There's a reason Alex Ferguson was able to dominate Scottish football with Aberdeen - and even beat Real Madrid. Yeh, sure, it's a different game now, but these things all happened with attacking football. What do you think? 11:52AM A lovely day Credit: PA What a day it is! A fine day for football or sitting in the park listening to music through one of those little bluetooth speakers. I don't want to hear your music! Use headphones! Arrhghgghg. But really, football is the winner today. West Brom aren't relegated (yet) but Liverpool's incredible front three could kill them off today. Will Darren Moore have a cunning plan up his sleeve? I suspect it'll be a 4-5-1 low block looking to deny space in behind and try to hit an unsuspecting, frustrated opposition with a counter-attack or score from a corner. Liverpool might be a little too good for them today. 11:37AM West Brom starting lineup An unchanged XI...#WBALIV#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/Jtw2IqhuL9— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 21, 2018 11:36AM Liverpool starting lineup Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma, has made five changes for the trip to rock-bottom West Brom, including giving a rest to 25-goal forward Roberto Firmino. However, he still fields a strong front line with Mohamed Salah, one of the favourites to be named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday, retaining his place alongside Sadio Mane with Danny Ings replacing Firmino and James Milner in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. There are three changes at the back as only Virgil van Dijk keeps his place from last weekend's win over Bournemouth as Ragnar Klavan comes in with Alberto Moreno making his first Premier League start since late November and Joe Gomez back after a month out with an ankle injury. The #LFC team to face @WBA...#WBALIVhttps://t.co/6XOx3UJ7x7pic.twitter.com/BdTIwhw7jF— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2018
It was only stalling the inevitable. The end will come soon enough, the moment other results conspire to make the mathematics unbreachable. But at the conclusion of this resolute comeback, the West Bromwich Albion fans made a noise as if the title had been won rather than relegation postponed. “Big Dazz, there’s only one Big Dazz,” they chanted in the direction of Darren Moore, the stand-in manager who has now taken five points from his three games in charge, after the previous eight had yielded precisely none. How the home support must wonder what might have been had he been given the job earlier, had he been able to restore a bit of unity when it might still have counted. Coming a week after victory at Old Trafford, this point was hard fought. Liverpool had cruised to a two-goal lead that appeared to be the perfect preparation for their Champions League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday. Goals from Danny Ings and, naturally, Mo Salah had given the afternoon the appearance of a stroll. But then West Brom, through a scrambled strike by Jake Livermore and a jet-propelled header from Salomon Rondon, fought back with spirit, effort and commitment, three words that would never have been associated with them under the previous hapless administration. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool had begun with a purpose which suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes, resting limbs ahead of the Roma game. But enough threat remained. As became clear after just four minutes. From a corner, Sadio Mane exchanged passes with James Milner, sauntered into the box and crossed for Georginio Wijnaldum, who cushioned the ball into the path of Ings. How the much-absent striker celebrated his first goal since Brendan Rodgers was manager. Ings came close to adding another when he miscued from close-in after being set up by Salah. His manager blamed the bobble on West Brom’s decision not to water the pitch. But you sense had the roles been reversed, Salah would have had no such trouble from dry conditions. With Moore casting a huge, brooding presence on the touchline, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for the rested Andy Robertson, and kept tearing down the right wing. Despite the accuracy of his crosses, nothing seemed to land for a colleague. As the half reached its conclusion, the home side had three successive corners, each pinged in with venom, each devoid of any touch. When James McClean fizzed in a cross which spun just in front of the sliding Jay Rodriguez, it seemed to sum up West Brom’s season: late, ineffectual and off-balance. As the second half begun, Ings should have had a penalty when tumbled by Ahmed Hegazi and the Egyptian was lucky to remain on the pitch after applying his knuckles to Ings’ ribcage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s shrewd through ball and deftly chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season. It was a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. Not bad company, his manager suggested. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two set-pieces late on allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered home Chris Brunt’s free-kick, prompting a rare explosion of delight in these parts. “Unfortunately for them it is a useless point,” suggested Klopp. Sadly for the calm, dignified, impressive Moore he is right. 2:57PM Danny Ings post-match "Disappointed. It's alright scoring goals but the three points is the most important thing. "I think they gathered some momentum, the pitch was very dry and suited the long ball, it really benefitted them. With their long balls they gathered momentum and scored two goals. "A lot. I've been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It's been a hell of a mountain I've had to climb to get there. "When you're out for a long time there's always doubts, it's important to surround yourself with people who are positive. That's really helped push me through to get me into the shape I'm in today. "I think it's one of them [those things], I looked the other way, it was a coming together, I don't want to throw another player under the bus. It's just a coming together, it's what English football's all about. You want to keep the physical side." 2:44PM Jurgen Klopp is a terrible loser "When they scored the goals. I think we controlled it pretty well, it was clear they only had opportunities from set pieces, Brunt, Phillips they take them really well. We gave them a corner it was difficult like the block on the goalkeeper, it makes life difficult, and what I heard the second was not a foul. "They score twice, we had the ball constantly, West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half time and it was quite difficult the second half. We had the chance second half for Ingsy in the box and the situation with Hegazi and Ingsy I dunno. You need a little help in these situations. We have to take it as it is. Credit: PA "I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football obviously. If the pitch is dry you can't pass three or four yards, but that's how it is, you have to deal with that. "I think everybody knows they want set pieces last few minutes but the referee gives it. "I'm not in the mood to talk about positive things. Give me a night and I'll tell Danny how good it was." 2:32PM Gutted West Brom players post-match Livermore "It's a shame. We've started to gain that belief and confidence in the last few weeks, all we can do is keep fighting for our fans. "Probably yeh (the result reflects the season). It's not for want of trying but the rub of the green hasn't happened like last season. It's just one of those things. "It's difficult to say, if we knew we'd try to change it months ago. I think confidence is a thing. We've thrown [lots of] points away from winning positions." Rondon "Yes I feel ... it's difficult situation for us, relegation, so thank you to our fans, our teammates, we worked so hard." 2:24PM Too little too late Despite that late effort, West Brom are stuck bottom of the league and are basically relegated. They really did need the three points and you can see the disappointment on the faces of the players. 2:23PM Rondon gives his shirt away Rondon goes to the crowd and gives his shirt to a guy with a Spanish language sign asking for it. #heartwarmingscenes 2:21PM FULL TIME What a comeback! Brilliant from West Brom. Their switch to a back three gave them the structure to work their way back into the match and they rode momentum to get those crucial goals. Jurgen Klopp looks furious. 2:20PM 90 mins +4 Milner sees the chance to shoot from 25 yards and takes it. Way over the bar. Foster rushes to get the ball and plays it short, Evans boots the ball long, Liverpool have everyone behind the ball. It's hooked into the area, Rondon goes for the header but it's knocked away. The ball is hit across the box and Rodriguez swings a foot at it but kicks the air and misses the ball. Liverpool just want the final whistle! 2:18PM 90 mins +2 Here come West Brom again! They power down the right wing, cross into the area and strikers attack it! Van Dijk is strong and heads away. 2:17PM 90 mins +1 Credit: AFP The fans believe West Brom can do this! They've got all the momentum, Liverpool are trying to hold on to a point now! 2:16PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! rondon goal YES THEY CAN! WOW! What a comeback! West Brom win a free-kick wide left, Burke hurries to get the ball, Brunt hits an absolute belter of a cross to the front post and Karius is caught in that dimension the kids get trapped inside in Stranger Things. He is nowhere close to it and Rondon heads in at the near post! Brilliant! West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool (Salomón Rondón, 88 min) 2:12PM 86 mins Liverpool are in full counter-attack mode now. Sitting mega deep and just getting rid of the ball whenever they can. The pressure's building! Can West Brom get back into this?! 2:09PM 84 mins Milner tries a roulette turn in the area but leaves the ball behind. Close. Very close. West Brom fans are urging their team on now, Liverpool sitting much deeper than they were earlier but West Brom's chips into the area are being headed away. Here comes Lovren for the final 10 minutes. Salah is replaced. 2:07PM 82 mins Hegazi full on catches Salah in the face with a swinging arm. Again the referee doesn't see it. 2:06PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! west brom goal Or is it all over?! The corner is knocked back across goal at the far post, Liverpool players are in a mess and Van Dijk plays West Brom players onside. Livermore is on the deck but swings a leg at the loose ball and finds the net! West Brom 1 - 2 Liverpool (Jake Livermore, 79 min) 2:04PM 78 mins Liverpool get nice and compact as they're forced deeper into their own half by West Brom's more direct passing. They win a corner. 2:01PM 75 mins West Brom are about to bring on Oliver Burke. I have a feeling it may be a little late for them to get back into this one. Relegation beckons! 1:59PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! mo salah goal Ooooooh what a finish that is! Liverpool counter-attack rapidly and are in on goal before West Brom even realise what is happening! Oxlade-Chamberlain creates the chance with an absolutely brilliant reverse pass to split the defence but Salah takes his time, stays composed and does that little dink he does to chip the goalkeeper. Superb. West Brom 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 72 min) 1:57PM 72 mins More boos from West Brom fans as McClean is taken off for Jonny Evans. That'll be West Brom in a back three with Gibbs pushed higher up the pitch. SALAH IS IN HERE! 1:56PM 71 mins Wijnaldum points to where he's going to pass and switches play right towards Gomez. Gomez waits, waits, waits and then loses possession as McClean nips in to intercept. Really poor from Gomez. Moreno has been booked - the first yellow of the day - for a foul on Phillips wide right of the box. This is a decent chance to get the ball in the box. It's chipped in and there's a bit of a pinball rammy in the area... but Karius can gather. 1:54PM 68 mins Gomez's pass inside nearly hands Rondon the chance to score but Henderson charges back to block everything he tries. McClean hits a cross into the area but Liverpool get it away and send Salah up the pitch! He takes on his man, attempts a lovely back-heel pass to Firmino... but it's cleared by Nyom. 1:52PM 66 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Klopp is about to make a change and bring Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain. It looks like he wants to get another goal to kill this one off before West Brom get a lucky break from a corner or something. Ings makes way for Firmino and Mane is rested for The Ox to get a chance upfront. 1:49PM 64 mins Space opens up for Salah to attack, he gets closer to the box and shoots... but it's blocked. Liverpool are dominating West Brom's half now, moving the ball around largely unchallenged. West Brom can't really afford to lose here, I'm not sure I understand the mentality of sitting and waiting. 1:47PM 62 mins A West Brom corner is headed away and Nyom's dreadful touch nearly plays Salah and Mane into score! Livermore gets back to force Salah to release the ball and Wijnaldum's cross is cut out. Klavan and Van Dijk slow things down and pass around their own half, waiting for West Brom to come out of their defensive shape. 1:45PM 60 mins West Brom are pushing higher up the pitch, battling hard every chance they have to win the ball in duels with Liverpool players. It's working at the moment too, they have the momentum. Van Dijk reads a cut back as Phillips powers his way into the box. West Brom getting closer! Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool 1:42PM 57 mins That's him punching Ings after doing what looks like a stone cold stunner on the striker as they fall to the ground. 1:41PM 55 mins Hegazi has a little battle with Ings and Hegazi hits him off the ball. He should be sent off but again the referee hasn't seen it. He's having a dreadful game. 1:38PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS What is Klavan doing?! He stops playing and suddenly Rondon runs in behind him and is close to putting the ball round Karius and slotting into an empty net. Poor defending from the Liverpool man. 1:36PM 50 mins Phillips does superbly on the right wing to lose Wijnaldum and then chips the ball across the penalty area at a perfect height for a striker to head at goal. Neither of West Brom's forwards can get there in time. They've started well here... and the ball drops to McClean about 25 yards out! He tries to strike across the ball and bend it into the bottom corner but it puts it wide. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 50 min) 1:28PM Shots on goal West Brom vs Liverpool shots on goal 1:17PM Average positions Average touch positions (half time) 1:17PM HALF TIME Danny Ings gives Liverpool the lead in a fairly even first half. Liverpool aren't at full strength and haven't quite got going but West Brom don't really look like they believe they can win this one. 1:14PM 45 mins Gomez tries to burn past McClean but isn't quick enough and then bounces off the West Brom man, who does well to prevent a corner. Nyom is too strong for Wijnaldum, sends him to the floor and then tries to score from 60 yards. It doesn't work but by Jove I admire the effort. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Allan Nyom, 44 min) 1:13PM 43 mins INGS MUST SCORE! Out of nothing Liverpool create a chance. The ball is switched, Salah gets lucky against Hegazi and the ball falls to Ings in the centre of the area with only Foster to beat. The goalkeeper gets down and blocks the shot - he should really have scored that. 1:09PM 41 mins Credit: AFP Moreno gets forward on the left wing but doesn't appear to have the confidence to take on Nyom for pace. Every pass he's made has been backwards so far. 1:08PM 38 mins CHANCE FOR WEST BROM! That's much better! Livermore sneaks in to rob Milner of the ball and then swings a cross to the back post. McClean is there and hits it first time... it's zipped juuuust past the far post! Rodriguez did his best Gazza impression, stretching on the slide to try and turn it in! Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 37 min) Liverpool caught sleeping there, West Brom are pressing much higher to try and catch them out. Darren Moore encourages his players from the touchline. 1:06PM 36 mins West Brom look good from set pieces, this might be where they get some fun. The latest in their series of corners misses everybody again, though Dawson had roamed in at the back-post unmarked, thanks to Liverpool's zonal system. 1:05PM 35 mins Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool Another West Brom corner is whipped in and this one is dangerous! Klavan manages to get a head on it but Dawson was inches away from connecting and turning that in! Another corner coming. 1:03PM 34 mins West Brom win a corner. The big lads come up for it. Liverpool mark their zones... and Brunt's corner misses everyone and goes out for a throw-in. 1:02PM 32 mins West Brom working harder to press Liverpool higher up the pitch. The defensive line is still way deep to prevent Salah and Mane being played in with a direct pass over the top. Livermore passes the ball straight out for a throw-in, for no clear reason. 1:00PM 30 mins Oh my word that is a very heavy challenge from Rondon. He lunges into a slide tackle on Ings, gets up and then throws himself into another. I cannot believe he's not been booked - there's going in to a 50/50 to win it, and then there's aggressive studs up tackles with momentum behind them. This referee needs to calm those tackles down before someone gets hurt. Those of you who preferred the 'contact sport' of yesteryear will strongly disagree with me. 12:57PM 27 mins Salah takes it... but it's just over and wide. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 26 min) Rodriguez and Rondon are having to work hard today, chasing the ball into space on either wing from long passes by the defenders. They'll both be knackered by about the 60th minute but it does mean West Brom can shift from a defensive shape to attacking quickly without trying to go through Liverpool's hardworking midfield. 12:55PM 25 mins Hegazi fouls his countryman Salah and gives Liverpool the chance to shoot from a great position just infront of the box, slightly right of goal. This suits a left-footer. Foster eagerly sets up his wall. 12:54PM 24 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES 12:52PM 23 mins Phillips takes the chance to shoot on his left foot as he finds space inside the Liverpool box but his effort is weak and no trouble for the goalkeeper whatsoever. Dawson barges through the back of Ings while contesting a header but it's a fair challenge, even if the striker gets a whack to the head. Milner is having a great game, drifting around the pitch to link passing moves. 12:50PM 20 mins Moreno attacks down the left, passes inside, Liverpool keep the ball moving quickly, looking to go around the outside of the West Brom defence. Salah loses possession and the ball is punted up the pitch to groans from the fans, but Van Dijk's volleyed pass gives West Brom the chance to get forward. 12:48PM 18 mins Chris Brunt laughs with Salah as the West Brom man's attempted shot makes its way towards Egypt. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Chris Brunt, 18 min) 12:46PM 17 mins Dawson heads at goal from a corner but the linesman has spotted an offside in the area from the second ball. West Brom beginning to get into this game now, attacking down the wings with Phillips and McClean. 12:45PM 15 mins Credit: REUTERS Nyom goes into a high sliding tackle on Milner, which the latter manages to avoid. If he hadn't that one would've really hurt - I'm surprised the referee hasn't pulled play back and booked him for that. It was overly and needlessly aggressive. Milner isn't going to do much damage on the touchline. 12:43PM 13 mins Liverpool keep the ball and pass patiently around their own half. West Brom refuse to be drawn out of their shell to take them on. They're quite clearly very scared of the attacking threat Klopp's team has. Salah is at it today too - he's enjoying himself with the ball at his feet, dancing around a couple of players with quick feet and almost creating a chance out of thin air. 12:41PM 10 mins Van Dijk goes into a tackle on Rondon and has hurt himself here. He looks to have jarred his knee a little off the striker's boot and isn't walking as freely as he might like. West Brom are still defending really deep... and Salah has spun his man in the box! He sets himself up for the shot on his left foot but it's deflected over! 12:36PM 7 mins Karius has to come off his line to boot a long ball over the top away. West Brom looking to react to that early setback immediately. 12:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Danny Ings goal Ings scores! Boos ring out at the Hawthorns. West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Danny Ings, 4 min) 12:33PM 4 mins Liverpool win a corner. It's cleared, Milner has it wide right and hits a brilliant powerful cross to the corner of the six yard box and it's kept alive. Liverpool are in here! 12:32PM 3 mins Rondon tries to force his way past a defender into the box but the goalkeeper smothers, West Brom instantly fall back into a deep defensive shape behind the halfway line. That's the strategy for the day. Rondon battles with Klavan again, the pair shoving each other as they chase the ball into the channel. Free-kick to Liverpool. 12:30PM KICK OFF west brom vs liverpool kickoff Here we go! Liverpool get the game started. 12:27PM Here come the players! 12:11PM Darren Moore pre-match words "It's been great, we've gotten together as a group and worked hard as a group. there's wonderful belief in each other, everybody's working hard to turn this situation around. we're just working hard, we can't control what's happened in the past. "No (we aren't entertaining thoughts of surviving relegation). It's the next game. The next game is today. There's nothing we can do and we'll put all our efforts into the next game. " 12:10PM Result vs performance One side of the argument says that supporting a club like West Brom means you should accept the players are of a lower quality and to survive in the Premier League they need to play defensive, rigid football and that's that. The other says that even if they lose every game, they'd much prefer the team to have a go, attack and play football. That style is much better to watch but against stronger teams is asking for trouble. Obviously you can have a mix and adapt depending on the opposition, but I know I'd much prefer my team to actually play football. There's a reason Pep Guardiola was able to turn the Barca B team into a machine before he took the big job. There's a reason Ajax were able to win a European cup back in the 90s. There's a reason Alex Ferguson was able to dominate Scottish football with Aberdeen - and even beat Real Madrid. Yeh, sure, it's a different game now, but these things all happened with attacking football. What do you think? 11:52AM A lovely day Credit: PA What a day it is! A fine day for football or sitting in the park listening to music through one of those little bluetooth speakers. I don't want to hear your music! Use headphones! Arrhghgghg. But really, football is the winner today. West Brom aren't relegated (yet) but Liverpool's incredible front three could kill them off today. Will Darren Moore have a cunning plan up his sleeve? I suspect it'll be a 4-5-1 low block looking to deny space in behind and try to hit an unsuspecting, frustrated opposition with a counter-attack or score from a corner. Liverpool might be a little too good for them today. 11:37AM West Brom starting lineup An unchanged XI...#WBALIV#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/Jtw2IqhuL9— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 21, 2018 11:36AM Liverpool starting lineup Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma, has made five changes for the trip to rock-bottom West Brom, including giving a rest to 25-goal forward Roberto Firmino. However, he still fields a strong front line with Mohamed Salah, one of the favourites to be named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday, retaining his place alongside Sadio Mane with Danny Ings replacing Firmino and James Milner in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. There are three changes at the back as only Virgil van Dijk keeps his place from last weekend's win over Bournemouth as Ragnar Klavan comes in with Alberto Moreno making his first Premier League start since late November and Joe Gomez back after a month out with an ankle injury. The #LFC team to face @WBA...#WBALIVhttps://t.co/6XOx3UJ7x7pic.twitter.com/BdTIwhw7jF— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2018
West Brom complete remarkable comeback against Liverpool but can't escape relegation fears
It was only stalling the inevitable. The end will come soon enough, the moment other results conspire to make the mathematics unbreachable. But at the conclusion of this resolute comeback, the West Bromwich Albion fans made a noise as if the title had been won rather than relegation postponed. “Big Dazz, there’s only one Big Dazz,” they chanted in the direction of Darren Moore, the stand-in manager who has now taken five points from his three games in charge, after the previous eight had yielded precisely none. How the home support must wonder what might have been had he been given the job earlier, had he been able to restore a bit of unity when it might still have counted. Coming a week after victory at Old Trafford, this point was hard fought. Liverpool had cruised to a two-goal lead that appeared to be the perfect preparation for their Champions League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday. Goals from Danny Ings and, naturally, Mo Salah had given the afternoon the appearance of a stroll. But then West Brom, through a scrambled strike by Jake Livermore and a jet-propelled header from Salomon Rondon, fought back with spirit, effort and commitment, three words that would never have been associated with them under the previous hapless administration. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool had begun with a purpose which suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes, resting limbs ahead of the Roma game. But enough threat remained. As became clear after just four minutes. From a corner, Sadio Mane exchanged passes with James Milner, sauntered into the box and crossed for Georginio Wijnaldum, who cushioned the ball into the path of Ings. How the much-absent striker celebrated his first goal since Brendan Rodgers was manager. Ings came close to adding another when he miscued from close-in after being set up by Salah. His manager blamed the bobble on West Brom’s decision not to water the pitch. But you sense had the roles been reversed, Salah would have had no such trouble from dry conditions. With Moore casting a huge, brooding presence on the touchline, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for the rested Andy Robertson, and kept tearing down the right wing. Despite the accuracy of his crosses, nothing seemed to land for a colleague. As the half reached its conclusion, the home side had three successive corners, each pinged in with venom, each devoid of any touch. When James McClean fizzed in a cross which spun just in front of the sliding Jay Rodriguez, it seemed to sum up West Brom’s season: late, ineffectual and off-balance. As the second half begun, Ings should have had a penalty when tumbled by Ahmed Hegazi and the Egyptian was lucky to remain on the pitch after applying his knuckles to Ings’ ribcage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s shrewd through ball and deftly chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season. It was a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. Not bad company, his manager suggested. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two set-pieces late on allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered home Chris Brunt’s free-kick, prompting a rare explosion of delight in these parts. “Unfortunately for them it is a useless point,” suggested Klopp. Sadly for the calm, dignified, impressive Moore he is right. 2:57PM Danny Ings post-match "Disappointed. It's alright scoring goals but the three points is the most important thing. "I think they gathered some momentum, the pitch was very dry and suited the long ball, it really benefitted them. With their long balls they gathered momentum and scored two goals. "A lot. I've been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It's been a hell of a mountain I've had to climb to get there. "When you're out for a long time there's always doubts, it's important to surround yourself with people who are positive. That's really helped push me through to get me into the shape I'm in today. "I think it's one of them [those things], I looked the other way, it was a coming together, I don't want to throw another player under the bus. It's just a coming together, it's what English football's all about. You want to keep the physical side." 2:44PM Jurgen Klopp is a terrible loser "When they scored the goals. I think we controlled it pretty well, it was clear they only had opportunities from set pieces, Brunt, Phillips they take them really well. We gave them a corner it was difficult like the block on the goalkeeper, it makes life difficult, and what I heard the second was not a foul. "They score twice, we had the ball constantly, West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half time and it was quite difficult the second half. We had the chance second half for Ingsy in the box and the situation with Hegazi and Ingsy I dunno. You need a little help in these situations. We have to take it as it is. Credit: PA "I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football obviously. If the pitch is dry you can't pass three or four yards, but that's how it is, you have to deal with that. "I think everybody knows they want set pieces last few minutes but the referee gives it. "I'm not in the mood to talk about positive things. Give me a night and I'll tell Danny how good it was." 2:32PM Gutted West Brom players post-match Livermore "It's a shame. We've started to gain that belief and confidence in the last few weeks, all we can do is keep fighting for our fans. "Probably yeh (the result reflects the season). It's not for want of trying but the rub of the green hasn't happened like last season. It's just one of those things. "It's difficult to say, if we knew we'd try to change it months ago. I think confidence is a thing. We've thrown [lots of] points away from winning positions." Rondon "Yes I feel ... it's difficult situation for us, relegation, so thank you to our fans, our teammates, we worked so hard." 2:24PM Too little too late Despite that late effort, West Brom are stuck bottom of the league and are basically relegated. They really did need the three points and you can see the disappointment on the faces of the players. 2:23PM Rondon gives his shirt away Rondon goes to the crowd and gives his shirt to a guy with a Spanish language sign asking for it. #heartwarmingscenes 2:21PM FULL TIME What a comeback! Brilliant from West Brom. Their switch to a back three gave them the structure to work their way back into the match and they rode momentum to get those crucial goals. Jurgen Klopp looks furious. 2:20PM 90 mins +4 Milner sees the chance to shoot from 25 yards and takes it. Way over the bar. Foster rushes to get the ball and plays it short, Evans boots the ball long, Liverpool have everyone behind the ball. It's hooked into the area, Rondon goes for the header but it's knocked away. The ball is hit across the box and Rodriguez swings a foot at it but kicks the air and misses the ball. Liverpool just want the final whistle! 2:18PM 90 mins +2 Here come West Brom again! They power down the right wing, cross into the area and strikers attack it! Van Dijk is strong and heads away. 2:17PM 90 mins +1 Credit: AFP The fans believe West Brom can do this! They've got all the momentum, Liverpool are trying to hold on to a point now! 2:16PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! rondon goal YES THEY CAN! WOW! What a comeback! West Brom win a free-kick wide left, Burke hurries to get the ball, Brunt hits an absolute belter of a cross to the front post and Karius is caught in that dimension the kids get trapped inside in Stranger Things. He is nowhere close to it and Rondon heads in at the near post! Brilliant! West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool (Salomón Rondón, 88 min) 2:12PM 86 mins Liverpool are in full counter-attack mode now. Sitting mega deep and just getting rid of the ball whenever they can. The pressure's building! Can West Brom get back into this?! 2:09PM 84 mins Milner tries a roulette turn in the area but leaves the ball behind. Close. Very close. West Brom fans are urging their team on now, Liverpool sitting much deeper than they were earlier but West Brom's chips into the area are being headed away. Here comes Lovren for the final 10 minutes. Salah is replaced. 2:07PM 82 mins Hegazi full on catches Salah in the face with a swinging arm. Again the referee doesn't see it. 2:06PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! west brom goal Or is it all over?! The corner is knocked back across goal at the far post, Liverpool players are in a mess and Van Dijk plays West Brom players onside. Livermore is on the deck but swings a leg at the loose ball and finds the net! West Brom 1 - 2 Liverpool (Jake Livermore, 79 min) 2:04PM 78 mins Liverpool get nice and compact as they're forced deeper into their own half by West Brom's more direct passing. They win a corner. 2:01PM 75 mins West Brom are about to bring on Oliver Burke. I have a feeling it may be a little late for them to get back into this one. Relegation beckons! 1:59PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! mo salah goal Ooooooh what a finish that is! Liverpool counter-attack rapidly and are in on goal before West Brom even realise what is happening! Oxlade-Chamberlain creates the chance with an absolutely brilliant reverse pass to split the defence but Salah takes his time, stays composed and does that little dink he does to chip the goalkeeper. Superb. West Brom 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 72 min) 1:57PM 72 mins More boos from West Brom fans as McClean is taken off for Jonny Evans. That'll be West Brom in a back three with Gibbs pushed higher up the pitch. SALAH IS IN HERE! 1:56PM 71 mins Wijnaldum points to where he's going to pass and switches play right towards Gomez. Gomez waits, waits, waits and then loses possession as McClean nips in to intercept. Really poor from Gomez. Moreno has been booked - the first yellow of the day - for a foul on Phillips wide right of the box. This is a decent chance to get the ball in the box. It's chipped in and there's a bit of a pinball rammy in the area... but Karius can gather. 1:54PM 68 mins Gomez's pass inside nearly hands Rondon the chance to score but Henderson charges back to block everything he tries. McClean hits a cross into the area but Liverpool get it away and send Salah up the pitch! He takes on his man, attempts a lovely back-heel pass to Firmino... but it's cleared by Nyom. 1:52PM 66 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Klopp is about to make a change and bring Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain. It looks like he wants to get another goal to kill this one off before West Brom get a lucky break from a corner or something. Ings makes way for Firmino and Mane is rested for The Ox to get a chance upfront. 1:49PM 64 mins Space opens up for Salah to attack, he gets closer to the box and shoots... but it's blocked. Liverpool are dominating West Brom's half now, moving the ball around largely unchallenged. West Brom can't really afford to lose here, I'm not sure I understand the mentality of sitting and waiting. 1:47PM 62 mins A West Brom corner is headed away and Nyom's dreadful touch nearly plays Salah and Mane into score! Livermore gets back to force Salah to release the ball and Wijnaldum's cross is cut out. Klavan and Van Dijk slow things down and pass around their own half, waiting for West Brom to come out of their defensive shape. 1:45PM 60 mins West Brom are pushing higher up the pitch, battling hard every chance they have to win the ball in duels with Liverpool players. It's working at the moment too, they have the momentum. Van Dijk reads a cut back as Phillips powers his way into the box. West Brom getting closer! Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool 1:42PM 57 mins That's him punching Ings after doing what looks like a stone cold stunner on the striker as they fall to the ground. 1:41PM 55 mins Hegazi has a little battle with Ings and Hegazi hits him off the ball. He should be sent off but again the referee hasn't seen it. He's having a dreadful game. 1:38PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS What is Klavan doing?! He stops playing and suddenly Rondon runs in behind him and is close to putting the ball round Karius and slotting into an empty net. Poor defending from the Liverpool man. 1:36PM 50 mins Phillips does superbly on the right wing to lose Wijnaldum and then chips the ball across the penalty area at a perfect height for a striker to head at goal. Neither of West Brom's forwards can get there in time. They've started well here... and the ball drops to McClean about 25 yards out! He tries to strike across the ball and bend it into the bottom corner but it puts it wide. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 50 min) 1:28PM Shots on goal West Brom vs Liverpool shots on goal 1:17PM Average positions Average touch positions (half time) 1:17PM HALF TIME Danny Ings gives Liverpool the lead in a fairly even first half. Liverpool aren't at full strength and haven't quite got going but West Brom don't really look like they believe they can win this one. 1:14PM 45 mins Gomez tries to burn past McClean but isn't quick enough and then bounces off the West Brom man, who does well to prevent a corner. Nyom is too strong for Wijnaldum, sends him to the floor and then tries to score from 60 yards. It doesn't work but by Jove I admire the effort. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Allan Nyom, 44 min) 1:13PM 43 mins INGS MUST SCORE! Out of nothing Liverpool create a chance. The ball is switched, Salah gets lucky against Hegazi and the ball falls to Ings in the centre of the area with only Foster to beat. The goalkeeper gets down and blocks the shot - he should really have scored that. 1:09PM 41 mins Credit: AFP Moreno gets forward on the left wing but doesn't appear to have the confidence to take on Nyom for pace. Every pass he's made has been backwards so far. 1:08PM 38 mins CHANCE FOR WEST BROM! That's much better! Livermore sneaks in to rob Milner of the ball and then swings a cross to the back post. McClean is there and hits it first time... it's zipped juuuust past the far post! Rodriguez did his best Gazza impression, stretching on the slide to try and turn it in! Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 37 min) Liverpool caught sleeping there, West Brom are pressing much higher to try and catch them out. Darren Moore encourages his players from the touchline. 1:06PM 36 mins West Brom look good from set pieces, this might be where they get some fun. The latest in their series of corners misses everybody again, though Dawson had roamed in at the back-post unmarked, thanks to Liverpool's zonal system. 1:05PM 35 mins Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool Another West Brom corner is whipped in and this one is dangerous! Klavan manages to get a head on it but Dawson was inches away from connecting and turning that in! Another corner coming. 1:03PM 34 mins West Brom win a corner. The big lads come up for it. Liverpool mark their zones... and Brunt's corner misses everyone and goes out for a throw-in. 1:02PM 32 mins West Brom working harder to press Liverpool higher up the pitch. The defensive line is still way deep to prevent Salah and Mane being played in with a direct pass over the top. Livermore passes the ball straight out for a throw-in, for no clear reason. 1:00PM 30 mins Oh my word that is a very heavy challenge from Rondon. He lunges into a slide tackle on Ings, gets up and then throws himself into another. I cannot believe he's not been booked - there's going in to a 50/50 to win it, and then there's aggressive studs up tackles with momentum behind them. This referee needs to calm those tackles down before someone gets hurt. Those of you who preferred the 'contact sport' of yesteryear will strongly disagree with me. 12:57PM 27 mins Salah takes it... but it's just over and wide. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 26 min) Rodriguez and Rondon are having to work hard today, chasing the ball into space on either wing from long passes by the defenders. They'll both be knackered by about the 60th minute but it does mean West Brom can shift from a defensive shape to attacking quickly without trying to go through Liverpool's hardworking midfield. 12:55PM 25 mins Hegazi fouls his countryman Salah and gives Liverpool the chance to shoot from a great position just infront of the box, slightly right of goal. This suits a left-footer. Foster eagerly sets up his wall. 12:54PM 24 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES 12:52PM 23 mins Phillips takes the chance to shoot on his left foot as he finds space inside the Liverpool box but his effort is weak and no trouble for the goalkeeper whatsoever. Dawson barges through the back of Ings while contesting a header but it's a fair challenge, even if the striker gets a whack to the head. Milner is having a great game, drifting around the pitch to link passing moves. 12:50PM 20 mins Moreno attacks down the left, passes inside, Liverpool keep the ball moving quickly, looking to go around the outside of the West Brom defence. Salah loses possession and the ball is punted up the pitch to groans from the fans, but Van Dijk's volleyed pass gives West Brom the chance to get forward. 12:48PM 18 mins Chris Brunt laughs with Salah as the West Brom man's attempted shot makes its way towards Egypt. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Chris Brunt, 18 min) 12:46PM 17 mins Dawson heads at goal from a corner but the linesman has spotted an offside in the area from the second ball. West Brom beginning to get into this game now, attacking down the wings with Phillips and McClean. 12:45PM 15 mins Credit: REUTERS Nyom goes into a high sliding tackle on Milner, which the latter manages to avoid. If he hadn't that one would've really hurt - I'm surprised the referee hasn't pulled play back and booked him for that. It was overly and needlessly aggressive. Milner isn't going to do much damage on the touchline. 12:43PM 13 mins Liverpool keep the ball and pass patiently around their own half. West Brom refuse to be drawn out of their shell to take them on. They're quite clearly very scared of the attacking threat Klopp's team has. Salah is at it today too - he's enjoying himself with the ball at his feet, dancing around a couple of players with quick feet and almost creating a chance out of thin air. 12:41PM 10 mins Van Dijk goes into a tackle on Rondon and has hurt himself here. He looks to have jarred his knee a little off the striker's boot and isn't walking as freely as he might like. West Brom are still defending really deep... and Salah has spun his man in the box! He sets himself up for the shot on his left foot but it's deflected over! 12:36PM 7 mins Karius has to come off his line to boot a long ball over the top away. West Brom looking to react to that early setback immediately. 12:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Danny Ings goal Ings scores! Boos ring out at the Hawthorns. West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Danny Ings, 4 min) 12:33PM 4 mins Liverpool win a corner. It's cleared, Milner has it wide right and hits a brilliant powerful cross to the corner of the six yard box and it's kept alive. Liverpool are in here! 12:32PM 3 mins Rondon tries to force his way past a defender into the box but the goalkeeper smothers, West Brom instantly fall back into a deep defensive shape behind the halfway line. That's the strategy for the day. Rondon battles with Klavan again, the pair shoving each other as they chase the ball into the channel. Free-kick to Liverpool. 12:30PM KICK OFF west brom vs liverpool kickoff Here we go! Liverpool get the game started. 12:27PM Here come the players! 12:11PM Darren Moore pre-match words "It's been great, we've gotten together as a group and worked hard as a group. there's wonderful belief in each other, everybody's working hard to turn this situation around. we're just working hard, we can't control what's happened in the past. "No (we aren't entertaining thoughts of surviving relegation). It's the next game. The next game is today. There's nothing we can do and we'll put all our efforts into the next game. " 12:10PM Result vs performance One side of the argument says that supporting a club like West Brom means you should accept the players are of a lower quality and to survive in the Premier League they need to play defensive, rigid football and that's that. The other says that even if they lose every game, they'd much prefer the team to have a go, attack and play football. That style is much better to watch but against stronger teams is asking for trouble. Obviously you can have a mix and adapt depending on the opposition, but I know I'd much prefer my team to actually play football. There's a reason Pep Guardiola was able to turn the Barca B team into a machine before he took the big job. There's a reason Ajax were able to win a European cup back in the 90s. There's a reason Alex Ferguson was able to dominate Scottish football with Aberdeen - and even beat Real Madrid. Yeh, sure, it's a different game now, but these things all happened with attacking football. What do you think? 11:52AM A lovely day Credit: PA What a day it is! A fine day for football or sitting in the park listening to music through one of those little bluetooth speakers. I don't want to hear your music! Use headphones! Arrhghgghg. But really, football is the winner today. West Brom aren't relegated (yet) but Liverpool's incredible front three could kill them off today. Will Darren Moore have a cunning plan up his sleeve? I suspect it'll be a 4-5-1 low block looking to deny space in behind and try to hit an unsuspecting, frustrated opposition with a counter-attack or score from a corner. Liverpool might be a little too good for them today. 11:37AM West Brom starting lineup An unchanged XI...#WBALIV#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/Jtw2IqhuL9— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 21, 2018 11:36AM Liverpool starting lineup Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma, has made five changes for the trip to rock-bottom West Brom, including giving a rest to 25-goal forward Roberto Firmino. However, he still fields a strong front line with Mohamed Salah, one of the favourites to be named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday, retaining his place alongside Sadio Mane with Danny Ings replacing Firmino and James Milner in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. There are three changes at the back as only Virgil van Dijk keeps his place from last weekend's win over Bournemouth as Ragnar Klavan comes in with Alberto Moreno making his first Premier League start since late November and Joe Gomez back after a month out with an ankle injury. The #LFC team to face @WBA...#WBALIVhttps://t.co/6XOx3UJ7x7pic.twitter.com/BdTIwhw7jF— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2018
It was only stalling the inevitable. The end will come soon enough, the moment other results conspire to make the mathematics unbreachable. But at the conclusion of this resolute comeback, the West Bromwich Albion fans made a noise as if the title had been won rather than relegation postponed. “Big Dazz, there’s only one Big Dazz,” they chanted in the direction of Darren Moore, the stand-in manager who has now taken five points from his three games in charge, after the previous eight had yielded precisely none. How the home support must wonder what might have been had he been given the job earlier, had he been able to restore a bit of unity when it might still have counted. Coming a week after victory at Old Trafford, this point was hard fought. Liverpool had cruised to a two-goal lead that appeared to be the perfect preparation for their Champions League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday. Goals from Danny Ings and, naturally, Mo Salah had given the afternoon the appearance of a stroll. But then West Brom, through a scrambled strike by Jake Livermore and a jet-propelled header from Salomon Rondon, fought back with spirit, effort and commitment, three words that would never have been associated with them under the previous hapless administration. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool had begun with a purpose which suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes, resting limbs ahead of the Roma game. But enough threat remained. As became clear after just four minutes. From a corner, Sadio Mane exchanged passes with James Milner, sauntered into the box and crossed for Georginio Wijnaldum, who cushioned the ball into the path of Ings. How the much-absent striker celebrated his first goal since Brendan Rodgers was manager. Ings came close to adding another when he miscued from close-in after being set up by Salah. His manager blamed the bobble on West Brom’s decision not to water the pitch. But you sense had the roles been reversed, Salah would have had no such trouble from dry conditions. With Moore casting a huge, brooding presence on the touchline, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for the rested Andy Robertson, and kept tearing down the right wing. Despite the accuracy of his crosses, nothing seemed to land for a colleague. As the half reached its conclusion, the home side had three successive corners, each pinged in with venom, each devoid of any touch. When James McClean fizzed in a cross which spun just in front of the sliding Jay Rodriguez, it seemed to sum up West Brom’s season: late, ineffectual and off-balance. As the second half begun, Ings should have had a penalty when tumbled by Ahmed Hegazi and the Egyptian was lucky to remain on the pitch after applying his knuckles to Ings’ ribcage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s shrewd through ball and deftly chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season. It was a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. Not bad company, his manager suggested. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two set-pieces late on allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered home Chris Brunt’s free-kick, prompting a rare explosion of delight in these parts. “Unfortunately for them it is a useless point,” suggested Klopp. Sadly for the calm, dignified, impressive Moore he is right. 2:57PM Danny Ings post-match "Disappointed. It's alright scoring goals but the three points is the most important thing. "I think they gathered some momentum, the pitch was very dry and suited the long ball, it really benefitted them. With their long balls they gathered momentum and scored two goals. "A lot. I've been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It's been a hell of a mountain I've had to climb to get there. "When you're out for a long time there's always doubts, it's important to surround yourself with people who are positive. That's really helped push me through to get me into the shape I'm in today. "I think it's one of them [those things], I looked the other way, it was a coming together, I don't want to throw another player under the bus. It's just a coming together, it's what English football's all about. You want to keep the physical side." 2:44PM Jurgen Klopp is a terrible loser "When they scored the goals. I think we controlled it pretty well, it was clear they only had opportunities from set pieces, Brunt, Phillips they take them really well. We gave them a corner it was difficult like the block on the goalkeeper, it makes life difficult, and what I heard the second was not a foul. "They score twice, we had the ball constantly, West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half time and it was quite difficult the second half. We had the chance second half for Ingsy in the box and the situation with Hegazi and Ingsy I dunno. You need a little help in these situations. We have to take it as it is. Credit: PA "I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football obviously. If the pitch is dry you can't pass three or four yards, but that's how it is, you have to deal with that. "I think everybody knows they want set pieces last few minutes but the referee gives it. "I'm not in the mood to talk about positive things. Give me a night and I'll tell Danny how good it was." 2:32PM Gutted West Brom players post-match Livermore "It's a shame. We've started to gain that belief and confidence in the last few weeks, all we can do is keep fighting for our fans. "Probably yeh (the result reflects the season). It's not for want of trying but the rub of the green hasn't happened like last season. It's just one of those things. "It's difficult to say, if we knew we'd try to change it months ago. I think confidence is a thing. We've thrown [lots of] points away from winning positions." Rondon "Yes I feel ... it's difficult situation for us, relegation, so thank you to our fans, our teammates, we worked so hard." 2:24PM Too little too late Despite that late effort, West Brom are stuck bottom of the league and are basically relegated. They really did need the three points and you can see the disappointment on the faces of the players. 2:23PM Rondon gives his shirt away Rondon goes to the crowd and gives his shirt to a guy with a Spanish language sign asking for it. #heartwarmingscenes 2:21PM FULL TIME What a comeback! Brilliant from West Brom. Their switch to a back three gave them the structure to work their way back into the match and they rode momentum to get those crucial goals. Jurgen Klopp looks furious. 2:20PM 90 mins +4 Milner sees the chance to shoot from 25 yards and takes it. Way over the bar. Foster rushes to get the ball and plays it short, Evans boots the ball long, Liverpool have everyone behind the ball. It's hooked into the area, Rondon goes for the header but it's knocked away. The ball is hit across the box and Rodriguez swings a foot at it but kicks the air and misses the ball. Liverpool just want the final whistle! 2:18PM 90 mins +2 Here come West Brom again! They power down the right wing, cross into the area and strikers attack it! Van Dijk is strong and heads away. 2:17PM 90 mins +1 Credit: AFP The fans believe West Brom can do this! They've got all the momentum, Liverpool are trying to hold on to a point now! 2:16PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! rondon goal YES THEY CAN! WOW! What a comeback! West Brom win a free-kick wide left, Burke hurries to get the ball, Brunt hits an absolute belter of a cross to the front post and Karius is caught in that dimension the kids get trapped inside in Stranger Things. He is nowhere close to it and Rondon heads in at the near post! Brilliant! West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool (Salomón Rondón, 88 min) 2:12PM 86 mins Liverpool are in full counter-attack mode now. Sitting mega deep and just getting rid of the ball whenever they can. The pressure's building! Can West Brom get back into this?! 2:09PM 84 mins Milner tries a roulette turn in the area but leaves the ball behind. Close. Very close. West Brom fans are urging their team on now, Liverpool sitting much deeper than they were earlier but West Brom's chips into the area are being headed away. Here comes Lovren for the final 10 minutes. Salah is replaced. 2:07PM 82 mins Hegazi full on catches Salah in the face with a swinging arm. Again the referee doesn't see it. 2:06PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! west brom goal Or is it all over?! The corner is knocked back across goal at the far post, Liverpool players are in a mess and Van Dijk plays West Brom players onside. Livermore is on the deck but swings a leg at the loose ball and finds the net! West Brom 1 - 2 Liverpool (Jake Livermore, 79 min) 2:04PM 78 mins Liverpool get nice and compact as they're forced deeper into their own half by West Brom's more direct passing. They win a corner. 2:01PM 75 mins West Brom are about to bring on Oliver Burke. I have a feeling it may be a little late for them to get back into this one. Relegation beckons! 1:59PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! mo salah goal Ooooooh what a finish that is! Liverpool counter-attack rapidly and are in on goal before West Brom even realise what is happening! Oxlade-Chamberlain creates the chance with an absolutely brilliant reverse pass to split the defence but Salah takes his time, stays composed and does that little dink he does to chip the goalkeeper. Superb. West Brom 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 72 min) 1:57PM 72 mins More boos from West Brom fans as McClean is taken off for Jonny Evans. That'll be West Brom in a back three with Gibbs pushed higher up the pitch. SALAH IS IN HERE! 1:56PM 71 mins Wijnaldum points to where he's going to pass and switches play right towards Gomez. Gomez waits, waits, waits and then loses possession as McClean nips in to intercept. Really poor from Gomez. Moreno has been booked - the first yellow of the day - for a foul on Phillips wide right of the box. This is a decent chance to get the ball in the box. It's chipped in and there's a bit of a pinball rammy in the area... but Karius can gather. 1:54PM 68 mins Gomez's pass inside nearly hands Rondon the chance to score but Henderson charges back to block everything he tries. McClean hits a cross into the area but Liverpool get it away and send Salah up the pitch! He takes on his man, attempts a lovely back-heel pass to Firmino... but it's cleared by Nyom. 1:52PM 66 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Klopp is about to make a change and bring Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain. It looks like he wants to get another goal to kill this one off before West Brom get a lucky break from a corner or something. Ings makes way for Firmino and Mane is rested for The Ox to get a chance upfront. 1:49PM 64 mins Space opens up for Salah to attack, he gets closer to the box and shoots... but it's blocked. Liverpool are dominating West Brom's half now, moving the ball around largely unchallenged. West Brom can't really afford to lose here, I'm not sure I understand the mentality of sitting and waiting. 1:47PM 62 mins A West Brom corner is headed away and Nyom's dreadful touch nearly plays Salah and Mane into score! Livermore gets back to force Salah to release the ball and Wijnaldum's cross is cut out. Klavan and Van Dijk slow things down and pass around their own half, waiting for West Brom to come out of their defensive shape. 1:45PM 60 mins West Brom are pushing higher up the pitch, battling hard every chance they have to win the ball in duels with Liverpool players. It's working at the moment too, they have the momentum. Van Dijk reads a cut back as Phillips powers his way into the box. West Brom getting closer! Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool 1:42PM 57 mins That's him punching Ings after doing what looks like a stone cold stunner on the striker as they fall to the ground. 1:41PM 55 mins Hegazi has a little battle with Ings and Hegazi hits him off the ball. He should be sent off but again the referee hasn't seen it. He's having a dreadful game. 1:38PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS What is Klavan doing?! He stops playing and suddenly Rondon runs in behind him and is close to putting the ball round Karius and slotting into an empty net. Poor defending from the Liverpool man. 1:36PM 50 mins Phillips does superbly on the right wing to lose Wijnaldum and then chips the ball across the penalty area at a perfect height for a striker to head at goal. Neither of West Brom's forwards can get there in time. They've started well here... and the ball drops to McClean about 25 yards out! He tries to strike across the ball and bend it into the bottom corner but it puts it wide. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 50 min) 1:28PM Shots on goal West Brom vs Liverpool shots on goal 1:17PM Average positions Average touch positions (half time) 1:17PM HALF TIME Danny Ings gives Liverpool the lead in a fairly even first half. Liverpool aren't at full strength and haven't quite got going but West Brom don't really look like they believe they can win this one. 1:14PM 45 mins Gomez tries to burn past McClean but isn't quick enough and then bounces off the West Brom man, who does well to prevent a corner. Nyom is too strong for Wijnaldum, sends him to the floor and then tries to score from 60 yards. It doesn't work but by Jove I admire the effort. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Allan Nyom, 44 min) 1:13PM 43 mins INGS MUST SCORE! Out of nothing Liverpool create a chance. The ball is switched, Salah gets lucky against Hegazi and the ball falls to Ings in the centre of the area with only Foster to beat. The goalkeeper gets down and blocks the shot - he should really have scored that. 1:09PM 41 mins Credit: AFP Moreno gets forward on the left wing but doesn't appear to have the confidence to take on Nyom for pace. Every pass he's made has been backwards so far. 1:08PM 38 mins CHANCE FOR WEST BROM! That's much better! Livermore sneaks in to rob Milner of the ball and then swings a cross to the back post. McClean is there and hits it first time... it's zipped juuuust past the far post! Rodriguez did his best Gazza impression, stretching on the slide to try and turn it in! Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 37 min) Liverpool caught sleeping there, West Brom are pressing much higher to try and catch them out. Darren Moore encourages his players from the touchline. 1:06PM 36 mins West Brom look good from set pieces, this might be where they get some fun. The latest in their series of corners misses everybody again, though Dawson had roamed in at the back-post unmarked, thanks to Liverpool's zonal system. 1:05PM 35 mins Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool Another West Brom corner is whipped in and this one is dangerous! Klavan manages to get a head on it but Dawson was inches away from connecting and turning that in! Another corner coming. 1:03PM 34 mins West Brom win a corner. The big lads come up for it. Liverpool mark their zones... and Brunt's corner misses everyone and goes out for a throw-in. 1:02PM 32 mins West Brom working harder to press Liverpool higher up the pitch. The defensive line is still way deep to prevent Salah and Mane being played in with a direct pass over the top. Livermore passes the ball straight out for a throw-in, for no clear reason. 1:00PM 30 mins Oh my word that is a very heavy challenge from Rondon. He lunges into a slide tackle on Ings, gets up and then throws himself into another. I cannot believe he's not been booked - there's going in to a 50/50 to win it, and then there's aggressive studs up tackles with momentum behind them. This referee needs to calm those tackles down before someone gets hurt. Those of you who preferred the 'contact sport' of yesteryear will strongly disagree with me. 12:57PM 27 mins Salah takes it... but it's just over and wide. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 26 min) Rodriguez and Rondon are having to work hard today, chasing the ball into space on either wing from long passes by the defenders. They'll both be knackered by about the 60th minute but it does mean West Brom can shift from a defensive shape to attacking quickly without trying to go through Liverpool's hardworking midfield. 12:55PM 25 mins Hegazi fouls his countryman Salah and gives Liverpool the chance to shoot from a great position just infront of the box, slightly right of goal. This suits a left-footer. Foster eagerly sets up his wall. 12:54PM 24 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES 12:52PM 23 mins Phillips takes the chance to shoot on his left foot as he finds space inside the Liverpool box but his effort is weak and no trouble for the goalkeeper whatsoever. Dawson barges through the back of Ings while contesting a header but it's a fair challenge, even if the striker gets a whack to the head. Milner is having a great game, drifting around the pitch to link passing moves. 12:50PM 20 mins Moreno attacks down the left, passes inside, Liverpool keep the ball moving quickly, looking to go around the outside of the West Brom defence. Salah loses possession and the ball is punted up the pitch to groans from the fans, but Van Dijk's volleyed pass gives West Brom the chance to get forward. 12:48PM 18 mins Chris Brunt laughs with Salah as the West Brom man's attempted shot makes its way towards Egypt. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Chris Brunt, 18 min) 12:46PM 17 mins Dawson heads at goal from a corner but the linesman has spotted an offside in the area from the second ball. West Brom beginning to get into this game now, attacking down the wings with Phillips and McClean. 12:45PM 15 mins Credit: REUTERS Nyom goes into a high sliding tackle on Milner, which the latter manages to avoid. If he hadn't that one would've really hurt - I'm surprised the referee hasn't pulled play back and booked him for that. It was overly and needlessly aggressive. Milner isn't going to do much damage on the touchline. 12:43PM 13 mins Liverpool keep the ball and pass patiently around their own half. West Brom refuse to be drawn out of their shell to take them on. They're quite clearly very scared of the attacking threat Klopp's team has. Salah is at it today too - he's enjoying himself with the ball at his feet, dancing around a couple of players with quick feet and almost creating a chance out of thin air. 12:41PM 10 mins Van Dijk goes into a tackle on Rondon and has hurt himself here. He looks to have jarred his knee a little off the striker's boot and isn't walking as freely as he might like. West Brom are still defending really deep... and Salah has spun his man in the box! He sets himself up for the shot on his left foot but it's deflected over! 12:36PM 7 mins Karius has to come off his line to boot a long ball over the top away. West Brom looking to react to that early setback immediately. 12:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Danny Ings goal Ings scores! Boos ring out at the Hawthorns. West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Danny Ings, 4 min) 12:33PM 4 mins Liverpool win a corner. It's cleared, Milner has it wide right and hits a brilliant powerful cross to the corner of the six yard box and it's kept alive. Liverpool are in here! 12:32PM 3 mins Rondon tries to force his way past a defender into the box but the goalkeeper smothers, West Brom instantly fall back into a deep defensive shape behind the halfway line. That's the strategy for the day. Rondon battles with Klavan again, the pair shoving each other as they chase the ball into the channel. Free-kick to Liverpool. 12:30PM KICK OFF west brom vs liverpool kickoff Here we go! Liverpool get the game started. 12:27PM Here come the players! 12:11PM Darren Moore pre-match words "It's been great, we've gotten together as a group and worked hard as a group. there's wonderful belief in each other, everybody's working hard to turn this situation around. we're just working hard, we can't control what's happened in the past. "No (we aren't entertaining thoughts of surviving relegation). It's the next game. The next game is today. There's nothing we can do and we'll put all our efforts into the next game. " 12:10PM Result vs performance One side of the argument says that supporting a club like West Brom means you should accept the players are of a lower quality and to survive in the Premier League they need to play defensive, rigid football and that's that. The other says that even if they lose every game, they'd much prefer the team to have a go, attack and play football. That style is much better to watch but against stronger teams is asking for trouble. Obviously you can have a mix and adapt depending on the opposition, but I know I'd much prefer my team to actually play football. There's a reason Pep Guardiola was able to turn the Barca B team into a machine before he took the big job. There's a reason Ajax were able to win a European cup back in the 90s. There's a reason Alex Ferguson was able to dominate Scottish football with Aberdeen - and even beat Real Madrid. Yeh, sure, it's a different game now, but these things all happened with attacking football. What do you think? 11:52AM A lovely day Credit: PA What a day it is! A fine day for football or sitting in the park listening to music through one of those little bluetooth speakers. I don't want to hear your music! Use headphones! Arrhghgghg. But really, football is the winner today. West Brom aren't relegated (yet) but Liverpool's incredible front three could kill them off today. Will Darren Moore have a cunning plan up his sleeve? I suspect it'll be a 4-5-1 low block looking to deny space in behind and try to hit an unsuspecting, frustrated opposition with a counter-attack or score from a corner. Liverpool might be a little too good for them today. 11:37AM West Brom starting lineup An unchanged XI...#WBALIV#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/Jtw2IqhuL9— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 21, 2018 11:36AM Liverpool starting lineup Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma, has made five changes for the trip to rock-bottom West Brom, including giving a rest to 25-goal forward Roberto Firmino. However, he still fields a strong front line with Mohamed Salah, one of the favourites to be named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday, retaining his place alongside Sadio Mane with Danny Ings replacing Firmino and James Milner in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. There are three changes at the back as only Virgil van Dijk keeps his place from last weekend's win over Bournemouth as Ragnar Klavan comes in with Alberto Moreno making his first Premier League start since late November and Joe Gomez back after a month out with an ankle injury. The #LFC team to face @WBA...#WBALIVhttps://t.co/6XOx3UJ7x7pic.twitter.com/BdTIwhw7jF— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2018
West Brom complete remarkable comeback against Liverpool but can't escape relegation fears
It was only stalling the inevitable. The end will come soon enough, the moment other results conspire to make the mathematics unbreachable. But at the conclusion of this resolute comeback, the West Bromwich Albion fans made a noise as if the title had been won rather than relegation postponed. “Big Dazz, there’s only one Big Dazz,” they chanted in the direction of Darren Moore, the stand-in manager who has now taken five points from his three games in charge, after the previous eight had yielded precisely none. How the home support must wonder what might have been had he been given the job earlier, had he been able to restore a bit of unity when it might still have counted. Coming a week after victory at Old Trafford, this point was hard fought. Liverpool had cruised to a two-goal lead that appeared to be the perfect preparation for their Champions League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday. Goals from Danny Ings and, naturally, Mo Salah had given the afternoon the appearance of a stroll. But then West Brom, through a scrambled strike by Jake Livermore and a jet-propelled header from Salomon Rondon, fought back with spirit, effort and commitment, three words that would never have been associated with them under the previous hapless administration. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool had begun with a purpose which suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes, resting limbs ahead of the Roma game. But enough threat remained. As became clear after just four minutes. From a corner, Sadio Mane exchanged passes with James Milner, sauntered into the box and crossed for Georginio Wijnaldum, who cushioned the ball into the path of Ings. How the much-absent striker celebrated his first goal since Brendan Rodgers was manager. Ings came close to adding another when he miscued from close-in after being set up by Salah. His manager blamed the bobble on West Brom’s decision not to water the pitch. But you sense had the roles been reversed, Salah would have had no such trouble from dry conditions. With Moore casting a huge, brooding presence on the touchline, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for the rested Andy Robertson, and kept tearing down the right wing. Despite the accuracy of his crosses, nothing seemed to land for a colleague. As the half reached its conclusion, the home side had three successive corners, each pinged in with venom, each devoid of any touch. When James McClean fizzed in a cross which spun just in front of the sliding Jay Rodriguez, it seemed to sum up West Brom’s season: late, ineffectual and off-balance. As the second half begun, Ings should have had a penalty when tumbled by Ahmed Hegazi and the Egyptian was lucky to remain on the pitch after applying his knuckles to Ings’ ribcage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s shrewd through ball and deftly chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season. It was a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. Not bad company, his manager suggested. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two set-pieces late on allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered home Chris Brunt’s free-kick, prompting a rare explosion of delight in these parts. “Unfortunately for them it is a useless point,” suggested Klopp. Sadly for the calm, dignified, impressive Moore he is right. 2:57PM Danny Ings post-match "Disappointed. It's alright scoring goals but the three points is the most important thing. "I think they gathered some momentum, the pitch was very dry and suited the long ball, it really benefitted them. With their long balls they gathered momentum and scored two goals. "A lot. I've been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It's been a hell of a mountain I've had to climb to get there. "When you're out for a long time there's always doubts, it's important to surround yourself with people who are positive. That's really helped push me through to get me into the shape I'm in today. "I think it's one of them [those things], I looked the other way, it was a coming together, I don't want to throw another player under the bus. It's just a coming together, it's what English football's all about. You want to keep the physical side." 2:44PM Jurgen Klopp is a terrible loser "When they scored the goals. I think we controlled it pretty well, it was clear they only had opportunities from set pieces, Brunt, Phillips they take them really well. We gave them a corner it was difficult like the block on the goalkeeper, it makes life difficult, and what I heard the second was not a foul. "They score twice, we had the ball constantly, West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half time and it was quite difficult the second half. We had the chance second half for Ingsy in the box and the situation with Hegazi and Ingsy I dunno. You need a little help in these situations. We have to take it as it is. Credit: PA "I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football obviously. If the pitch is dry you can't pass three or four yards, but that's how it is, you have to deal with that. "I think everybody knows they want set pieces last few minutes but the referee gives it. "I'm not in the mood to talk about positive things. Give me a night and I'll tell Danny how good it was." 2:32PM Gutted West Brom players post-match Livermore "It's a shame. We've started to gain that belief and confidence in the last few weeks, all we can do is keep fighting for our fans. "Probably yeh (the result reflects the season). It's not for want of trying but the rub of the green hasn't happened like last season. It's just one of those things. "It's difficult to say, if we knew we'd try to change it months ago. I think confidence is a thing. We've thrown [lots of] points away from winning positions." Rondon "Yes I feel ... it's difficult situation for us, relegation, so thank you to our fans, our teammates, we worked so hard." 2:24PM Too little too late Despite that late effort, West Brom are stuck bottom of the league and are basically relegated. They really did need the three points and you can see the disappointment on the faces of the players. 2:23PM Rondon gives his shirt away Rondon goes to the crowd and gives his shirt to a guy with a Spanish language sign asking for it. #heartwarmingscenes 2:21PM FULL TIME What a comeback! Brilliant from West Brom. Their switch to a back three gave them the structure to work their way back into the match and they rode momentum to get those crucial goals. Jurgen Klopp looks furious. 2:20PM 90 mins +4 Milner sees the chance to shoot from 25 yards and takes it. Way over the bar. Foster rushes to get the ball and plays it short, Evans boots the ball long, Liverpool have everyone behind the ball. It's hooked into the area, Rondon goes for the header but it's knocked away. The ball is hit across the box and Rodriguez swings a foot at it but kicks the air and misses the ball. Liverpool just want the final whistle! 2:18PM 90 mins +2 Here come West Brom again! They power down the right wing, cross into the area and strikers attack it! Van Dijk is strong and heads away. 2:17PM 90 mins +1 Credit: AFP The fans believe West Brom can do this! They've got all the momentum, Liverpool are trying to hold on to a point now! 2:16PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! rondon goal YES THEY CAN! WOW! What a comeback! West Brom win a free-kick wide left, Burke hurries to get the ball, Brunt hits an absolute belter of a cross to the front post and Karius is caught in that dimension the kids get trapped inside in Stranger Things. He is nowhere close to it and Rondon heads in at the near post! Brilliant! West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool (Salomón Rondón, 88 min) 2:12PM 86 mins Liverpool are in full counter-attack mode now. Sitting mega deep and just getting rid of the ball whenever they can. The pressure's building! Can West Brom get back into this?! 2:09PM 84 mins Milner tries a roulette turn in the area but leaves the ball behind. Close. Very close. West Brom fans are urging their team on now, Liverpool sitting much deeper than they were earlier but West Brom's chips into the area are being headed away. Here comes Lovren for the final 10 minutes. Salah is replaced. 2:07PM 82 mins Hegazi full on catches Salah in the face with a swinging arm. Again the referee doesn't see it. 2:06PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! west brom goal Or is it all over?! The corner is knocked back across goal at the far post, Liverpool players are in a mess and Van Dijk plays West Brom players onside. Livermore is on the deck but swings a leg at the loose ball and finds the net! West Brom 1 - 2 Liverpool (Jake Livermore, 79 min) 2:04PM 78 mins Liverpool get nice and compact as they're forced deeper into their own half by West Brom's more direct passing. They win a corner. 2:01PM 75 mins West Brom are about to bring on Oliver Burke. I have a feeling it may be a little late for them to get back into this one. Relegation beckons! 1:59PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! mo salah goal Ooooooh what a finish that is! Liverpool counter-attack rapidly and are in on goal before West Brom even realise what is happening! Oxlade-Chamberlain creates the chance with an absolutely brilliant reverse pass to split the defence but Salah takes his time, stays composed and does that little dink he does to chip the goalkeeper. Superb. West Brom 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 72 min) 1:57PM 72 mins More boos from West Brom fans as McClean is taken off for Jonny Evans. That'll be West Brom in a back three with Gibbs pushed higher up the pitch. SALAH IS IN HERE! 1:56PM 71 mins Wijnaldum points to where he's going to pass and switches play right towards Gomez. Gomez waits, waits, waits and then loses possession as McClean nips in to intercept. Really poor from Gomez. Moreno has been booked - the first yellow of the day - for a foul on Phillips wide right of the box. This is a decent chance to get the ball in the box. It's chipped in and there's a bit of a pinball rammy in the area... but Karius can gather. 1:54PM 68 mins Gomez's pass inside nearly hands Rondon the chance to score but Henderson charges back to block everything he tries. McClean hits a cross into the area but Liverpool get it away and send Salah up the pitch! He takes on his man, attempts a lovely back-heel pass to Firmino... but it's cleared by Nyom. 1:52PM 66 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Klopp is about to make a change and bring Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain. It looks like he wants to get another goal to kill this one off before West Brom get a lucky break from a corner or something. Ings makes way for Firmino and Mane is rested for The Ox to get a chance upfront. 1:49PM 64 mins Space opens up for Salah to attack, he gets closer to the box and shoots... but it's blocked. Liverpool are dominating West Brom's half now, moving the ball around largely unchallenged. West Brom can't really afford to lose here, I'm not sure I understand the mentality of sitting and waiting. 1:47PM 62 mins A West Brom corner is headed away and Nyom's dreadful touch nearly plays Salah and Mane into score! Livermore gets back to force Salah to release the ball and Wijnaldum's cross is cut out. Klavan and Van Dijk slow things down and pass around their own half, waiting for West Brom to come out of their defensive shape. 1:45PM 60 mins West Brom are pushing higher up the pitch, battling hard every chance they have to win the ball in duels with Liverpool players. It's working at the moment too, they have the momentum. Van Dijk reads a cut back as Phillips powers his way into the box. West Brom getting closer! Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool 1:42PM 57 mins That's him punching Ings after doing what looks like a stone cold stunner on the striker as they fall to the ground. 1:41PM 55 mins Hegazi has a little battle with Ings and Hegazi hits him off the ball. He should be sent off but again the referee hasn't seen it. He's having a dreadful game. 1:38PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS What is Klavan doing?! He stops playing and suddenly Rondon runs in behind him and is close to putting the ball round Karius and slotting into an empty net. Poor defending from the Liverpool man. 1:36PM 50 mins Phillips does superbly on the right wing to lose Wijnaldum and then chips the ball across the penalty area at a perfect height for a striker to head at goal. Neither of West Brom's forwards can get there in time. They've started well here... and the ball drops to McClean about 25 yards out! He tries to strike across the ball and bend it into the bottom corner but it puts it wide. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 50 min) 1:28PM Shots on goal West Brom vs Liverpool shots on goal 1:17PM Average positions Average touch positions (half time) 1:17PM HALF TIME Danny Ings gives Liverpool the lead in a fairly even first half. Liverpool aren't at full strength and haven't quite got going but West Brom don't really look like they believe they can win this one. 1:14PM 45 mins Gomez tries to burn past McClean but isn't quick enough and then bounces off the West Brom man, who does well to prevent a corner. Nyom is too strong for Wijnaldum, sends him to the floor and then tries to score from 60 yards. It doesn't work but by Jove I admire the effort. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Allan Nyom, 44 min) 1:13PM 43 mins INGS MUST SCORE! Out of nothing Liverpool create a chance. The ball is switched, Salah gets lucky against Hegazi and the ball falls to Ings in the centre of the area with only Foster to beat. The goalkeeper gets down and blocks the shot - he should really have scored that. 1:09PM 41 mins Credit: AFP Moreno gets forward on the left wing but doesn't appear to have the confidence to take on Nyom for pace. Every pass he's made has been backwards so far. 1:08PM 38 mins CHANCE FOR WEST BROM! That's much better! Livermore sneaks in to rob Milner of the ball and then swings a cross to the back post. McClean is there and hits it first time... it's zipped juuuust past the far post! Rodriguez did his best Gazza impression, stretching on the slide to try and turn it in! Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 37 min) Liverpool caught sleeping there, West Brom are pressing much higher to try and catch them out. Darren Moore encourages his players from the touchline. 1:06PM 36 mins West Brom look good from set pieces, this might be where they get some fun. The latest in their series of corners misses everybody again, though Dawson had roamed in at the back-post unmarked, thanks to Liverpool's zonal system. 1:05PM 35 mins Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool Another West Brom corner is whipped in and this one is dangerous! Klavan manages to get a head on it but Dawson was inches away from connecting and turning that in! Another corner coming. 1:03PM 34 mins West Brom win a corner. The big lads come up for it. Liverpool mark their zones... and Brunt's corner misses everyone and goes out for a throw-in. 1:02PM 32 mins West Brom working harder to press Liverpool higher up the pitch. The defensive line is still way deep to prevent Salah and Mane being played in with a direct pass over the top. Livermore passes the ball straight out for a throw-in, for no clear reason. 1:00PM 30 mins Oh my word that is a very heavy challenge from Rondon. He lunges into a slide tackle on Ings, gets up and then throws himself into another. I cannot believe he's not been booked - there's going in to a 50/50 to win it, and then there's aggressive studs up tackles with momentum behind them. This referee needs to calm those tackles down before someone gets hurt. Those of you who preferred the 'contact sport' of yesteryear will strongly disagree with me. 12:57PM 27 mins Salah takes it... but it's just over and wide. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 26 min) Rodriguez and Rondon are having to work hard today, chasing the ball into space on either wing from long passes by the defenders. They'll both be knackered by about the 60th minute but it does mean West Brom can shift from a defensive shape to attacking quickly without trying to go through Liverpool's hardworking midfield. 12:55PM 25 mins Hegazi fouls his countryman Salah and gives Liverpool the chance to shoot from a great position just infront of the box, slightly right of goal. This suits a left-footer. Foster eagerly sets up his wall. 12:54PM 24 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES 12:52PM 23 mins Phillips takes the chance to shoot on his left foot as he finds space inside the Liverpool box but his effort is weak and no trouble for the goalkeeper whatsoever. Dawson barges through the back of Ings while contesting a header but it's a fair challenge, even if the striker gets a whack to the head. Milner is having a great game, drifting around the pitch to link passing moves. 12:50PM 20 mins Moreno attacks down the left, passes inside, Liverpool keep the ball moving quickly, looking to go around the outside of the West Brom defence. Salah loses possession and the ball is punted up the pitch to groans from the fans, but Van Dijk's volleyed pass gives West Brom the chance to get forward. 12:48PM 18 mins Chris Brunt laughs with Salah as the West Brom man's attempted shot makes its way towards Egypt. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Chris Brunt, 18 min) 12:46PM 17 mins Dawson heads at goal from a corner but the linesman has spotted an offside in the area from the second ball. West Brom beginning to get into this game now, attacking down the wings with Phillips and McClean. 12:45PM 15 mins Credit: REUTERS Nyom goes into a high sliding tackle on Milner, which the latter manages to avoid. If he hadn't that one would've really hurt - I'm surprised the referee hasn't pulled play back and booked him for that. It was overly and needlessly aggressive. Milner isn't going to do much damage on the touchline. 12:43PM 13 mins Liverpool keep the ball and pass patiently around their own half. West Brom refuse to be drawn out of their shell to take them on. They're quite clearly very scared of the attacking threat Klopp's team has. Salah is at it today too - he's enjoying himself with the ball at his feet, dancing around a couple of players with quick feet and almost creating a chance out of thin air. 12:41PM 10 mins Van Dijk goes into a tackle on Rondon and has hurt himself here. He looks to have jarred his knee a little off the striker's boot and isn't walking as freely as he might like. West Brom are still defending really deep... and Salah has spun his man in the box! He sets himself up for the shot on his left foot but it's deflected over! 12:36PM 7 mins Karius has to come off his line to boot a long ball over the top away. West Brom looking to react to that early setback immediately. 12:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Danny Ings goal Ings scores! Boos ring out at the Hawthorns. West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Danny Ings, 4 min) 12:33PM 4 mins Liverpool win a corner. It's cleared, Milner has it wide right and hits a brilliant powerful cross to the corner of the six yard box and it's kept alive. Liverpool are in here! 12:32PM 3 mins Rondon tries to force his way past a defender into the box but the goalkeeper smothers, West Brom instantly fall back into a deep defensive shape behind the halfway line. That's the strategy for the day. Rondon battles with Klavan again, the pair shoving each other as they chase the ball into the channel. Free-kick to Liverpool. 12:30PM KICK OFF west brom vs liverpool kickoff Here we go! Liverpool get the game started. 12:27PM Here come the players! 12:11PM Darren Moore pre-match words "It's been great, we've gotten together as a group and worked hard as a group. there's wonderful belief in each other, everybody's working hard to turn this situation around. we're just working hard, we can't control what's happened in the past. "No (we aren't entertaining thoughts of surviving relegation). It's the next game. The next game is today. There's nothing we can do and we'll put all our efforts into the next game. " 12:10PM Result vs performance One side of the argument says that supporting a club like West Brom means you should accept the players are of a lower quality and to survive in the Premier League they need to play defensive, rigid football and that's that. The other says that even if they lose every game, they'd much prefer the team to have a go, attack and play football. That style is much better to watch but against stronger teams is asking for trouble. Obviously you can have a mix and adapt depending on the opposition, but I know I'd much prefer my team to actually play football. There's a reason Pep Guardiola was able to turn the Barca B team into a machine before he took the big job. There's a reason Ajax were able to win a European cup back in the 90s. There's a reason Alex Ferguson was able to dominate Scottish football with Aberdeen - and even beat Real Madrid. Yeh, sure, it's a different game now, but these things all happened with attacking football. What do you think? 11:52AM A lovely day Credit: PA What a day it is! A fine day for football or sitting in the park listening to music through one of those little bluetooth speakers. I don't want to hear your music! Use headphones! Arrhghgghg. But really, football is the winner today. West Brom aren't relegated (yet) but Liverpool's incredible front three could kill them off today. Will Darren Moore have a cunning plan up his sleeve? I suspect it'll be a 4-5-1 low block looking to deny space in behind and try to hit an unsuspecting, frustrated opposition with a counter-attack or score from a corner. Liverpool might be a little too good for them today. 11:37AM West Brom starting lineup An unchanged XI...#WBALIV#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/Jtw2IqhuL9— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 21, 2018 11:36AM Liverpool starting lineup Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma, has made five changes for the trip to rock-bottom West Brom, including giving a rest to 25-goal forward Roberto Firmino. However, he still fields a strong front line with Mohamed Salah, one of the favourites to be named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday, retaining his place alongside Sadio Mane with Danny Ings replacing Firmino and James Milner in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. There are three changes at the back as only Virgil van Dijk keeps his place from last weekend's win over Bournemouth as Ragnar Klavan comes in with Alberto Moreno making his first Premier League start since late November and Joe Gomez back after a month out with an ankle injury. The #LFC team to face @WBA...#WBALIVhttps://t.co/6XOx3UJ7x7pic.twitter.com/BdTIwhw7jF— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2018
It was only stalling the inevitable. The end will come soon enough, the moment other results conspire to make the mathematics unbreachable. But at the conclusion of this resolute comeback, the West Bromwich Albion fans made a noise as if the title had been won rather than relegation postponed. “Big Dazz, there’s only one Big Dazz,” they chanted in the direction of Darren Moore, the stand-in manager who has now taken five points from his three games in charge, after the previous eight had yielded precisely none. How the home support must wonder what might have been had he been given the job earlier, had he been able to restore a bit of unity when it might still have counted. Coming a week after victory at Old Trafford, this point was hard fought. Liverpool had cruised to a two-goal lead that appeared to be the perfect preparation for their Champions League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday. Goals from Danny Ings and, naturally, Mo Salah had given the afternoon the appearance of a stroll. But then West Brom, through a scrambled strike by Jake Livermore and a jet-propelled header from Salomon Rondon, fought back with spirit, effort and commitment, three words that would never have been associated with them under the previous hapless administration. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool had begun with a purpose which suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes, resting limbs ahead of the Roma game. But enough threat remained. As became clear after just four minutes. From a corner, Sadio Mane exchanged passes with James Milner, sauntered into the box and crossed for Georginio Wijnaldum, who cushioned the ball into the path of Ings. How the much-absent striker celebrated his first goal since Brendan Rodgers was manager. Ings came close to adding another when he miscued from close-in after being set up by Salah. His manager blamed the bobble on West Brom’s decision not to water the pitch. But you sense had the roles been reversed, Salah would have had no such trouble from dry conditions. With Moore casting a huge, brooding presence on the touchline, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for the rested Andy Robertson, and kept tearing down the right wing. Despite the accuracy of his crosses, nothing seemed to land for a colleague. As the half reached its conclusion, the home side had three successive corners, each pinged in with venom, each devoid of any touch. When James McClean fizzed in a cross which spun just in front of the sliding Jay Rodriguez, it seemed to sum up West Brom’s season: late, ineffectual and off-balance. As the second half begun, Ings should have had a penalty when tumbled by Ahmed Hegazi and the Egyptian was lucky to remain on the pitch after applying his knuckles to Ings’ ribcage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s shrewd through ball and deftly chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season. It was a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. Not bad company, his manager suggested. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two set-pieces late on allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered home Chris Brunt’s free-kick, prompting a rare explosion of delight in these parts. “Unfortunately for them it is a useless point,” suggested Klopp. Sadly for the calm, dignified, impressive Moore he is right. 2:57PM Danny Ings post-match "Disappointed. It's alright scoring goals but the three points is the most important thing. "I think they gathered some momentum, the pitch was very dry and suited the long ball, it really benefitted them. With their long balls they gathered momentum and scored two goals. "A lot. I've been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It's been a hell of a mountain I've had to climb to get there. "When you're out for a long time there's always doubts, it's important to surround yourself with people who are positive. That's really helped push me through to get me into the shape I'm in today. "I think it's one of them [those things], I looked the other way, it was a coming together, I don't want to throw another player under the bus. It's just a coming together, it's what English football's all about. You want to keep the physical side." 2:44PM Jurgen Klopp is a terrible loser "When they scored the goals. I think we controlled it pretty well, it was clear they only had opportunities from set pieces, Brunt, Phillips they take them really well. We gave them a corner it was difficult like the block on the goalkeeper, it makes life difficult, and what I heard the second was not a foul. "They score twice, we had the ball constantly, West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half time and it was quite difficult the second half. We had the chance second half for Ingsy in the box and the situation with Hegazi and Ingsy I dunno. You need a little help in these situations. We have to take it as it is. Credit: PA "I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football obviously. If the pitch is dry you can't pass three or four yards, but that's how it is, you have to deal with that. "I think everybody knows they want set pieces last few minutes but the referee gives it. "I'm not in the mood to talk about positive things. Give me a night and I'll tell Danny how good it was." 2:32PM Gutted West Brom players post-match Livermore "It's a shame. We've started to gain that belief and confidence in the last few weeks, all we can do is keep fighting for our fans. "Probably yeh (the result reflects the season). It's not for want of trying but the rub of the green hasn't happened like last season. It's just one of those things. "It's difficult to say, if we knew we'd try to change it months ago. I think confidence is a thing. We've thrown [lots of] points away from winning positions." Rondon "Yes I feel ... it's difficult situation for us, relegation, so thank you to our fans, our teammates, we worked so hard." 2:24PM Too little too late Despite that late effort, West Brom are stuck bottom of the league and are basically relegated. They really did need the three points and you can see the disappointment on the faces of the players. 2:23PM Rondon gives his shirt away Rondon goes to the crowd and gives his shirt to a guy with a Spanish language sign asking for it. #heartwarmingscenes 2:21PM FULL TIME What a comeback! Brilliant from West Brom. Their switch to a back three gave them the structure to work their way back into the match and they rode momentum to get those crucial goals. Jurgen Klopp looks furious. 2:20PM 90 mins +4 Milner sees the chance to shoot from 25 yards and takes it. Way over the bar. Foster rushes to get the ball and plays it short, Evans boots the ball long, Liverpool have everyone behind the ball. It's hooked into the area, Rondon goes for the header but it's knocked away. The ball is hit across the box and Rodriguez swings a foot at it but kicks the air and misses the ball. Liverpool just want the final whistle! 2:18PM 90 mins +2 Here come West Brom again! They power down the right wing, cross into the area and strikers attack it! Van Dijk is strong and heads away. 2:17PM 90 mins +1 Credit: AFP The fans believe West Brom can do this! They've got all the momentum, Liverpool are trying to hold on to a point now! 2:16PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! rondon goal YES THEY CAN! WOW! What a comeback! West Brom win a free-kick wide left, Burke hurries to get the ball, Brunt hits an absolute belter of a cross to the front post and Karius is caught in that dimension the kids get trapped inside in Stranger Things. He is nowhere close to it and Rondon heads in at the near post! Brilliant! West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool (Salomón Rondón, 88 min) 2:12PM 86 mins Liverpool are in full counter-attack mode now. Sitting mega deep and just getting rid of the ball whenever they can. The pressure's building! Can West Brom get back into this?! 2:09PM 84 mins Milner tries a roulette turn in the area but leaves the ball behind. Close. Very close. West Brom fans are urging their team on now, Liverpool sitting much deeper than they were earlier but West Brom's chips into the area are being headed away. Here comes Lovren for the final 10 minutes. Salah is replaced. 2:07PM 82 mins Hegazi full on catches Salah in the face with a swinging arm. Again the referee doesn't see it. 2:06PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! west brom goal Or is it all over?! The corner is knocked back across goal at the far post, Liverpool players are in a mess and Van Dijk plays West Brom players onside. Livermore is on the deck but swings a leg at the loose ball and finds the net! West Brom 1 - 2 Liverpool (Jake Livermore, 79 min) 2:04PM 78 mins Liverpool get nice and compact as they're forced deeper into their own half by West Brom's more direct passing. They win a corner. 2:01PM 75 mins West Brom are about to bring on Oliver Burke. I have a feeling it may be a little late for them to get back into this one. Relegation beckons! 1:59PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! mo salah goal Ooooooh what a finish that is! Liverpool counter-attack rapidly and are in on goal before West Brom even realise what is happening! Oxlade-Chamberlain creates the chance with an absolutely brilliant reverse pass to split the defence but Salah takes his time, stays composed and does that little dink he does to chip the goalkeeper. Superb. West Brom 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 72 min) 1:57PM 72 mins More boos from West Brom fans as McClean is taken off for Jonny Evans. That'll be West Brom in a back three with Gibbs pushed higher up the pitch. SALAH IS IN HERE! 1:56PM 71 mins Wijnaldum points to where he's going to pass and switches play right towards Gomez. Gomez waits, waits, waits and then loses possession as McClean nips in to intercept. Really poor from Gomez. Moreno has been booked - the first yellow of the day - for a foul on Phillips wide right of the box. This is a decent chance to get the ball in the box. It's chipped in and there's a bit of a pinball rammy in the area... but Karius can gather. 1:54PM 68 mins Gomez's pass inside nearly hands Rondon the chance to score but Henderson charges back to block everything he tries. McClean hits a cross into the area but Liverpool get it away and send Salah up the pitch! He takes on his man, attempts a lovely back-heel pass to Firmino... but it's cleared by Nyom. 1:52PM 66 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Klopp is about to make a change and bring Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain. It looks like he wants to get another goal to kill this one off before West Brom get a lucky break from a corner or something. Ings makes way for Firmino and Mane is rested for The Ox to get a chance upfront. 1:49PM 64 mins Space opens up for Salah to attack, he gets closer to the box and shoots... but it's blocked. Liverpool are dominating West Brom's half now, moving the ball around largely unchallenged. West Brom can't really afford to lose here, I'm not sure I understand the mentality of sitting and waiting. 1:47PM 62 mins A West Brom corner is headed away and Nyom's dreadful touch nearly plays Salah and Mane into score! Livermore gets back to force Salah to release the ball and Wijnaldum's cross is cut out. Klavan and Van Dijk slow things down and pass around their own half, waiting for West Brom to come out of their defensive shape. 1:45PM 60 mins West Brom are pushing higher up the pitch, battling hard every chance they have to win the ball in duels with Liverpool players. It's working at the moment too, they have the momentum. Van Dijk reads a cut back as Phillips powers his way into the box. West Brom getting closer! Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool 1:42PM 57 mins That's him punching Ings after doing what looks like a stone cold stunner on the striker as they fall to the ground. 1:41PM 55 mins Hegazi has a little battle with Ings and Hegazi hits him off the ball. He should be sent off but again the referee hasn't seen it. He's having a dreadful game. 1:38PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS What is Klavan doing?! He stops playing and suddenly Rondon runs in behind him and is close to putting the ball round Karius and slotting into an empty net. Poor defending from the Liverpool man. 1:36PM 50 mins Phillips does superbly on the right wing to lose Wijnaldum and then chips the ball across the penalty area at a perfect height for a striker to head at goal. Neither of West Brom's forwards can get there in time. They've started well here... and the ball drops to McClean about 25 yards out! He tries to strike across the ball and bend it into the bottom corner but it puts it wide. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 50 min) 1:28PM Shots on goal West Brom vs Liverpool shots on goal 1:17PM Average positions Average touch positions (half time) 1:17PM HALF TIME Danny Ings gives Liverpool the lead in a fairly even first half. Liverpool aren't at full strength and haven't quite got going but West Brom don't really look like they believe they can win this one. 1:14PM 45 mins Gomez tries to burn past McClean but isn't quick enough and then bounces off the West Brom man, who does well to prevent a corner. Nyom is too strong for Wijnaldum, sends him to the floor and then tries to score from 60 yards. It doesn't work but by Jove I admire the effort. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Allan Nyom, 44 min) 1:13PM 43 mins INGS MUST SCORE! Out of nothing Liverpool create a chance. The ball is switched, Salah gets lucky against Hegazi and the ball falls to Ings in the centre of the area with only Foster to beat. The goalkeeper gets down and blocks the shot - he should really have scored that. 1:09PM 41 mins Credit: AFP Moreno gets forward on the left wing but doesn't appear to have the confidence to take on Nyom for pace. Every pass he's made has been backwards so far. 1:08PM 38 mins CHANCE FOR WEST BROM! That's much better! Livermore sneaks in to rob Milner of the ball and then swings a cross to the back post. McClean is there and hits it first time... it's zipped juuuust past the far post! Rodriguez did his best Gazza impression, stretching on the slide to try and turn it in! Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 37 min) Liverpool caught sleeping there, West Brom are pressing much higher to try and catch them out. Darren Moore encourages his players from the touchline. 1:06PM 36 mins West Brom look good from set pieces, this might be where they get some fun. The latest in their series of corners misses everybody again, though Dawson had roamed in at the back-post unmarked, thanks to Liverpool's zonal system. 1:05PM 35 mins Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool Another West Brom corner is whipped in and this one is dangerous! Klavan manages to get a head on it but Dawson was inches away from connecting and turning that in! Another corner coming. 1:03PM 34 mins West Brom win a corner. The big lads come up for it. Liverpool mark their zones... and Brunt's corner misses everyone and goes out for a throw-in. 1:02PM 32 mins West Brom working harder to press Liverpool higher up the pitch. The defensive line is still way deep to prevent Salah and Mane being played in with a direct pass over the top. Livermore passes the ball straight out for a throw-in, for no clear reason. 1:00PM 30 mins Oh my word that is a very heavy challenge from Rondon. He lunges into a slide tackle on Ings, gets up and then throws himself into another. I cannot believe he's not been booked - there's going in to a 50/50 to win it, and then there's aggressive studs up tackles with momentum behind them. This referee needs to calm those tackles down before someone gets hurt. Those of you who preferred the 'contact sport' of yesteryear will strongly disagree with me. 12:57PM 27 mins Salah takes it... but it's just over and wide. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 26 min) Rodriguez and Rondon are having to work hard today, chasing the ball into space on either wing from long passes by the defenders. They'll both be knackered by about the 60th minute but it does mean West Brom can shift from a defensive shape to attacking quickly without trying to go through Liverpool's hardworking midfield. 12:55PM 25 mins Hegazi fouls his countryman Salah and gives Liverpool the chance to shoot from a great position just infront of the box, slightly right of goal. This suits a left-footer. Foster eagerly sets up his wall. 12:54PM 24 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES 12:52PM 23 mins Phillips takes the chance to shoot on his left foot as he finds space inside the Liverpool box but his effort is weak and no trouble for the goalkeeper whatsoever. Dawson barges through the back of Ings while contesting a header but it's a fair challenge, even if the striker gets a whack to the head. Milner is having a great game, drifting around the pitch to link passing moves. 12:50PM 20 mins Moreno attacks down the left, passes inside, Liverpool keep the ball moving quickly, looking to go around the outside of the West Brom defence. Salah loses possession and the ball is punted up the pitch to groans from the fans, but Van Dijk's volleyed pass gives West Brom the chance to get forward. 12:48PM 18 mins Chris Brunt laughs with Salah as the West Brom man's attempted shot makes its way towards Egypt. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Chris Brunt, 18 min) 12:46PM 17 mins Dawson heads at goal from a corner but the linesman has spotted an offside in the area from the second ball. West Brom beginning to get into this game now, attacking down the wings with Phillips and McClean. 12:45PM 15 mins Credit: REUTERS Nyom goes into a high sliding tackle on Milner, which the latter manages to avoid. If he hadn't that one would've really hurt - I'm surprised the referee hasn't pulled play back and booked him for that. It was overly and needlessly aggressive. Milner isn't going to do much damage on the touchline. 12:43PM 13 mins Liverpool keep the ball and pass patiently around their own half. West Brom refuse to be drawn out of their shell to take them on. They're quite clearly very scared of the attacking threat Klopp's team has. Salah is at it today too - he's enjoying himself with the ball at his feet, dancing around a couple of players with quick feet and almost creating a chance out of thin air. 12:41PM 10 mins Van Dijk goes into a tackle on Rondon and has hurt himself here. He looks to have jarred his knee a little off the striker's boot and isn't walking as freely as he might like. West Brom are still defending really deep... and Salah has spun his man in the box! He sets himself up for the shot on his left foot but it's deflected over! 12:36PM 7 mins Karius has to come off his line to boot a long ball over the top away. West Brom looking to react to that early setback immediately. 12:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Danny Ings goal Ings scores! Boos ring out at the Hawthorns. West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Danny Ings, 4 min) 12:33PM 4 mins Liverpool win a corner. It's cleared, Milner has it wide right and hits a brilliant powerful cross to the corner of the six yard box and it's kept alive. Liverpool are in here! 12:32PM 3 mins Rondon tries to force his way past a defender into the box but the goalkeeper smothers, West Brom instantly fall back into a deep defensive shape behind the halfway line. That's the strategy for the day. Rondon battles with Klavan again, the pair shoving each other as they chase the ball into the channel. Free-kick to Liverpool. 12:30PM KICK OFF west brom vs liverpool kickoff Here we go! Liverpool get the game started. 12:27PM Here come the players! 12:11PM Darren Moore pre-match words "It's been great, we've gotten together as a group and worked hard as a group. there's wonderful belief in each other, everybody's working hard to turn this situation around. we're just working hard, we can't control what's happened in the past. "No (we aren't entertaining thoughts of surviving relegation). It's the next game. The next game is today. There's nothing we can do and we'll put all our efforts into the next game. " 12:10PM Result vs performance One side of the argument says that supporting a club like West Brom means you should accept the players are of a lower quality and to survive in the Premier League they need to play defensive, rigid football and that's that. The other says that even if they lose every game, they'd much prefer the team to have a go, attack and play football. That style is much better to watch but against stronger teams is asking for trouble. Obviously you can have a mix and adapt depending on the opposition, but I know I'd much prefer my team to actually play football. There's a reason Pep Guardiola was able to turn the Barca B team into a machine before he took the big job. There's a reason Ajax were able to win a European cup back in the 90s. There's a reason Alex Ferguson was able to dominate Scottish football with Aberdeen - and even beat Real Madrid. Yeh, sure, it's a different game now, but these things all happened with attacking football. What do you think? 11:52AM A lovely day Credit: PA What a day it is! A fine day for football or sitting in the park listening to music through one of those little bluetooth speakers. I don't want to hear your music! Use headphones! Arrhghgghg. But really, football is the winner today. West Brom aren't relegated (yet) but Liverpool's incredible front three could kill them off today. Will Darren Moore have a cunning plan up his sleeve? I suspect it'll be a 4-5-1 low block looking to deny space in behind and try to hit an unsuspecting, frustrated opposition with a counter-attack or score from a corner. Liverpool might be a little too good for them today. 11:37AM West Brom starting lineup An unchanged XI...#WBALIV#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/Jtw2IqhuL9— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 21, 2018 11:36AM Liverpool starting lineup Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma, has made five changes for the trip to rock-bottom West Brom, including giving a rest to 25-goal forward Roberto Firmino. However, he still fields a strong front line with Mohamed Salah, one of the favourites to be named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday, retaining his place alongside Sadio Mane with Danny Ings replacing Firmino and James Milner in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. There are three changes at the back as only Virgil van Dijk keeps his place from last weekend's win over Bournemouth as Ragnar Klavan comes in with Alberto Moreno making his first Premier League start since late November and Joe Gomez back after a month out with an ankle injury. The #LFC team to face @WBA...#WBALIVhttps://t.co/6XOx3UJ7x7pic.twitter.com/BdTIwhw7jF— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2018
West Brom complete remarkable comeback against Liverpool but can't escape relegation fears
It was only stalling the inevitable. The end will come soon enough, the moment other results conspire to make the mathematics unbreachable. But at the conclusion of this resolute comeback, the West Bromwich Albion fans made a noise as if the title had been won rather than relegation postponed. “Big Dazz, there’s only one Big Dazz,” they chanted in the direction of Darren Moore, the stand-in manager who has now taken five points from his three games in charge, after the previous eight had yielded precisely none. How the home support must wonder what might have been had he been given the job earlier, had he been able to restore a bit of unity when it might still have counted. Coming a week after victory at Old Trafford, this point was hard fought. Liverpool had cruised to a two-goal lead that appeared to be the perfect preparation for their Champions League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday. Goals from Danny Ings and, naturally, Mo Salah had given the afternoon the appearance of a stroll. But then West Brom, through a scrambled strike by Jake Livermore and a jet-propelled header from Salomon Rondon, fought back with spirit, effort and commitment, three words that would never have been associated with them under the previous hapless administration. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool had begun with a purpose which suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes, resting limbs ahead of the Roma game. But enough threat remained. As became clear after just four minutes. From a corner, Sadio Mane exchanged passes with James Milner, sauntered into the box and crossed for Georginio Wijnaldum, who cushioned the ball into the path of Ings. How the much-absent striker celebrated his first goal since Brendan Rodgers was manager. Ings came close to adding another when he miscued from close-in after being set up by Salah. His manager blamed the bobble on West Brom’s decision not to water the pitch. But you sense had the roles been reversed, Salah would have had no such trouble from dry conditions. With Moore casting a huge, brooding presence on the touchline, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for the rested Andy Robertson, and kept tearing down the right wing. Despite the accuracy of his crosses, nothing seemed to land for a colleague. As the half reached its conclusion, the home side had three successive corners, each pinged in with venom, each devoid of any touch. When James McClean fizzed in a cross which spun just in front of the sliding Jay Rodriguez, it seemed to sum up West Brom’s season: late, ineffectual and off-balance. As the second half begun, Ings should have had a penalty when tumbled by Ahmed Hegazi and the Egyptian was lucky to remain on the pitch after applying his knuckles to Ings’ ribcage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s shrewd through ball and deftly chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season. It was a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. Not bad company, his manager suggested. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two set-pieces late on allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered home Chris Brunt’s free-kick, prompting a rare explosion of delight in these parts. “Unfortunately for them it is a useless point,” suggested Klopp. Sadly for the calm, dignified, impressive Moore he is right. 2:57PM Danny Ings post-match "Disappointed. It's alright scoring goals but the three points is the most important thing. "I think they gathered some momentum, the pitch was very dry and suited the long ball, it really benefitted them. With their long balls they gathered momentum and scored two goals. "A lot. I've been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It's been a hell of a mountain I've had to climb to get there. "When you're out for a long time there's always doubts, it's important to surround yourself with people who are positive. That's really helped push me through to get me into the shape I'm in today. "I think it's one of them [those things], I looked the other way, it was a coming together, I don't want to throw another player under the bus. It's just a coming together, it's what English football's all about. You want to keep the physical side." 2:44PM Jurgen Klopp is a terrible loser "When they scored the goals. I think we controlled it pretty well, it was clear they only had opportunities from set pieces, Brunt, Phillips they take them really well. We gave them a corner it was difficult like the block on the goalkeeper, it makes life difficult, and what I heard the second was not a foul. "They score twice, we had the ball constantly, West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half time and it was quite difficult the second half. We had the chance second half for Ingsy in the box and the situation with Hegazi and Ingsy I dunno. You need a little help in these situations. We have to take it as it is. Credit: PA "I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football obviously. If the pitch is dry you can't pass three or four yards, but that's how it is, you have to deal with that. "I think everybody knows they want set pieces last few minutes but the referee gives it. "I'm not in the mood to talk about positive things. Give me a night and I'll tell Danny how good it was." 2:32PM Gutted West Brom players post-match Livermore "It's a shame. We've started to gain that belief and confidence in the last few weeks, all we can do is keep fighting for our fans. "Probably yeh (the result reflects the season). It's not for want of trying but the rub of the green hasn't happened like last season. It's just one of those things. "It's difficult to say, if we knew we'd try to change it months ago. I think confidence is a thing. We've thrown [lots of] points away from winning positions." Rondon "Yes I feel ... it's difficult situation for us, relegation, so thank you to our fans, our teammates, we worked so hard." 2:24PM Too little too late Despite that late effort, West Brom are stuck bottom of the league and are basically relegated. They really did need the three points and you can see the disappointment on the faces of the players. 2:23PM Rondon gives his shirt away Rondon goes to the crowd and gives his shirt to a guy with a Spanish language sign asking for it. #heartwarmingscenes 2:21PM FULL TIME What a comeback! Brilliant from West Brom. Their switch to a back three gave them the structure to work their way back into the match and they rode momentum to get those crucial goals. Jurgen Klopp looks furious. 2:20PM 90 mins +4 Milner sees the chance to shoot from 25 yards and takes it. Way over the bar. Foster rushes to get the ball and plays it short, Evans boots the ball long, Liverpool have everyone behind the ball. It's hooked into the area, Rondon goes for the header but it's knocked away. The ball is hit across the box and Rodriguez swings a foot at it but kicks the air and misses the ball. Liverpool just want the final whistle! 2:18PM 90 mins +2 Here come West Brom again! They power down the right wing, cross into the area and strikers attack it! Van Dijk is strong and heads away. 2:17PM 90 mins +1 Credit: AFP The fans believe West Brom can do this! They've got all the momentum, Liverpool are trying to hold on to a point now! 2:16PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! rondon goal YES THEY CAN! WOW! What a comeback! West Brom win a free-kick wide left, Burke hurries to get the ball, Brunt hits an absolute belter of a cross to the front post and Karius is caught in that dimension the kids get trapped inside in Stranger Things. He is nowhere close to it and Rondon heads in at the near post! Brilliant! West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool (Salomón Rondón, 88 min) 2:12PM 86 mins Liverpool are in full counter-attack mode now. Sitting mega deep and just getting rid of the ball whenever they can. The pressure's building! Can West Brom get back into this?! 2:09PM 84 mins Milner tries a roulette turn in the area but leaves the ball behind. Close. Very close. West Brom fans are urging their team on now, Liverpool sitting much deeper than they were earlier but West Brom's chips into the area are being headed away. Here comes Lovren for the final 10 minutes. Salah is replaced. 2:07PM 82 mins Hegazi full on catches Salah in the face with a swinging arm. Again the referee doesn't see it. 2:06PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! west brom goal Or is it all over?! The corner is knocked back across goal at the far post, Liverpool players are in a mess and Van Dijk plays West Brom players onside. Livermore is on the deck but swings a leg at the loose ball and finds the net! West Brom 1 - 2 Liverpool (Jake Livermore, 79 min) 2:04PM 78 mins Liverpool get nice and compact as they're forced deeper into their own half by West Brom's more direct passing. They win a corner. 2:01PM 75 mins West Brom are about to bring on Oliver Burke. I have a feeling it may be a little late for them to get back into this one. Relegation beckons! 1:59PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! mo salah goal Ooooooh what a finish that is! Liverpool counter-attack rapidly and are in on goal before West Brom even realise what is happening! Oxlade-Chamberlain creates the chance with an absolutely brilliant reverse pass to split the defence but Salah takes his time, stays composed and does that little dink he does to chip the goalkeeper. Superb. West Brom 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 72 min) 1:57PM 72 mins More boos from West Brom fans as McClean is taken off for Jonny Evans. That'll be West Brom in a back three with Gibbs pushed higher up the pitch. SALAH IS IN HERE! 1:56PM 71 mins Wijnaldum points to where he's going to pass and switches play right towards Gomez. Gomez waits, waits, waits and then loses possession as McClean nips in to intercept. Really poor from Gomez. Moreno has been booked - the first yellow of the day - for a foul on Phillips wide right of the box. This is a decent chance to get the ball in the box. It's chipped in and there's a bit of a pinball rammy in the area... but Karius can gather. 1:54PM 68 mins Gomez's pass inside nearly hands Rondon the chance to score but Henderson charges back to block everything he tries. McClean hits a cross into the area but Liverpool get it away and send Salah up the pitch! He takes on his man, attempts a lovely back-heel pass to Firmino... but it's cleared by Nyom. 1:52PM 66 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Klopp is about to make a change and bring Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain. It looks like he wants to get another goal to kill this one off before West Brom get a lucky break from a corner or something. Ings makes way for Firmino and Mane is rested for The Ox to get a chance upfront. 1:49PM 64 mins Space opens up for Salah to attack, he gets closer to the box and shoots... but it's blocked. Liverpool are dominating West Brom's half now, moving the ball around largely unchallenged. West Brom can't really afford to lose here, I'm not sure I understand the mentality of sitting and waiting. 1:47PM 62 mins A West Brom corner is headed away and Nyom's dreadful touch nearly plays Salah and Mane into score! Livermore gets back to force Salah to release the ball and Wijnaldum's cross is cut out. Klavan and Van Dijk slow things down and pass around their own half, waiting for West Brom to come out of their defensive shape. 1:45PM 60 mins West Brom are pushing higher up the pitch, battling hard every chance they have to win the ball in duels with Liverpool players. It's working at the moment too, they have the momentum. Van Dijk reads a cut back as Phillips powers his way into the box. West Brom getting closer! Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool 1:42PM 57 mins That's him punching Ings after doing what looks like a stone cold stunner on the striker as they fall to the ground. 1:41PM 55 mins Hegazi has a little battle with Ings and Hegazi hits him off the ball. He should be sent off but again the referee hasn't seen it. He's having a dreadful game. 1:38PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS What is Klavan doing?! He stops playing and suddenly Rondon runs in behind him and is close to putting the ball round Karius and slotting into an empty net. Poor defending from the Liverpool man. 1:36PM 50 mins Phillips does superbly on the right wing to lose Wijnaldum and then chips the ball across the penalty area at a perfect height for a striker to head at goal. Neither of West Brom's forwards can get there in time. They've started well here... and the ball drops to McClean about 25 yards out! He tries to strike across the ball and bend it into the bottom corner but it puts it wide. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 50 min) 1:28PM Shots on goal West Brom vs Liverpool shots on goal 1:17PM Average positions Average touch positions (half time) 1:17PM HALF TIME Danny Ings gives Liverpool the lead in a fairly even first half. Liverpool aren't at full strength and haven't quite got going but West Brom don't really look like they believe they can win this one. 1:14PM 45 mins Gomez tries to burn past McClean but isn't quick enough and then bounces off the West Brom man, who does well to prevent a corner. Nyom is too strong for Wijnaldum, sends him to the floor and then tries to score from 60 yards. It doesn't work but by Jove I admire the effort. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Allan Nyom, 44 min) 1:13PM 43 mins INGS MUST SCORE! Out of nothing Liverpool create a chance. The ball is switched, Salah gets lucky against Hegazi and the ball falls to Ings in the centre of the area with only Foster to beat. The goalkeeper gets down and blocks the shot - he should really have scored that. 1:09PM 41 mins Credit: AFP Moreno gets forward on the left wing but doesn't appear to have the confidence to take on Nyom for pace. Every pass he's made has been backwards so far. 1:08PM 38 mins CHANCE FOR WEST BROM! That's much better! Livermore sneaks in to rob Milner of the ball and then swings a cross to the back post. McClean is there and hits it first time... it's zipped juuuust past the far post! Rodriguez did his best Gazza impression, stretching on the slide to try and turn it in! Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 37 min) Liverpool caught sleeping there, West Brom are pressing much higher to try and catch them out. Darren Moore encourages his players from the touchline. 1:06PM 36 mins West Brom look good from set pieces, this might be where they get some fun. The latest in their series of corners misses everybody again, though Dawson had roamed in at the back-post unmarked, thanks to Liverpool's zonal system. 1:05PM 35 mins Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool Another West Brom corner is whipped in and this one is dangerous! Klavan manages to get a head on it but Dawson was inches away from connecting and turning that in! Another corner coming. 1:03PM 34 mins West Brom win a corner. The big lads come up for it. Liverpool mark their zones... and Brunt's corner misses everyone and goes out for a throw-in. 1:02PM 32 mins West Brom working harder to press Liverpool higher up the pitch. The defensive line is still way deep to prevent Salah and Mane being played in with a direct pass over the top. Livermore passes the ball straight out for a throw-in, for no clear reason. 1:00PM 30 mins Oh my word that is a very heavy challenge from Rondon. He lunges into a slide tackle on Ings, gets up and then throws himself into another. I cannot believe he's not been booked - there's going in to a 50/50 to win it, and then there's aggressive studs up tackles with momentum behind them. This referee needs to calm those tackles down before someone gets hurt. Those of you who preferred the 'contact sport' of yesteryear will strongly disagree with me. 12:57PM 27 mins Salah takes it... but it's just over and wide. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 26 min) Rodriguez and Rondon are having to work hard today, chasing the ball into space on either wing from long passes by the defenders. They'll both be knackered by about the 60th minute but it does mean West Brom can shift from a defensive shape to attacking quickly without trying to go through Liverpool's hardworking midfield. 12:55PM 25 mins Hegazi fouls his countryman Salah and gives Liverpool the chance to shoot from a great position just infront of the box, slightly right of goal. This suits a left-footer. Foster eagerly sets up his wall. 12:54PM 24 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES 12:52PM 23 mins Phillips takes the chance to shoot on his left foot as he finds space inside the Liverpool box but his effort is weak and no trouble for the goalkeeper whatsoever. Dawson barges through the back of Ings while contesting a header but it's a fair challenge, even if the striker gets a whack to the head. Milner is having a great game, drifting around the pitch to link passing moves. 12:50PM 20 mins Moreno attacks down the left, passes inside, Liverpool keep the ball moving quickly, looking to go around the outside of the West Brom defence. Salah loses possession and the ball is punted up the pitch to groans from the fans, but Van Dijk's volleyed pass gives West Brom the chance to get forward. 12:48PM 18 mins Chris Brunt laughs with Salah as the West Brom man's attempted shot makes its way towards Egypt. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Chris Brunt, 18 min) 12:46PM 17 mins Dawson heads at goal from a corner but the linesman has spotted an offside in the area from the second ball. West Brom beginning to get into this game now, attacking down the wings with Phillips and McClean. 12:45PM 15 mins Credit: REUTERS Nyom goes into a high sliding tackle on Milner, which the latter manages to avoid. If he hadn't that one would've really hurt - I'm surprised the referee hasn't pulled play back and booked him for that. It was overly and needlessly aggressive. Milner isn't going to do much damage on the touchline. 12:43PM 13 mins Liverpool keep the ball and pass patiently around their own half. West Brom refuse to be drawn out of their shell to take them on. They're quite clearly very scared of the attacking threat Klopp's team has. Salah is at it today too - he's enjoying himself with the ball at his feet, dancing around a couple of players with quick feet and almost creating a chance out of thin air. 12:41PM 10 mins Van Dijk goes into a tackle on Rondon and has hurt himself here. He looks to have jarred his knee a little off the striker's boot and isn't walking as freely as he might like. West Brom are still defending really deep... and Salah has spun his man in the box! He sets himself up for the shot on his left foot but it's deflected over! 12:36PM 7 mins Karius has to come off his line to boot a long ball over the top away. West Brom looking to react to that early setback immediately. 12:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Danny Ings goal Ings scores! Boos ring out at the Hawthorns. West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Danny Ings, 4 min) 12:33PM 4 mins Liverpool win a corner. It's cleared, Milner has it wide right and hits a brilliant powerful cross to the corner of the six yard box and it's kept alive. Liverpool are in here! 12:32PM 3 mins Rondon tries to force his way past a defender into the box but the goalkeeper smothers, West Brom instantly fall back into a deep defensive shape behind the halfway line. That's the strategy for the day. Rondon battles with Klavan again, the pair shoving each other as they chase the ball into the channel. Free-kick to Liverpool. 12:30PM KICK OFF west brom vs liverpool kickoff Here we go! Liverpool get the game started. 12:27PM Here come the players! 12:11PM Darren Moore pre-match words "It's been great, we've gotten together as a group and worked hard as a group. there's wonderful belief in each other, everybody's working hard to turn this situation around. we're just working hard, we can't control what's happened in the past. "No (we aren't entertaining thoughts of surviving relegation). It's the next game. The next game is today. There's nothing we can do and we'll put all our efforts into the next game. " 12:10PM Result vs performance One side of the argument says that supporting a club like West Brom means you should accept the players are of a lower quality and to survive in the Premier League they need to play defensive, rigid football and that's that. The other says that even if they lose every game, they'd much prefer the team to have a go, attack and play football. That style is much better to watch but against stronger teams is asking for trouble. Obviously you can have a mix and adapt depending on the opposition, but I know I'd much prefer my team to actually play football. There's a reason Pep Guardiola was able to turn the Barca B team into a machine before he took the big job. There's a reason Ajax were able to win a European cup back in the 90s. There's a reason Alex Ferguson was able to dominate Scottish football with Aberdeen - and even beat Real Madrid. Yeh, sure, it's a different game now, but these things all happened with attacking football. What do you think? 11:52AM A lovely day Credit: PA What a day it is! A fine day for football or sitting in the park listening to music through one of those little bluetooth speakers. I don't want to hear your music! Use headphones! Arrhghgghg. But really, football is the winner today. West Brom aren't relegated (yet) but Liverpool's incredible front three could kill them off today. Will Darren Moore have a cunning plan up his sleeve? I suspect it'll be a 4-5-1 low block looking to deny space in behind and try to hit an unsuspecting, frustrated opposition with a counter-attack or score from a corner. Liverpool might be a little too good for them today. 11:37AM West Brom starting lineup An unchanged XI...#WBALIV#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/Jtw2IqhuL9— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 21, 2018 11:36AM Liverpool starting lineup Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma, has made five changes for the trip to rock-bottom West Brom, including giving a rest to 25-goal forward Roberto Firmino. However, he still fields a strong front line with Mohamed Salah, one of the favourites to be named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday, retaining his place alongside Sadio Mane with Danny Ings replacing Firmino and James Milner in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. There are three changes at the back as only Virgil van Dijk keeps his place from last weekend's win over Bournemouth as Ragnar Klavan comes in with Alberto Moreno making his first Premier League start since late November and Joe Gomez back after a month out with an ankle injury. The #LFC team to face @WBA...#WBALIVhttps://t.co/6XOx3UJ7x7pic.twitter.com/BdTIwhw7jF— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2018
It was only stalling the inevitable. The end will come soon enough, the moment other results conspire to make the mathematics unbreachable. But at the conclusion of this resolute comeback, the West Bromwich Albion fans made a noise as if the title had been won rather than relegation postponed. “Big Dazz, there’s only one Big Dazz,” they chanted in the direction of Darren Moore, the stand-in manager who has now taken five points from his three games in charge, after the previous eight had yielded precisely none. How the home support must wonder what might have been had he been given the job earlier, had he been able to restore a bit of unity when it might still have counted. Coming a week after victory at Old Trafford, this point was hard fought. Liverpool had cruised to a two-goal lead that appeared to be the perfect preparation for their Champions League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday. Goals from Danny Ings and, naturally, Mo Salah had given the afternoon the appearance of a stroll. But then West Brom, through a scrambled strike by Jake Livermore and a jet-propelled header from Salomon Rondon, fought back with spirit, effort and commitment, three words that would never have been associated with them under the previous hapless administration. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool had begun with a purpose which suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes, resting limbs ahead of the Roma game. But enough threat remained. As became clear after just four minutes. From a corner, Sadio Mane exchanged passes with James Milner, sauntered into the box and crossed for Georginio Wijnaldum, who cushioned the ball into the path of Ings. How the much-absent striker celebrated his first goal since Brendan Rodgers was manager. Ings came close to adding another when he miscued from close-in after being set up by Salah. His manager blamed the bobble on West Brom’s decision not to water the pitch. But you sense had the roles been reversed, Salah would have had no such trouble from dry conditions. With Moore casting a huge, brooding presence on the touchline, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for the rested Andy Robertson, and kept tearing down the right wing. Despite the accuracy of his crosses, nothing seemed to land for a colleague. As the half reached its conclusion, the home side had three successive corners, each pinged in with venom, each devoid of any touch. When James McClean fizzed in a cross which spun just in front of the sliding Jay Rodriguez, it seemed to sum up West Brom’s season: late, ineffectual and off-balance. As the second half begun, Ings should have had a penalty when tumbled by Ahmed Hegazi and the Egyptian was lucky to remain on the pitch after applying his knuckles to Ings’ ribcage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s shrewd through ball and deftly chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season. It was a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. Not bad company, his manager suggested. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two set-pieces late on allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered home Chris Brunt’s free-kick, prompting a rare explosion of delight in these parts. “Unfortunately for them it is a useless point,” suggested Klopp. Sadly for the calm, dignified, impressive Moore he is right. 2:57PM Danny Ings post-match "Disappointed. It's alright scoring goals but the three points is the most important thing. "I think they gathered some momentum, the pitch was very dry and suited the long ball, it really benefitted them. With their long balls they gathered momentum and scored two goals. "A lot. I've been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It's been a hell of a mountain I've had to climb to get there. "When you're out for a long time there's always doubts, it's important to surround yourself with people who are positive. That's really helped push me through to get me into the shape I'm in today. "I think it's one of them [those things], I looked the other way, it was a coming together, I don't want to throw another player under the bus. It's just a coming together, it's what English football's all about. You want to keep the physical side." 2:44PM Jurgen Klopp is a terrible loser "When they scored the goals. I think we controlled it pretty well, it was clear they only had opportunities from set pieces, Brunt, Phillips they take them really well. We gave them a corner it was difficult like the block on the goalkeeper, it makes life difficult, and what I heard the second was not a foul. "They score twice, we had the ball constantly, West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half time and it was quite difficult the second half. We had the chance second half for Ingsy in the box and the situation with Hegazi and Ingsy I dunno. You need a little help in these situations. We have to take it as it is. Credit: PA "I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football obviously. If the pitch is dry you can't pass three or four yards, but that's how it is, you have to deal with that. "I think everybody knows they want set pieces last few minutes but the referee gives it. "I'm not in the mood to talk about positive things. Give me a night and I'll tell Danny how good it was." 2:32PM Gutted West Brom players post-match Livermore "It's a shame. We've started to gain that belief and confidence in the last few weeks, all we can do is keep fighting for our fans. "Probably yeh (the result reflects the season). It's not for want of trying but the rub of the green hasn't happened like last season. It's just one of those things. "It's difficult to say, if we knew we'd try to change it months ago. I think confidence is a thing. We've thrown [lots of] points away from winning positions." Rondon "Yes I feel ... it's difficult situation for us, relegation, so thank you to our fans, our teammates, we worked so hard." 2:24PM Too little too late Despite that late effort, West Brom are stuck bottom of the league and are basically relegated. They really did need the three points and you can see the disappointment on the faces of the players. 2:23PM Rondon gives his shirt away Rondon goes to the crowd and gives his shirt to a guy with a Spanish language sign asking for it. #heartwarmingscenes 2:21PM FULL TIME What a comeback! Brilliant from West Brom. Their switch to a back three gave them the structure to work their way back into the match and they rode momentum to get those crucial goals. Jurgen Klopp looks furious. 2:20PM 90 mins +4 Milner sees the chance to shoot from 25 yards and takes it. Way over the bar. Foster rushes to get the ball and plays it short, Evans boots the ball long, Liverpool have everyone behind the ball. It's hooked into the area, Rondon goes for the header but it's knocked away. The ball is hit across the box and Rodriguez swings a foot at it but kicks the air and misses the ball. Liverpool just want the final whistle! 2:18PM 90 mins +2 Here come West Brom again! They power down the right wing, cross into the area and strikers attack it! Van Dijk is strong and heads away. 2:17PM 90 mins +1 Credit: AFP The fans believe West Brom can do this! They've got all the momentum, Liverpool are trying to hold on to a point now! 2:16PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! rondon goal YES THEY CAN! WOW! What a comeback! West Brom win a free-kick wide left, Burke hurries to get the ball, Brunt hits an absolute belter of a cross to the front post and Karius is caught in that dimension the kids get trapped inside in Stranger Things. He is nowhere close to it and Rondon heads in at the near post! Brilliant! West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool (Salomón Rondón, 88 min) 2:12PM 86 mins Liverpool are in full counter-attack mode now. Sitting mega deep and just getting rid of the ball whenever they can. The pressure's building! Can West Brom get back into this?! 2:09PM 84 mins Milner tries a roulette turn in the area but leaves the ball behind. Close. Very close. West Brom fans are urging their team on now, Liverpool sitting much deeper than they were earlier but West Brom's chips into the area are being headed away. Here comes Lovren for the final 10 minutes. Salah is replaced. 2:07PM 82 mins Hegazi full on catches Salah in the face with a swinging arm. Again the referee doesn't see it. 2:06PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! west brom goal Or is it all over?! The corner is knocked back across goal at the far post, Liverpool players are in a mess and Van Dijk plays West Brom players onside. Livermore is on the deck but swings a leg at the loose ball and finds the net! West Brom 1 - 2 Liverpool (Jake Livermore, 79 min) 2:04PM 78 mins Liverpool get nice and compact as they're forced deeper into their own half by West Brom's more direct passing. They win a corner. 2:01PM 75 mins West Brom are about to bring on Oliver Burke. I have a feeling it may be a little late for them to get back into this one. Relegation beckons! 1:59PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! mo salah goal Ooooooh what a finish that is! Liverpool counter-attack rapidly and are in on goal before West Brom even realise what is happening! Oxlade-Chamberlain creates the chance with an absolutely brilliant reverse pass to split the defence but Salah takes his time, stays composed and does that little dink he does to chip the goalkeeper. Superb. West Brom 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 72 min) 1:57PM 72 mins More boos from West Brom fans as McClean is taken off for Jonny Evans. That'll be West Brom in a back three with Gibbs pushed higher up the pitch. SALAH IS IN HERE! 1:56PM 71 mins Wijnaldum points to where he's going to pass and switches play right towards Gomez. Gomez waits, waits, waits and then loses possession as McClean nips in to intercept. Really poor from Gomez. Moreno has been booked - the first yellow of the day - for a foul on Phillips wide right of the box. This is a decent chance to get the ball in the box. It's chipped in and there's a bit of a pinball rammy in the area... but Karius can gather. 1:54PM 68 mins Gomez's pass inside nearly hands Rondon the chance to score but Henderson charges back to block everything he tries. McClean hits a cross into the area but Liverpool get it away and send Salah up the pitch! He takes on his man, attempts a lovely back-heel pass to Firmino... but it's cleared by Nyom. 1:52PM 66 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Klopp is about to make a change and bring Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain. It looks like he wants to get another goal to kill this one off before West Brom get a lucky break from a corner or something. Ings makes way for Firmino and Mane is rested for The Ox to get a chance upfront. 1:49PM 64 mins Space opens up for Salah to attack, he gets closer to the box and shoots... but it's blocked. Liverpool are dominating West Brom's half now, moving the ball around largely unchallenged. West Brom can't really afford to lose here, I'm not sure I understand the mentality of sitting and waiting. 1:47PM 62 mins A West Brom corner is headed away and Nyom's dreadful touch nearly plays Salah and Mane into score! Livermore gets back to force Salah to release the ball and Wijnaldum's cross is cut out. Klavan and Van Dijk slow things down and pass around their own half, waiting for West Brom to come out of their defensive shape. 1:45PM 60 mins West Brom are pushing higher up the pitch, battling hard every chance they have to win the ball in duels with Liverpool players. It's working at the moment too, they have the momentum. Van Dijk reads a cut back as Phillips powers his way into the box. West Brom getting closer! Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool 1:42PM 57 mins That's him punching Ings after doing what looks like a stone cold stunner on the striker as they fall to the ground. 1:41PM 55 mins Hegazi has a little battle with Ings and Hegazi hits him off the ball. He should be sent off but again the referee hasn't seen it. He's having a dreadful game. 1:38PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS What is Klavan doing?! He stops playing and suddenly Rondon runs in behind him and is close to putting the ball round Karius and slotting into an empty net. Poor defending from the Liverpool man. 1:36PM 50 mins Phillips does superbly on the right wing to lose Wijnaldum and then chips the ball across the penalty area at a perfect height for a striker to head at goal. Neither of West Brom's forwards can get there in time. They've started well here... and the ball drops to McClean about 25 yards out! He tries to strike across the ball and bend it into the bottom corner but it puts it wide. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 50 min) 1:28PM Shots on goal West Brom vs Liverpool shots on goal 1:17PM Average positions Average touch positions (half time) 1:17PM HALF TIME Danny Ings gives Liverpool the lead in a fairly even first half. Liverpool aren't at full strength and haven't quite got going but West Brom don't really look like they believe they can win this one. 1:14PM 45 mins Gomez tries to burn past McClean but isn't quick enough and then bounces off the West Brom man, who does well to prevent a corner. Nyom is too strong for Wijnaldum, sends him to the floor and then tries to score from 60 yards. It doesn't work but by Jove I admire the effort. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Allan Nyom, 44 min) 1:13PM 43 mins INGS MUST SCORE! Out of nothing Liverpool create a chance. The ball is switched, Salah gets lucky against Hegazi and the ball falls to Ings in the centre of the area with only Foster to beat. The goalkeeper gets down and blocks the shot - he should really have scored that. 1:09PM 41 mins Credit: AFP Moreno gets forward on the left wing but doesn't appear to have the confidence to take on Nyom for pace. Every pass he's made has been backwards so far. 1:08PM 38 mins CHANCE FOR WEST BROM! That's much better! Livermore sneaks in to rob Milner of the ball and then swings a cross to the back post. McClean is there and hits it first time... it's zipped juuuust past the far post! Rodriguez did his best Gazza impression, stretching on the slide to try and turn it in! Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 37 min) Liverpool caught sleeping there, West Brom are pressing much higher to try and catch them out. Darren Moore encourages his players from the touchline. 1:06PM 36 mins West Brom look good from set pieces, this might be where they get some fun. The latest in their series of corners misses everybody again, though Dawson had roamed in at the back-post unmarked, thanks to Liverpool's zonal system. 1:05PM 35 mins Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool Another West Brom corner is whipped in and this one is dangerous! Klavan manages to get a head on it but Dawson was inches away from connecting and turning that in! Another corner coming. 1:03PM 34 mins West Brom win a corner. The big lads come up for it. Liverpool mark their zones... and Brunt's corner misses everyone and goes out for a throw-in. 1:02PM 32 mins West Brom working harder to press Liverpool higher up the pitch. The defensive line is still way deep to prevent Salah and Mane being played in with a direct pass over the top. Livermore passes the ball straight out for a throw-in, for no clear reason. 1:00PM 30 mins Oh my word that is a very heavy challenge from Rondon. He lunges into a slide tackle on Ings, gets up and then throws himself into another. I cannot believe he's not been booked - there's going in to a 50/50 to win it, and then there's aggressive studs up tackles with momentum behind them. This referee needs to calm those tackles down before someone gets hurt. Those of you who preferred the 'contact sport' of yesteryear will strongly disagree with me. 12:57PM 27 mins Salah takes it... but it's just over and wide. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 26 min) Rodriguez and Rondon are having to work hard today, chasing the ball into space on either wing from long passes by the defenders. They'll both be knackered by about the 60th minute but it does mean West Brom can shift from a defensive shape to attacking quickly without trying to go through Liverpool's hardworking midfield. 12:55PM 25 mins Hegazi fouls his countryman Salah and gives Liverpool the chance to shoot from a great position just infront of the box, slightly right of goal. This suits a left-footer. Foster eagerly sets up his wall. 12:54PM 24 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES 12:52PM 23 mins Phillips takes the chance to shoot on his left foot as he finds space inside the Liverpool box but his effort is weak and no trouble for the goalkeeper whatsoever. Dawson barges through the back of Ings while contesting a header but it's a fair challenge, even if the striker gets a whack to the head. Milner is having a great game, drifting around the pitch to link passing moves. 12:50PM 20 mins Moreno attacks down the left, passes inside, Liverpool keep the ball moving quickly, looking to go around the outside of the West Brom defence. Salah loses possession and the ball is punted up the pitch to groans from the fans, but Van Dijk's volleyed pass gives West Brom the chance to get forward. 12:48PM 18 mins Chris Brunt laughs with Salah as the West Brom man's attempted shot makes its way towards Egypt. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Chris Brunt, 18 min) 12:46PM 17 mins Dawson heads at goal from a corner but the linesman has spotted an offside in the area from the second ball. West Brom beginning to get into this game now, attacking down the wings with Phillips and McClean. 12:45PM 15 mins Credit: REUTERS Nyom goes into a high sliding tackle on Milner, which the latter manages to avoid. If he hadn't that one would've really hurt - I'm surprised the referee hasn't pulled play back and booked him for that. It was overly and needlessly aggressive. Milner isn't going to do much damage on the touchline. 12:43PM 13 mins Liverpool keep the ball and pass patiently around their own half. West Brom refuse to be drawn out of their shell to take them on. They're quite clearly very scared of the attacking threat Klopp's team has. Salah is at it today too - he's enjoying himself with the ball at his feet, dancing around a couple of players with quick feet and almost creating a chance out of thin air. 12:41PM 10 mins Van Dijk goes into a tackle on Rondon and has hurt himself here. He looks to have jarred his knee a little off the striker's boot and isn't walking as freely as he might like. West Brom are still defending really deep... and Salah has spun his man in the box! He sets himself up for the shot on his left foot but it's deflected over! 12:36PM 7 mins Karius has to come off his line to boot a long ball over the top away. West Brom looking to react to that early setback immediately. 12:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Danny Ings goal Ings scores! Boos ring out at the Hawthorns. West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Danny Ings, 4 min) 12:33PM 4 mins Liverpool win a corner. It's cleared, Milner has it wide right and hits a brilliant powerful cross to the corner of the six yard box and it's kept alive. Liverpool are in here! 12:32PM 3 mins Rondon tries to force his way past a defender into the box but the goalkeeper smothers, West Brom instantly fall back into a deep defensive shape behind the halfway line. That's the strategy for the day. Rondon battles with Klavan again, the pair shoving each other as they chase the ball into the channel. Free-kick to Liverpool. 12:30PM KICK OFF west brom vs liverpool kickoff Here we go! Liverpool get the game started. 12:27PM Here come the players! 12:11PM Darren Moore pre-match words "It's been great, we've gotten together as a group and worked hard as a group. there's wonderful belief in each other, everybody's working hard to turn this situation around. we're just working hard, we can't control what's happened in the past. "No (we aren't entertaining thoughts of surviving relegation). It's the next game. The next game is today. There's nothing we can do and we'll put all our efforts into the next game. " 12:10PM Result vs performance One side of the argument says that supporting a club like West Brom means you should accept the players are of a lower quality and to survive in the Premier League they need to play defensive, rigid football and that's that. The other says that even if they lose every game, they'd much prefer the team to have a go, attack and play football. That style is much better to watch but against stronger teams is asking for trouble. Obviously you can have a mix and adapt depending on the opposition, but I know I'd much prefer my team to actually play football. There's a reason Pep Guardiola was able to turn the Barca B team into a machine before he took the big job. There's a reason Ajax were able to win a European cup back in the 90s. There's a reason Alex Ferguson was able to dominate Scottish football with Aberdeen - and even beat Real Madrid. Yeh, sure, it's a different game now, but these things all happened with attacking football. What do you think? 11:52AM A lovely day Credit: PA What a day it is! A fine day for football or sitting in the park listening to music through one of those little bluetooth speakers. I don't want to hear your music! Use headphones! Arrhghgghg. But really, football is the winner today. West Brom aren't relegated (yet) but Liverpool's incredible front three could kill them off today. Will Darren Moore have a cunning plan up his sleeve? I suspect it'll be a 4-5-1 low block looking to deny space in behind and try to hit an unsuspecting, frustrated opposition with a counter-attack or score from a corner. Liverpool might be a little too good for them today. 11:37AM West Brom starting lineup An unchanged XI...#WBALIV#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/Jtw2IqhuL9— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 21, 2018 11:36AM Liverpool starting lineup Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma, has made five changes for the trip to rock-bottom West Brom, including giving a rest to 25-goal forward Roberto Firmino. However, he still fields a strong front line with Mohamed Salah, one of the favourites to be named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday, retaining his place alongside Sadio Mane with Danny Ings replacing Firmino and James Milner in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. There are three changes at the back as only Virgil van Dijk keeps his place from last weekend's win over Bournemouth as Ragnar Klavan comes in with Alberto Moreno making his first Premier League start since late November and Joe Gomez back after a month out with an ankle injury. The #LFC team to face @WBA...#WBALIVhttps://t.co/6XOx3UJ7x7pic.twitter.com/BdTIwhw7jF— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2018
West Brom complete remarkable comeback against Liverpool but can't escape relegation fears
It was only stalling the inevitable. The end will come soon enough, the moment other results conspire to make the mathematics unbreachable. But at the conclusion of this resolute comeback, the West Bromwich Albion fans made a noise as if the title had been won rather than relegation postponed. “Big Dazz, there’s only one Big Dazz,” they chanted in the direction of Darren Moore, the stand-in manager who has now taken five points from his three games in charge, after the previous eight had yielded precisely none. How the home support must wonder what might have been had he been given the job earlier, had he been able to restore a bit of unity when it might still have counted. Coming a week after victory at Old Trafford, this point was hard fought. Liverpool had cruised to a two-goal lead that appeared to be the perfect preparation for their Champions League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday. Goals from Danny Ings and, naturally, Mo Salah had given the afternoon the appearance of a stroll. But then West Brom, through a scrambled strike by Jake Livermore and a jet-propelled header from Salomon Rondon, fought back with spirit, effort and commitment, three words that would never have been associated with them under the previous hapless administration. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool had begun with a purpose which suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes, resting limbs ahead of the Roma game. But enough threat remained. As became clear after just four minutes. From a corner, Sadio Mane exchanged passes with James Milner, sauntered into the box and crossed for Georginio Wijnaldum, who cushioned the ball into the path of Ings. How the much-absent striker celebrated his first goal since Brendan Rodgers was manager. Ings came close to adding another when he miscued from close-in after being set up by Salah. His manager blamed the bobble on West Brom’s decision not to water the pitch. But you sense had the roles been reversed, Salah would have had no such trouble from dry conditions. With Moore casting a huge, brooding presence on the touchline, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for the rested Andy Robertson, and kept tearing down the right wing. Despite the accuracy of his crosses, nothing seemed to land for a colleague. As the half reached its conclusion, the home side had three successive corners, each pinged in with venom, each devoid of any touch. When James McClean fizzed in a cross which spun just in front of the sliding Jay Rodriguez, it seemed to sum up West Brom’s season: late, ineffectual and off-balance. As the second half begun, Ings should have had a penalty when tumbled by Ahmed Hegazi and the Egyptian was lucky to remain on the pitch after applying his knuckles to Ings’ ribcage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s shrewd through ball and deftly chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season. It was a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. Not bad company, his manager suggested. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two set-pieces late on allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered home Chris Brunt’s free-kick, prompting a rare explosion of delight in these parts. “Unfortunately for them it is a useless point,” suggested Klopp. Sadly for the calm, dignified, impressive Moore he is right. 2:57PM Danny Ings post-match "Disappointed. It's alright scoring goals but the three points is the most important thing. "I think they gathered some momentum, the pitch was very dry and suited the long ball, it really benefitted them. With their long balls they gathered momentum and scored two goals. "A lot. I've been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It's been a hell of a mountain I've had to climb to get there. "When you're out for a long time there's always doubts, it's important to surround yourself with people who are positive. That's really helped push me through to get me into the shape I'm in today. "I think it's one of them [those things], I looked the other way, it was a coming together, I don't want to throw another player under the bus. It's just a coming together, it's what English football's all about. You want to keep the physical side." 2:44PM Jurgen Klopp is a terrible loser "When they scored the goals. I think we controlled it pretty well, it was clear they only had opportunities from set pieces, Brunt, Phillips they take them really well. We gave them a corner it was difficult like the block on the goalkeeper, it makes life difficult, and what I heard the second was not a foul. "They score twice, we had the ball constantly, West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half time and it was quite difficult the second half. We had the chance second half for Ingsy in the box and the situation with Hegazi and Ingsy I dunno. You need a little help in these situations. We have to take it as it is. Credit: PA "I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football obviously. If the pitch is dry you can't pass three or four yards, but that's how it is, you have to deal with that. "I think everybody knows they want set pieces last few minutes but the referee gives it. "I'm not in the mood to talk about positive things. Give me a night and I'll tell Danny how good it was." 2:32PM Gutted West Brom players post-match Livermore "It's a shame. We've started to gain that belief and confidence in the last few weeks, all we can do is keep fighting for our fans. "Probably yeh (the result reflects the season). It's not for want of trying but the rub of the green hasn't happened like last season. It's just one of those things. "It's difficult to say, if we knew we'd try to change it months ago. I think confidence is a thing. We've thrown [lots of] points away from winning positions." Rondon "Yes I feel ... it's difficult situation for us, relegation, so thank you to our fans, our teammates, we worked so hard." 2:24PM Too little too late Despite that late effort, West Brom are stuck bottom of the league and are basically relegated. They really did need the three points and you can see the disappointment on the faces of the players. 2:23PM Rondon gives his shirt away Rondon goes to the crowd and gives his shirt to a guy with a Spanish language sign asking for it. #heartwarmingscenes 2:21PM FULL TIME What a comeback! Brilliant from West Brom. Their switch to a back three gave them the structure to work their way back into the match and they rode momentum to get those crucial goals. Jurgen Klopp looks furious. 2:20PM 90 mins +4 Milner sees the chance to shoot from 25 yards and takes it. Way over the bar. Foster rushes to get the ball and plays it short, Evans boots the ball long, Liverpool have everyone behind the ball. It's hooked into the area, Rondon goes for the header but it's knocked away. The ball is hit across the box and Rodriguez swings a foot at it but kicks the air and misses the ball. Liverpool just want the final whistle! 2:18PM 90 mins +2 Here come West Brom again! They power down the right wing, cross into the area and strikers attack it! Van Dijk is strong and heads away. 2:17PM 90 mins +1 Credit: AFP The fans believe West Brom can do this! They've got all the momentum, Liverpool are trying to hold on to a point now! 2:16PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! rondon goal YES THEY CAN! WOW! What a comeback! West Brom win a free-kick wide left, Burke hurries to get the ball, Brunt hits an absolute belter of a cross to the front post and Karius is caught in that dimension the kids get trapped inside in Stranger Things. He is nowhere close to it and Rondon heads in at the near post! Brilliant! West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool (Salomón Rondón, 88 min) 2:12PM 86 mins Liverpool are in full counter-attack mode now. Sitting mega deep and just getting rid of the ball whenever they can. The pressure's building! Can West Brom get back into this?! 2:09PM 84 mins Milner tries a roulette turn in the area but leaves the ball behind. Close. Very close. West Brom fans are urging their team on now, Liverpool sitting much deeper than they were earlier but West Brom's chips into the area are being headed away. Here comes Lovren for the final 10 minutes. Salah is replaced. 2:07PM 82 mins Hegazi full on catches Salah in the face with a swinging arm. Again the referee doesn't see it. 2:06PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! west brom goal Or is it all over?! The corner is knocked back across goal at the far post, Liverpool players are in a mess and Van Dijk plays West Brom players onside. Livermore is on the deck but swings a leg at the loose ball and finds the net! West Brom 1 - 2 Liverpool (Jake Livermore, 79 min) 2:04PM 78 mins Liverpool get nice and compact as they're forced deeper into their own half by West Brom's more direct passing. They win a corner. 2:01PM 75 mins West Brom are about to bring on Oliver Burke. I have a feeling it may be a little late for them to get back into this one. Relegation beckons! 1:59PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! mo salah goal Ooooooh what a finish that is! Liverpool counter-attack rapidly and are in on goal before West Brom even realise what is happening! Oxlade-Chamberlain creates the chance with an absolutely brilliant reverse pass to split the defence but Salah takes his time, stays composed and does that little dink he does to chip the goalkeeper. Superb. West Brom 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 72 min) 1:57PM 72 mins More boos from West Brom fans as McClean is taken off for Jonny Evans. That'll be West Brom in a back three with Gibbs pushed higher up the pitch. SALAH IS IN HERE! 1:56PM 71 mins Wijnaldum points to where he's going to pass and switches play right towards Gomez. Gomez waits, waits, waits and then loses possession as McClean nips in to intercept. Really poor from Gomez. Moreno has been booked - the first yellow of the day - for a foul on Phillips wide right of the box. This is a decent chance to get the ball in the box. It's chipped in and there's a bit of a pinball rammy in the area... but Karius can gather. 1:54PM 68 mins Gomez's pass inside nearly hands Rondon the chance to score but Henderson charges back to block everything he tries. McClean hits a cross into the area but Liverpool get it away and send Salah up the pitch! He takes on his man, attempts a lovely back-heel pass to Firmino... but it's cleared by Nyom. 1:52PM 66 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Klopp is about to make a change and bring Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain. It looks like he wants to get another goal to kill this one off before West Brom get a lucky break from a corner or something. Ings makes way for Firmino and Mane is rested for The Ox to get a chance upfront. 1:49PM 64 mins Space opens up for Salah to attack, he gets closer to the box and shoots... but it's blocked. Liverpool are dominating West Brom's half now, moving the ball around largely unchallenged. West Brom can't really afford to lose here, I'm not sure I understand the mentality of sitting and waiting. 1:47PM 62 mins A West Brom corner is headed away and Nyom's dreadful touch nearly plays Salah and Mane into score! Livermore gets back to force Salah to release the ball and Wijnaldum's cross is cut out. Klavan and Van Dijk slow things down and pass around their own half, waiting for West Brom to come out of their defensive shape. 1:45PM 60 mins West Brom are pushing higher up the pitch, battling hard every chance they have to win the ball in duels with Liverpool players. It's working at the moment too, they have the momentum. Van Dijk reads a cut back as Phillips powers his way into the box. West Brom getting closer! Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool 1:42PM 57 mins That's him punching Ings after doing what looks like a stone cold stunner on the striker as they fall to the ground. 1:41PM 55 mins Hegazi has a little battle with Ings and Hegazi hits him off the ball. He should be sent off but again the referee hasn't seen it. He's having a dreadful game. 1:38PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS What is Klavan doing?! He stops playing and suddenly Rondon runs in behind him and is close to putting the ball round Karius and slotting into an empty net. Poor defending from the Liverpool man. 1:36PM 50 mins Phillips does superbly on the right wing to lose Wijnaldum and then chips the ball across the penalty area at a perfect height for a striker to head at goal. Neither of West Brom's forwards can get there in time. They've started well here... and the ball drops to McClean about 25 yards out! He tries to strike across the ball and bend it into the bottom corner but it puts it wide. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 50 min) 1:28PM Shots on goal West Brom vs Liverpool shots on goal 1:17PM Average positions Average touch positions (half time) 1:17PM HALF TIME Danny Ings gives Liverpool the lead in a fairly even first half. Liverpool aren't at full strength and haven't quite got going but West Brom don't really look like they believe they can win this one. 1:14PM 45 mins Gomez tries to burn past McClean but isn't quick enough and then bounces off the West Brom man, who does well to prevent a corner. Nyom is too strong for Wijnaldum, sends him to the floor and then tries to score from 60 yards. It doesn't work but by Jove I admire the effort. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Allan Nyom, 44 min) 1:13PM 43 mins INGS MUST SCORE! Out of nothing Liverpool create a chance. The ball is switched, Salah gets lucky against Hegazi and the ball falls to Ings in the centre of the area with only Foster to beat. The goalkeeper gets down and blocks the shot - he should really have scored that. 1:09PM 41 mins Credit: AFP Moreno gets forward on the left wing but doesn't appear to have the confidence to take on Nyom for pace. Every pass he's made has been backwards so far. 1:08PM 38 mins CHANCE FOR WEST BROM! That's much better! Livermore sneaks in to rob Milner of the ball and then swings a cross to the back post. McClean is there and hits it first time... it's zipped juuuust past the far post! Rodriguez did his best Gazza impression, stretching on the slide to try and turn it in! Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 37 min) Liverpool caught sleeping there, West Brom are pressing much higher to try and catch them out. Darren Moore encourages his players from the touchline. 1:06PM 36 mins West Brom look good from set pieces, this might be where they get some fun. The latest in their series of corners misses everybody again, though Dawson had roamed in at the back-post unmarked, thanks to Liverpool's zonal system. 1:05PM 35 mins Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool Another West Brom corner is whipped in and this one is dangerous! Klavan manages to get a head on it but Dawson was inches away from connecting and turning that in! Another corner coming. 1:03PM 34 mins West Brom win a corner. The big lads come up for it. Liverpool mark their zones... and Brunt's corner misses everyone and goes out for a throw-in. 1:02PM 32 mins West Brom working harder to press Liverpool higher up the pitch. The defensive line is still way deep to prevent Salah and Mane being played in with a direct pass over the top. Livermore passes the ball straight out for a throw-in, for no clear reason. 1:00PM 30 mins Oh my word that is a very heavy challenge from Rondon. He lunges into a slide tackle on Ings, gets up and then throws himself into another. I cannot believe he's not been booked - there's going in to a 50/50 to win it, and then there's aggressive studs up tackles with momentum behind them. This referee needs to calm those tackles down before someone gets hurt. Those of you who preferred the 'contact sport' of yesteryear will strongly disagree with me. 12:57PM 27 mins Salah takes it... but it's just over and wide. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 26 min) Rodriguez and Rondon are having to work hard today, chasing the ball into space on either wing from long passes by the defenders. They'll both be knackered by about the 60th minute but it does mean West Brom can shift from a defensive shape to attacking quickly without trying to go through Liverpool's hardworking midfield. 12:55PM 25 mins Hegazi fouls his countryman Salah and gives Liverpool the chance to shoot from a great position just infront of the box, slightly right of goal. This suits a left-footer. Foster eagerly sets up his wall. 12:54PM 24 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES 12:52PM 23 mins Phillips takes the chance to shoot on his left foot as he finds space inside the Liverpool box but his effort is weak and no trouble for the goalkeeper whatsoever. Dawson barges through the back of Ings while contesting a header but it's a fair challenge, even if the striker gets a whack to the head. Milner is having a great game, drifting around the pitch to link passing moves. 12:50PM 20 mins Moreno attacks down the left, passes inside, Liverpool keep the ball moving quickly, looking to go around the outside of the West Brom defence. Salah loses possession and the ball is punted up the pitch to groans from the fans, but Van Dijk's volleyed pass gives West Brom the chance to get forward. 12:48PM 18 mins Chris Brunt laughs with Salah as the West Brom man's attempted shot makes its way towards Egypt. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Chris Brunt, 18 min) 12:46PM 17 mins Dawson heads at goal from a corner but the linesman has spotted an offside in the area from the second ball. West Brom beginning to get into this game now, attacking down the wings with Phillips and McClean. 12:45PM 15 mins Credit: REUTERS Nyom goes into a high sliding tackle on Milner, which the latter manages to avoid. If he hadn't that one would've really hurt - I'm surprised the referee hasn't pulled play back and booked him for that. It was overly and needlessly aggressive. Milner isn't going to do much damage on the touchline. 12:43PM 13 mins Liverpool keep the ball and pass patiently around their own half. West Brom refuse to be drawn out of their shell to take them on. They're quite clearly very scared of the attacking threat Klopp's team has. Salah is at it today too - he's enjoying himself with the ball at his feet, dancing around a couple of players with quick feet and almost creating a chance out of thin air. 12:41PM 10 mins Van Dijk goes into a tackle on Rondon and has hurt himself here. He looks to have jarred his knee a little off the striker's boot and isn't walking as freely as he might like. West Brom are still defending really deep... and Salah has spun his man in the box! He sets himself up for the shot on his left foot but it's deflected over! 12:36PM 7 mins Karius has to come off his line to boot a long ball over the top away. West Brom looking to react to that early setback immediately. 12:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Danny Ings goal Ings scores! Boos ring out at the Hawthorns. West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Danny Ings, 4 min) 12:33PM 4 mins Liverpool win a corner. It's cleared, Milner has it wide right and hits a brilliant powerful cross to the corner of the six yard box and it's kept alive. Liverpool are in here! 12:32PM 3 mins Rondon tries to force his way past a defender into the box but the goalkeeper smothers, West Brom instantly fall back into a deep defensive shape behind the halfway line. That's the strategy for the day. Rondon battles with Klavan again, the pair shoving each other as they chase the ball into the channel. Free-kick to Liverpool. 12:30PM KICK OFF west brom vs liverpool kickoff Here we go! Liverpool get the game started. 12:27PM Here come the players! 12:11PM Darren Moore pre-match words "It's been great, we've gotten together as a group and worked hard as a group. there's wonderful belief in each other, everybody's working hard to turn this situation around. we're just working hard, we can't control what's happened in the past. "No (we aren't entertaining thoughts of surviving relegation). It's the next game. The next game is today. There's nothing we can do and we'll put all our efforts into the next game. " 12:10PM Result vs performance One side of the argument says that supporting a club like West Brom means you should accept the players are of a lower quality and to survive in the Premier League they need to play defensive, rigid football and that's that. The other says that even if they lose every game, they'd much prefer the team to have a go, attack and play football. That style is much better to watch but against stronger teams is asking for trouble. Obviously you can have a mix and adapt depending on the opposition, but I know I'd much prefer my team to actually play football. There's a reason Pep Guardiola was able to turn the Barca B team into a machine before he took the big job. There's a reason Ajax were able to win a European cup back in the 90s. There's a reason Alex Ferguson was able to dominate Scottish football with Aberdeen - and even beat Real Madrid. Yeh, sure, it's a different game now, but these things all happened with attacking football. What do you think? 11:52AM A lovely day Credit: PA What a day it is! A fine day for football or sitting in the park listening to music through one of those little bluetooth speakers. I don't want to hear your music! Use headphones! Arrhghgghg. But really, football is the winner today. West Brom aren't relegated (yet) but Liverpool's incredible front three could kill them off today. Will Darren Moore have a cunning plan up his sleeve? I suspect it'll be a 4-5-1 low block looking to deny space in behind and try to hit an unsuspecting, frustrated opposition with a counter-attack or score from a corner. Liverpool might be a little too good for them today. 11:37AM West Brom starting lineup An unchanged XI...#WBALIV#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/Jtw2IqhuL9— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 21, 2018 11:36AM Liverpool starting lineup Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma, has made five changes for the trip to rock-bottom West Brom, including giving a rest to 25-goal forward Roberto Firmino. However, he still fields a strong front line with Mohamed Salah, one of the favourites to be named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday, retaining his place alongside Sadio Mane with Danny Ings replacing Firmino and James Milner in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. There are three changes at the back as only Virgil van Dijk keeps his place from last weekend's win over Bournemouth as Ragnar Klavan comes in with Alberto Moreno making his first Premier League start since late November and Joe Gomez back after a month out with an ankle injury. The #LFC team to face @WBA...#WBALIVhttps://t.co/6XOx3UJ7x7pic.twitter.com/BdTIwhw7jF— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2018
It was only stalling the inevitable. The end will come soon enough, the moment other results conspire to make the mathematics unbreachable. But at the conclusion of this resolute comeback, the West Bromwich Albion fans made a noise as if the title had been won rather than relegation postponed. “Big Dazz, there’s only one Big Dazz,” they chanted in the direction of Darren Moore, the stand-in manager who has now taken five points from his three games in charge, after the previous eight had yielded precisely none. How the home support must wonder what might have been had he been given the job earlier, had he been able to restore a bit of unity when it might still have counted. Coming a week after victory at Old Trafford, this point was hard fought. Liverpool had cruised to a two-goal lead that appeared to be the perfect preparation for their Champions League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday. Goals from Danny Ings and, naturally, Mo Salah had given the afternoon the appearance of a stroll. But then West Brom, through a scrambled strike by Jake Livermore and a jet-propelled header from Salomon Rondon, fought back with spirit, effort and commitment, three words that would never have been associated with them under the previous hapless administration. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool had begun with a purpose which suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes, resting limbs ahead of the Roma game. But enough threat remained. As became clear after just four minutes. From a corner, Sadio Mane exchanged passes with James Milner, sauntered into the box and crossed for Georginio Wijnaldum, who cushioned the ball into the path of Ings. How the much-absent striker celebrated his first goal since Brendan Rodgers was manager. Ings came close to adding another when he miscued from close-in after being set up by Salah. His manager blamed the bobble on West Brom’s decision not to water the pitch. But you sense had the roles been reversed, Salah would have had no such trouble from dry conditions. With Moore casting a huge, brooding presence on the touchline, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for the rested Andy Robertson, and kept tearing down the right wing. Despite the accuracy of his crosses, nothing seemed to land for a colleague. As the half reached its conclusion, the home side had three successive corners, each pinged in with venom, each devoid of any touch. When James McClean fizzed in a cross which spun just in front of the sliding Jay Rodriguez, it seemed to sum up West Brom’s season: late, ineffectual and off-balance. As the second half begun, Ings should have had a penalty when tumbled by Ahmed Hegazi and the Egyptian was lucky to remain on the pitch after applying his knuckles to Ings’ ribcage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s shrewd through ball and deftly chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season. It was a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. Not bad company, his manager suggested. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two set-pieces late on allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered home Chris Brunt’s free-kick, prompting a rare explosion of delight in these parts. “Unfortunately for them it is a useless point,” suggested Klopp. Sadly for the calm, dignified, impressive Moore he is right. 2:57PM Danny Ings post-match "Disappointed. It's alright scoring goals but the three points is the most important thing. "I think they gathered some momentum, the pitch was very dry and suited the long ball, it really benefitted them. With their long balls they gathered momentum and scored two goals. "A lot. I've been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It's been a hell of a mountain I've had to climb to get there. "When you're out for a long time there's always doubts, it's important to surround yourself with people who are positive. That's really helped push me through to get me into the shape I'm in today. "I think it's one of them [those things], I looked the other way, it was a coming together, I don't want to throw another player under the bus. It's just a coming together, it's what English football's all about. You want to keep the physical side." 2:44PM Jurgen Klopp is a terrible loser "When they scored the goals. I think we controlled it pretty well, it was clear they only had opportunities from set pieces, Brunt, Phillips they take them really well. We gave them a corner it was difficult like the block on the goalkeeper, it makes life difficult, and what I heard the second was not a foul. "They score twice, we had the ball constantly, West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half time and it was quite difficult the second half. We had the chance second half for Ingsy in the box and the situation with Hegazi and Ingsy I dunno. You need a little help in these situations. We have to take it as it is. Credit: PA "I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football obviously. If the pitch is dry you can't pass three or four yards, but that's how it is, you have to deal with that. "I think everybody knows they want set pieces last few minutes but the referee gives it. "I'm not in the mood to talk about positive things. Give me a night and I'll tell Danny how good it was." 2:32PM Gutted West Brom players post-match Livermore "It's a shame. We've started to gain that belief and confidence in the last few weeks, all we can do is keep fighting for our fans. "Probably yeh (the result reflects the season). It's not for want of trying but the rub of the green hasn't happened like last season. It's just one of those things. "It's difficult to say, if we knew we'd try to change it months ago. I think confidence is a thing. We've thrown [lots of] points away from winning positions." Rondon "Yes I feel ... it's difficult situation for us, relegation, so thank you to our fans, our teammates, we worked so hard." 2:24PM Too little too late Despite that late effort, West Brom are stuck bottom of the league and are basically relegated. They really did need the three points and you can see the disappointment on the faces of the players. 2:23PM Rondon gives his shirt away Rondon goes to the crowd and gives his shirt to a guy with a Spanish language sign asking for it. #heartwarmingscenes 2:21PM FULL TIME What a comeback! Brilliant from West Brom. Their switch to a back three gave them the structure to work their way back into the match and they rode momentum to get those crucial goals. Jurgen Klopp looks furious. 2:20PM 90 mins +4 Milner sees the chance to shoot from 25 yards and takes it. Way over the bar. Foster rushes to get the ball and plays it short, Evans boots the ball long, Liverpool have everyone behind the ball. It's hooked into the area, Rondon goes for the header but it's knocked away. The ball is hit across the box and Rodriguez swings a foot at it but kicks the air and misses the ball. Liverpool just want the final whistle! 2:18PM 90 mins +2 Here come West Brom again! They power down the right wing, cross into the area and strikers attack it! Van Dijk is strong and heads away. 2:17PM 90 mins +1 Credit: AFP The fans believe West Brom can do this! They've got all the momentum, Liverpool are trying to hold on to a point now! 2:16PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! rondon goal YES THEY CAN! WOW! What a comeback! West Brom win a free-kick wide left, Burke hurries to get the ball, Brunt hits an absolute belter of a cross to the front post and Karius is caught in that dimension the kids get trapped inside in Stranger Things. He is nowhere close to it and Rondon heads in at the near post! Brilliant! West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool (Salomón Rondón, 88 min) 2:12PM 86 mins Liverpool are in full counter-attack mode now. Sitting mega deep and just getting rid of the ball whenever they can. The pressure's building! Can West Brom get back into this?! 2:09PM 84 mins Milner tries a roulette turn in the area but leaves the ball behind. Close. Very close. West Brom fans are urging their team on now, Liverpool sitting much deeper than they were earlier but West Brom's chips into the area are being headed away. Here comes Lovren for the final 10 minutes. Salah is replaced. 2:07PM 82 mins Hegazi full on catches Salah in the face with a swinging arm. Again the referee doesn't see it. 2:06PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! west brom goal Or is it all over?! The corner is knocked back across goal at the far post, Liverpool players are in a mess and Van Dijk plays West Brom players onside. Livermore is on the deck but swings a leg at the loose ball and finds the net! West Brom 1 - 2 Liverpool (Jake Livermore, 79 min) 2:04PM 78 mins Liverpool get nice and compact as they're forced deeper into their own half by West Brom's more direct passing. They win a corner. 2:01PM 75 mins West Brom are about to bring on Oliver Burke. I have a feeling it may be a little late for them to get back into this one. Relegation beckons! 1:59PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! mo salah goal Ooooooh what a finish that is! Liverpool counter-attack rapidly and are in on goal before West Brom even realise what is happening! Oxlade-Chamberlain creates the chance with an absolutely brilliant reverse pass to split the defence but Salah takes his time, stays composed and does that little dink he does to chip the goalkeeper. Superb. West Brom 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 72 min) 1:57PM 72 mins More boos from West Brom fans as McClean is taken off for Jonny Evans. That'll be West Brom in a back three with Gibbs pushed higher up the pitch. SALAH IS IN HERE! 1:56PM 71 mins Wijnaldum points to where he's going to pass and switches play right towards Gomez. Gomez waits, waits, waits and then loses possession as McClean nips in to intercept. Really poor from Gomez. Moreno has been booked - the first yellow of the day - for a foul on Phillips wide right of the box. This is a decent chance to get the ball in the box. It's chipped in and there's a bit of a pinball rammy in the area... but Karius can gather. 1:54PM 68 mins Gomez's pass inside nearly hands Rondon the chance to score but Henderson charges back to block everything he tries. McClean hits a cross into the area but Liverpool get it away and send Salah up the pitch! He takes on his man, attempts a lovely back-heel pass to Firmino... but it's cleared by Nyom. 1:52PM 66 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Klopp is about to make a change and bring Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain. It looks like he wants to get another goal to kill this one off before West Brom get a lucky break from a corner or something. Ings makes way for Firmino and Mane is rested for The Ox to get a chance upfront. 1:49PM 64 mins Space opens up for Salah to attack, he gets closer to the box and shoots... but it's blocked. Liverpool are dominating West Brom's half now, moving the ball around largely unchallenged. West Brom can't really afford to lose here, I'm not sure I understand the mentality of sitting and waiting. 1:47PM 62 mins A West Brom corner is headed away and Nyom's dreadful touch nearly plays Salah and Mane into score! Livermore gets back to force Salah to release the ball and Wijnaldum's cross is cut out. Klavan and Van Dijk slow things down and pass around their own half, waiting for West Brom to come out of their defensive shape. 1:45PM 60 mins West Brom are pushing higher up the pitch, battling hard every chance they have to win the ball in duels with Liverpool players. It's working at the moment too, they have the momentum. Van Dijk reads a cut back as Phillips powers his way into the box. West Brom getting closer! Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool 1:42PM 57 mins That's him punching Ings after doing what looks like a stone cold stunner on the striker as they fall to the ground. 1:41PM 55 mins Hegazi has a little battle with Ings and Hegazi hits him off the ball. He should be sent off but again the referee hasn't seen it. He's having a dreadful game. 1:38PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS What is Klavan doing?! He stops playing and suddenly Rondon runs in behind him and is close to putting the ball round Karius and slotting into an empty net. Poor defending from the Liverpool man. 1:36PM 50 mins Phillips does superbly on the right wing to lose Wijnaldum and then chips the ball across the penalty area at a perfect height for a striker to head at goal. Neither of West Brom's forwards can get there in time. They've started well here... and the ball drops to McClean about 25 yards out! He tries to strike across the ball and bend it into the bottom corner but it puts it wide. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 50 min) 1:28PM Shots on goal West Brom vs Liverpool shots on goal 1:17PM Average positions Average touch positions (half time) 1:17PM HALF TIME Danny Ings gives Liverpool the lead in a fairly even first half. Liverpool aren't at full strength and haven't quite got going but West Brom don't really look like they believe they can win this one. 1:14PM 45 mins Gomez tries to burn past McClean but isn't quick enough and then bounces off the West Brom man, who does well to prevent a corner. Nyom is too strong for Wijnaldum, sends him to the floor and then tries to score from 60 yards. It doesn't work but by Jove I admire the effort. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Allan Nyom, 44 min) 1:13PM 43 mins INGS MUST SCORE! Out of nothing Liverpool create a chance. The ball is switched, Salah gets lucky against Hegazi and the ball falls to Ings in the centre of the area with only Foster to beat. The goalkeeper gets down and blocks the shot - he should really have scored that. 1:09PM 41 mins Credit: AFP Moreno gets forward on the left wing but doesn't appear to have the confidence to take on Nyom for pace. Every pass he's made has been backwards so far. 1:08PM 38 mins CHANCE FOR WEST BROM! That's much better! Livermore sneaks in to rob Milner of the ball and then swings a cross to the back post. McClean is there and hits it first time... it's zipped juuuust past the far post! Rodriguez did his best Gazza impression, stretching on the slide to try and turn it in! Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 37 min) Liverpool caught sleeping there, West Brom are pressing much higher to try and catch them out. Darren Moore encourages his players from the touchline. 1:06PM 36 mins West Brom look good from set pieces, this might be where they get some fun. The latest in their series of corners misses everybody again, though Dawson had roamed in at the back-post unmarked, thanks to Liverpool's zonal system. 1:05PM 35 mins Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool Another West Brom corner is whipped in and this one is dangerous! Klavan manages to get a head on it but Dawson was inches away from connecting and turning that in! Another corner coming. 1:03PM 34 mins West Brom win a corner. The big lads come up for it. Liverpool mark their zones... and Brunt's corner misses everyone and goes out for a throw-in. 1:02PM 32 mins West Brom working harder to press Liverpool higher up the pitch. The defensive line is still way deep to prevent Salah and Mane being played in with a direct pass over the top. Livermore passes the ball straight out for a throw-in, for no clear reason. 1:00PM 30 mins Oh my word that is a very heavy challenge from Rondon. He lunges into a slide tackle on Ings, gets up and then throws himself into another. I cannot believe he's not been booked - there's going in to a 50/50 to win it, and then there's aggressive studs up tackles with momentum behind them. This referee needs to calm those tackles down before someone gets hurt. Those of you who preferred the 'contact sport' of yesteryear will strongly disagree with me. 12:57PM 27 mins Salah takes it... but it's just over and wide. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 26 min) Rodriguez and Rondon are having to work hard today, chasing the ball into space on either wing from long passes by the defenders. They'll both be knackered by about the 60th minute but it does mean West Brom can shift from a defensive shape to attacking quickly without trying to go through Liverpool's hardworking midfield. 12:55PM 25 mins Hegazi fouls his countryman Salah and gives Liverpool the chance to shoot from a great position just infront of the box, slightly right of goal. This suits a left-footer. Foster eagerly sets up his wall. 12:54PM 24 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES 12:52PM 23 mins Phillips takes the chance to shoot on his left foot as he finds space inside the Liverpool box but his effort is weak and no trouble for the goalkeeper whatsoever. Dawson barges through the back of Ings while contesting a header but it's a fair challenge, even if the striker gets a whack to the head. Milner is having a great game, drifting around the pitch to link passing moves. 12:50PM 20 mins Moreno attacks down the left, passes inside, Liverpool keep the ball moving quickly, looking to go around the outside of the West Brom defence. Salah loses possession and the ball is punted up the pitch to groans from the fans, but Van Dijk's volleyed pass gives West Brom the chance to get forward. 12:48PM 18 mins Chris Brunt laughs with Salah as the West Brom man's attempted shot makes its way towards Egypt. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Chris Brunt, 18 min) 12:46PM 17 mins Dawson heads at goal from a corner but the linesman has spotted an offside in the area from the second ball. West Brom beginning to get into this game now, attacking down the wings with Phillips and McClean. 12:45PM 15 mins Credit: REUTERS Nyom goes into a high sliding tackle on Milner, which the latter manages to avoid. If he hadn't that one would've really hurt - I'm surprised the referee hasn't pulled play back and booked him for that. It was overly and needlessly aggressive. Milner isn't going to do much damage on the touchline. 12:43PM 13 mins Liverpool keep the ball and pass patiently around their own half. West Brom refuse to be drawn out of their shell to take them on. They're quite clearly very scared of the attacking threat Klopp's team has. Salah is at it today too - he's enjoying himself with the ball at his feet, dancing around a couple of players with quick feet and almost creating a chance out of thin air. 12:41PM 10 mins Van Dijk goes into a tackle on Rondon and has hurt himself here. He looks to have jarred his knee a little off the striker's boot and isn't walking as freely as he might like. West Brom are still defending really deep... and Salah has spun his man in the box! He sets himself up for the shot on his left foot but it's deflected over! 12:36PM 7 mins Karius has to come off his line to boot a long ball over the top away. West Brom looking to react to that early setback immediately. 12:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Danny Ings goal Ings scores! Boos ring out at the Hawthorns. West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Danny Ings, 4 min) 12:33PM 4 mins Liverpool win a corner. It's cleared, Milner has it wide right and hits a brilliant powerful cross to the corner of the six yard box and it's kept alive. Liverpool are in here! 12:32PM 3 mins Rondon tries to force his way past a defender into the box but the goalkeeper smothers, West Brom instantly fall back into a deep defensive shape behind the halfway line. That's the strategy for the day. Rondon battles with Klavan again, the pair shoving each other as they chase the ball into the channel. Free-kick to Liverpool. 12:30PM KICK OFF west brom vs liverpool kickoff Here we go! Liverpool get the game started. 12:27PM Here come the players! 12:11PM Darren Moore pre-match words "It's been great, we've gotten together as a group and worked hard as a group. there's wonderful belief in each other, everybody's working hard to turn this situation around. we're just working hard, we can't control what's happened in the past. "No (we aren't entertaining thoughts of surviving relegation). It's the next game. The next game is today. There's nothing we can do and we'll put all our efforts into the next game. " 12:10PM Result vs performance One side of the argument says that supporting a club like West Brom means you should accept the players are of a lower quality and to survive in the Premier League they need to play defensive, rigid football and that's that. The other says that even if they lose every game, they'd much prefer the team to have a go, attack and play football. That style is much better to watch but against stronger teams is asking for trouble. Obviously you can have a mix and adapt depending on the opposition, but I know I'd much prefer my team to actually play football. There's a reason Pep Guardiola was able to turn the Barca B team into a machine before he took the big job. There's a reason Ajax were able to win a European cup back in the 90s. There's a reason Alex Ferguson was able to dominate Scottish football with Aberdeen - and even beat Real Madrid. Yeh, sure, it's a different game now, but these things all happened with attacking football. What do you think? 11:52AM A lovely day Credit: PA What a day it is! A fine day for football or sitting in the park listening to music through one of those little bluetooth speakers. I don't want to hear your music! Use headphones! Arrhghgghg. But really, football is the winner today. West Brom aren't relegated (yet) but Liverpool's incredible front three could kill them off today. Will Darren Moore have a cunning plan up his sleeve? I suspect it'll be a 4-5-1 low block looking to deny space in behind and try to hit an unsuspecting, frustrated opposition with a counter-attack or score from a corner. Liverpool might be a little too good for them today. 11:37AM West Brom starting lineup An unchanged XI...#WBALIV#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/Jtw2IqhuL9— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 21, 2018 11:36AM Liverpool starting lineup Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma, has made five changes for the trip to rock-bottom West Brom, including giving a rest to 25-goal forward Roberto Firmino. However, he still fields a strong front line with Mohamed Salah, one of the favourites to be named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday, retaining his place alongside Sadio Mane with Danny Ings replacing Firmino and James Milner in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. There are three changes at the back as only Virgil van Dijk keeps his place from last weekend's win over Bournemouth as Ragnar Klavan comes in with Alberto Moreno making his first Premier League start since late November and Joe Gomez back after a month out with an ankle injury. The #LFC team to face @WBA...#WBALIVhttps://t.co/6XOx3UJ7x7pic.twitter.com/BdTIwhw7jF— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2018
West Brom complete remarkable comeback against Liverpool but can't escape relegation fears
It was only stalling the inevitable. The end will come soon enough, the moment other results conspire to make the mathematics unbreachable. But at the conclusion of this resolute comeback, the West Bromwich Albion fans made a noise as if the title had been won rather than relegation postponed. “Big Dazz, there’s only one Big Dazz,” they chanted in the direction of Darren Moore, the stand-in manager who has now taken five points from his three games in charge, after the previous eight had yielded precisely none. How the home support must wonder what might have been had he been given the job earlier, had he been able to restore a bit of unity when it might still have counted. Coming a week after victory at Old Trafford, this point was hard fought. Liverpool had cruised to a two-goal lead that appeared to be the perfect preparation for their Champions League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday. Goals from Danny Ings and, naturally, Mo Salah had given the afternoon the appearance of a stroll. But then West Brom, through a scrambled strike by Jake Livermore and a jet-propelled header from Salomon Rondon, fought back with spirit, effort and commitment, three words that would never have been associated with them under the previous hapless administration. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool had begun with a purpose which suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes, resting limbs ahead of the Roma game. But enough threat remained. As became clear after just four minutes. From a corner, Sadio Mane exchanged passes with James Milner, sauntered into the box and crossed for Georginio Wijnaldum, who cushioned the ball into the path of Ings. How the much-absent striker celebrated his first goal since Brendan Rodgers was manager. Ings came close to adding another when he miscued from close-in after being set up by Salah. His manager blamed the bobble on West Brom’s decision not to water the pitch. But you sense had the roles been reversed, Salah would have had no such trouble from dry conditions. With Moore casting a huge, brooding presence on the touchline, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for the rested Andy Robertson, and kept tearing down the right wing. Despite the accuracy of his crosses, nothing seemed to land for a colleague. As the half reached its conclusion, the home side had three successive corners, each pinged in with venom, each devoid of any touch. When James McClean fizzed in a cross which spun just in front of the sliding Jay Rodriguez, it seemed to sum up West Brom’s season: late, ineffectual and off-balance. As the second half begun, Ings should have had a penalty when tumbled by Ahmed Hegazi and the Egyptian was lucky to remain on the pitch after applying his knuckles to Ings’ ribcage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s shrewd through ball and deftly chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season. It was a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. Not bad company, his manager suggested. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two set-pieces late on allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered home Chris Brunt’s free-kick, prompting a rare explosion of delight in these parts. “Unfortunately for them it is a useless point,” suggested Klopp. Sadly for the calm, dignified, impressive Moore he is right. 2:57PM Danny Ings post-match "Disappointed. It's alright scoring goals but the three points is the most important thing. "I think they gathered some momentum, the pitch was very dry and suited the long ball, it really benefitted them. With their long balls they gathered momentum and scored two goals. "A lot. I've been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It's been a hell of a mountain I've had to climb to get there. "When you're out for a long time there's always doubts, it's important to surround yourself with people who are positive. That's really helped push me through to get me into the shape I'm in today. "I think it's one of them [those things], I looked the other way, it was a coming together, I don't want to throw another player under the bus. It's just a coming together, it's what English football's all about. You want to keep the physical side." 2:44PM Jurgen Klopp is a terrible loser "When they scored the goals. I think we controlled it pretty well, it was clear they only had opportunities from set pieces, Brunt, Phillips they take them really well. We gave them a corner it was difficult like the block on the goalkeeper, it makes life difficult, and what I heard the second was not a foul. "They score twice, we had the ball constantly, West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half time and it was quite difficult the second half. We had the chance second half for Ingsy in the box and the situation with Hegazi and Ingsy I dunno. You need a little help in these situations. We have to take it as it is. Credit: PA "I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football obviously. If the pitch is dry you can't pass three or four yards, but that's how it is, you have to deal with that. "I think everybody knows they want set pieces last few minutes but the referee gives it. "I'm not in the mood to talk about positive things. Give me a night and I'll tell Danny how good it was." 2:32PM Gutted West Brom players post-match Livermore "It's a shame. We've started to gain that belief and confidence in the last few weeks, all we can do is keep fighting for our fans. "Probably yeh (the result reflects the season). It's not for want of trying but the rub of the green hasn't happened like last season. It's just one of those things. "It's difficult to say, if we knew we'd try to change it months ago. I think confidence is a thing. We've thrown [lots of] points away from winning positions." Rondon "Yes I feel ... it's difficult situation for us, relegation, so thank you to our fans, our teammates, we worked so hard." 2:24PM Too little too late Despite that late effort, West Brom are stuck bottom of the league and are basically relegated. They really did need the three points and you can see the disappointment on the faces of the players. 2:23PM Rondon gives his shirt away Rondon goes to the crowd and gives his shirt to a guy with a Spanish language sign asking for it. #heartwarmingscenes 2:21PM FULL TIME What a comeback! Brilliant from West Brom. Their switch to a back three gave them the structure to work their way back into the match and they rode momentum to get those crucial goals. Jurgen Klopp looks furious. 2:20PM 90 mins +4 Milner sees the chance to shoot from 25 yards and takes it. Way over the bar. Foster rushes to get the ball and plays it short, Evans boots the ball long, Liverpool have everyone behind the ball. It's hooked into the area, Rondon goes for the header but it's knocked away. The ball is hit across the box and Rodriguez swings a foot at it but kicks the air and misses the ball. Liverpool just want the final whistle! 2:18PM 90 mins +2 Here come West Brom again! They power down the right wing, cross into the area and strikers attack it! Van Dijk is strong and heads away. 2:17PM 90 mins +1 Credit: AFP The fans believe West Brom can do this! They've got all the momentum, Liverpool are trying to hold on to a point now! 2:16PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! rondon goal YES THEY CAN! WOW! What a comeback! West Brom win a free-kick wide left, Burke hurries to get the ball, Brunt hits an absolute belter of a cross to the front post and Karius is caught in that dimension the kids get trapped inside in Stranger Things. He is nowhere close to it and Rondon heads in at the near post! Brilliant! West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool (Salomón Rondón, 88 min) 2:12PM 86 mins Liverpool are in full counter-attack mode now. Sitting mega deep and just getting rid of the ball whenever they can. The pressure's building! Can West Brom get back into this?! 2:09PM 84 mins Milner tries a roulette turn in the area but leaves the ball behind. Close. Very close. West Brom fans are urging their team on now, Liverpool sitting much deeper than they were earlier but West Brom's chips into the area are being headed away. Here comes Lovren for the final 10 minutes. Salah is replaced. 2:07PM 82 mins Hegazi full on catches Salah in the face with a swinging arm. Again the referee doesn't see it. 2:06PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! west brom goal Or is it all over?! The corner is knocked back across goal at the far post, Liverpool players are in a mess and Van Dijk plays West Brom players onside. Livermore is on the deck but swings a leg at the loose ball and finds the net! West Brom 1 - 2 Liverpool (Jake Livermore, 79 min) 2:04PM 78 mins Liverpool get nice and compact as they're forced deeper into their own half by West Brom's more direct passing. They win a corner. 2:01PM 75 mins West Brom are about to bring on Oliver Burke. I have a feeling it may be a little late for them to get back into this one. Relegation beckons! 1:59PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! mo salah goal Ooooooh what a finish that is! Liverpool counter-attack rapidly and are in on goal before West Brom even realise what is happening! Oxlade-Chamberlain creates the chance with an absolutely brilliant reverse pass to split the defence but Salah takes his time, stays composed and does that little dink he does to chip the goalkeeper. Superb. West Brom 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 72 min) 1:57PM 72 mins More boos from West Brom fans as McClean is taken off for Jonny Evans. That'll be West Brom in a back three with Gibbs pushed higher up the pitch. SALAH IS IN HERE! 1:56PM 71 mins Wijnaldum points to where he's going to pass and switches play right towards Gomez. Gomez waits, waits, waits and then loses possession as McClean nips in to intercept. Really poor from Gomez. Moreno has been booked - the first yellow of the day - for a foul on Phillips wide right of the box. This is a decent chance to get the ball in the box. It's chipped in and there's a bit of a pinball rammy in the area... but Karius can gather. 1:54PM 68 mins Gomez's pass inside nearly hands Rondon the chance to score but Henderson charges back to block everything he tries. McClean hits a cross into the area but Liverpool get it away and send Salah up the pitch! He takes on his man, attempts a lovely back-heel pass to Firmino... but it's cleared by Nyom. 1:52PM 66 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Klopp is about to make a change and bring Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain. It looks like he wants to get another goal to kill this one off before West Brom get a lucky break from a corner or something. Ings makes way for Firmino and Mane is rested for The Ox to get a chance upfront. 1:49PM 64 mins Space opens up for Salah to attack, he gets closer to the box and shoots... but it's blocked. Liverpool are dominating West Brom's half now, moving the ball around largely unchallenged. West Brom can't really afford to lose here, I'm not sure I understand the mentality of sitting and waiting. 1:47PM 62 mins A West Brom corner is headed away and Nyom's dreadful touch nearly plays Salah and Mane into score! Livermore gets back to force Salah to release the ball and Wijnaldum's cross is cut out. Klavan and Van Dijk slow things down and pass around their own half, waiting for West Brom to come out of their defensive shape. 1:45PM 60 mins West Brom are pushing higher up the pitch, battling hard every chance they have to win the ball in duels with Liverpool players. It's working at the moment too, they have the momentum. Van Dijk reads a cut back as Phillips powers his way into the box. West Brom getting closer! Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool 1:42PM 57 mins That's him punching Ings after doing what looks like a stone cold stunner on the striker as they fall to the ground. 1:41PM 55 mins Hegazi has a little battle with Ings and Hegazi hits him off the ball. He should be sent off but again the referee hasn't seen it. He's having a dreadful game. 1:38PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS What is Klavan doing?! He stops playing and suddenly Rondon runs in behind him and is close to putting the ball round Karius and slotting into an empty net. Poor defending from the Liverpool man. 1:36PM 50 mins Phillips does superbly on the right wing to lose Wijnaldum and then chips the ball across the penalty area at a perfect height for a striker to head at goal. Neither of West Brom's forwards can get there in time. They've started well here... and the ball drops to McClean about 25 yards out! He tries to strike across the ball and bend it into the bottom corner but it puts it wide. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 50 min) 1:28PM Shots on goal West Brom vs Liverpool shots on goal 1:17PM Average positions Average touch positions (half time) 1:17PM HALF TIME Danny Ings gives Liverpool the lead in a fairly even first half. Liverpool aren't at full strength and haven't quite got going but West Brom don't really look like they believe they can win this one. 1:14PM 45 mins Gomez tries to burn past McClean but isn't quick enough and then bounces off the West Brom man, who does well to prevent a corner. Nyom is too strong for Wijnaldum, sends him to the floor and then tries to score from 60 yards. It doesn't work but by Jove I admire the effort. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Allan Nyom, 44 min) 1:13PM 43 mins INGS MUST SCORE! Out of nothing Liverpool create a chance. The ball is switched, Salah gets lucky against Hegazi and the ball falls to Ings in the centre of the area with only Foster to beat. The goalkeeper gets down and blocks the shot - he should really have scored that. 1:09PM 41 mins Credit: AFP Moreno gets forward on the left wing but doesn't appear to have the confidence to take on Nyom for pace. Every pass he's made has been backwards so far. 1:08PM 38 mins CHANCE FOR WEST BROM! That's much better! Livermore sneaks in to rob Milner of the ball and then swings a cross to the back post. McClean is there and hits it first time... it's zipped juuuust past the far post! Rodriguez did his best Gazza impression, stretching on the slide to try and turn it in! Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 37 min) Liverpool caught sleeping there, West Brom are pressing much higher to try and catch them out. Darren Moore encourages his players from the touchline. 1:06PM 36 mins West Brom look good from set pieces, this might be where they get some fun. The latest in their series of corners misses everybody again, though Dawson had roamed in at the back-post unmarked, thanks to Liverpool's zonal system. 1:05PM 35 mins Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool Another West Brom corner is whipped in and this one is dangerous! Klavan manages to get a head on it but Dawson was inches away from connecting and turning that in! Another corner coming. 1:03PM 34 mins West Brom win a corner. The big lads come up for it. Liverpool mark their zones... and Brunt's corner misses everyone and goes out for a throw-in. 1:02PM 32 mins West Brom working harder to press Liverpool higher up the pitch. The defensive line is still way deep to prevent Salah and Mane being played in with a direct pass over the top. Livermore passes the ball straight out for a throw-in, for no clear reason. 1:00PM 30 mins Oh my word that is a very heavy challenge from Rondon. He lunges into a slide tackle on Ings, gets up and then throws himself into another. I cannot believe he's not been booked - there's going in to a 50/50 to win it, and then there's aggressive studs up tackles with momentum behind them. This referee needs to calm those tackles down before someone gets hurt. Those of you who preferred the 'contact sport' of yesteryear will strongly disagree with me. 12:57PM 27 mins Salah takes it... but it's just over and wide. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 26 min) Rodriguez and Rondon are having to work hard today, chasing the ball into space on either wing from long passes by the defenders. They'll both be knackered by about the 60th minute but it does mean West Brom can shift from a defensive shape to attacking quickly without trying to go through Liverpool's hardworking midfield. 12:55PM 25 mins Hegazi fouls his countryman Salah and gives Liverpool the chance to shoot from a great position just infront of the box, slightly right of goal. This suits a left-footer. Foster eagerly sets up his wall. 12:54PM 24 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES 12:52PM 23 mins Phillips takes the chance to shoot on his left foot as he finds space inside the Liverpool box but his effort is weak and no trouble for the goalkeeper whatsoever. Dawson barges through the back of Ings while contesting a header but it's a fair challenge, even if the striker gets a whack to the head. Milner is having a great game, drifting around the pitch to link passing moves. 12:50PM 20 mins Moreno attacks down the left, passes inside, Liverpool keep the ball moving quickly, looking to go around the outside of the West Brom defence. Salah loses possession and the ball is punted up the pitch to groans from the fans, but Van Dijk's volleyed pass gives West Brom the chance to get forward. 12:48PM 18 mins Chris Brunt laughs with Salah as the West Brom man's attempted shot makes its way towards Egypt. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Chris Brunt, 18 min) 12:46PM 17 mins Dawson heads at goal from a corner but the linesman has spotted an offside in the area from the second ball. West Brom beginning to get into this game now, attacking down the wings with Phillips and McClean. 12:45PM 15 mins Credit: REUTERS Nyom goes into a high sliding tackle on Milner, which the latter manages to avoid. If he hadn't that one would've really hurt - I'm surprised the referee hasn't pulled play back and booked him for that. It was overly and needlessly aggressive. Milner isn't going to do much damage on the touchline. 12:43PM 13 mins Liverpool keep the ball and pass patiently around their own half. West Brom refuse to be drawn out of their shell to take them on. They're quite clearly very scared of the attacking threat Klopp's team has. Salah is at it today too - he's enjoying himself with the ball at his feet, dancing around a couple of players with quick feet and almost creating a chance out of thin air. 12:41PM 10 mins Van Dijk goes into a tackle on Rondon and has hurt himself here. He looks to have jarred his knee a little off the striker's boot and isn't walking as freely as he might like. West Brom are still defending really deep... and Salah has spun his man in the box! He sets himself up for the shot on his left foot but it's deflected over! 12:36PM 7 mins Karius has to come off his line to boot a long ball over the top away. West Brom looking to react to that early setback immediately. 12:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Danny Ings goal Ings scores! Boos ring out at the Hawthorns. West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Danny Ings, 4 min) 12:33PM 4 mins Liverpool win a corner. It's cleared, Milner has it wide right and hits a brilliant powerful cross to the corner of the six yard box and it's kept alive. Liverpool are in here! 12:32PM 3 mins Rondon tries to force his way past a defender into the box but the goalkeeper smothers, West Brom instantly fall back into a deep defensive shape behind the halfway line. That's the strategy for the day. Rondon battles with Klavan again, the pair shoving each other as they chase the ball into the channel. Free-kick to Liverpool. 12:30PM KICK OFF west brom vs liverpool kickoff Here we go! Liverpool get the game started. 12:27PM Here come the players! 12:11PM Darren Moore pre-match words "It's been great, we've gotten together as a group and worked hard as a group. there's wonderful belief in each other, everybody's working hard to turn this situation around. we're just working hard, we can't control what's happened in the past. "No (we aren't entertaining thoughts of surviving relegation). It's the next game. The next game is today. There's nothing we can do and we'll put all our efforts into the next game. " 12:10PM Result vs performance One side of the argument says that supporting a club like West Brom means you should accept the players are of a lower quality and to survive in the Premier League they need to play defensive, rigid football and that's that. The other says that even if they lose every game, they'd much prefer the team to have a go, attack and play football. That style is much better to watch but against stronger teams is asking for trouble. Obviously you can have a mix and adapt depending on the opposition, but I know I'd much prefer my team to actually play football. There's a reason Pep Guardiola was able to turn the Barca B team into a machine before he took the big job. There's a reason Ajax were able to win a European cup back in the 90s. There's a reason Alex Ferguson was able to dominate Scottish football with Aberdeen - and even beat Real Madrid. Yeh, sure, it's a different game now, but these things all happened with attacking football. What do you think? 11:52AM A lovely day Credit: PA What a day it is! A fine day for football or sitting in the park listening to music through one of those little bluetooth speakers. I don't want to hear your music! Use headphones! Arrhghgghg. But really, football is the winner today. West Brom aren't relegated (yet) but Liverpool's incredible front three could kill them off today. Will Darren Moore have a cunning plan up his sleeve? I suspect it'll be a 4-5-1 low block looking to deny space in behind and try to hit an unsuspecting, frustrated opposition with a counter-attack or score from a corner. Liverpool might be a little too good for them today. 11:37AM West Brom starting lineup An unchanged XI...#WBALIV#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/Jtw2IqhuL9— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 21, 2018 11:36AM Liverpool starting lineup Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma, has made five changes for the trip to rock-bottom West Brom, including giving a rest to 25-goal forward Roberto Firmino. However, he still fields a strong front line with Mohamed Salah, one of the favourites to be named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday, retaining his place alongside Sadio Mane with Danny Ings replacing Firmino and James Milner in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. There are three changes at the back as only Virgil van Dijk keeps his place from last weekend's win over Bournemouth as Ragnar Klavan comes in with Alberto Moreno making his first Premier League start since late November and Joe Gomez back after a month out with an ankle injury. The #LFC team to face @WBA...#WBALIVhttps://t.co/6XOx3UJ7x7pic.twitter.com/BdTIwhw7jF— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2018
It was only stalling the inevitable. The end will come soon enough, the moment other results conspire to make the mathematics unbreachable. But at the conclusion of this resolute comeback, the West Bromwich Albion fans made a noise as if the title had been won rather than relegation postponed. “Big Dazz, there’s only one Big Dazz,” they chanted in the direction of Darren Moore, the stand-in manager who has now taken five points from his three games in charge, after the previous eight had yielded precisely none. How the home support must wonder what might have been had he been given the job earlier, had he been able to restore a bit of unity when it might still have counted. Coming a week after victory at Old Trafford, this point was hard fought. Liverpool had cruised to a two-goal lead that appeared to be the perfect preparation for their Champions League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday. Goals from Danny Ings and, naturally, Mo Salah had given the afternoon the appearance of a stroll. But then West Brom, through a scrambled strike by Jake Livermore and a jet-propelled header from Salomon Rondon, fought back with spirit, effort and commitment, three words that would never have been associated with them under the previous hapless administration. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool had begun with a purpose which suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes, resting limbs ahead of the Roma game. But enough threat remained. As became clear after just four minutes. From a corner, Sadio Mane exchanged passes with James Milner, sauntered into the box and crossed for Georginio Wijnaldum, who cushioned the ball into the path of Ings. How the much-absent striker celebrated his first goal since Brendan Rodgers was manager. Ings came close to adding another when he miscued from close-in after being set up by Salah. His manager blamed the bobble on West Brom’s decision not to water the pitch. But you sense had the roles been reversed, Salah would have had no such trouble from dry conditions. With Moore casting a huge, brooding presence on the touchline, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for the rested Andy Robertson, and kept tearing down the right wing. Despite the accuracy of his crosses, nothing seemed to land for a colleague. As the half reached its conclusion, the home side had three successive corners, each pinged in with venom, each devoid of any touch. When James McClean fizzed in a cross which spun just in front of the sliding Jay Rodriguez, it seemed to sum up West Brom’s season: late, ineffectual and off-balance. As the second half begun, Ings should have had a penalty when tumbled by Ahmed Hegazi and the Egyptian was lucky to remain on the pitch after applying his knuckles to Ings’ ribcage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s shrewd through ball and deftly chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season. It was a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. Not bad company, his manager suggested. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two set-pieces late on allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered home Chris Brunt’s free-kick, prompting a rare explosion of delight in these parts. “Unfortunately for them it is a useless point,” suggested Klopp. Sadly for the calm, dignified, impressive Moore he is right. 2:57PM Danny Ings post-match "Disappointed. It's alright scoring goals but the three points is the most important thing. "I think they gathered some momentum, the pitch was very dry and suited the long ball, it really benefitted them. With their long balls they gathered momentum and scored two goals. "A lot. I've been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It's been a hell of a mountain I've had to climb to get there. "When you're out for a long time there's always doubts, it's important to surround yourself with people who are positive. That's really helped push me through to get me into the shape I'm in today. "I think it's one of them [those things], I looked the other way, it was a coming together, I don't want to throw another player under the bus. It's just a coming together, it's what English football's all about. You want to keep the physical side." 2:44PM Jurgen Klopp is a terrible loser "When they scored the goals. I think we controlled it pretty well, it was clear they only had opportunities from set pieces, Brunt, Phillips they take them really well. We gave them a corner it was difficult like the block on the goalkeeper, it makes life difficult, and what I heard the second was not a foul. "They score twice, we had the ball constantly, West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half time and it was quite difficult the second half. We had the chance second half for Ingsy in the box and the situation with Hegazi and Ingsy I dunno. You need a little help in these situations. We have to take it as it is. Credit: PA "I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football obviously. If the pitch is dry you can't pass three or four yards, but that's how it is, you have to deal with that. "I think everybody knows they want set pieces last few minutes but the referee gives it. "I'm not in the mood to talk about positive things. Give me a night and I'll tell Danny how good it was." 2:32PM Gutted West Brom players post-match Livermore "It's a shame. We've started to gain that belief and confidence in the last few weeks, all we can do is keep fighting for our fans. "Probably yeh (the result reflects the season). It's not for want of trying but the rub of the green hasn't happened like last season. It's just one of those things. "It's difficult to say, if we knew we'd try to change it months ago. I think confidence is a thing. We've thrown [lots of] points away from winning positions." Rondon "Yes I feel ... it's difficult situation for us, relegation, so thank you to our fans, our teammates, we worked so hard." 2:24PM Too little too late Despite that late effort, West Brom are stuck bottom of the league and are basically relegated. They really did need the three points and you can see the disappointment on the faces of the players. 2:23PM Rondon gives his shirt away Rondon goes to the crowd and gives his shirt to a guy with a Spanish language sign asking for it. #heartwarmingscenes 2:21PM FULL TIME What a comeback! Brilliant from West Brom. Their switch to a back three gave them the structure to work their way back into the match and they rode momentum to get those crucial goals. Jurgen Klopp looks furious. 2:20PM 90 mins +4 Milner sees the chance to shoot from 25 yards and takes it. Way over the bar. Foster rushes to get the ball and plays it short, Evans boots the ball long, Liverpool have everyone behind the ball. It's hooked into the area, Rondon goes for the header but it's knocked away. The ball is hit across the box and Rodriguez swings a foot at it but kicks the air and misses the ball. Liverpool just want the final whistle! 2:18PM 90 mins +2 Here come West Brom again! They power down the right wing, cross into the area and strikers attack it! Van Dijk is strong and heads away. 2:17PM 90 mins +1 Credit: AFP The fans believe West Brom can do this! They've got all the momentum, Liverpool are trying to hold on to a point now! 2:16PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! rondon goal YES THEY CAN! WOW! What a comeback! West Brom win a free-kick wide left, Burke hurries to get the ball, Brunt hits an absolute belter of a cross to the front post and Karius is caught in that dimension the kids get trapped inside in Stranger Things. He is nowhere close to it and Rondon heads in at the near post! Brilliant! West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool (Salomón Rondón, 88 min) 2:12PM 86 mins Liverpool are in full counter-attack mode now. Sitting mega deep and just getting rid of the ball whenever they can. The pressure's building! Can West Brom get back into this?! 2:09PM 84 mins Milner tries a roulette turn in the area but leaves the ball behind. Close. Very close. West Brom fans are urging their team on now, Liverpool sitting much deeper than they were earlier but West Brom's chips into the area are being headed away. Here comes Lovren for the final 10 minutes. Salah is replaced. 2:07PM 82 mins Hegazi full on catches Salah in the face with a swinging arm. Again the referee doesn't see it. 2:06PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! west brom goal Or is it all over?! The corner is knocked back across goal at the far post, Liverpool players are in a mess and Van Dijk plays West Brom players onside. Livermore is on the deck but swings a leg at the loose ball and finds the net! West Brom 1 - 2 Liverpool (Jake Livermore, 79 min) 2:04PM 78 mins Liverpool get nice and compact as they're forced deeper into their own half by West Brom's more direct passing. They win a corner. 2:01PM 75 mins West Brom are about to bring on Oliver Burke. I have a feeling it may be a little late for them to get back into this one. Relegation beckons! 1:59PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! mo salah goal Ooooooh what a finish that is! Liverpool counter-attack rapidly and are in on goal before West Brom even realise what is happening! Oxlade-Chamberlain creates the chance with an absolutely brilliant reverse pass to split the defence but Salah takes his time, stays composed and does that little dink he does to chip the goalkeeper. Superb. West Brom 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 72 min) 1:57PM 72 mins More boos from West Brom fans as McClean is taken off for Jonny Evans. That'll be West Brom in a back three with Gibbs pushed higher up the pitch. SALAH IS IN HERE! 1:56PM 71 mins Wijnaldum points to where he's going to pass and switches play right towards Gomez. Gomez waits, waits, waits and then loses possession as McClean nips in to intercept. Really poor from Gomez. Moreno has been booked - the first yellow of the day - for a foul on Phillips wide right of the box. This is a decent chance to get the ball in the box. It's chipped in and there's a bit of a pinball rammy in the area... but Karius can gather. 1:54PM 68 mins Gomez's pass inside nearly hands Rondon the chance to score but Henderson charges back to block everything he tries. McClean hits a cross into the area but Liverpool get it away and send Salah up the pitch! He takes on his man, attempts a lovely back-heel pass to Firmino... but it's cleared by Nyom. 1:52PM 66 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Klopp is about to make a change and bring Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain. It looks like he wants to get another goal to kill this one off before West Brom get a lucky break from a corner or something. Ings makes way for Firmino and Mane is rested for The Ox to get a chance upfront. 1:49PM 64 mins Space opens up for Salah to attack, he gets closer to the box and shoots... but it's blocked. Liverpool are dominating West Brom's half now, moving the ball around largely unchallenged. West Brom can't really afford to lose here, I'm not sure I understand the mentality of sitting and waiting. 1:47PM 62 mins A West Brom corner is headed away and Nyom's dreadful touch nearly plays Salah and Mane into score! Livermore gets back to force Salah to release the ball and Wijnaldum's cross is cut out. Klavan and Van Dijk slow things down and pass around their own half, waiting for West Brom to come out of their defensive shape. 1:45PM 60 mins West Brom are pushing higher up the pitch, battling hard every chance they have to win the ball in duels with Liverpool players. It's working at the moment too, they have the momentum. Van Dijk reads a cut back as Phillips powers his way into the box. West Brom getting closer! Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool 1:42PM 57 mins That's him punching Ings after doing what looks like a stone cold stunner on the striker as they fall to the ground. 1:41PM 55 mins Hegazi has a little battle with Ings and Hegazi hits him off the ball. He should be sent off but again the referee hasn't seen it. He's having a dreadful game. 1:38PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS What is Klavan doing?! He stops playing and suddenly Rondon runs in behind him and is close to putting the ball round Karius and slotting into an empty net. Poor defending from the Liverpool man. 1:36PM 50 mins Phillips does superbly on the right wing to lose Wijnaldum and then chips the ball across the penalty area at a perfect height for a striker to head at goal. Neither of West Brom's forwards can get there in time. They've started well here... and the ball drops to McClean about 25 yards out! He tries to strike across the ball and bend it into the bottom corner but it puts it wide. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 50 min) 1:28PM Shots on goal West Brom vs Liverpool shots on goal 1:17PM Average positions Average touch positions (half time) 1:17PM HALF TIME Danny Ings gives Liverpool the lead in a fairly even first half. Liverpool aren't at full strength and haven't quite got going but West Brom don't really look like they believe they can win this one. 1:14PM 45 mins Gomez tries to burn past McClean but isn't quick enough and then bounces off the West Brom man, who does well to prevent a corner. Nyom is too strong for Wijnaldum, sends him to the floor and then tries to score from 60 yards. It doesn't work but by Jove I admire the effort. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Allan Nyom, 44 min) 1:13PM 43 mins INGS MUST SCORE! Out of nothing Liverpool create a chance. The ball is switched, Salah gets lucky against Hegazi and the ball falls to Ings in the centre of the area with only Foster to beat. The goalkeeper gets down and blocks the shot - he should really have scored that. 1:09PM 41 mins Credit: AFP Moreno gets forward on the left wing but doesn't appear to have the confidence to take on Nyom for pace. Every pass he's made has been backwards so far. 1:08PM 38 mins CHANCE FOR WEST BROM! That's much better! Livermore sneaks in to rob Milner of the ball and then swings a cross to the back post. McClean is there and hits it first time... it's zipped juuuust past the far post! Rodriguez did his best Gazza impression, stretching on the slide to try and turn it in! Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 37 min) Liverpool caught sleeping there, West Brom are pressing much higher to try and catch them out. Darren Moore encourages his players from the touchline. 1:06PM 36 mins West Brom look good from set pieces, this might be where they get some fun. The latest in their series of corners misses everybody again, though Dawson had roamed in at the back-post unmarked, thanks to Liverpool's zonal system. 1:05PM 35 mins Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool Another West Brom corner is whipped in and this one is dangerous! Klavan manages to get a head on it but Dawson was inches away from connecting and turning that in! Another corner coming. 1:03PM 34 mins West Brom win a corner. The big lads come up for it. Liverpool mark their zones... and Brunt's corner misses everyone and goes out for a throw-in. 1:02PM 32 mins West Brom working harder to press Liverpool higher up the pitch. The defensive line is still way deep to prevent Salah and Mane being played in with a direct pass over the top. Livermore passes the ball straight out for a throw-in, for no clear reason. 1:00PM 30 mins Oh my word that is a very heavy challenge from Rondon. He lunges into a slide tackle on Ings, gets up and then throws himself into another. I cannot believe he's not been booked - there's going in to a 50/50 to win it, and then there's aggressive studs up tackles with momentum behind them. This referee needs to calm those tackles down before someone gets hurt. Those of you who preferred the 'contact sport' of yesteryear will strongly disagree with me. 12:57PM 27 mins Salah takes it... but it's just over and wide. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 26 min) Rodriguez and Rondon are having to work hard today, chasing the ball into space on either wing from long passes by the defenders. They'll both be knackered by about the 60th minute but it does mean West Brom can shift from a defensive shape to attacking quickly without trying to go through Liverpool's hardworking midfield. 12:55PM 25 mins Hegazi fouls his countryman Salah and gives Liverpool the chance to shoot from a great position just infront of the box, slightly right of goal. This suits a left-footer. Foster eagerly sets up his wall. 12:54PM 24 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES 12:52PM 23 mins Phillips takes the chance to shoot on his left foot as he finds space inside the Liverpool box but his effort is weak and no trouble for the goalkeeper whatsoever. Dawson barges through the back of Ings while contesting a header but it's a fair challenge, even if the striker gets a whack to the head. Milner is having a great game, drifting around the pitch to link passing moves. 12:50PM 20 mins Moreno attacks down the left, passes inside, Liverpool keep the ball moving quickly, looking to go around the outside of the West Brom defence. Salah loses possession and the ball is punted up the pitch to groans from the fans, but Van Dijk's volleyed pass gives West Brom the chance to get forward. 12:48PM 18 mins Chris Brunt laughs with Salah as the West Brom man's attempted shot makes its way towards Egypt. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Chris Brunt, 18 min) 12:46PM 17 mins Dawson heads at goal from a corner but the linesman has spotted an offside in the area from the second ball. West Brom beginning to get into this game now, attacking down the wings with Phillips and McClean. 12:45PM 15 mins Credit: REUTERS Nyom goes into a high sliding tackle on Milner, which the latter manages to avoid. If he hadn't that one would've really hurt - I'm surprised the referee hasn't pulled play back and booked him for that. It was overly and needlessly aggressive. Milner isn't going to do much damage on the touchline. 12:43PM 13 mins Liverpool keep the ball and pass patiently around their own half. West Brom refuse to be drawn out of their shell to take them on. They're quite clearly very scared of the attacking threat Klopp's team has. Salah is at it today too - he's enjoying himself with the ball at his feet, dancing around a couple of players with quick feet and almost creating a chance out of thin air. 12:41PM 10 mins Van Dijk goes into a tackle on Rondon and has hurt himself here. He looks to have jarred his knee a little off the striker's boot and isn't walking as freely as he might like. West Brom are still defending really deep... and Salah has spun his man in the box! He sets himself up for the shot on his left foot but it's deflected over! 12:36PM 7 mins Karius has to come off his line to boot a long ball over the top away. West Brom looking to react to that early setback immediately. 12:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Danny Ings goal Ings scores! Boos ring out at the Hawthorns. West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Danny Ings, 4 min) 12:33PM 4 mins Liverpool win a corner. It's cleared, Milner has it wide right and hits a brilliant powerful cross to the corner of the six yard box and it's kept alive. Liverpool are in here! 12:32PM 3 mins Rondon tries to force his way past a defender into the box but the goalkeeper smothers, West Brom instantly fall back into a deep defensive shape behind the halfway line. That's the strategy for the day. Rondon battles with Klavan again, the pair shoving each other as they chase the ball into the channel. Free-kick to Liverpool. 12:30PM KICK OFF west brom vs liverpool kickoff Here we go! Liverpool get the game started. 12:27PM Here come the players! 12:11PM Darren Moore pre-match words "It's been great, we've gotten together as a group and worked hard as a group. there's wonderful belief in each other, everybody's working hard to turn this situation around. we're just working hard, we can't control what's happened in the past. "No (we aren't entertaining thoughts of surviving relegation). It's the next game. The next game is today. There's nothing we can do and we'll put all our efforts into the next game. " 12:10PM Result vs performance One side of the argument says that supporting a club like West Brom means you should accept the players are of a lower quality and to survive in the Premier League they need to play defensive, rigid football and that's that. The other says that even if they lose every game, they'd much prefer the team to have a go, attack and play football. That style is much better to watch but against stronger teams is asking for trouble. Obviously you can have a mix and adapt depending on the opposition, but I know I'd much prefer my team to actually play football. There's a reason Pep Guardiola was able to turn the Barca B team into a machine before he took the big job. There's a reason Ajax were able to win a European cup back in the 90s. There's a reason Alex Ferguson was able to dominate Scottish football with Aberdeen - and even beat Real Madrid. Yeh, sure, it's a different game now, but these things all happened with attacking football. What do you think? 11:52AM A lovely day Credit: PA What a day it is! A fine day for football or sitting in the park listening to music through one of those little bluetooth speakers. I don't want to hear your music! Use headphones! Arrhghgghg. But really, football is the winner today. West Brom aren't relegated (yet) but Liverpool's incredible front three could kill them off today. Will Darren Moore have a cunning plan up his sleeve? I suspect it'll be a 4-5-1 low block looking to deny space in behind and try to hit an unsuspecting, frustrated opposition with a counter-attack or score from a corner. Liverpool might be a little too good for them today. 11:37AM West Brom starting lineup An unchanged XI...#WBALIV#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/Jtw2IqhuL9— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 21, 2018 11:36AM Liverpool starting lineup Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma, has made five changes for the trip to rock-bottom West Brom, including giving a rest to 25-goal forward Roberto Firmino. However, he still fields a strong front line with Mohamed Salah, one of the favourites to be named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday, retaining his place alongside Sadio Mane with Danny Ings replacing Firmino and James Milner in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. There are three changes at the back as only Virgil van Dijk keeps his place from last weekend's win over Bournemouth as Ragnar Klavan comes in with Alberto Moreno making his first Premier League start since late November and Joe Gomez back after a month out with an ankle injury. The #LFC team to face @WBA...#WBALIVhttps://t.co/6XOx3UJ7x7pic.twitter.com/BdTIwhw7jF— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2018
West Brom complete remarkable comeback against Liverpool but can't escape relegation fears
It was only stalling the inevitable. The end will come soon enough, the moment other results conspire to make the mathematics unbreachable. But at the conclusion of this resolute comeback, the West Bromwich Albion fans made a noise as if the title had been won rather than relegation postponed. “Big Dazz, there’s only one Big Dazz,” they chanted in the direction of Darren Moore, the stand-in manager who has now taken five points from his three games in charge, after the previous eight had yielded precisely none. How the home support must wonder what might have been had he been given the job earlier, had he been able to restore a bit of unity when it might still have counted. Coming a week after victory at Old Trafford, this point was hard fought. Liverpool had cruised to a two-goal lead that appeared to be the perfect preparation for their Champions League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday. Goals from Danny Ings and, naturally, Mo Salah had given the afternoon the appearance of a stroll. But then West Brom, through a scrambled strike by Jake Livermore and a jet-propelled header from Salomon Rondon, fought back with spirit, effort and commitment, three words that would never have been associated with them under the previous hapless administration. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool had begun with a purpose which suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes, resting limbs ahead of the Roma game. But enough threat remained. As became clear after just four minutes. From a corner, Sadio Mane exchanged passes with James Milner, sauntered into the box and crossed for Georginio Wijnaldum, who cushioned the ball into the path of Ings. How the much-absent striker celebrated his first goal since Brendan Rodgers was manager. Ings came close to adding another when he miscued from close-in after being set up by Salah. His manager blamed the bobble on West Brom’s decision not to water the pitch. But you sense had the roles been reversed, Salah would have had no such trouble from dry conditions. With Moore casting a huge, brooding presence on the touchline, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for the rested Andy Robertson, and kept tearing down the right wing. Despite the accuracy of his crosses, nothing seemed to land for a colleague. As the half reached its conclusion, the home side had three successive corners, each pinged in with venom, each devoid of any touch. When James McClean fizzed in a cross which spun just in front of the sliding Jay Rodriguez, it seemed to sum up West Brom’s season: late, ineffectual and off-balance. As the second half begun, Ings should have had a penalty when tumbled by Ahmed Hegazi and the Egyptian was lucky to remain on the pitch after applying his knuckles to Ings’ ribcage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s shrewd through ball and deftly chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season. It was a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. Not bad company, his manager suggested. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two set-pieces late on allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered home Chris Brunt’s free-kick, prompting a rare explosion of delight in these parts. “Unfortunately for them it is a useless point,” suggested Klopp. Sadly for the calm, dignified, impressive Moore he is right. 2:57PM Danny Ings post-match "Disappointed. It's alright scoring goals but the three points is the most important thing. "I think they gathered some momentum, the pitch was very dry and suited the long ball, it really benefitted them. With their long balls they gathered momentum and scored two goals. "A lot. I've been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It's been a hell of a mountain I've had to climb to get there. "When you're out for a long time there's always doubts, it's important to surround yourself with people who are positive. That's really helped push me through to get me into the shape I'm in today. "I think it's one of them [those things], I looked the other way, it was a coming together, I don't want to throw another player under the bus. It's just a coming together, it's what English football's all about. You want to keep the physical side." 2:44PM Jurgen Klopp is a terrible loser "When they scored the goals. I think we controlled it pretty well, it was clear they only had opportunities from set pieces, Brunt, Phillips they take them really well. We gave them a corner it was difficult like the block on the goalkeeper, it makes life difficult, and what I heard the second was not a foul. "They score twice, we had the ball constantly, West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half time and it was quite difficult the second half. We had the chance second half for Ingsy in the box and the situation with Hegazi and Ingsy I dunno. You need a little help in these situations. We have to take it as it is. Credit: PA "I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football obviously. If the pitch is dry you can't pass three or four yards, but that's how it is, you have to deal with that. "I think everybody knows they want set pieces last few minutes but the referee gives it. "I'm not in the mood to talk about positive things. Give me a night and I'll tell Danny how good it was." 2:32PM Gutted West Brom players post-match Livermore "It's a shame. We've started to gain that belief and confidence in the last few weeks, all we can do is keep fighting for our fans. "Probably yeh (the result reflects the season). It's not for want of trying but the rub of the green hasn't happened like last season. It's just one of those things. "It's difficult to say, if we knew we'd try to change it months ago. I think confidence is a thing. We've thrown [lots of] points away from winning positions." Rondon "Yes I feel ... it's difficult situation for us, relegation, so thank you to our fans, our teammates, we worked so hard." 2:24PM Too little too late Despite that late effort, West Brom are stuck bottom of the league and are basically relegated. They really did need the three points and you can see the disappointment on the faces of the players. 2:23PM Rondon gives his shirt away Rondon goes to the crowd and gives his shirt to a guy with a Spanish language sign asking for it. #heartwarmingscenes 2:21PM FULL TIME What a comeback! Brilliant from West Brom. Their switch to a back three gave them the structure to work their way back into the match and they rode momentum to get those crucial goals. Jurgen Klopp looks furious. 2:20PM 90 mins +4 Milner sees the chance to shoot from 25 yards and takes it. Way over the bar. Foster rushes to get the ball and plays it short, Evans boots the ball long, Liverpool have everyone behind the ball. It's hooked into the area, Rondon goes for the header but it's knocked away. The ball is hit across the box and Rodriguez swings a foot at it but kicks the air and misses the ball. Liverpool just want the final whistle! 2:18PM 90 mins +2 Here come West Brom again! They power down the right wing, cross into the area and strikers attack it! Van Dijk is strong and heads away. 2:17PM 90 mins +1 Credit: AFP The fans believe West Brom can do this! They've got all the momentum, Liverpool are trying to hold on to a point now! 2:16PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! rondon goal YES THEY CAN! WOW! What a comeback! West Brom win a free-kick wide left, Burke hurries to get the ball, Brunt hits an absolute belter of a cross to the front post and Karius is caught in that dimension the kids get trapped inside in Stranger Things. He is nowhere close to it and Rondon heads in at the near post! Brilliant! West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool (Salomón Rondón, 88 min) 2:12PM 86 mins Liverpool are in full counter-attack mode now. Sitting mega deep and just getting rid of the ball whenever they can. The pressure's building! Can West Brom get back into this?! 2:09PM 84 mins Milner tries a roulette turn in the area but leaves the ball behind. Close. Very close. West Brom fans are urging their team on now, Liverpool sitting much deeper than they were earlier but West Brom's chips into the area are being headed away. Here comes Lovren for the final 10 minutes. Salah is replaced. 2:07PM 82 mins Hegazi full on catches Salah in the face with a swinging arm. Again the referee doesn't see it. 2:06PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! west brom goal Or is it all over?! The corner is knocked back across goal at the far post, Liverpool players are in a mess and Van Dijk plays West Brom players onside. Livermore is on the deck but swings a leg at the loose ball and finds the net! West Brom 1 - 2 Liverpool (Jake Livermore, 79 min) 2:04PM 78 mins Liverpool get nice and compact as they're forced deeper into their own half by West Brom's more direct passing. They win a corner. 2:01PM 75 mins West Brom are about to bring on Oliver Burke. I have a feeling it may be a little late for them to get back into this one. Relegation beckons! 1:59PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! mo salah goal Ooooooh what a finish that is! Liverpool counter-attack rapidly and are in on goal before West Brom even realise what is happening! Oxlade-Chamberlain creates the chance with an absolutely brilliant reverse pass to split the defence but Salah takes his time, stays composed and does that little dink he does to chip the goalkeeper. Superb. West Brom 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 72 min) 1:57PM 72 mins More boos from West Brom fans as McClean is taken off for Jonny Evans. That'll be West Brom in a back three with Gibbs pushed higher up the pitch. SALAH IS IN HERE! 1:56PM 71 mins Wijnaldum points to where he's going to pass and switches play right towards Gomez. Gomez waits, waits, waits and then loses possession as McClean nips in to intercept. Really poor from Gomez. Moreno has been booked - the first yellow of the day - for a foul on Phillips wide right of the box. This is a decent chance to get the ball in the box. It's chipped in and there's a bit of a pinball rammy in the area... but Karius can gather. 1:54PM 68 mins Gomez's pass inside nearly hands Rondon the chance to score but Henderson charges back to block everything he tries. McClean hits a cross into the area but Liverpool get it away and send Salah up the pitch! He takes on his man, attempts a lovely back-heel pass to Firmino... but it's cleared by Nyom. 1:52PM 66 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Klopp is about to make a change and bring Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain. It looks like he wants to get another goal to kill this one off before West Brom get a lucky break from a corner or something. Ings makes way for Firmino and Mane is rested for The Ox to get a chance upfront. 1:49PM 64 mins Space opens up for Salah to attack, he gets closer to the box and shoots... but it's blocked. Liverpool are dominating West Brom's half now, moving the ball around largely unchallenged. West Brom can't really afford to lose here, I'm not sure I understand the mentality of sitting and waiting. 1:47PM 62 mins A West Brom corner is headed away and Nyom's dreadful touch nearly plays Salah and Mane into score! Livermore gets back to force Salah to release the ball and Wijnaldum's cross is cut out. Klavan and Van Dijk slow things down and pass around their own half, waiting for West Brom to come out of their defensive shape. 1:45PM 60 mins West Brom are pushing higher up the pitch, battling hard every chance they have to win the ball in duels with Liverpool players. It's working at the moment too, they have the momentum. Van Dijk reads a cut back as Phillips powers his way into the box. West Brom getting closer! Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool 1:42PM 57 mins That's him punching Ings after doing what looks like a stone cold stunner on the striker as they fall to the ground. 1:41PM 55 mins Hegazi has a little battle with Ings and Hegazi hits him off the ball. He should be sent off but again the referee hasn't seen it. He's having a dreadful game. 1:38PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS What is Klavan doing?! He stops playing and suddenly Rondon runs in behind him and is close to putting the ball round Karius and slotting into an empty net. Poor defending from the Liverpool man. 1:36PM 50 mins Phillips does superbly on the right wing to lose Wijnaldum and then chips the ball across the penalty area at a perfect height for a striker to head at goal. Neither of West Brom's forwards can get there in time. They've started well here... and the ball drops to McClean about 25 yards out! He tries to strike across the ball and bend it into the bottom corner but it puts it wide. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 50 min) 1:28PM Shots on goal West Brom vs Liverpool shots on goal 1:17PM Average positions Average touch positions (half time) 1:17PM HALF TIME Danny Ings gives Liverpool the lead in a fairly even first half. Liverpool aren't at full strength and haven't quite got going but West Brom don't really look like they believe they can win this one. 1:14PM 45 mins Gomez tries to burn past McClean but isn't quick enough and then bounces off the West Brom man, who does well to prevent a corner. Nyom is too strong for Wijnaldum, sends him to the floor and then tries to score from 60 yards. It doesn't work but by Jove I admire the effort. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Allan Nyom, 44 min) 1:13PM 43 mins INGS MUST SCORE! Out of nothing Liverpool create a chance. The ball is switched, Salah gets lucky against Hegazi and the ball falls to Ings in the centre of the area with only Foster to beat. The goalkeeper gets down and blocks the shot - he should really have scored that. 1:09PM 41 mins Credit: AFP Moreno gets forward on the left wing but doesn't appear to have the confidence to take on Nyom for pace. Every pass he's made has been backwards so far. 1:08PM 38 mins CHANCE FOR WEST BROM! That's much better! Livermore sneaks in to rob Milner of the ball and then swings a cross to the back post. McClean is there and hits it first time... it's zipped juuuust past the far post! Rodriguez did his best Gazza impression, stretching on the slide to try and turn it in! Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 37 min) Liverpool caught sleeping there, West Brom are pressing much higher to try and catch them out. Darren Moore encourages his players from the touchline. 1:06PM 36 mins West Brom look good from set pieces, this might be where they get some fun. The latest in their series of corners misses everybody again, though Dawson had roamed in at the back-post unmarked, thanks to Liverpool's zonal system. 1:05PM 35 mins Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool Another West Brom corner is whipped in and this one is dangerous! Klavan manages to get a head on it but Dawson was inches away from connecting and turning that in! Another corner coming. 1:03PM 34 mins West Brom win a corner. The big lads come up for it. Liverpool mark their zones... and Brunt's corner misses everyone and goes out for a throw-in. 1:02PM 32 mins West Brom working harder to press Liverpool higher up the pitch. The defensive line is still way deep to prevent Salah and Mane being played in with a direct pass over the top. Livermore passes the ball straight out for a throw-in, for no clear reason. 1:00PM 30 mins Oh my word that is a very heavy challenge from Rondon. He lunges into a slide tackle on Ings, gets up and then throws himself into another. I cannot believe he's not been booked - there's going in to a 50/50 to win it, and then there's aggressive studs up tackles with momentum behind them. This referee needs to calm those tackles down before someone gets hurt. Those of you who preferred the 'contact sport' of yesteryear will strongly disagree with me. 12:57PM 27 mins Salah takes it... but it's just over and wide. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 26 min) Rodriguez and Rondon are having to work hard today, chasing the ball into space on either wing from long passes by the defenders. They'll both be knackered by about the 60th minute but it does mean West Brom can shift from a defensive shape to attacking quickly without trying to go through Liverpool's hardworking midfield. 12:55PM 25 mins Hegazi fouls his countryman Salah and gives Liverpool the chance to shoot from a great position just infront of the box, slightly right of goal. This suits a left-footer. Foster eagerly sets up his wall. 12:54PM 24 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES 12:52PM 23 mins Phillips takes the chance to shoot on his left foot as he finds space inside the Liverpool box but his effort is weak and no trouble for the goalkeeper whatsoever. Dawson barges through the back of Ings while contesting a header but it's a fair challenge, even if the striker gets a whack to the head. Milner is having a great game, drifting around the pitch to link passing moves. 12:50PM 20 mins Moreno attacks down the left, passes inside, Liverpool keep the ball moving quickly, looking to go around the outside of the West Brom defence. Salah loses possession and the ball is punted up the pitch to groans from the fans, but Van Dijk's volleyed pass gives West Brom the chance to get forward. 12:48PM 18 mins Chris Brunt laughs with Salah as the West Brom man's attempted shot makes its way towards Egypt. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Chris Brunt, 18 min) 12:46PM 17 mins Dawson heads at goal from a corner but the linesman has spotted an offside in the area from the second ball. West Brom beginning to get into this game now, attacking down the wings with Phillips and McClean. 12:45PM 15 mins Credit: REUTERS Nyom goes into a high sliding tackle on Milner, which the latter manages to avoid. If he hadn't that one would've really hurt - I'm surprised the referee hasn't pulled play back and booked him for that. It was overly and needlessly aggressive. Milner isn't going to do much damage on the touchline. 12:43PM 13 mins Liverpool keep the ball and pass patiently around their own half. West Brom refuse to be drawn out of their shell to take them on. They're quite clearly very scared of the attacking threat Klopp's team has. Salah is at it today too - he's enjoying himself with the ball at his feet, dancing around a couple of players with quick feet and almost creating a chance out of thin air. 12:41PM 10 mins Van Dijk goes into a tackle on Rondon and has hurt himself here. He looks to have jarred his knee a little off the striker's boot and isn't walking as freely as he might like. West Brom are still defending really deep... and Salah has spun his man in the box! He sets himself up for the shot on his left foot but it's deflected over! 12:36PM 7 mins Karius has to come off his line to boot a long ball over the top away. West Brom looking to react to that early setback immediately. 12:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Danny Ings goal Ings scores! Boos ring out at the Hawthorns. West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Danny Ings, 4 min) 12:33PM 4 mins Liverpool win a corner. It's cleared, Milner has it wide right and hits a brilliant powerful cross to the corner of the six yard box and it's kept alive. Liverpool are in here! 12:32PM 3 mins Rondon tries to force his way past a defender into the box but the goalkeeper smothers, West Brom instantly fall back into a deep defensive shape behind the halfway line. That's the strategy for the day. Rondon battles with Klavan again, the pair shoving each other as they chase the ball into the channel. Free-kick to Liverpool. 12:30PM KICK OFF west brom vs liverpool kickoff Here we go! Liverpool get the game started. 12:27PM Here come the players! 12:11PM Darren Moore pre-match words "It's been great, we've gotten together as a group and worked hard as a group. there's wonderful belief in each other, everybody's working hard to turn this situation around. we're just working hard, we can't control what's happened in the past. "No (we aren't entertaining thoughts of surviving relegation). It's the next game. The next game is today. There's nothing we can do and we'll put all our efforts into the next game. " 12:10PM Result vs performance One side of the argument says that supporting a club like West Brom means you should accept the players are of a lower quality and to survive in the Premier League they need to play defensive, rigid football and that's that. The other says that even if they lose every game, they'd much prefer the team to have a go, attack and play football. That style is much better to watch but against stronger teams is asking for trouble. Obviously you can have a mix and adapt depending on the opposition, but I know I'd much prefer my team to actually play football. There's a reason Pep Guardiola was able to turn the Barca B team into a machine before he took the big job. There's a reason Ajax were able to win a European cup back in the 90s. There's a reason Alex Ferguson was able to dominate Scottish football with Aberdeen - and even beat Real Madrid. Yeh, sure, it's a different game now, but these things all happened with attacking football. What do you think? 11:52AM A lovely day Credit: PA What a day it is! A fine day for football or sitting in the park listening to music through one of those little bluetooth speakers. I don't want to hear your music! Use headphones! Arrhghgghg. But really, football is the winner today. West Brom aren't relegated (yet) but Liverpool's incredible front three could kill them off today. Will Darren Moore have a cunning plan up his sleeve? I suspect it'll be a 4-5-1 low block looking to deny space in behind and try to hit an unsuspecting, frustrated opposition with a counter-attack or score from a corner. Liverpool might be a little too good for them today. 11:37AM West Brom starting lineup An unchanged XI...#WBALIV#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/Jtw2IqhuL9— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 21, 2018 11:36AM Liverpool starting lineup Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma, has made five changes for the trip to rock-bottom West Brom, including giving a rest to 25-goal forward Roberto Firmino. However, he still fields a strong front line with Mohamed Salah, one of the favourites to be named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday, retaining his place alongside Sadio Mane with Danny Ings replacing Firmino and James Milner in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. There are three changes at the back as only Virgil van Dijk keeps his place from last weekend's win over Bournemouth as Ragnar Klavan comes in with Alberto Moreno making his first Premier League start since late November and Joe Gomez back after a month out with an ankle injury. The #LFC team to face @WBA...#WBALIVhttps://t.co/6XOx3UJ7x7pic.twitter.com/BdTIwhw7jF— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2018
It was only stalling the inevitable. The end will come soon enough, the moment other results conspire to make the mathematics unbreachable. But at the conclusion of this resolute comeback, the West Bromwich Albion fans made a noise as if the title had been won rather than relegation postponed. “Big Dazz, there’s only one Big Dazz,” they chanted in the direction of Darren Moore, the stand-in manager who has now taken five points from his three games in charge, after the previous eight had yielded precisely none. How the home support must wonder what might have been had he been given the job earlier, had he been able to restore a bit of unity when it might still have counted. Coming a week after victory at Old Trafford, this point was hard fought. Liverpool had cruised to a two-goal lead that appeared to be the perfect preparation for their Champions League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday. Goals from Danny Ings and, naturally, Mo Salah had given the afternoon the appearance of a stroll. But then West Brom, through a scrambled strike by Jake Livermore and a jet-propelled header from Salomon Rondon, fought back with spirit, effort and commitment, three words that would never have been associated with them under the previous hapless administration. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool had begun with a purpose which suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes, resting limbs ahead of the Roma game. But enough threat remained. As became clear after just four minutes. From a corner, Sadio Mane exchanged passes with James Milner, sauntered into the box and crossed for Georginio Wijnaldum, who cushioned the ball into the path of Ings. How the much-absent striker celebrated his first goal since Brendan Rodgers was manager. Ings came close to adding another when he miscued from close-in after being set up by Salah. His manager blamed the bobble on West Brom’s decision not to water the pitch. But you sense had the roles been reversed, Salah would have had no such trouble from dry conditions. With Moore casting a huge, brooding presence on the touchline, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for the rested Andy Robertson, and kept tearing down the right wing. Despite the accuracy of his crosses, nothing seemed to land for a colleague. As the half reached its conclusion, the home side had three successive corners, each pinged in with venom, each devoid of any touch. When James McClean fizzed in a cross which spun just in front of the sliding Jay Rodriguez, it seemed to sum up West Brom’s season: late, ineffectual and off-balance. As the second half begun, Ings should have had a penalty when tumbled by Ahmed Hegazi and the Egyptian was lucky to remain on the pitch after applying his knuckles to Ings’ ribcage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s shrewd through ball and deftly chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season. It was a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. Not bad company, his manager suggested. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two set-pieces late on allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered home Chris Brunt’s free-kick, prompting a rare explosion of delight in these parts. “Unfortunately for them it is a useless point,” suggested Klopp. Sadly for the calm, dignified, impressive Moore he is right. 2:57PM Danny Ings post-match "Disappointed. It's alright scoring goals but the three points is the most important thing. "I think they gathered some momentum, the pitch was very dry and suited the long ball, it really benefitted them. With their long balls they gathered momentum and scored two goals. "A lot. I've been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It's been a hell of a mountain I've had to climb to get there. "When you're out for a long time there's always doubts, it's important to surround yourself with people who are positive. That's really helped push me through to get me into the shape I'm in today. "I think it's one of them [those things], I looked the other way, it was a coming together, I don't want to throw another player under the bus. It's just a coming together, it's what English football's all about. You want to keep the physical side." 2:44PM Jurgen Klopp is a terrible loser "When they scored the goals. I think we controlled it pretty well, it was clear they only had opportunities from set pieces, Brunt, Phillips they take them really well. We gave them a corner it was difficult like the block on the goalkeeper, it makes life difficult, and what I heard the second was not a foul. "They score twice, we had the ball constantly, West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half time and it was quite difficult the second half. We had the chance second half for Ingsy in the box and the situation with Hegazi and Ingsy I dunno. You need a little help in these situations. We have to take it as it is. Credit: PA "I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football obviously. If the pitch is dry you can't pass three or four yards, but that's how it is, you have to deal with that. "I think everybody knows they want set pieces last few minutes but the referee gives it. "I'm not in the mood to talk about positive things. Give me a night and I'll tell Danny how good it was." 2:32PM Gutted West Brom players post-match Livermore "It's a shame. We've started to gain that belief and confidence in the last few weeks, all we can do is keep fighting for our fans. "Probably yeh (the result reflects the season). It's not for want of trying but the rub of the green hasn't happened like last season. It's just one of those things. "It's difficult to say, if we knew we'd try to change it months ago. I think confidence is a thing. We've thrown [lots of] points away from winning positions." Rondon "Yes I feel ... it's difficult situation for us, relegation, so thank you to our fans, our teammates, we worked so hard." 2:24PM Too little too late Despite that late effort, West Brom are stuck bottom of the league and are basically relegated. They really did need the three points and you can see the disappointment on the faces of the players. 2:23PM Rondon gives his shirt away Rondon goes to the crowd and gives his shirt to a guy with a Spanish language sign asking for it. #heartwarmingscenes 2:21PM FULL TIME What a comeback! Brilliant from West Brom. Their switch to a back three gave them the structure to work their way back into the match and they rode momentum to get those crucial goals. Jurgen Klopp looks furious. 2:20PM 90 mins +4 Milner sees the chance to shoot from 25 yards and takes it. Way over the bar. Foster rushes to get the ball and plays it short, Evans boots the ball long, Liverpool have everyone behind the ball. It's hooked into the area, Rondon goes for the header but it's knocked away. The ball is hit across the box and Rodriguez swings a foot at it but kicks the air and misses the ball. Liverpool just want the final whistle! 2:18PM 90 mins +2 Here come West Brom again! They power down the right wing, cross into the area and strikers attack it! Van Dijk is strong and heads away. 2:17PM 90 mins +1 Credit: AFP The fans believe West Brom can do this! They've got all the momentum, Liverpool are trying to hold on to a point now! 2:16PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! rondon goal YES THEY CAN! WOW! What a comeback! West Brom win a free-kick wide left, Burke hurries to get the ball, Brunt hits an absolute belter of a cross to the front post and Karius is caught in that dimension the kids get trapped inside in Stranger Things. He is nowhere close to it and Rondon heads in at the near post! Brilliant! West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool (Salomón Rondón, 88 min) 2:12PM 86 mins Liverpool are in full counter-attack mode now. Sitting mega deep and just getting rid of the ball whenever they can. The pressure's building! Can West Brom get back into this?! 2:09PM 84 mins Milner tries a roulette turn in the area but leaves the ball behind. Close. Very close. West Brom fans are urging their team on now, Liverpool sitting much deeper than they were earlier but West Brom's chips into the area are being headed away. Here comes Lovren for the final 10 minutes. Salah is replaced. 2:07PM 82 mins Hegazi full on catches Salah in the face with a swinging arm. Again the referee doesn't see it. 2:06PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! west brom goal Or is it all over?! The corner is knocked back across goal at the far post, Liverpool players are in a mess and Van Dijk plays West Brom players onside. Livermore is on the deck but swings a leg at the loose ball and finds the net! West Brom 1 - 2 Liverpool (Jake Livermore, 79 min) 2:04PM 78 mins Liverpool get nice and compact as they're forced deeper into their own half by West Brom's more direct passing. They win a corner. 2:01PM 75 mins West Brom are about to bring on Oliver Burke. I have a feeling it may be a little late for them to get back into this one. Relegation beckons! 1:59PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! mo salah goal Ooooooh what a finish that is! Liverpool counter-attack rapidly and are in on goal before West Brom even realise what is happening! Oxlade-Chamberlain creates the chance with an absolutely brilliant reverse pass to split the defence but Salah takes his time, stays composed and does that little dink he does to chip the goalkeeper. Superb. West Brom 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 72 min) 1:57PM 72 mins More boos from West Brom fans as McClean is taken off for Jonny Evans. That'll be West Brom in a back three with Gibbs pushed higher up the pitch. SALAH IS IN HERE! 1:56PM 71 mins Wijnaldum points to where he's going to pass and switches play right towards Gomez. Gomez waits, waits, waits and then loses possession as McClean nips in to intercept. Really poor from Gomez. Moreno has been booked - the first yellow of the day - for a foul on Phillips wide right of the box. This is a decent chance to get the ball in the box. It's chipped in and there's a bit of a pinball rammy in the area... but Karius can gather. 1:54PM 68 mins Gomez's pass inside nearly hands Rondon the chance to score but Henderson charges back to block everything he tries. McClean hits a cross into the area but Liverpool get it away and send Salah up the pitch! He takes on his man, attempts a lovely back-heel pass to Firmino... but it's cleared by Nyom. 1:52PM 66 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Klopp is about to make a change and bring Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain. It looks like he wants to get another goal to kill this one off before West Brom get a lucky break from a corner or something. Ings makes way for Firmino and Mane is rested for The Ox to get a chance upfront. 1:49PM 64 mins Space opens up for Salah to attack, he gets closer to the box and shoots... but it's blocked. Liverpool are dominating West Brom's half now, moving the ball around largely unchallenged. West Brom can't really afford to lose here, I'm not sure I understand the mentality of sitting and waiting. 1:47PM 62 mins A West Brom corner is headed away and Nyom's dreadful touch nearly plays Salah and Mane into score! Livermore gets back to force Salah to release the ball and Wijnaldum's cross is cut out. Klavan and Van Dijk slow things down and pass around their own half, waiting for West Brom to come out of their defensive shape. 1:45PM 60 mins West Brom are pushing higher up the pitch, battling hard every chance they have to win the ball in duels with Liverpool players. It's working at the moment too, they have the momentum. Van Dijk reads a cut back as Phillips powers his way into the box. West Brom getting closer! Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool 1:42PM 57 mins That's him punching Ings after doing what looks like a stone cold stunner on the striker as they fall to the ground. 1:41PM 55 mins Hegazi has a little battle with Ings and Hegazi hits him off the ball. He should be sent off but again the referee hasn't seen it. He's having a dreadful game. 1:38PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS What is Klavan doing?! He stops playing and suddenly Rondon runs in behind him and is close to putting the ball round Karius and slotting into an empty net. Poor defending from the Liverpool man. 1:36PM 50 mins Phillips does superbly on the right wing to lose Wijnaldum and then chips the ball across the penalty area at a perfect height for a striker to head at goal. Neither of West Brom's forwards can get there in time. They've started well here... and the ball drops to McClean about 25 yards out! He tries to strike across the ball and bend it into the bottom corner but it puts it wide. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 50 min) 1:28PM Shots on goal West Brom vs Liverpool shots on goal 1:17PM Average positions Average touch positions (half time) 1:17PM HALF TIME Danny Ings gives Liverpool the lead in a fairly even first half. Liverpool aren't at full strength and haven't quite got going but West Brom don't really look like they believe they can win this one. 1:14PM 45 mins Gomez tries to burn past McClean but isn't quick enough and then bounces off the West Brom man, who does well to prevent a corner. Nyom is too strong for Wijnaldum, sends him to the floor and then tries to score from 60 yards. It doesn't work but by Jove I admire the effort. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Allan Nyom, 44 min) 1:13PM 43 mins INGS MUST SCORE! Out of nothing Liverpool create a chance. The ball is switched, Salah gets lucky against Hegazi and the ball falls to Ings in the centre of the area with only Foster to beat. The goalkeeper gets down and blocks the shot - he should really have scored that. 1:09PM 41 mins Credit: AFP Moreno gets forward on the left wing but doesn't appear to have the confidence to take on Nyom for pace. Every pass he's made has been backwards so far. 1:08PM 38 mins CHANCE FOR WEST BROM! That's much better! Livermore sneaks in to rob Milner of the ball and then swings a cross to the back post. McClean is there and hits it first time... it's zipped juuuust past the far post! Rodriguez did his best Gazza impression, stretching on the slide to try and turn it in! Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 37 min) Liverpool caught sleeping there, West Brom are pressing much higher to try and catch them out. Darren Moore encourages his players from the touchline. 1:06PM 36 mins West Brom look good from set pieces, this might be where they get some fun. The latest in their series of corners misses everybody again, though Dawson had roamed in at the back-post unmarked, thanks to Liverpool's zonal system. 1:05PM 35 mins Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool Another West Brom corner is whipped in and this one is dangerous! Klavan manages to get a head on it but Dawson was inches away from connecting and turning that in! Another corner coming. 1:03PM 34 mins West Brom win a corner. The big lads come up for it. Liverpool mark their zones... and Brunt's corner misses everyone and goes out for a throw-in. 1:02PM 32 mins West Brom working harder to press Liverpool higher up the pitch. The defensive line is still way deep to prevent Salah and Mane being played in with a direct pass over the top. Livermore passes the ball straight out for a throw-in, for no clear reason. 1:00PM 30 mins Oh my word that is a very heavy challenge from Rondon. He lunges into a slide tackle on Ings, gets up and then throws himself into another. I cannot believe he's not been booked - there's going in to a 50/50 to win it, and then there's aggressive studs up tackles with momentum behind them. This referee needs to calm those tackles down before someone gets hurt. Those of you who preferred the 'contact sport' of yesteryear will strongly disagree with me. 12:57PM 27 mins Salah takes it... but it's just over and wide. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 26 min) Rodriguez and Rondon are having to work hard today, chasing the ball into space on either wing from long passes by the defenders. They'll both be knackered by about the 60th minute but it does mean West Brom can shift from a defensive shape to attacking quickly without trying to go through Liverpool's hardworking midfield. 12:55PM 25 mins Hegazi fouls his countryman Salah and gives Liverpool the chance to shoot from a great position just infront of the box, slightly right of goal. This suits a left-footer. Foster eagerly sets up his wall. 12:54PM 24 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES 12:52PM 23 mins Phillips takes the chance to shoot on his left foot as he finds space inside the Liverpool box but his effort is weak and no trouble for the goalkeeper whatsoever. Dawson barges through the back of Ings while contesting a header but it's a fair challenge, even if the striker gets a whack to the head. Milner is having a great game, drifting around the pitch to link passing moves. 12:50PM 20 mins Moreno attacks down the left, passes inside, Liverpool keep the ball moving quickly, looking to go around the outside of the West Brom defence. Salah loses possession and the ball is punted up the pitch to groans from the fans, but Van Dijk's volleyed pass gives West Brom the chance to get forward. 12:48PM 18 mins Chris Brunt laughs with Salah as the West Brom man's attempted shot makes its way towards Egypt. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Chris Brunt, 18 min) 12:46PM 17 mins Dawson heads at goal from a corner but the linesman has spotted an offside in the area from the second ball. West Brom beginning to get into this game now, attacking down the wings with Phillips and McClean. 12:45PM 15 mins Credit: REUTERS Nyom goes into a high sliding tackle on Milner, which the latter manages to avoid. If he hadn't that one would've really hurt - I'm surprised the referee hasn't pulled play back and booked him for that. It was overly and needlessly aggressive. Milner isn't going to do much damage on the touchline. 12:43PM 13 mins Liverpool keep the ball and pass patiently around their own half. West Brom refuse to be drawn out of their shell to take them on. They're quite clearly very scared of the attacking threat Klopp's team has. Salah is at it today too - he's enjoying himself with the ball at his feet, dancing around a couple of players with quick feet and almost creating a chance out of thin air. 12:41PM 10 mins Van Dijk goes into a tackle on Rondon and has hurt himself here. He looks to have jarred his knee a little off the striker's boot and isn't walking as freely as he might like. West Brom are still defending really deep... and Salah has spun his man in the box! He sets himself up for the shot on his left foot but it's deflected over! 12:36PM 7 mins Karius has to come off his line to boot a long ball over the top away. West Brom looking to react to that early setback immediately. 12:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Danny Ings goal Ings scores! Boos ring out at the Hawthorns. West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Danny Ings, 4 min) 12:33PM 4 mins Liverpool win a corner. It's cleared, Milner has it wide right and hits a brilliant powerful cross to the corner of the six yard box and it's kept alive. Liverpool are in here! 12:32PM 3 mins Rondon tries to force his way past a defender into the box but the goalkeeper smothers, West Brom instantly fall back into a deep defensive shape behind the halfway line. That's the strategy for the day. Rondon battles with Klavan again, the pair shoving each other as they chase the ball into the channel. Free-kick to Liverpool. 12:30PM KICK OFF west brom vs liverpool kickoff Here we go! Liverpool get the game started. 12:27PM Here come the players! 12:11PM Darren Moore pre-match words "It's been great, we've gotten together as a group and worked hard as a group. there's wonderful belief in each other, everybody's working hard to turn this situation around. we're just working hard, we can't control what's happened in the past. "No (we aren't entertaining thoughts of surviving relegation). It's the next game. The next game is today. There's nothing we can do and we'll put all our efforts into the next game. " 12:10PM Result vs performance One side of the argument says that supporting a club like West Brom means you should accept the players are of a lower quality and to survive in the Premier League they need to play defensive, rigid football and that's that. The other says that even if they lose every game, they'd much prefer the team to have a go, attack and play football. That style is much better to watch but against stronger teams is asking for trouble. Obviously you can have a mix and adapt depending on the opposition, but I know I'd much prefer my team to actually play football. There's a reason Pep Guardiola was able to turn the Barca B team into a machine before he took the big job. There's a reason Ajax were able to win a European cup back in the 90s. There's a reason Alex Ferguson was able to dominate Scottish football with Aberdeen - and even beat Real Madrid. Yeh, sure, it's a different game now, but these things all happened with attacking football. What do you think? 11:52AM A lovely day Credit: PA What a day it is! A fine day for football or sitting in the park listening to music through one of those little bluetooth speakers. I don't want to hear your music! Use headphones! Arrhghgghg. But really, football is the winner today. West Brom aren't relegated (yet) but Liverpool's incredible front three could kill them off today. Will Darren Moore have a cunning plan up his sleeve? I suspect it'll be a 4-5-1 low block looking to deny space in behind and try to hit an unsuspecting, frustrated opposition with a counter-attack or score from a corner. Liverpool might be a little too good for them today. 11:37AM West Brom starting lineup An unchanged XI...#WBALIV#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/Jtw2IqhuL9— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 21, 2018 11:36AM Liverpool starting lineup Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma, has made five changes for the trip to rock-bottom West Brom, including giving a rest to 25-goal forward Roberto Firmino. However, he still fields a strong front line with Mohamed Salah, one of the favourites to be named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday, retaining his place alongside Sadio Mane with Danny Ings replacing Firmino and James Milner in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. There are three changes at the back as only Virgil van Dijk keeps his place from last weekend's win over Bournemouth as Ragnar Klavan comes in with Alberto Moreno making his first Premier League start since late November and Joe Gomez back after a month out with an ankle injury. The #LFC team to face @WBA...#WBALIVhttps://t.co/6XOx3UJ7x7pic.twitter.com/BdTIwhw7jF— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2018
West Brom complete remarkable comeback against Liverpool but can't escape relegation fears
It was only stalling the inevitable. The end will come soon enough, the moment other results conspire to make the mathematics unbreachable. But at the conclusion of this resolute comeback, the West Bromwich Albion fans made a noise as if the title had been won rather than relegation postponed. “Big Dazz, there’s only one Big Dazz,” they chanted in the direction of Darren Moore, the stand-in manager who has now taken five points from his three games in charge, after the previous eight had yielded precisely none. How the home support must wonder what might have been had he been given the job earlier, had he been able to restore a bit of unity when it might still have counted. Coming a week after victory at Old Trafford, this point was hard fought. Liverpool had cruised to a two-goal lead that appeared to be the perfect preparation for their Champions League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday. Goals from Danny Ings and, naturally, Mo Salah had given the afternoon the appearance of a stroll. But then West Brom, through a scrambled strike by Jake Livermore and a jet-propelled header from Salomon Rondon, fought back with spirit, effort and commitment, three words that would never have been associated with them under the previous hapless administration. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool had begun with a purpose which suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes, resting limbs ahead of the Roma game. But enough threat remained. As became clear after just four minutes. From a corner, Sadio Mane exchanged passes with James Milner, sauntered into the box and crossed for Georginio Wijnaldum, who cushioned the ball into the path of Ings. How the much-absent striker celebrated his first goal since Brendan Rodgers was manager. Ings came close to adding another when he miscued from close-in after being set up by Salah. His manager blamed the bobble on West Brom’s decision not to water the pitch. But you sense had the roles been reversed, Salah would have had no such trouble from dry conditions. With Moore casting a huge, brooding presence on the touchline, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for the rested Andy Robertson, and kept tearing down the right wing. Despite the accuracy of his crosses, nothing seemed to land for a colleague. As the half reached its conclusion, the home side had three successive corners, each pinged in with venom, each devoid of any touch. When James McClean fizzed in a cross which spun just in front of the sliding Jay Rodriguez, it seemed to sum up West Brom’s season: late, ineffectual and off-balance. As the second half begun, Ings should have had a penalty when tumbled by Ahmed Hegazi and the Egyptian was lucky to remain on the pitch after applying his knuckles to Ings’ ribcage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s shrewd through ball and deftly chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season. It was a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. Not bad company, his manager suggested. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two set-pieces late on allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered home Chris Brunt’s free-kick, prompting a rare explosion of delight in these parts. “Unfortunately for them it is a useless point,” suggested Klopp. Sadly for the calm, dignified, impressive Moore he is right. 2:57PM Danny Ings post-match "Disappointed. It's alright scoring goals but the three points is the most important thing. "I think they gathered some momentum, the pitch was very dry and suited the long ball, it really benefitted them. With their long balls they gathered momentum and scored two goals. "A lot. I've been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It's been a hell of a mountain I've had to climb to get there. "When you're out for a long time there's always doubts, it's important to surround yourself with people who are positive. That's really helped push me through to get me into the shape I'm in today. "I think it's one of them [those things], I looked the other way, it was a coming together, I don't want to throw another player under the bus. It's just a coming together, it's what English football's all about. You want to keep the physical side." 2:44PM Jurgen Klopp is a terrible loser "When they scored the goals. I think we controlled it pretty well, it was clear they only had opportunities from set pieces, Brunt, Phillips they take them really well. We gave them a corner it was difficult like the block on the goalkeeper, it makes life difficult, and what I heard the second was not a foul. "They score twice, we had the ball constantly, West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half time and it was quite difficult the second half. We had the chance second half for Ingsy in the box and the situation with Hegazi and Ingsy I dunno. You need a little help in these situations. We have to take it as it is. Credit: PA "I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football obviously. If the pitch is dry you can't pass three or four yards, but that's how it is, you have to deal with that. "I think everybody knows they want set pieces last few minutes but the referee gives it. "I'm not in the mood to talk about positive things. Give me a night and I'll tell Danny how good it was." 2:32PM Gutted West Brom players post-match Livermore "It's a shame. We've started to gain that belief and confidence in the last few weeks, all we can do is keep fighting for our fans. "Probably yeh (the result reflects the season). It's not for want of trying but the rub of the green hasn't happened like last season. It's just one of those things. "It's difficult to say, if we knew we'd try to change it months ago. I think confidence is a thing. We've thrown [lots of] points away from winning positions." Rondon "Yes I feel ... it's difficult situation for us, relegation, so thank you to our fans, our teammates, we worked so hard." 2:24PM Too little too late Despite that late effort, West Brom are stuck bottom of the league and are basically relegated. They really did need the three points and you can see the disappointment on the faces of the players. 2:23PM Rondon gives his shirt away Rondon goes to the crowd and gives his shirt to a guy with a Spanish language sign asking for it. #heartwarmingscenes 2:21PM FULL TIME What a comeback! Brilliant from West Brom. Their switch to a back three gave them the structure to work their way back into the match and they rode momentum to get those crucial goals. Jurgen Klopp looks furious. 2:20PM 90 mins +4 Milner sees the chance to shoot from 25 yards and takes it. Way over the bar. Foster rushes to get the ball and plays it short, Evans boots the ball long, Liverpool have everyone behind the ball. It's hooked into the area, Rondon goes for the header but it's knocked away. The ball is hit across the box and Rodriguez swings a foot at it but kicks the air and misses the ball. Liverpool just want the final whistle! 2:18PM 90 mins +2 Here come West Brom again! They power down the right wing, cross into the area and strikers attack it! Van Dijk is strong and heads away. 2:17PM 90 mins +1 Credit: AFP The fans believe West Brom can do this! They've got all the momentum, Liverpool are trying to hold on to a point now! 2:16PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! rondon goal YES THEY CAN! WOW! What a comeback! West Brom win a free-kick wide left, Burke hurries to get the ball, Brunt hits an absolute belter of a cross to the front post and Karius is caught in that dimension the kids get trapped inside in Stranger Things. He is nowhere close to it and Rondon heads in at the near post! Brilliant! West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool (Salomón Rondón, 88 min) 2:12PM 86 mins Liverpool are in full counter-attack mode now. Sitting mega deep and just getting rid of the ball whenever they can. The pressure's building! Can West Brom get back into this?! 2:09PM 84 mins Milner tries a roulette turn in the area but leaves the ball behind. Close. Very close. West Brom fans are urging their team on now, Liverpool sitting much deeper than they were earlier but West Brom's chips into the area are being headed away. Here comes Lovren for the final 10 minutes. Salah is replaced. 2:07PM 82 mins Hegazi full on catches Salah in the face with a swinging arm. Again the referee doesn't see it. 2:06PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! west brom goal Or is it all over?! The corner is knocked back across goal at the far post, Liverpool players are in a mess and Van Dijk plays West Brom players onside. Livermore is on the deck but swings a leg at the loose ball and finds the net! West Brom 1 - 2 Liverpool (Jake Livermore, 79 min) 2:04PM 78 mins Liverpool get nice and compact as they're forced deeper into their own half by West Brom's more direct passing. They win a corner. 2:01PM 75 mins West Brom are about to bring on Oliver Burke. I have a feeling it may be a little late for them to get back into this one. Relegation beckons! 1:59PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! mo salah goal Ooooooh what a finish that is! Liverpool counter-attack rapidly and are in on goal before West Brom even realise what is happening! Oxlade-Chamberlain creates the chance with an absolutely brilliant reverse pass to split the defence but Salah takes his time, stays composed and does that little dink he does to chip the goalkeeper. Superb. West Brom 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 72 min) 1:57PM 72 mins More boos from West Brom fans as McClean is taken off for Jonny Evans. That'll be West Brom in a back three with Gibbs pushed higher up the pitch. SALAH IS IN HERE! 1:56PM 71 mins Wijnaldum points to where he's going to pass and switches play right towards Gomez. Gomez waits, waits, waits and then loses possession as McClean nips in to intercept. Really poor from Gomez. Moreno has been booked - the first yellow of the day - for a foul on Phillips wide right of the box. This is a decent chance to get the ball in the box. It's chipped in and there's a bit of a pinball rammy in the area... but Karius can gather. 1:54PM 68 mins Gomez's pass inside nearly hands Rondon the chance to score but Henderson charges back to block everything he tries. McClean hits a cross into the area but Liverpool get it away and send Salah up the pitch! He takes on his man, attempts a lovely back-heel pass to Firmino... but it's cleared by Nyom. 1:52PM 66 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Klopp is about to make a change and bring Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain. It looks like he wants to get another goal to kill this one off before West Brom get a lucky break from a corner or something. Ings makes way for Firmino and Mane is rested for The Ox to get a chance upfront. 1:49PM 64 mins Space opens up for Salah to attack, he gets closer to the box and shoots... but it's blocked. Liverpool are dominating West Brom's half now, moving the ball around largely unchallenged. West Brom can't really afford to lose here, I'm not sure I understand the mentality of sitting and waiting. 1:47PM 62 mins A West Brom corner is headed away and Nyom's dreadful touch nearly plays Salah and Mane into score! Livermore gets back to force Salah to release the ball and Wijnaldum's cross is cut out. Klavan and Van Dijk slow things down and pass around their own half, waiting for West Brom to come out of their defensive shape. 1:45PM 60 mins West Brom are pushing higher up the pitch, battling hard every chance they have to win the ball in duels with Liverpool players. It's working at the moment too, they have the momentum. Van Dijk reads a cut back as Phillips powers his way into the box. West Brom getting closer! Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool 1:42PM 57 mins That's him punching Ings after doing what looks like a stone cold stunner on the striker as they fall to the ground. 1:41PM 55 mins Hegazi has a little battle with Ings and Hegazi hits him off the ball. He should be sent off but again the referee hasn't seen it. He's having a dreadful game. 1:38PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS What is Klavan doing?! He stops playing and suddenly Rondon runs in behind him and is close to putting the ball round Karius and slotting into an empty net. Poor defending from the Liverpool man. 1:36PM 50 mins Phillips does superbly on the right wing to lose Wijnaldum and then chips the ball across the penalty area at a perfect height for a striker to head at goal. Neither of West Brom's forwards can get there in time. They've started well here... and the ball drops to McClean about 25 yards out! He tries to strike across the ball and bend it into the bottom corner but it puts it wide. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 50 min) 1:28PM Shots on goal West Brom vs Liverpool shots on goal 1:17PM Average positions Average touch positions (half time) 1:17PM HALF TIME Danny Ings gives Liverpool the lead in a fairly even first half. Liverpool aren't at full strength and haven't quite got going but West Brom don't really look like they believe they can win this one. 1:14PM 45 mins Gomez tries to burn past McClean but isn't quick enough and then bounces off the West Brom man, who does well to prevent a corner. Nyom is too strong for Wijnaldum, sends him to the floor and then tries to score from 60 yards. It doesn't work but by Jove I admire the effort. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Allan Nyom, 44 min) 1:13PM 43 mins INGS MUST SCORE! Out of nothing Liverpool create a chance. The ball is switched, Salah gets lucky against Hegazi and the ball falls to Ings in the centre of the area with only Foster to beat. The goalkeeper gets down and blocks the shot - he should really have scored that. 1:09PM 41 mins Credit: AFP Moreno gets forward on the left wing but doesn't appear to have the confidence to take on Nyom for pace. Every pass he's made has been backwards so far. 1:08PM 38 mins CHANCE FOR WEST BROM! That's much better! Livermore sneaks in to rob Milner of the ball and then swings a cross to the back post. McClean is there and hits it first time... it's zipped juuuust past the far post! Rodriguez did his best Gazza impression, stretching on the slide to try and turn it in! Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 37 min) Liverpool caught sleeping there, West Brom are pressing much higher to try and catch them out. Darren Moore encourages his players from the touchline. 1:06PM 36 mins West Brom look good from set pieces, this might be where they get some fun. The latest in their series of corners misses everybody again, though Dawson had roamed in at the back-post unmarked, thanks to Liverpool's zonal system. 1:05PM 35 mins Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool Another West Brom corner is whipped in and this one is dangerous! Klavan manages to get a head on it but Dawson was inches away from connecting and turning that in! Another corner coming. 1:03PM 34 mins West Brom win a corner. The big lads come up for it. Liverpool mark their zones... and Brunt's corner misses everyone and goes out for a throw-in. 1:02PM 32 mins West Brom working harder to press Liverpool higher up the pitch. The defensive line is still way deep to prevent Salah and Mane being played in with a direct pass over the top. Livermore passes the ball straight out for a throw-in, for no clear reason. 1:00PM 30 mins Oh my word that is a very heavy challenge from Rondon. He lunges into a slide tackle on Ings, gets up and then throws himself into another. I cannot believe he's not been booked - there's going in to a 50/50 to win it, and then there's aggressive studs up tackles with momentum behind them. This referee needs to calm those tackles down before someone gets hurt. Those of you who preferred the 'contact sport' of yesteryear will strongly disagree with me. 12:57PM 27 mins Salah takes it... but it's just over and wide. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 26 min) Rodriguez and Rondon are having to work hard today, chasing the ball into space on either wing from long passes by the defenders. They'll both be knackered by about the 60th minute but it does mean West Brom can shift from a defensive shape to attacking quickly without trying to go through Liverpool's hardworking midfield. 12:55PM 25 mins Hegazi fouls his countryman Salah and gives Liverpool the chance to shoot from a great position just infront of the box, slightly right of goal. This suits a left-footer. Foster eagerly sets up his wall. 12:54PM 24 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES 12:52PM 23 mins Phillips takes the chance to shoot on his left foot as he finds space inside the Liverpool box but his effort is weak and no trouble for the goalkeeper whatsoever. Dawson barges through the back of Ings while contesting a header but it's a fair challenge, even if the striker gets a whack to the head. Milner is having a great game, drifting around the pitch to link passing moves. 12:50PM 20 mins Moreno attacks down the left, passes inside, Liverpool keep the ball moving quickly, looking to go around the outside of the West Brom defence. Salah loses possession and the ball is punted up the pitch to groans from the fans, but Van Dijk's volleyed pass gives West Brom the chance to get forward. 12:48PM 18 mins Chris Brunt laughs with Salah as the West Brom man's attempted shot makes its way towards Egypt. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Chris Brunt, 18 min) 12:46PM 17 mins Dawson heads at goal from a corner but the linesman has spotted an offside in the area from the second ball. West Brom beginning to get into this game now, attacking down the wings with Phillips and McClean. 12:45PM 15 mins Credit: REUTERS Nyom goes into a high sliding tackle on Milner, which the latter manages to avoid. If he hadn't that one would've really hurt - I'm surprised the referee hasn't pulled play back and booked him for that. It was overly and needlessly aggressive. Milner isn't going to do much damage on the touchline. 12:43PM 13 mins Liverpool keep the ball and pass patiently around their own half. West Brom refuse to be drawn out of their shell to take them on. They're quite clearly very scared of the attacking threat Klopp's team has. Salah is at it today too - he's enjoying himself with the ball at his feet, dancing around a couple of players with quick feet and almost creating a chance out of thin air. 12:41PM 10 mins Van Dijk goes into a tackle on Rondon and has hurt himself here. He looks to have jarred his knee a little off the striker's boot and isn't walking as freely as he might like. West Brom are still defending really deep... and Salah has spun his man in the box! He sets himself up for the shot on his left foot but it's deflected over! 12:36PM 7 mins Karius has to come off his line to boot a long ball over the top away. West Brom looking to react to that early setback immediately. 12:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Danny Ings goal Ings scores! Boos ring out at the Hawthorns. West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Danny Ings, 4 min) 12:33PM 4 mins Liverpool win a corner. It's cleared, Milner has it wide right and hits a brilliant powerful cross to the corner of the six yard box and it's kept alive. Liverpool are in here! 12:32PM 3 mins Rondon tries to force his way past a defender into the box but the goalkeeper smothers, West Brom instantly fall back into a deep defensive shape behind the halfway line. That's the strategy for the day. Rondon battles with Klavan again, the pair shoving each other as they chase the ball into the channel. Free-kick to Liverpool. 12:30PM KICK OFF west brom vs liverpool kickoff Here we go! Liverpool get the game started. 12:27PM Here come the players! 12:11PM Darren Moore pre-match words "It's been great, we've gotten together as a group and worked hard as a group. there's wonderful belief in each other, everybody's working hard to turn this situation around. we're just working hard, we can't control what's happened in the past. "No (we aren't entertaining thoughts of surviving relegation). It's the next game. The next game is today. There's nothing we can do and we'll put all our efforts into the next game. " 12:10PM Result vs performance One side of the argument says that supporting a club like West Brom means you should accept the players are of a lower quality and to survive in the Premier League they need to play defensive, rigid football and that's that. The other says that even if they lose every game, they'd much prefer the team to have a go, attack and play football. That style is much better to watch but against stronger teams is asking for trouble. Obviously you can have a mix and adapt depending on the opposition, but I know I'd much prefer my team to actually play football. There's a reason Pep Guardiola was able to turn the Barca B team into a machine before he took the big job. There's a reason Ajax were able to win a European cup back in the 90s. There's a reason Alex Ferguson was able to dominate Scottish football with Aberdeen - and even beat Real Madrid. Yeh, sure, it's a different game now, but these things all happened with attacking football. What do you think? 11:52AM A lovely day Credit: PA What a day it is! A fine day for football or sitting in the park listening to music through one of those little bluetooth speakers. I don't want to hear your music! Use headphones! Arrhghgghg. But really, football is the winner today. West Brom aren't relegated (yet) but Liverpool's incredible front three could kill them off today. Will Darren Moore have a cunning plan up his sleeve? I suspect it'll be a 4-5-1 low block looking to deny space in behind and try to hit an unsuspecting, frustrated opposition with a counter-attack or score from a corner. Liverpool might be a little too good for them today. 11:37AM West Brom starting lineup An unchanged XI...#WBALIV#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/Jtw2IqhuL9— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 21, 2018 11:36AM Liverpool starting lineup Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma, has made five changes for the trip to rock-bottom West Brom, including giving a rest to 25-goal forward Roberto Firmino. However, he still fields a strong front line with Mohamed Salah, one of the favourites to be named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday, retaining his place alongside Sadio Mane with Danny Ings replacing Firmino and James Milner in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. There are three changes at the back as only Virgil van Dijk keeps his place from last weekend's win over Bournemouth as Ragnar Klavan comes in with Alberto Moreno making his first Premier League start since late November and Joe Gomez back after a month out with an ankle injury. The #LFC team to face @WBA...#WBALIVhttps://t.co/6XOx3UJ7x7pic.twitter.com/BdTIwhw7jF— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2018
It was only stalling the inevitable. The end will come soon enough, the moment other results conspire to make the mathematics unbreachable. But at the conclusion of this resolute comeback, the West Bromwich Albion fans made a noise as if the title had been won rather than relegation postponed. “Big Dazz, there’s only one Big Dazz,” they chanted in the direction of Darren Moore, the stand-in manager who has now taken five points from his three games in charge, after the previous eight had yielded precisely none. How the home support must wonder what might have been had he been given the job earlier, had he been able to restore a bit of unity when it might still have counted. Coming a week after victory at Old Trafford, this point was hard fought. Liverpool had cruised to a two-goal lead that appeared to be the perfect preparation for their Champions League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday. Goals from Danny Ings and, naturally, Mo Salah had given the afternoon the appearance of a stroll. But then West Brom, through a scrambled strike by Jake Livermore and a jet-propelled header from Salomon Rondon, fought back with spirit, effort and commitment, three words that would never have been associated with them under the previous hapless administration. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool had begun with a purpose which suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes, resting limbs ahead of the Roma game. But enough threat remained. As became clear after just four minutes. From a corner, Sadio Mane exchanged passes with James Milner, sauntered into the box and crossed for Georginio Wijnaldum, who cushioned the ball into the path of Ings. How the much-absent striker celebrated his first goal since Brendan Rodgers was manager. Ings came close to adding another when he miscued from close-in after being set up by Salah. His manager blamed the bobble on West Brom’s decision not to water the pitch. But you sense had the roles been reversed, Salah would have had no such trouble from dry conditions. With Moore casting a huge, brooding presence on the touchline, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for the rested Andy Robertson, and kept tearing down the right wing. Despite the accuracy of his crosses, nothing seemed to land for a colleague. As the half reached its conclusion, the home side had three successive corners, each pinged in with venom, each devoid of any touch. When James McClean fizzed in a cross which spun just in front of the sliding Jay Rodriguez, it seemed to sum up West Brom’s season: late, ineffectual and off-balance. As the second half begun, Ings should have had a penalty when tumbled by Ahmed Hegazi and the Egyptian was lucky to remain on the pitch after applying his knuckles to Ings’ ribcage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s shrewd through ball and deftly chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season. It was a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. Not bad company, his manager suggested. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two set-pieces late on allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered home Chris Brunt’s free-kick, prompting a rare explosion of delight in these parts. “Unfortunately for them it is a useless point,” suggested Klopp. Sadly for the calm, dignified, impressive Moore he is right. 2:57PM Danny Ings post-match "Disappointed. It's alright scoring goals but the three points is the most important thing. "I think they gathered some momentum, the pitch was very dry and suited the long ball, it really benefitted them. With their long balls they gathered momentum and scored two goals. "A lot. I've been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It's been a hell of a mountain I've had to climb to get there. "When you're out for a long time there's always doubts, it's important to surround yourself with people who are positive. That's really helped push me through to get me into the shape I'm in today. "I think it's one of them [those things], I looked the other way, it was a coming together, I don't want to throw another player under the bus. It's just a coming together, it's what English football's all about. You want to keep the physical side." 2:44PM Jurgen Klopp is a terrible loser "When they scored the goals. I think we controlled it pretty well, it was clear they only had opportunities from set pieces, Brunt, Phillips they take them really well. We gave them a corner it was difficult like the block on the goalkeeper, it makes life difficult, and what I heard the second was not a foul. "They score twice, we had the ball constantly, West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half time and it was quite difficult the second half. We had the chance second half for Ingsy in the box and the situation with Hegazi and Ingsy I dunno. You need a little help in these situations. We have to take it as it is. Credit: PA "I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football obviously. If the pitch is dry you can't pass three or four yards, but that's how it is, you have to deal with that. "I think everybody knows they want set pieces last few minutes but the referee gives it. "I'm not in the mood to talk about positive things. Give me a night and I'll tell Danny how good it was." 2:32PM Gutted West Brom players post-match Livermore "It's a shame. We've started to gain that belief and confidence in the last few weeks, all we can do is keep fighting for our fans. "Probably yeh (the result reflects the season). It's not for want of trying but the rub of the green hasn't happened like last season. It's just one of those things. "It's difficult to say, if we knew we'd try to change it months ago. I think confidence is a thing. We've thrown [lots of] points away from winning positions." Rondon "Yes I feel ... it's difficult situation for us, relegation, so thank you to our fans, our teammates, we worked so hard." 2:24PM Too little too late Despite that late effort, West Brom are stuck bottom of the league and are basically relegated. They really did need the three points and you can see the disappointment on the faces of the players. 2:23PM Rondon gives his shirt away Rondon goes to the crowd and gives his shirt to a guy with a Spanish language sign asking for it. #heartwarmingscenes 2:21PM FULL TIME What a comeback! Brilliant from West Brom. Their switch to a back three gave them the structure to work their way back into the match and they rode momentum to get those crucial goals. Jurgen Klopp looks furious. 2:20PM 90 mins +4 Milner sees the chance to shoot from 25 yards and takes it. Way over the bar. Foster rushes to get the ball and plays it short, Evans boots the ball long, Liverpool have everyone behind the ball. It's hooked into the area, Rondon goes for the header but it's knocked away. The ball is hit across the box and Rodriguez swings a foot at it but kicks the air and misses the ball. Liverpool just want the final whistle! 2:18PM 90 mins +2 Here come West Brom again! They power down the right wing, cross into the area and strikers attack it! Van Dijk is strong and heads away. 2:17PM 90 mins +1 Credit: AFP The fans believe West Brom can do this! They've got all the momentum, Liverpool are trying to hold on to a point now! 2:16PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! rondon goal YES THEY CAN! WOW! What a comeback! West Brom win a free-kick wide left, Burke hurries to get the ball, Brunt hits an absolute belter of a cross to the front post and Karius is caught in that dimension the kids get trapped inside in Stranger Things. He is nowhere close to it and Rondon heads in at the near post! Brilliant! West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool (Salomón Rondón, 88 min) 2:12PM 86 mins Liverpool are in full counter-attack mode now. Sitting mega deep and just getting rid of the ball whenever they can. The pressure's building! Can West Brom get back into this?! 2:09PM 84 mins Milner tries a roulette turn in the area but leaves the ball behind. Close. Very close. West Brom fans are urging their team on now, Liverpool sitting much deeper than they were earlier but West Brom's chips into the area are being headed away. Here comes Lovren for the final 10 minutes. Salah is replaced. 2:07PM 82 mins Hegazi full on catches Salah in the face with a swinging arm. Again the referee doesn't see it. 2:06PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! west brom goal Or is it all over?! The corner is knocked back across goal at the far post, Liverpool players are in a mess and Van Dijk plays West Brom players onside. Livermore is on the deck but swings a leg at the loose ball and finds the net! West Brom 1 - 2 Liverpool (Jake Livermore, 79 min) 2:04PM 78 mins Liverpool get nice and compact as they're forced deeper into their own half by West Brom's more direct passing. They win a corner. 2:01PM 75 mins West Brom are about to bring on Oliver Burke. I have a feeling it may be a little late for them to get back into this one. Relegation beckons! 1:59PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! mo salah goal Ooooooh what a finish that is! Liverpool counter-attack rapidly and are in on goal before West Brom even realise what is happening! Oxlade-Chamberlain creates the chance with an absolutely brilliant reverse pass to split the defence but Salah takes his time, stays composed and does that little dink he does to chip the goalkeeper. Superb. West Brom 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 72 min) 1:57PM 72 mins More boos from West Brom fans as McClean is taken off for Jonny Evans. That'll be West Brom in a back three with Gibbs pushed higher up the pitch. SALAH IS IN HERE! 1:56PM 71 mins Wijnaldum points to where he's going to pass and switches play right towards Gomez. Gomez waits, waits, waits and then loses possession as McClean nips in to intercept. Really poor from Gomez. Moreno has been booked - the first yellow of the day - for a foul on Phillips wide right of the box. This is a decent chance to get the ball in the box. It's chipped in and there's a bit of a pinball rammy in the area... but Karius can gather. 1:54PM 68 mins Gomez's pass inside nearly hands Rondon the chance to score but Henderson charges back to block everything he tries. McClean hits a cross into the area but Liverpool get it away and send Salah up the pitch! He takes on his man, attempts a lovely back-heel pass to Firmino... but it's cleared by Nyom. 1:52PM 66 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Klopp is about to make a change and bring Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain. It looks like he wants to get another goal to kill this one off before West Brom get a lucky break from a corner or something. Ings makes way for Firmino and Mane is rested for The Ox to get a chance upfront. 1:49PM 64 mins Space opens up for Salah to attack, he gets closer to the box and shoots... but it's blocked. Liverpool are dominating West Brom's half now, moving the ball around largely unchallenged. West Brom can't really afford to lose here, I'm not sure I understand the mentality of sitting and waiting. 1:47PM 62 mins A West Brom corner is headed away and Nyom's dreadful touch nearly plays Salah and Mane into score! Livermore gets back to force Salah to release the ball and Wijnaldum's cross is cut out. Klavan and Van Dijk slow things down and pass around their own half, waiting for West Brom to come out of their defensive shape. 1:45PM 60 mins West Brom are pushing higher up the pitch, battling hard every chance they have to win the ball in duels with Liverpool players. It's working at the moment too, they have the momentum. Van Dijk reads a cut back as Phillips powers his way into the box. West Brom getting closer! Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool 1:42PM 57 mins That's him punching Ings after doing what looks like a stone cold stunner on the striker as they fall to the ground. 1:41PM 55 mins Hegazi has a little battle with Ings and Hegazi hits him off the ball. He should be sent off but again the referee hasn't seen it. He's having a dreadful game. 1:38PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS What is Klavan doing?! He stops playing and suddenly Rondon runs in behind him and is close to putting the ball round Karius and slotting into an empty net. Poor defending from the Liverpool man. 1:36PM 50 mins Phillips does superbly on the right wing to lose Wijnaldum and then chips the ball across the penalty area at a perfect height for a striker to head at goal. Neither of West Brom's forwards can get there in time. They've started well here... and the ball drops to McClean about 25 yards out! He tries to strike across the ball and bend it into the bottom corner but it puts it wide. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 50 min) 1:28PM Shots on goal West Brom vs Liverpool shots on goal 1:17PM Average positions Average touch positions (half time) 1:17PM HALF TIME Danny Ings gives Liverpool the lead in a fairly even first half. Liverpool aren't at full strength and haven't quite got going but West Brom don't really look like they believe they can win this one. 1:14PM 45 mins Gomez tries to burn past McClean but isn't quick enough and then bounces off the West Brom man, who does well to prevent a corner. Nyom is too strong for Wijnaldum, sends him to the floor and then tries to score from 60 yards. It doesn't work but by Jove I admire the effort. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Allan Nyom, 44 min) 1:13PM 43 mins INGS MUST SCORE! Out of nothing Liverpool create a chance. The ball is switched, Salah gets lucky against Hegazi and the ball falls to Ings in the centre of the area with only Foster to beat. The goalkeeper gets down and blocks the shot - he should really have scored that. 1:09PM 41 mins Credit: AFP Moreno gets forward on the left wing but doesn't appear to have the confidence to take on Nyom for pace. Every pass he's made has been backwards so far. 1:08PM 38 mins CHANCE FOR WEST BROM! That's much better! Livermore sneaks in to rob Milner of the ball and then swings a cross to the back post. McClean is there and hits it first time... it's zipped juuuust past the far post! Rodriguez did his best Gazza impression, stretching on the slide to try and turn it in! Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 37 min) Liverpool caught sleeping there, West Brom are pressing much higher to try and catch them out. Darren Moore encourages his players from the touchline. 1:06PM 36 mins West Brom look good from set pieces, this might be where they get some fun. The latest in their series of corners misses everybody again, though Dawson had roamed in at the back-post unmarked, thanks to Liverpool's zonal system. 1:05PM 35 mins Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool Another West Brom corner is whipped in and this one is dangerous! Klavan manages to get a head on it but Dawson was inches away from connecting and turning that in! Another corner coming. 1:03PM 34 mins West Brom win a corner. The big lads come up for it. Liverpool mark their zones... and Brunt's corner misses everyone and goes out for a throw-in. 1:02PM 32 mins West Brom working harder to press Liverpool higher up the pitch. The defensive line is still way deep to prevent Salah and Mane being played in with a direct pass over the top. Livermore passes the ball straight out for a throw-in, for no clear reason. 1:00PM 30 mins Oh my word that is a very heavy challenge from Rondon. He lunges into a slide tackle on Ings, gets up and then throws himself into another. I cannot believe he's not been booked - there's going in to a 50/50 to win it, and then there's aggressive studs up tackles with momentum behind them. This referee needs to calm those tackles down before someone gets hurt. Those of you who preferred the 'contact sport' of yesteryear will strongly disagree with me. 12:57PM 27 mins Salah takes it... but it's just over and wide. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 26 min) Rodriguez and Rondon are having to work hard today, chasing the ball into space on either wing from long passes by the defenders. They'll both be knackered by about the 60th minute but it does mean West Brom can shift from a defensive shape to attacking quickly without trying to go through Liverpool's hardworking midfield. 12:55PM 25 mins Hegazi fouls his countryman Salah and gives Liverpool the chance to shoot from a great position just infront of the box, slightly right of goal. This suits a left-footer. Foster eagerly sets up his wall. 12:54PM 24 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES 12:52PM 23 mins Phillips takes the chance to shoot on his left foot as he finds space inside the Liverpool box but his effort is weak and no trouble for the goalkeeper whatsoever. Dawson barges through the back of Ings while contesting a header but it's a fair challenge, even if the striker gets a whack to the head. Milner is having a great game, drifting around the pitch to link passing moves. 12:50PM 20 mins Moreno attacks down the left, passes inside, Liverpool keep the ball moving quickly, looking to go around the outside of the West Brom defence. Salah loses possession and the ball is punted up the pitch to groans from the fans, but Van Dijk's volleyed pass gives West Brom the chance to get forward. 12:48PM 18 mins Chris Brunt laughs with Salah as the West Brom man's attempted shot makes its way towards Egypt. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Chris Brunt, 18 min) 12:46PM 17 mins Dawson heads at goal from a corner but the linesman has spotted an offside in the area from the second ball. West Brom beginning to get into this game now, attacking down the wings with Phillips and McClean. 12:45PM 15 mins Credit: REUTERS Nyom goes into a high sliding tackle on Milner, which the latter manages to avoid. If he hadn't that one would've really hurt - I'm surprised the referee hasn't pulled play back and booked him for that. It was overly and needlessly aggressive. Milner isn't going to do much damage on the touchline. 12:43PM 13 mins Liverpool keep the ball and pass patiently around their own half. West Brom refuse to be drawn out of their shell to take them on. They're quite clearly very scared of the attacking threat Klopp's team has. Salah is at it today too - he's enjoying himself with the ball at his feet, dancing around a couple of players with quick feet and almost creating a chance out of thin air. 12:41PM 10 mins Van Dijk goes into a tackle on Rondon and has hurt himself here. He looks to have jarred his knee a little off the striker's boot and isn't walking as freely as he might like. West Brom are still defending really deep... and Salah has spun his man in the box! He sets himself up for the shot on his left foot but it's deflected over! 12:36PM 7 mins Karius has to come off his line to boot a long ball over the top away. West Brom looking to react to that early setback immediately. 12:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Danny Ings goal Ings scores! Boos ring out at the Hawthorns. West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Danny Ings, 4 min) 12:33PM 4 mins Liverpool win a corner. It's cleared, Milner has it wide right and hits a brilliant powerful cross to the corner of the six yard box and it's kept alive. Liverpool are in here! 12:32PM 3 mins Rondon tries to force his way past a defender into the box but the goalkeeper smothers, West Brom instantly fall back into a deep defensive shape behind the halfway line. That's the strategy for the day. Rondon battles with Klavan again, the pair shoving each other as they chase the ball into the channel. Free-kick to Liverpool. 12:30PM KICK OFF west brom vs liverpool kickoff Here we go! Liverpool get the game started. 12:27PM Here come the players! 12:11PM Darren Moore pre-match words "It's been great, we've gotten together as a group and worked hard as a group. there's wonderful belief in each other, everybody's working hard to turn this situation around. we're just working hard, we can't control what's happened in the past. "No (we aren't entertaining thoughts of surviving relegation). It's the next game. The next game is today. There's nothing we can do and we'll put all our efforts into the next game. " 12:10PM Result vs performance One side of the argument says that supporting a club like West Brom means you should accept the players are of a lower quality and to survive in the Premier League they need to play defensive, rigid football and that's that. The other says that even if they lose every game, they'd much prefer the team to have a go, attack and play football. That style is much better to watch but against stronger teams is asking for trouble. Obviously you can have a mix and adapt depending on the opposition, but I know I'd much prefer my team to actually play football. There's a reason Pep Guardiola was able to turn the Barca B team into a machine before he took the big job. There's a reason Ajax were able to win a European cup back in the 90s. There's a reason Alex Ferguson was able to dominate Scottish football with Aberdeen - and even beat Real Madrid. Yeh, sure, it's a different game now, but these things all happened with attacking football. What do you think? 11:52AM A lovely day Credit: PA What a day it is! A fine day for football or sitting in the park listening to music through one of those little bluetooth speakers. I don't want to hear your music! Use headphones! Arrhghgghg. But really, football is the winner today. West Brom aren't relegated (yet) but Liverpool's incredible front three could kill them off today. Will Darren Moore have a cunning plan up his sleeve? I suspect it'll be a 4-5-1 low block looking to deny space in behind and try to hit an unsuspecting, frustrated opposition with a counter-attack or score from a corner. Liverpool might be a little too good for them today. 11:37AM West Brom starting lineup An unchanged XI...#WBALIV#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/Jtw2IqhuL9— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 21, 2018 11:36AM Liverpool starting lineup Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma, has made five changes for the trip to rock-bottom West Brom, including giving a rest to 25-goal forward Roberto Firmino. However, he still fields a strong front line with Mohamed Salah, one of the favourites to be named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday, retaining his place alongside Sadio Mane with Danny Ings replacing Firmino and James Milner in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. There are three changes at the back as only Virgil van Dijk keeps his place from last weekend's win over Bournemouth as Ragnar Klavan comes in with Alberto Moreno making his first Premier League start since late November and Joe Gomez back after a month out with an ankle injury. The #LFC team to face @WBA...#WBALIVhttps://t.co/6XOx3UJ7x7pic.twitter.com/BdTIwhw7jF— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2018
West Brom complete remarkable comeback against Liverpool but can't escape relegation fears
It was only stalling the inevitable. The end will come soon enough, the moment other results conspire to make the mathematics unbreachable. But at the conclusion of this resolute comeback, the West Bromwich Albion fans made a noise as if the title had been won rather than relegation postponed. “Big Dazz, there’s only one Big Dazz,” they chanted in the direction of Darren Moore, the stand-in manager who has now taken five points from his three games in charge, after the previous eight had yielded precisely none. How the home support must wonder what might have been had he been given the job earlier, had he been able to restore a bit of unity when it might still have counted. Coming a week after victory at Old Trafford, this point was hard fought. Liverpool had cruised to a two-goal lead that appeared to be the perfect preparation for their Champions League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday. Goals from Danny Ings and, naturally, Mo Salah had given the afternoon the appearance of a stroll. But then West Brom, through a scrambled strike by Jake Livermore and a jet-propelled header from Salomon Rondon, fought back with spirit, effort and commitment, three words that would never have been associated with them under the previous hapless administration. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool had begun with a purpose which suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes, resting limbs ahead of the Roma game. But enough threat remained. As became clear after just four minutes. From a corner, Sadio Mane exchanged passes with James Milner, sauntered into the box and crossed for Georginio Wijnaldum, who cushioned the ball into the path of Ings. How the much-absent striker celebrated his first goal since Brendan Rodgers was manager. Ings came close to adding another when he miscued from close-in after being set up by Salah. His manager blamed the bobble on West Brom’s decision not to water the pitch. But you sense had the roles been reversed, Salah would have had no such trouble from dry conditions. With Moore casting a huge, brooding presence on the touchline, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for the rested Andy Robertson, and kept tearing down the right wing. Despite the accuracy of his crosses, nothing seemed to land for a colleague. As the half reached its conclusion, the home side had three successive corners, each pinged in with venom, each devoid of any touch. When James McClean fizzed in a cross which spun just in front of the sliding Jay Rodriguez, it seemed to sum up West Brom’s season: late, ineffectual and off-balance. As the second half begun, Ings should have had a penalty when tumbled by Ahmed Hegazi and the Egyptian was lucky to remain on the pitch after applying his knuckles to Ings’ ribcage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s shrewd through ball and deftly chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season. It was a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. Not bad company, his manager suggested. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two set-pieces late on allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered home Chris Brunt’s free-kick, prompting a rare explosion of delight in these parts. “Unfortunately for them it is a useless point,” suggested Klopp. Sadly for the calm, dignified, impressive Moore he is right. 2:57PM Danny Ings post-match "Disappointed. It's alright scoring goals but the three points is the most important thing. "I think they gathered some momentum, the pitch was very dry and suited the long ball, it really benefitted them. With their long balls they gathered momentum and scored two goals. "A lot. I've been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It's been a hell of a mountain I've had to climb to get there. "When you're out for a long time there's always doubts, it's important to surround yourself with people who are positive. That's really helped push me through to get me into the shape I'm in today. "I think it's one of them [those things], I looked the other way, it was a coming together, I don't want to throw another player under the bus. It's just a coming together, it's what English football's all about. You want to keep the physical side." 2:44PM Jurgen Klopp is a terrible loser "When they scored the goals. I think we controlled it pretty well, it was clear they only had opportunities from set pieces, Brunt, Phillips they take them really well. We gave them a corner it was difficult like the block on the goalkeeper, it makes life difficult, and what I heard the second was not a foul. "They score twice, we had the ball constantly, West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half time and it was quite difficult the second half. We had the chance second half for Ingsy in the box and the situation with Hegazi and Ingsy I dunno. You need a little help in these situations. We have to take it as it is. Credit: PA "I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football obviously. If the pitch is dry you can't pass three or four yards, but that's how it is, you have to deal with that. "I think everybody knows they want set pieces last few minutes but the referee gives it. "I'm not in the mood to talk about positive things. Give me a night and I'll tell Danny how good it was." 2:32PM Gutted West Brom players post-match Livermore "It's a shame. We've started to gain that belief and confidence in the last few weeks, all we can do is keep fighting for our fans. "Probably yeh (the result reflects the season). It's not for want of trying but the rub of the green hasn't happened like last season. It's just one of those things. "It's difficult to say, if we knew we'd try to change it months ago. I think confidence is a thing. We've thrown [lots of] points away from winning positions." Rondon "Yes I feel ... it's difficult situation for us, relegation, so thank you to our fans, our teammates, we worked so hard." 2:24PM Too little too late Despite that late effort, West Brom are stuck bottom of the league and are basically relegated. They really did need the three points and you can see the disappointment on the faces of the players. 2:23PM Rondon gives his shirt away Rondon goes to the crowd and gives his shirt to a guy with a Spanish language sign asking for it. #heartwarmingscenes 2:21PM FULL TIME What a comeback! Brilliant from West Brom. Their switch to a back three gave them the structure to work their way back into the match and they rode momentum to get those crucial goals. Jurgen Klopp looks furious. 2:20PM 90 mins +4 Milner sees the chance to shoot from 25 yards and takes it. Way over the bar. Foster rushes to get the ball and plays it short, Evans boots the ball long, Liverpool have everyone behind the ball. It's hooked into the area, Rondon goes for the header but it's knocked away. The ball is hit across the box and Rodriguez swings a foot at it but kicks the air and misses the ball. Liverpool just want the final whistle! 2:18PM 90 mins +2 Here come West Brom again! They power down the right wing, cross into the area and strikers attack it! Van Dijk is strong and heads away. 2:17PM 90 mins +1 Credit: AFP The fans believe West Brom can do this! They've got all the momentum, Liverpool are trying to hold on to a point now! 2:16PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! rondon goal YES THEY CAN! WOW! What a comeback! West Brom win a free-kick wide left, Burke hurries to get the ball, Brunt hits an absolute belter of a cross to the front post and Karius is caught in that dimension the kids get trapped inside in Stranger Things. He is nowhere close to it and Rondon heads in at the near post! Brilliant! West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool (Salomón Rondón, 88 min) 2:12PM 86 mins Liverpool are in full counter-attack mode now. Sitting mega deep and just getting rid of the ball whenever they can. The pressure's building! Can West Brom get back into this?! 2:09PM 84 mins Milner tries a roulette turn in the area but leaves the ball behind. Close. Very close. West Brom fans are urging their team on now, Liverpool sitting much deeper than they were earlier but West Brom's chips into the area are being headed away. Here comes Lovren for the final 10 minutes. Salah is replaced. 2:07PM 82 mins Hegazi full on catches Salah in the face with a swinging arm. Again the referee doesn't see it. 2:06PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! west brom goal Or is it all over?! The corner is knocked back across goal at the far post, Liverpool players are in a mess and Van Dijk plays West Brom players onside. Livermore is on the deck but swings a leg at the loose ball and finds the net! West Brom 1 - 2 Liverpool (Jake Livermore, 79 min) 2:04PM 78 mins Liverpool get nice and compact as they're forced deeper into their own half by West Brom's more direct passing. They win a corner. 2:01PM 75 mins West Brom are about to bring on Oliver Burke. I have a feeling it may be a little late for them to get back into this one. Relegation beckons! 1:59PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! mo salah goal Ooooooh what a finish that is! Liverpool counter-attack rapidly and are in on goal before West Brom even realise what is happening! Oxlade-Chamberlain creates the chance with an absolutely brilliant reverse pass to split the defence but Salah takes his time, stays composed and does that little dink he does to chip the goalkeeper. Superb. West Brom 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 72 min) 1:57PM 72 mins More boos from West Brom fans as McClean is taken off for Jonny Evans. That'll be West Brom in a back three with Gibbs pushed higher up the pitch. SALAH IS IN HERE! 1:56PM 71 mins Wijnaldum points to where he's going to pass and switches play right towards Gomez. Gomez waits, waits, waits and then loses possession as McClean nips in to intercept. Really poor from Gomez. Moreno has been booked - the first yellow of the day - for a foul on Phillips wide right of the box. This is a decent chance to get the ball in the box. It's chipped in and there's a bit of a pinball rammy in the area... but Karius can gather. 1:54PM 68 mins Gomez's pass inside nearly hands Rondon the chance to score but Henderson charges back to block everything he tries. McClean hits a cross into the area but Liverpool get it away and send Salah up the pitch! He takes on his man, attempts a lovely back-heel pass to Firmino... but it's cleared by Nyom. 1:52PM 66 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Klopp is about to make a change and bring Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain. It looks like he wants to get another goal to kill this one off before West Brom get a lucky break from a corner or something. Ings makes way for Firmino and Mane is rested for The Ox to get a chance upfront. 1:49PM 64 mins Space opens up for Salah to attack, he gets closer to the box and shoots... but it's blocked. Liverpool are dominating West Brom's half now, moving the ball around largely unchallenged. West Brom can't really afford to lose here, I'm not sure I understand the mentality of sitting and waiting. 1:47PM 62 mins A West Brom corner is headed away and Nyom's dreadful touch nearly plays Salah and Mane into score! Livermore gets back to force Salah to release the ball and Wijnaldum's cross is cut out. Klavan and Van Dijk slow things down and pass around their own half, waiting for West Brom to come out of their defensive shape. 1:45PM 60 mins West Brom are pushing higher up the pitch, battling hard every chance they have to win the ball in duels with Liverpool players. It's working at the moment too, they have the momentum. Van Dijk reads a cut back as Phillips powers his way into the box. West Brom getting closer! Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool 1:42PM 57 mins That's him punching Ings after doing what looks like a stone cold stunner on the striker as they fall to the ground. 1:41PM 55 mins Hegazi has a little battle with Ings and Hegazi hits him off the ball. He should be sent off but again the referee hasn't seen it. He's having a dreadful game. 1:38PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS What is Klavan doing?! He stops playing and suddenly Rondon runs in behind him and is close to putting the ball round Karius and slotting into an empty net. Poor defending from the Liverpool man. 1:36PM 50 mins Phillips does superbly on the right wing to lose Wijnaldum and then chips the ball across the penalty area at a perfect height for a striker to head at goal. Neither of West Brom's forwards can get there in time. They've started well here... and the ball drops to McClean about 25 yards out! He tries to strike across the ball and bend it into the bottom corner but it puts it wide. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 50 min) 1:28PM Shots on goal West Brom vs Liverpool shots on goal 1:17PM Average positions Average touch positions (half time) 1:17PM HALF TIME Danny Ings gives Liverpool the lead in a fairly even first half. Liverpool aren't at full strength and haven't quite got going but West Brom don't really look like they believe they can win this one. 1:14PM 45 mins Gomez tries to burn past McClean but isn't quick enough and then bounces off the West Brom man, who does well to prevent a corner. Nyom is too strong for Wijnaldum, sends him to the floor and then tries to score from 60 yards. It doesn't work but by Jove I admire the effort. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Allan Nyom, 44 min) 1:13PM 43 mins INGS MUST SCORE! Out of nothing Liverpool create a chance. The ball is switched, Salah gets lucky against Hegazi and the ball falls to Ings in the centre of the area with only Foster to beat. The goalkeeper gets down and blocks the shot - he should really have scored that. 1:09PM 41 mins Credit: AFP Moreno gets forward on the left wing but doesn't appear to have the confidence to take on Nyom for pace. Every pass he's made has been backwards so far. 1:08PM 38 mins CHANCE FOR WEST BROM! That's much better! Livermore sneaks in to rob Milner of the ball and then swings a cross to the back post. McClean is there and hits it first time... it's zipped juuuust past the far post! Rodriguez did his best Gazza impression, stretching on the slide to try and turn it in! Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 37 min) Liverpool caught sleeping there, West Brom are pressing much higher to try and catch them out. Darren Moore encourages his players from the touchline. 1:06PM 36 mins West Brom look good from set pieces, this might be where they get some fun. The latest in their series of corners misses everybody again, though Dawson had roamed in at the back-post unmarked, thanks to Liverpool's zonal system. 1:05PM 35 mins Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool Another West Brom corner is whipped in and this one is dangerous! Klavan manages to get a head on it but Dawson was inches away from connecting and turning that in! Another corner coming. 1:03PM 34 mins West Brom win a corner. The big lads come up for it. Liverpool mark their zones... and Brunt's corner misses everyone and goes out for a throw-in. 1:02PM 32 mins West Brom working harder to press Liverpool higher up the pitch. The defensive line is still way deep to prevent Salah and Mane being played in with a direct pass over the top. Livermore passes the ball straight out for a throw-in, for no clear reason. 1:00PM 30 mins Oh my word that is a very heavy challenge from Rondon. He lunges into a slide tackle on Ings, gets up and then throws himself into another. I cannot believe he's not been booked - there's going in to a 50/50 to win it, and then there's aggressive studs up tackles with momentum behind them. This referee needs to calm those tackles down before someone gets hurt. Those of you who preferred the 'contact sport' of yesteryear will strongly disagree with me. 12:57PM 27 mins Salah takes it... but it's just over and wide. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 26 min) Rodriguez and Rondon are having to work hard today, chasing the ball into space on either wing from long passes by the defenders. They'll both be knackered by about the 60th minute but it does mean West Brom can shift from a defensive shape to attacking quickly without trying to go through Liverpool's hardworking midfield. 12:55PM 25 mins Hegazi fouls his countryman Salah and gives Liverpool the chance to shoot from a great position just infront of the box, slightly right of goal. This suits a left-footer. Foster eagerly sets up his wall. 12:54PM 24 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES 12:52PM 23 mins Phillips takes the chance to shoot on his left foot as he finds space inside the Liverpool box but his effort is weak and no trouble for the goalkeeper whatsoever. Dawson barges through the back of Ings while contesting a header but it's a fair challenge, even if the striker gets a whack to the head. Milner is having a great game, drifting around the pitch to link passing moves. 12:50PM 20 mins Moreno attacks down the left, passes inside, Liverpool keep the ball moving quickly, looking to go around the outside of the West Brom defence. Salah loses possession and the ball is punted up the pitch to groans from the fans, but Van Dijk's volleyed pass gives West Brom the chance to get forward. 12:48PM 18 mins Chris Brunt laughs with Salah as the West Brom man's attempted shot makes its way towards Egypt. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Chris Brunt, 18 min) 12:46PM 17 mins Dawson heads at goal from a corner but the linesman has spotted an offside in the area from the second ball. West Brom beginning to get into this game now, attacking down the wings with Phillips and McClean. 12:45PM 15 mins Credit: REUTERS Nyom goes into a high sliding tackle on Milner, which the latter manages to avoid. If he hadn't that one would've really hurt - I'm surprised the referee hasn't pulled play back and booked him for that. It was overly and needlessly aggressive. Milner isn't going to do much damage on the touchline. 12:43PM 13 mins Liverpool keep the ball and pass patiently around their own half. West Brom refuse to be drawn out of their shell to take them on. They're quite clearly very scared of the attacking threat Klopp's team has. Salah is at it today too - he's enjoying himself with the ball at his feet, dancing around a couple of players with quick feet and almost creating a chance out of thin air. 12:41PM 10 mins Van Dijk goes into a tackle on Rondon and has hurt himself here. He looks to have jarred his knee a little off the striker's boot and isn't walking as freely as he might like. West Brom are still defending really deep... and Salah has spun his man in the box! He sets himself up for the shot on his left foot but it's deflected over! 12:36PM 7 mins Karius has to come off his line to boot a long ball over the top away. West Brom looking to react to that early setback immediately. 12:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Danny Ings goal Ings scores! Boos ring out at the Hawthorns. West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Danny Ings, 4 min) 12:33PM 4 mins Liverpool win a corner. It's cleared, Milner has it wide right and hits a brilliant powerful cross to the corner of the six yard box and it's kept alive. Liverpool are in here! 12:32PM 3 mins Rondon tries to force his way past a defender into the box but the goalkeeper smothers, West Brom instantly fall back into a deep defensive shape behind the halfway line. That's the strategy for the day. Rondon battles with Klavan again, the pair shoving each other as they chase the ball into the channel. Free-kick to Liverpool. 12:30PM KICK OFF west brom vs liverpool kickoff Here we go! Liverpool get the game started. 12:27PM Here come the players! 12:11PM Darren Moore pre-match words "It's been great, we've gotten together as a group and worked hard as a group. there's wonderful belief in each other, everybody's working hard to turn this situation around. we're just working hard, we can't control what's happened in the past. "No (we aren't entertaining thoughts of surviving relegation). It's the next game. The next game is today. There's nothing we can do and we'll put all our efforts into the next game. " 12:10PM Result vs performance One side of the argument says that supporting a club like West Brom means you should accept the players are of a lower quality and to survive in the Premier League they need to play defensive, rigid football and that's that. The other says that even if they lose every game, they'd much prefer the team to have a go, attack and play football. That style is much better to watch but against stronger teams is asking for trouble. Obviously you can have a mix and adapt depending on the opposition, but I know I'd much prefer my team to actually play football. There's a reason Pep Guardiola was able to turn the Barca B team into a machine before he took the big job. There's a reason Ajax were able to win a European cup back in the 90s. There's a reason Alex Ferguson was able to dominate Scottish football with Aberdeen - and even beat Real Madrid. Yeh, sure, it's a different game now, but these things all happened with attacking football. What do you think? 11:52AM A lovely day Credit: PA What a day it is! A fine day for football or sitting in the park listening to music through one of those little bluetooth speakers. I don't want to hear your music! Use headphones! Arrhghgghg. But really, football is the winner today. West Brom aren't relegated (yet) but Liverpool's incredible front three could kill them off today. Will Darren Moore have a cunning plan up his sleeve? I suspect it'll be a 4-5-1 low block looking to deny space in behind and try to hit an unsuspecting, frustrated opposition with a counter-attack or score from a corner. Liverpool might be a little too good for them today. 11:37AM West Brom starting lineup An unchanged XI...#WBALIV#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/Jtw2IqhuL9— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 21, 2018 11:36AM Liverpool starting lineup Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma, has made five changes for the trip to rock-bottom West Brom, including giving a rest to 25-goal forward Roberto Firmino. However, he still fields a strong front line with Mohamed Salah, one of the favourites to be named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday, retaining his place alongside Sadio Mane with Danny Ings replacing Firmino and James Milner in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. There are three changes at the back as only Virgil van Dijk keeps his place from last weekend's win over Bournemouth as Ragnar Klavan comes in with Alberto Moreno making his first Premier League start since late November and Joe Gomez back after a month out with an ankle injury. The #LFC team to face @WBA...#WBALIVhttps://t.co/6XOx3UJ7x7pic.twitter.com/BdTIwhw7jF— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2018
It was only stalling the inevitable. The end will come soon enough, the moment other results conspire to make the mathematics unbreachable. But at the conclusion of this resolute comeback, the West Bromwich Albion fans made a noise as if the title had been won rather than relegation postponed. “Big Dazz, there’s only one Big Dazz,” they chanted in the direction of Darren Moore, the stand-in manager who has now taken five points from his three games in charge, after the previous eight had yielded precisely none. How the home support must wonder what might have been had he been given the job earlier, had he been able to restore a bit of unity when it might still have counted. Coming a week after victory at Old Trafford, this point was hard fought. Liverpool had cruised to a two-goal lead that appeared to be the perfect preparation for their Champions League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday. Goals from Danny Ings and, naturally, Mo Salah had given the afternoon the appearance of a stroll. But then West Brom, through a scrambled strike by Jake Livermore and a jet-propelled header from Salomon Rondon, fought back with spirit, effort and commitment, three words that would never have been associated with them under the previous hapless administration. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool had begun with a purpose which suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes, resting limbs ahead of the Roma game. But enough threat remained. As became clear after just four minutes. From a corner, Sadio Mane exchanged passes with James Milner, sauntered into the box and crossed for Georginio Wijnaldum, who cushioned the ball into the path of Ings. How the much-absent striker celebrated his first goal since Brendan Rodgers was manager. Ings came close to adding another when he miscued from close-in after being set up by Salah. His manager blamed the bobble on West Brom’s decision not to water the pitch. But you sense had the roles been reversed, Salah would have had no such trouble from dry conditions. With Moore casting a huge, brooding presence on the touchline, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for the rested Andy Robertson, and kept tearing down the right wing. Despite the accuracy of his crosses, nothing seemed to land for a colleague. As the half reached its conclusion, the home side had three successive corners, each pinged in with venom, each devoid of any touch. When James McClean fizzed in a cross which spun just in front of the sliding Jay Rodriguez, it seemed to sum up West Brom’s season: late, ineffectual and off-balance. As the second half begun, Ings should have had a penalty when tumbled by Ahmed Hegazi and the Egyptian was lucky to remain on the pitch after applying his knuckles to Ings’ ribcage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s shrewd through ball and deftly chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season. It was a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. Not bad company, his manager suggested. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two set-pieces late on allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered home Chris Brunt’s free-kick, prompting a rare explosion of delight in these parts. “Unfortunately for them it is a useless point,” suggested Klopp. Sadly for the calm, dignified, impressive Moore he is right. 2:57PM Danny Ings post-match "Disappointed. It's alright scoring goals but the three points is the most important thing. "I think they gathered some momentum, the pitch was very dry and suited the long ball, it really benefitted them. With their long balls they gathered momentum and scored two goals. "A lot. I've been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It's been a hell of a mountain I've had to climb to get there. "When you're out for a long time there's always doubts, it's important to surround yourself with people who are positive. That's really helped push me through to get me into the shape I'm in today. "I think it's one of them [those things], I looked the other way, it was a coming together, I don't want to throw another player under the bus. It's just a coming together, it's what English football's all about. You want to keep the physical side." 2:44PM Jurgen Klopp is a terrible loser "When they scored the goals. I think we controlled it pretty well, it was clear they only had opportunities from set pieces, Brunt, Phillips they take them really well. We gave them a corner it was difficult like the block on the goalkeeper, it makes life difficult, and what I heard the second was not a foul. "They score twice, we had the ball constantly, West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half time and it was quite difficult the second half. We had the chance second half for Ingsy in the box and the situation with Hegazi and Ingsy I dunno. You need a little help in these situations. We have to take it as it is. Credit: PA "I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football obviously. If the pitch is dry you can't pass three or four yards, but that's how it is, you have to deal with that. "I think everybody knows they want set pieces last few minutes but the referee gives it. "I'm not in the mood to talk about positive things. Give me a night and I'll tell Danny how good it was." 2:32PM Gutted West Brom players post-match Livermore "It's a shame. We've started to gain that belief and confidence in the last few weeks, all we can do is keep fighting for our fans. "Probably yeh (the result reflects the season). It's not for want of trying but the rub of the green hasn't happened like last season. It's just one of those things. "It's difficult to say, if we knew we'd try to change it months ago. I think confidence is a thing. We've thrown [lots of] points away from winning positions." Rondon "Yes I feel ... it's difficult situation for us, relegation, so thank you to our fans, our teammates, we worked so hard." 2:24PM Too little too late Despite that late effort, West Brom are stuck bottom of the league and are basically relegated. They really did need the three points and you can see the disappointment on the faces of the players. 2:23PM Rondon gives his shirt away Rondon goes to the crowd and gives his shirt to a guy with a Spanish language sign asking for it. #heartwarmingscenes 2:21PM FULL TIME What a comeback! Brilliant from West Brom. Their switch to a back three gave them the structure to work their way back into the match and they rode momentum to get those crucial goals. Jurgen Klopp looks furious. 2:20PM 90 mins +4 Milner sees the chance to shoot from 25 yards and takes it. Way over the bar. Foster rushes to get the ball and plays it short, Evans boots the ball long, Liverpool have everyone behind the ball. It's hooked into the area, Rondon goes for the header but it's knocked away. The ball is hit across the box and Rodriguez swings a foot at it but kicks the air and misses the ball. Liverpool just want the final whistle! 2:18PM 90 mins +2 Here come West Brom again! They power down the right wing, cross into the area and strikers attack it! Van Dijk is strong and heads away. 2:17PM 90 mins +1 Credit: AFP The fans believe West Brom can do this! They've got all the momentum, Liverpool are trying to hold on to a point now! 2:16PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! rondon goal YES THEY CAN! WOW! What a comeback! West Brom win a free-kick wide left, Burke hurries to get the ball, Brunt hits an absolute belter of a cross to the front post and Karius is caught in that dimension the kids get trapped inside in Stranger Things. He is nowhere close to it and Rondon heads in at the near post! Brilliant! West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool (Salomón Rondón, 88 min) 2:12PM 86 mins Liverpool are in full counter-attack mode now. Sitting mega deep and just getting rid of the ball whenever they can. The pressure's building! Can West Brom get back into this?! 2:09PM 84 mins Milner tries a roulette turn in the area but leaves the ball behind. Close. Very close. West Brom fans are urging their team on now, Liverpool sitting much deeper than they were earlier but West Brom's chips into the area are being headed away. Here comes Lovren for the final 10 minutes. Salah is replaced. 2:07PM 82 mins Hegazi full on catches Salah in the face with a swinging arm. Again the referee doesn't see it. 2:06PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! west brom goal Or is it all over?! The corner is knocked back across goal at the far post, Liverpool players are in a mess and Van Dijk plays West Brom players onside. Livermore is on the deck but swings a leg at the loose ball and finds the net! West Brom 1 - 2 Liverpool (Jake Livermore, 79 min) 2:04PM 78 mins Liverpool get nice and compact as they're forced deeper into their own half by West Brom's more direct passing. They win a corner. 2:01PM 75 mins West Brom are about to bring on Oliver Burke. I have a feeling it may be a little late for them to get back into this one. Relegation beckons! 1:59PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! mo salah goal Ooooooh what a finish that is! Liverpool counter-attack rapidly and are in on goal before West Brom even realise what is happening! Oxlade-Chamberlain creates the chance with an absolutely brilliant reverse pass to split the defence but Salah takes his time, stays composed and does that little dink he does to chip the goalkeeper. Superb. West Brom 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 72 min) 1:57PM 72 mins More boos from West Brom fans as McClean is taken off for Jonny Evans. That'll be West Brom in a back three with Gibbs pushed higher up the pitch. SALAH IS IN HERE! 1:56PM 71 mins Wijnaldum points to where he's going to pass and switches play right towards Gomez. Gomez waits, waits, waits and then loses possession as McClean nips in to intercept. Really poor from Gomez. Moreno has been booked - the first yellow of the day - for a foul on Phillips wide right of the box. This is a decent chance to get the ball in the box. It's chipped in and there's a bit of a pinball rammy in the area... but Karius can gather. 1:54PM 68 mins Gomez's pass inside nearly hands Rondon the chance to score but Henderson charges back to block everything he tries. McClean hits a cross into the area but Liverpool get it away and send Salah up the pitch! He takes on his man, attempts a lovely back-heel pass to Firmino... but it's cleared by Nyom. 1:52PM 66 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Klopp is about to make a change and bring Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain. It looks like he wants to get another goal to kill this one off before West Brom get a lucky break from a corner or something. Ings makes way for Firmino and Mane is rested for The Ox to get a chance upfront. 1:49PM 64 mins Space opens up for Salah to attack, he gets closer to the box and shoots... but it's blocked. Liverpool are dominating West Brom's half now, moving the ball around largely unchallenged. West Brom can't really afford to lose here, I'm not sure I understand the mentality of sitting and waiting. 1:47PM 62 mins A West Brom corner is headed away and Nyom's dreadful touch nearly plays Salah and Mane into score! Livermore gets back to force Salah to release the ball and Wijnaldum's cross is cut out. Klavan and Van Dijk slow things down and pass around their own half, waiting for West Brom to come out of their defensive shape. 1:45PM 60 mins West Brom are pushing higher up the pitch, battling hard every chance they have to win the ball in duels with Liverpool players. It's working at the moment too, they have the momentum. Van Dijk reads a cut back as Phillips powers his way into the box. West Brom getting closer! Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool 1:42PM 57 mins That's him punching Ings after doing what looks like a stone cold stunner on the striker as they fall to the ground. 1:41PM 55 mins Hegazi has a little battle with Ings and Hegazi hits him off the ball. He should be sent off but again the referee hasn't seen it. He's having a dreadful game. 1:38PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS What is Klavan doing?! He stops playing and suddenly Rondon runs in behind him and is close to putting the ball round Karius and slotting into an empty net. Poor defending from the Liverpool man. 1:36PM 50 mins Phillips does superbly on the right wing to lose Wijnaldum and then chips the ball across the penalty area at a perfect height for a striker to head at goal. Neither of West Brom's forwards can get there in time. They've started well here... and the ball drops to McClean about 25 yards out! He tries to strike across the ball and bend it into the bottom corner but it puts it wide. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 50 min) 1:28PM Shots on goal West Brom vs Liverpool shots on goal 1:17PM Average positions Average touch positions (half time) 1:17PM HALF TIME Danny Ings gives Liverpool the lead in a fairly even first half. Liverpool aren't at full strength and haven't quite got going but West Brom don't really look like they believe they can win this one. 1:14PM 45 mins Gomez tries to burn past McClean but isn't quick enough and then bounces off the West Brom man, who does well to prevent a corner. Nyom is too strong for Wijnaldum, sends him to the floor and then tries to score from 60 yards. It doesn't work but by Jove I admire the effort. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Allan Nyom, 44 min) 1:13PM 43 mins INGS MUST SCORE! Out of nothing Liverpool create a chance. The ball is switched, Salah gets lucky against Hegazi and the ball falls to Ings in the centre of the area with only Foster to beat. The goalkeeper gets down and blocks the shot - he should really have scored that. 1:09PM 41 mins Credit: AFP Moreno gets forward on the left wing but doesn't appear to have the confidence to take on Nyom for pace. Every pass he's made has been backwards so far. 1:08PM 38 mins CHANCE FOR WEST BROM! That's much better! Livermore sneaks in to rob Milner of the ball and then swings a cross to the back post. McClean is there and hits it first time... it's zipped juuuust past the far post! Rodriguez did his best Gazza impression, stretching on the slide to try and turn it in! Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 37 min) Liverpool caught sleeping there, West Brom are pressing much higher to try and catch them out. Darren Moore encourages his players from the touchline. 1:06PM 36 mins West Brom look good from set pieces, this might be where they get some fun. The latest in their series of corners misses everybody again, though Dawson had roamed in at the back-post unmarked, thanks to Liverpool's zonal system. 1:05PM 35 mins Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool Another West Brom corner is whipped in and this one is dangerous! Klavan manages to get a head on it but Dawson was inches away from connecting and turning that in! Another corner coming. 1:03PM 34 mins West Brom win a corner. The big lads come up for it. Liverpool mark their zones... and Brunt's corner misses everyone and goes out for a throw-in. 1:02PM 32 mins West Brom working harder to press Liverpool higher up the pitch. The defensive line is still way deep to prevent Salah and Mane being played in with a direct pass over the top. Livermore passes the ball straight out for a throw-in, for no clear reason. 1:00PM 30 mins Oh my word that is a very heavy challenge from Rondon. He lunges into a slide tackle on Ings, gets up and then throws himself into another. I cannot believe he's not been booked - there's going in to a 50/50 to win it, and then there's aggressive studs up tackles with momentum behind them. This referee needs to calm those tackles down before someone gets hurt. Those of you who preferred the 'contact sport' of yesteryear will strongly disagree with me. 12:57PM 27 mins Salah takes it... but it's just over and wide. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 26 min) Rodriguez and Rondon are having to work hard today, chasing the ball into space on either wing from long passes by the defenders. They'll both be knackered by about the 60th minute but it does mean West Brom can shift from a defensive shape to attacking quickly without trying to go through Liverpool's hardworking midfield. 12:55PM 25 mins Hegazi fouls his countryman Salah and gives Liverpool the chance to shoot from a great position just infront of the box, slightly right of goal. This suits a left-footer. Foster eagerly sets up his wall. 12:54PM 24 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES 12:52PM 23 mins Phillips takes the chance to shoot on his left foot as he finds space inside the Liverpool box but his effort is weak and no trouble for the goalkeeper whatsoever. Dawson barges through the back of Ings while contesting a header but it's a fair challenge, even if the striker gets a whack to the head. Milner is having a great game, drifting around the pitch to link passing moves. 12:50PM 20 mins Moreno attacks down the left, passes inside, Liverpool keep the ball moving quickly, looking to go around the outside of the West Brom defence. Salah loses possession and the ball is punted up the pitch to groans from the fans, but Van Dijk's volleyed pass gives West Brom the chance to get forward. 12:48PM 18 mins Chris Brunt laughs with Salah as the West Brom man's attempted shot makes its way towards Egypt. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Chris Brunt, 18 min) 12:46PM 17 mins Dawson heads at goal from a corner but the linesman has spotted an offside in the area from the second ball. West Brom beginning to get into this game now, attacking down the wings with Phillips and McClean. 12:45PM 15 mins Credit: REUTERS Nyom goes into a high sliding tackle on Milner, which the latter manages to avoid. If he hadn't that one would've really hurt - I'm surprised the referee hasn't pulled play back and booked him for that. It was overly and needlessly aggressive. Milner isn't going to do much damage on the touchline. 12:43PM 13 mins Liverpool keep the ball and pass patiently around their own half. West Brom refuse to be drawn out of their shell to take them on. They're quite clearly very scared of the attacking threat Klopp's team has. Salah is at it today too - he's enjoying himself with the ball at his feet, dancing around a couple of players with quick feet and almost creating a chance out of thin air. 12:41PM 10 mins Van Dijk goes into a tackle on Rondon and has hurt himself here. He looks to have jarred his knee a little off the striker's boot and isn't walking as freely as he might like. West Brom are still defending really deep... and Salah has spun his man in the box! He sets himself up for the shot on his left foot but it's deflected over! 12:36PM 7 mins Karius has to come off his line to boot a long ball over the top away. West Brom looking to react to that early setback immediately. 12:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Danny Ings goal Ings scores! Boos ring out at the Hawthorns. West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Danny Ings, 4 min) 12:33PM 4 mins Liverpool win a corner. It's cleared, Milner has it wide right and hits a brilliant powerful cross to the corner of the six yard box and it's kept alive. Liverpool are in here! 12:32PM 3 mins Rondon tries to force his way past a defender into the box but the goalkeeper smothers, West Brom instantly fall back into a deep defensive shape behind the halfway line. That's the strategy for the day. Rondon battles with Klavan again, the pair shoving each other as they chase the ball into the channel. Free-kick to Liverpool. 12:30PM KICK OFF west brom vs liverpool kickoff Here we go! Liverpool get the game started. 12:27PM Here come the players! 12:11PM Darren Moore pre-match words "It's been great, we've gotten together as a group and worked hard as a group. there's wonderful belief in each other, everybody's working hard to turn this situation around. we're just working hard, we can't control what's happened in the past. "No (we aren't entertaining thoughts of surviving relegation). It's the next game. The next game is today. There's nothing we can do and we'll put all our efforts into the next game. " 12:10PM Result vs performance One side of the argument says that supporting a club like West Brom means you should accept the players are of a lower quality and to survive in the Premier League they need to play defensive, rigid football and that's that. The other says that even if they lose every game, they'd much prefer the team to have a go, attack and play football. That style is much better to watch but against stronger teams is asking for trouble. Obviously you can have a mix and adapt depending on the opposition, but I know I'd much prefer my team to actually play football. There's a reason Pep Guardiola was able to turn the Barca B team into a machine before he took the big job. There's a reason Ajax were able to win a European cup back in the 90s. There's a reason Alex Ferguson was able to dominate Scottish football with Aberdeen - and even beat Real Madrid. Yeh, sure, it's a different game now, but these things all happened with attacking football. What do you think? 11:52AM A lovely day Credit: PA What a day it is! A fine day for football or sitting in the park listening to music through one of those little bluetooth speakers. I don't want to hear your music! Use headphones! Arrhghgghg. But really, football is the winner today. West Brom aren't relegated (yet) but Liverpool's incredible front three could kill them off today. Will Darren Moore have a cunning plan up his sleeve? I suspect it'll be a 4-5-1 low block looking to deny space in behind and try to hit an unsuspecting, frustrated opposition with a counter-attack or score from a corner. Liverpool might be a little too good for them today. 11:37AM West Brom starting lineup An unchanged XI...#WBALIV#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/Jtw2IqhuL9— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 21, 2018 11:36AM Liverpool starting lineup Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma, has made five changes for the trip to rock-bottom West Brom, including giving a rest to 25-goal forward Roberto Firmino. However, he still fields a strong front line with Mohamed Salah, one of the favourites to be named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday, retaining his place alongside Sadio Mane with Danny Ings replacing Firmino and James Milner in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. There are three changes at the back as only Virgil van Dijk keeps his place from last weekend's win over Bournemouth as Ragnar Klavan comes in with Alberto Moreno making his first Premier League start since late November and Joe Gomez back after a month out with an ankle injury. The #LFC team to face @WBA...#WBALIVhttps://t.co/6XOx3UJ7x7pic.twitter.com/BdTIwhw7jF— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2018
West Brom complete remarkable comeback against Liverpool but can't escape relegation fears
It was only stalling the inevitable. The end will come soon enough, the moment other results conspire to make the mathematics unbreachable. But at the conclusion of this resolute comeback, the West Bromwich Albion fans made a noise as if the title had been won rather than relegation postponed. “Big Dazz, there’s only one Big Dazz,” they chanted in the direction of Darren Moore, the stand-in manager who has now taken five points from his three games in charge, after the previous eight had yielded precisely none. How the home support must wonder what might have been had he been given the job earlier, had he been able to restore a bit of unity when it might still have counted. Coming a week after victory at Old Trafford, this point was hard fought. Liverpool had cruised to a two-goal lead that appeared to be the perfect preparation for their Champions League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday. Goals from Danny Ings and, naturally, Mo Salah had given the afternoon the appearance of a stroll. But then West Brom, through a scrambled strike by Jake Livermore and a jet-propelled header from Salomon Rondon, fought back with spirit, effort and commitment, three words that would never have been associated with them under the previous hapless administration. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool had begun with a purpose which suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes, resting limbs ahead of the Roma game. But enough threat remained. As became clear after just four minutes. From a corner, Sadio Mane exchanged passes with James Milner, sauntered into the box and crossed for Georginio Wijnaldum, who cushioned the ball into the path of Ings. How the much-absent striker celebrated his first goal since Brendan Rodgers was manager. Ings came close to adding another when he miscued from close-in after being set up by Salah. His manager blamed the bobble on West Brom’s decision not to water the pitch. But you sense had the roles been reversed, Salah would have had no such trouble from dry conditions. With Moore casting a huge, brooding presence on the touchline, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for the rested Andy Robertson, and kept tearing down the right wing. Despite the accuracy of his crosses, nothing seemed to land for a colleague. As the half reached its conclusion, the home side had three successive corners, each pinged in with venom, each devoid of any touch. When James McClean fizzed in a cross which spun just in front of the sliding Jay Rodriguez, it seemed to sum up West Brom’s season: late, ineffectual and off-balance. As the second half begun, Ings should have had a penalty when tumbled by Ahmed Hegazi and the Egyptian was lucky to remain on the pitch after applying his knuckles to Ings’ ribcage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s shrewd through ball and deftly chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season. It was a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. Not bad company, his manager suggested. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two set-pieces late on allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered home Chris Brunt’s free-kick, prompting a rare explosion of delight in these parts. “Unfortunately for them it is a useless point,” suggested Klopp. Sadly for the calm, dignified, impressive Moore he is right. 2:57PM Danny Ings post-match "Disappointed. It's alright scoring goals but the three points is the most important thing. "I think they gathered some momentum, the pitch was very dry and suited the long ball, it really benefitted them. With their long balls they gathered momentum and scored two goals. "A lot. I've been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It's been a hell of a mountain I've had to climb to get there. "When you're out for a long time there's always doubts, it's important to surround yourself with people who are positive. That's really helped push me through to get me into the shape I'm in today. "I think it's one of them [those things], I looked the other way, it was a coming together, I don't want to throw another player under the bus. It's just a coming together, it's what English football's all about. You want to keep the physical side." 2:44PM Jurgen Klopp is a terrible loser "When they scored the goals. I think we controlled it pretty well, it was clear they only had opportunities from set pieces, Brunt, Phillips they take them really well. We gave them a corner it was difficult like the block on the goalkeeper, it makes life difficult, and what I heard the second was not a foul. "They score twice, we had the ball constantly, West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half time and it was quite difficult the second half. We had the chance second half for Ingsy in the box and the situation with Hegazi and Ingsy I dunno. You need a little help in these situations. We have to take it as it is. Credit: PA "I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football obviously. If the pitch is dry you can't pass three or four yards, but that's how it is, you have to deal with that. "I think everybody knows they want set pieces last few minutes but the referee gives it. "I'm not in the mood to talk about positive things. Give me a night and I'll tell Danny how good it was." 2:32PM Gutted West Brom players post-match Livermore "It's a shame. We've started to gain that belief and confidence in the last few weeks, all we can do is keep fighting for our fans. "Probably yeh (the result reflects the season). It's not for want of trying but the rub of the green hasn't happened like last season. It's just one of those things. "It's difficult to say, if we knew we'd try to change it months ago. I think confidence is a thing. We've thrown [lots of] points away from winning positions." Rondon "Yes I feel ... it's difficult situation for us, relegation, so thank you to our fans, our teammates, we worked so hard." 2:24PM Too little too late Despite that late effort, West Brom are stuck bottom of the league and are basically relegated. They really did need the three points and you can see the disappointment on the faces of the players. 2:23PM Rondon gives his shirt away Rondon goes to the crowd and gives his shirt to a guy with a Spanish language sign asking for it. #heartwarmingscenes 2:21PM FULL TIME What a comeback! Brilliant from West Brom. Their switch to a back three gave them the structure to work their way back into the match and they rode momentum to get those crucial goals. Jurgen Klopp looks furious. 2:20PM 90 mins +4 Milner sees the chance to shoot from 25 yards and takes it. Way over the bar. Foster rushes to get the ball and plays it short, Evans boots the ball long, Liverpool have everyone behind the ball. It's hooked into the area, Rondon goes for the header but it's knocked away. The ball is hit across the box and Rodriguez swings a foot at it but kicks the air and misses the ball. Liverpool just want the final whistle! 2:18PM 90 mins +2 Here come West Brom again! They power down the right wing, cross into the area and strikers attack it! Van Dijk is strong and heads away. 2:17PM 90 mins +1 Credit: AFP The fans believe West Brom can do this! They've got all the momentum, Liverpool are trying to hold on to a point now! 2:16PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! rondon goal YES THEY CAN! WOW! What a comeback! West Brom win a free-kick wide left, Burke hurries to get the ball, Brunt hits an absolute belter of a cross to the front post and Karius is caught in that dimension the kids get trapped inside in Stranger Things. He is nowhere close to it and Rondon heads in at the near post! Brilliant! West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool (Salomón Rondón, 88 min) 2:12PM 86 mins Liverpool are in full counter-attack mode now. Sitting mega deep and just getting rid of the ball whenever they can. The pressure's building! Can West Brom get back into this?! 2:09PM 84 mins Milner tries a roulette turn in the area but leaves the ball behind. Close. Very close. West Brom fans are urging their team on now, Liverpool sitting much deeper than they were earlier but West Brom's chips into the area are being headed away. Here comes Lovren for the final 10 minutes. Salah is replaced. 2:07PM 82 mins Hegazi full on catches Salah in the face with a swinging arm. Again the referee doesn't see it. 2:06PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! west brom goal Or is it all over?! The corner is knocked back across goal at the far post, Liverpool players are in a mess and Van Dijk plays West Brom players onside. Livermore is on the deck but swings a leg at the loose ball and finds the net! West Brom 1 - 2 Liverpool (Jake Livermore, 79 min) 2:04PM 78 mins Liverpool get nice and compact as they're forced deeper into their own half by West Brom's more direct passing. They win a corner. 2:01PM 75 mins West Brom are about to bring on Oliver Burke. I have a feeling it may be a little late for them to get back into this one. Relegation beckons! 1:59PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! mo salah goal Ooooooh what a finish that is! Liverpool counter-attack rapidly and are in on goal before West Brom even realise what is happening! Oxlade-Chamberlain creates the chance with an absolutely brilliant reverse pass to split the defence but Salah takes his time, stays composed and does that little dink he does to chip the goalkeeper. Superb. West Brom 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 72 min) 1:57PM 72 mins More boos from West Brom fans as McClean is taken off for Jonny Evans. That'll be West Brom in a back three with Gibbs pushed higher up the pitch. SALAH IS IN HERE! 1:56PM 71 mins Wijnaldum points to where he's going to pass and switches play right towards Gomez. Gomez waits, waits, waits and then loses possession as McClean nips in to intercept. Really poor from Gomez. Moreno has been booked - the first yellow of the day - for a foul on Phillips wide right of the box. This is a decent chance to get the ball in the box. It's chipped in and there's a bit of a pinball rammy in the area... but Karius can gather. 1:54PM 68 mins Gomez's pass inside nearly hands Rondon the chance to score but Henderson charges back to block everything he tries. McClean hits a cross into the area but Liverpool get it away and send Salah up the pitch! He takes on his man, attempts a lovely back-heel pass to Firmino... but it's cleared by Nyom. 1:52PM 66 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Klopp is about to make a change and bring Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain. It looks like he wants to get another goal to kill this one off before West Brom get a lucky break from a corner or something. Ings makes way for Firmino and Mane is rested for The Ox to get a chance upfront. 1:49PM 64 mins Space opens up for Salah to attack, he gets closer to the box and shoots... but it's blocked. Liverpool are dominating West Brom's half now, moving the ball around largely unchallenged. West Brom can't really afford to lose here, I'm not sure I understand the mentality of sitting and waiting. 1:47PM 62 mins A West Brom corner is headed away and Nyom's dreadful touch nearly plays Salah and Mane into score! Livermore gets back to force Salah to release the ball and Wijnaldum's cross is cut out. Klavan and Van Dijk slow things down and pass around their own half, waiting for West Brom to come out of their defensive shape. 1:45PM 60 mins West Brom are pushing higher up the pitch, battling hard every chance they have to win the ball in duels with Liverpool players. It's working at the moment too, they have the momentum. Van Dijk reads a cut back as Phillips powers his way into the box. West Brom getting closer! Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool 1:42PM 57 mins That's him punching Ings after doing what looks like a stone cold stunner on the striker as they fall to the ground. 1:41PM 55 mins Hegazi has a little battle with Ings and Hegazi hits him off the ball. He should be sent off but again the referee hasn't seen it. He's having a dreadful game. 1:38PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS What is Klavan doing?! He stops playing and suddenly Rondon runs in behind him and is close to putting the ball round Karius and slotting into an empty net. Poor defending from the Liverpool man. 1:36PM 50 mins Phillips does superbly on the right wing to lose Wijnaldum and then chips the ball across the penalty area at a perfect height for a striker to head at goal. Neither of West Brom's forwards can get there in time. They've started well here... and the ball drops to McClean about 25 yards out! He tries to strike across the ball and bend it into the bottom corner but it puts it wide. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 50 min) 1:28PM Shots on goal West Brom vs Liverpool shots on goal 1:17PM Average positions Average touch positions (half time) 1:17PM HALF TIME Danny Ings gives Liverpool the lead in a fairly even first half. Liverpool aren't at full strength and haven't quite got going but West Brom don't really look like they believe they can win this one. 1:14PM 45 mins Gomez tries to burn past McClean but isn't quick enough and then bounces off the West Brom man, who does well to prevent a corner. Nyom is too strong for Wijnaldum, sends him to the floor and then tries to score from 60 yards. It doesn't work but by Jove I admire the effort. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Allan Nyom, 44 min) 1:13PM 43 mins INGS MUST SCORE! Out of nothing Liverpool create a chance. The ball is switched, Salah gets lucky against Hegazi and the ball falls to Ings in the centre of the area with only Foster to beat. The goalkeeper gets down and blocks the shot - he should really have scored that. 1:09PM 41 mins Credit: AFP Moreno gets forward on the left wing but doesn't appear to have the confidence to take on Nyom for pace. Every pass he's made has been backwards so far. 1:08PM 38 mins CHANCE FOR WEST BROM! That's much better! Livermore sneaks in to rob Milner of the ball and then swings a cross to the back post. McClean is there and hits it first time... it's zipped juuuust past the far post! Rodriguez did his best Gazza impression, stretching on the slide to try and turn it in! Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 37 min) Liverpool caught sleeping there, West Brom are pressing much higher to try and catch them out. Darren Moore encourages his players from the touchline. 1:06PM 36 mins West Brom look good from set pieces, this might be where they get some fun. The latest in their series of corners misses everybody again, though Dawson had roamed in at the back-post unmarked, thanks to Liverpool's zonal system. 1:05PM 35 mins Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool Another West Brom corner is whipped in and this one is dangerous! Klavan manages to get a head on it but Dawson was inches away from connecting and turning that in! Another corner coming. 1:03PM 34 mins West Brom win a corner. The big lads come up for it. Liverpool mark their zones... and Brunt's corner misses everyone and goes out for a throw-in. 1:02PM 32 mins West Brom working harder to press Liverpool higher up the pitch. The defensive line is still way deep to prevent Salah and Mane being played in with a direct pass over the top. Livermore passes the ball straight out for a throw-in, for no clear reason. 1:00PM 30 mins Oh my word that is a very heavy challenge from Rondon. He lunges into a slide tackle on Ings, gets up and then throws himself into another. I cannot believe he's not been booked - there's going in to a 50/50 to win it, and then there's aggressive studs up tackles with momentum behind them. This referee needs to calm those tackles down before someone gets hurt. Those of you who preferred the 'contact sport' of yesteryear will strongly disagree with me. 12:57PM 27 mins Salah takes it... but it's just over and wide. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 26 min) Rodriguez and Rondon are having to work hard today, chasing the ball into space on either wing from long passes by the defenders. They'll both be knackered by about the 60th minute but it does mean West Brom can shift from a defensive shape to attacking quickly without trying to go through Liverpool's hardworking midfield. 12:55PM 25 mins Hegazi fouls his countryman Salah and gives Liverpool the chance to shoot from a great position just infront of the box, slightly right of goal. This suits a left-footer. Foster eagerly sets up his wall. 12:54PM 24 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES 12:52PM 23 mins Phillips takes the chance to shoot on his left foot as he finds space inside the Liverpool box but his effort is weak and no trouble for the goalkeeper whatsoever. Dawson barges through the back of Ings while contesting a header but it's a fair challenge, even if the striker gets a whack to the head. Milner is having a great game, drifting around the pitch to link passing moves. 12:50PM 20 mins Moreno attacks down the left, passes inside, Liverpool keep the ball moving quickly, looking to go around the outside of the West Brom defence. Salah loses possession and the ball is punted up the pitch to groans from the fans, but Van Dijk's volleyed pass gives West Brom the chance to get forward. 12:48PM 18 mins Chris Brunt laughs with Salah as the West Brom man's attempted shot makes its way towards Egypt. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Chris Brunt, 18 min) 12:46PM 17 mins Dawson heads at goal from a corner but the linesman has spotted an offside in the area from the second ball. West Brom beginning to get into this game now, attacking down the wings with Phillips and McClean. 12:45PM 15 mins Credit: REUTERS Nyom goes into a high sliding tackle on Milner, which the latter manages to avoid. If he hadn't that one would've really hurt - I'm surprised the referee hasn't pulled play back and booked him for that. It was overly and needlessly aggressive. Milner isn't going to do much damage on the touchline. 12:43PM 13 mins Liverpool keep the ball and pass patiently around their own half. West Brom refuse to be drawn out of their shell to take them on. They're quite clearly very scared of the attacking threat Klopp's team has. Salah is at it today too - he's enjoying himself with the ball at his feet, dancing around a couple of players with quick feet and almost creating a chance out of thin air. 12:41PM 10 mins Van Dijk goes into a tackle on Rondon and has hurt himself here. He looks to have jarred his knee a little off the striker's boot and isn't walking as freely as he might like. West Brom are still defending really deep... and Salah has spun his man in the box! He sets himself up for the shot on his left foot but it's deflected over! 12:36PM 7 mins Karius has to come off his line to boot a long ball over the top away. West Brom looking to react to that early setback immediately. 12:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Danny Ings goal Ings scores! Boos ring out at the Hawthorns. West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Danny Ings, 4 min) 12:33PM 4 mins Liverpool win a corner. It's cleared, Milner has it wide right and hits a brilliant powerful cross to the corner of the six yard box and it's kept alive. Liverpool are in here! 12:32PM 3 mins Rondon tries to force his way past a defender into the box but the goalkeeper smothers, West Brom instantly fall back into a deep defensive shape behind the halfway line. That's the strategy for the day. Rondon battles with Klavan again, the pair shoving each other as they chase the ball into the channel. Free-kick to Liverpool. 12:30PM KICK OFF west brom vs liverpool kickoff Here we go! Liverpool get the game started. 12:27PM Here come the players! 12:11PM Darren Moore pre-match words "It's been great, we've gotten together as a group and worked hard as a group. there's wonderful belief in each other, everybody's working hard to turn this situation around. we're just working hard, we can't control what's happened in the past. "No (we aren't entertaining thoughts of surviving relegation). It's the next game. The next game is today. There's nothing we can do and we'll put all our efforts into the next game. " 12:10PM Result vs performance One side of the argument says that supporting a club like West Brom means you should accept the players are of a lower quality and to survive in the Premier League they need to play defensive, rigid football and that's that. The other says that even if they lose every game, they'd much prefer the team to have a go, attack and play football. That style is much better to watch but against stronger teams is asking for trouble. Obviously you can have a mix and adapt depending on the opposition, but I know I'd much prefer my team to actually play football. There's a reason Pep Guardiola was able to turn the Barca B team into a machine before he took the big job. There's a reason Ajax were able to win a European cup back in the 90s. There's a reason Alex Ferguson was able to dominate Scottish football with Aberdeen - and even beat Real Madrid. Yeh, sure, it's a different game now, but these things all happened with attacking football. What do you think? 11:52AM A lovely day Credit: PA What a day it is! A fine day for football or sitting in the park listening to music through one of those little bluetooth speakers. I don't want to hear your music! Use headphones! Arrhghgghg. But really, football is the winner today. West Brom aren't relegated (yet) but Liverpool's incredible front three could kill them off today. Will Darren Moore have a cunning plan up his sleeve? I suspect it'll be a 4-5-1 low block looking to deny space in behind and try to hit an unsuspecting, frustrated opposition with a counter-attack or score from a corner. Liverpool might be a little too good for them today. 11:37AM West Brom starting lineup An unchanged XI...#WBALIV#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/Jtw2IqhuL9— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 21, 2018 11:36AM Liverpool starting lineup Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma, has made five changes for the trip to rock-bottom West Brom, including giving a rest to 25-goal forward Roberto Firmino. However, he still fields a strong front line with Mohamed Salah, one of the favourites to be named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday, retaining his place alongside Sadio Mane with Danny Ings replacing Firmino and James Milner in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. There are three changes at the back as only Virgil van Dijk keeps his place from last weekend's win over Bournemouth as Ragnar Klavan comes in with Alberto Moreno making his first Premier League start since late November and Joe Gomez back after a month out with an ankle injury. The #LFC team to face @WBA...#WBALIVhttps://t.co/6XOx3UJ7x7pic.twitter.com/BdTIwhw7jF— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2018
It was only stalling the inevitable. The end will come soon enough, the moment other results conspire to make the mathematics unbreachable. But at the conclusion of this resolute comeback, the West Bromwich Albion fans made a noise as if the title had been won rather than relegation postponed. “Big Dazz, there’s only one Big Dazz,” they chanted in the direction of Darren Moore, the stand-in manager who has now taken five points from his three games in charge, after the previous eight had yielded precisely none. How the home support must wonder what might have been had he been given the job earlier, had he been able to restore a bit of unity when it might still have counted. Coming a week after victory at Old Trafford, this point was hard fought. Liverpool had cruised to a two-goal lead that appeared to be the perfect preparation for their Champions League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday. Goals from Danny Ings and, naturally, Mo Salah had given the afternoon the appearance of a stroll. But then West Brom, through a scrambled strike by Jake Livermore and a jet-propelled header from Salomon Rondon, fought back with spirit, effort and commitment, three words that would never have been associated with them under the previous hapless administration. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool had begun with a purpose which suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes, resting limbs ahead of the Roma game. But enough threat remained. As became clear after just four minutes. From a corner, Sadio Mane exchanged passes with James Milner, sauntered into the box and crossed for Georginio Wijnaldum, who cushioned the ball into the path of Ings. How the much-absent striker celebrated his first goal since Brendan Rodgers was manager. Ings came close to adding another when he miscued from close-in after being set up by Salah. His manager blamed the bobble on West Brom’s decision not to water the pitch. But you sense had the roles been reversed, Salah would have had no such trouble from dry conditions. With Moore casting a huge, brooding presence on the touchline, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for the rested Andy Robertson, and kept tearing down the right wing. Despite the accuracy of his crosses, nothing seemed to land for a colleague. As the half reached its conclusion, the home side had three successive corners, each pinged in with venom, each devoid of any touch. When James McClean fizzed in a cross which spun just in front of the sliding Jay Rodriguez, it seemed to sum up West Brom’s season: late, ineffectual and off-balance. As the second half begun, Ings should have had a penalty when tumbled by Ahmed Hegazi and the Egyptian was lucky to remain on the pitch after applying his knuckles to Ings’ ribcage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s shrewd through ball and deftly chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season. It was a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. Not bad company, his manager suggested. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two set-pieces late on allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered home Chris Brunt’s free-kick, prompting a rare explosion of delight in these parts. “Unfortunately for them it is a useless point,” suggested Klopp. Sadly for the calm, dignified, impressive Moore he is right. 2:57PM Danny Ings post-match "Disappointed. It's alright scoring goals but the three points is the most important thing. "I think they gathered some momentum, the pitch was very dry and suited the long ball, it really benefitted them. With their long balls they gathered momentum and scored two goals. "A lot. I've been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It's been a hell of a mountain I've had to climb to get there. "When you're out for a long time there's always doubts, it's important to surround yourself with people who are positive. That's really helped push me through to get me into the shape I'm in today. "I think it's one of them [those things], I looked the other way, it was a coming together, I don't want to throw another player under the bus. It's just a coming together, it's what English football's all about. You want to keep the physical side." 2:44PM Jurgen Klopp is a terrible loser "When they scored the goals. I think we controlled it pretty well, it was clear they only had opportunities from set pieces, Brunt, Phillips they take them really well. We gave them a corner it was difficult like the block on the goalkeeper, it makes life difficult, and what I heard the second was not a foul. "They score twice, we had the ball constantly, West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half time and it was quite difficult the second half. We had the chance second half for Ingsy in the box and the situation with Hegazi and Ingsy I dunno. You need a little help in these situations. We have to take it as it is. Credit: PA "I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football obviously. If the pitch is dry you can't pass three or four yards, but that's how it is, you have to deal with that. "I think everybody knows they want set pieces last few minutes but the referee gives it. "I'm not in the mood to talk about positive things. Give me a night and I'll tell Danny how good it was." 2:32PM Gutted West Brom players post-match Livermore "It's a shame. We've started to gain that belief and confidence in the last few weeks, all we can do is keep fighting for our fans. "Probably yeh (the result reflects the season). It's not for want of trying but the rub of the green hasn't happened like last season. It's just one of those things. "It's difficult to say, if we knew we'd try to change it months ago. I think confidence is a thing. We've thrown [lots of] points away from winning positions." Rondon "Yes I feel ... it's difficult situation for us, relegation, so thank you to our fans, our teammates, we worked so hard." 2:24PM Too little too late Despite that late effort, West Brom are stuck bottom of the league and are basically relegated. They really did need the three points and you can see the disappointment on the faces of the players. 2:23PM Rondon gives his shirt away Rondon goes to the crowd and gives his shirt to a guy with a Spanish language sign asking for it. #heartwarmingscenes 2:21PM FULL TIME What a comeback! Brilliant from West Brom. Their switch to a back three gave them the structure to work their way back into the match and they rode momentum to get those crucial goals. Jurgen Klopp looks furious. 2:20PM 90 mins +4 Milner sees the chance to shoot from 25 yards and takes it. Way over the bar. Foster rushes to get the ball and plays it short, Evans boots the ball long, Liverpool have everyone behind the ball. It's hooked into the area, Rondon goes for the header but it's knocked away. The ball is hit across the box and Rodriguez swings a foot at it but kicks the air and misses the ball. Liverpool just want the final whistle! 2:18PM 90 mins +2 Here come West Brom again! They power down the right wing, cross into the area and strikers attack it! Van Dijk is strong and heads away. 2:17PM 90 mins +1 Credit: AFP The fans believe West Brom can do this! They've got all the momentum, Liverpool are trying to hold on to a point now! 2:16PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! rondon goal YES THEY CAN! WOW! What a comeback! West Brom win a free-kick wide left, Burke hurries to get the ball, Brunt hits an absolute belter of a cross to the front post and Karius is caught in that dimension the kids get trapped inside in Stranger Things. He is nowhere close to it and Rondon heads in at the near post! Brilliant! West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool (Salomón Rondón, 88 min) 2:12PM 86 mins Liverpool are in full counter-attack mode now. Sitting mega deep and just getting rid of the ball whenever they can. The pressure's building! Can West Brom get back into this?! 2:09PM 84 mins Milner tries a roulette turn in the area but leaves the ball behind. Close. Very close. West Brom fans are urging their team on now, Liverpool sitting much deeper than they were earlier but West Brom's chips into the area are being headed away. Here comes Lovren for the final 10 minutes. Salah is replaced. 2:07PM 82 mins Hegazi full on catches Salah in the face with a swinging arm. Again the referee doesn't see it. 2:06PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! west brom goal Or is it all over?! The corner is knocked back across goal at the far post, Liverpool players are in a mess and Van Dijk plays West Brom players onside. Livermore is on the deck but swings a leg at the loose ball and finds the net! West Brom 1 - 2 Liverpool (Jake Livermore, 79 min) 2:04PM 78 mins Liverpool get nice and compact as they're forced deeper into their own half by West Brom's more direct passing. They win a corner. 2:01PM 75 mins West Brom are about to bring on Oliver Burke. I have a feeling it may be a little late for them to get back into this one. Relegation beckons! 1:59PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! mo salah goal Ooooooh what a finish that is! Liverpool counter-attack rapidly and are in on goal before West Brom even realise what is happening! Oxlade-Chamberlain creates the chance with an absolutely brilliant reverse pass to split the defence but Salah takes his time, stays composed and does that little dink he does to chip the goalkeeper. Superb. West Brom 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 72 min) 1:57PM 72 mins More boos from West Brom fans as McClean is taken off for Jonny Evans. That'll be West Brom in a back three with Gibbs pushed higher up the pitch. SALAH IS IN HERE! 1:56PM 71 mins Wijnaldum points to where he's going to pass and switches play right towards Gomez. Gomez waits, waits, waits and then loses possession as McClean nips in to intercept. Really poor from Gomez. Moreno has been booked - the first yellow of the day - for a foul on Phillips wide right of the box. This is a decent chance to get the ball in the box. It's chipped in and there's a bit of a pinball rammy in the area... but Karius can gather. 1:54PM 68 mins Gomez's pass inside nearly hands Rondon the chance to score but Henderson charges back to block everything he tries. McClean hits a cross into the area but Liverpool get it away and send Salah up the pitch! He takes on his man, attempts a lovely back-heel pass to Firmino... but it's cleared by Nyom. 1:52PM 66 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Klopp is about to make a change and bring Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain. It looks like he wants to get another goal to kill this one off before West Brom get a lucky break from a corner or something. Ings makes way for Firmino and Mane is rested for The Ox to get a chance upfront. 1:49PM 64 mins Space opens up for Salah to attack, he gets closer to the box and shoots... but it's blocked. Liverpool are dominating West Brom's half now, moving the ball around largely unchallenged. West Brom can't really afford to lose here, I'm not sure I understand the mentality of sitting and waiting. 1:47PM 62 mins A West Brom corner is headed away and Nyom's dreadful touch nearly plays Salah and Mane into score! Livermore gets back to force Salah to release the ball and Wijnaldum's cross is cut out. Klavan and Van Dijk slow things down and pass around their own half, waiting for West Brom to come out of their defensive shape. 1:45PM 60 mins West Brom are pushing higher up the pitch, battling hard every chance they have to win the ball in duels with Liverpool players. It's working at the moment too, they have the momentum. Van Dijk reads a cut back as Phillips powers his way into the box. West Brom getting closer! Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool 1:42PM 57 mins That's him punching Ings after doing what looks like a stone cold stunner on the striker as they fall to the ground. 1:41PM 55 mins Hegazi has a little battle with Ings and Hegazi hits him off the ball. He should be sent off but again the referee hasn't seen it. He's having a dreadful game. 1:38PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS What is Klavan doing?! He stops playing and suddenly Rondon runs in behind him and is close to putting the ball round Karius and slotting into an empty net. Poor defending from the Liverpool man. 1:36PM 50 mins Phillips does superbly on the right wing to lose Wijnaldum and then chips the ball across the penalty area at a perfect height for a striker to head at goal. Neither of West Brom's forwards can get there in time. They've started well here... and the ball drops to McClean about 25 yards out! He tries to strike across the ball and bend it into the bottom corner but it puts it wide. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 50 min) 1:28PM Shots on goal West Brom vs Liverpool shots on goal 1:17PM Average positions Average touch positions (half time) 1:17PM HALF TIME Danny Ings gives Liverpool the lead in a fairly even first half. Liverpool aren't at full strength and haven't quite got going but West Brom don't really look like they believe they can win this one. 1:14PM 45 mins Gomez tries to burn past McClean but isn't quick enough and then bounces off the West Brom man, who does well to prevent a corner. Nyom is too strong for Wijnaldum, sends him to the floor and then tries to score from 60 yards. It doesn't work but by Jove I admire the effort. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Allan Nyom, 44 min) 1:13PM 43 mins INGS MUST SCORE! Out of nothing Liverpool create a chance. The ball is switched, Salah gets lucky against Hegazi and the ball falls to Ings in the centre of the area with only Foster to beat. The goalkeeper gets down and blocks the shot - he should really have scored that. 1:09PM 41 mins Credit: AFP Moreno gets forward on the left wing but doesn't appear to have the confidence to take on Nyom for pace. Every pass he's made has been backwards so far. 1:08PM 38 mins CHANCE FOR WEST BROM! That's much better! Livermore sneaks in to rob Milner of the ball and then swings a cross to the back post. McClean is there and hits it first time... it's zipped juuuust past the far post! Rodriguez did his best Gazza impression, stretching on the slide to try and turn it in! Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 37 min) Liverpool caught sleeping there, West Brom are pressing much higher to try and catch them out. Darren Moore encourages his players from the touchline. 1:06PM 36 mins West Brom look good from set pieces, this might be where they get some fun. The latest in their series of corners misses everybody again, though Dawson had roamed in at the back-post unmarked, thanks to Liverpool's zonal system. 1:05PM 35 mins Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool Another West Brom corner is whipped in and this one is dangerous! Klavan manages to get a head on it but Dawson was inches away from connecting and turning that in! Another corner coming. 1:03PM 34 mins West Brom win a corner. The big lads come up for it. Liverpool mark their zones... and Brunt's corner misses everyone and goes out for a throw-in. 1:02PM 32 mins West Brom working harder to press Liverpool higher up the pitch. The defensive line is still way deep to prevent Salah and Mane being played in with a direct pass over the top. Livermore passes the ball straight out for a throw-in, for no clear reason. 1:00PM 30 mins Oh my word that is a very heavy challenge from Rondon. He lunges into a slide tackle on Ings, gets up and then throws himself into another. I cannot believe he's not been booked - there's going in to a 50/50 to win it, and then there's aggressive studs up tackles with momentum behind them. This referee needs to calm those tackles down before someone gets hurt. Those of you who preferred the 'contact sport' of yesteryear will strongly disagree with me. 12:57PM 27 mins Salah takes it... but it's just over and wide. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 26 min) Rodriguez and Rondon are having to work hard today, chasing the ball into space on either wing from long passes by the defenders. They'll both be knackered by about the 60th minute but it does mean West Brom can shift from a defensive shape to attacking quickly without trying to go through Liverpool's hardworking midfield. 12:55PM 25 mins Hegazi fouls his countryman Salah and gives Liverpool the chance to shoot from a great position just infront of the box, slightly right of goal. This suits a left-footer. Foster eagerly sets up his wall. 12:54PM 24 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES 12:52PM 23 mins Phillips takes the chance to shoot on his left foot as he finds space inside the Liverpool box but his effort is weak and no trouble for the goalkeeper whatsoever. Dawson barges through the back of Ings while contesting a header but it's a fair challenge, even if the striker gets a whack to the head. Milner is having a great game, drifting around the pitch to link passing moves. 12:50PM 20 mins Moreno attacks down the left, passes inside, Liverpool keep the ball moving quickly, looking to go around the outside of the West Brom defence. Salah loses possession and the ball is punted up the pitch to groans from the fans, but Van Dijk's volleyed pass gives West Brom the chance to get forward. 12:48PM 18 mins Chris Brunt laughs with Salah as the West Brom man's attempted shot makes its way towards Egypt. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Chris Brunt, 18 min) 12:46PM 17 mins Dawson heads at goal from a corner but the linesman has spotted an offside in the area from the second ball. West Brom beginning to get into this game now, attacking down the wings with Phillips and McClean. 12:45PM 15 mins Credit: REUTERS Nyom goes into a high sliding tackle on Milner, which the latter manages to avoid. If he hadn't that one would've really hurt - I'm surprised the referee hasn't pulled play back and booked him for that. It was overly and needlessly aggressive. Milner isn't going to do much damage on the touchline. 12:43PM 13 mins Liverpool keep the ball and pass patiently around their own half. West Brom refuse to be drawn out of their shell to take them on. They're quite clearly very scared of the attacking threat Klopp's team has. Salah is at it today too - he's enjoying himself with the ball at his feet, dancing around a couple of players with quick feet and almost creating a chance out of thin air. 12:41PM 10 mins Van Dijk goes into a tackle on Rondon and has hurt himself here. He looks to have jarred his knee a little off the striker's boot and isn't walking as freely as he might like. West Brom are still defending really deep... and Salah has spun his man in the box! He sets himself up for the shot on his left foot but it's deflected over! 12:36PM 7 mins Karius has to come off his line to boot a long ball over the top away. West Brom looking to react to that early setback immediately. 12:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Danny Ings goal Ings scores! Boos ring out at the Hawthorns. West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Danny Ings, 4 min) 12:33PM 4 mins Liverpool win a corner. It's cleared, Milner has it wide right and hits a brilliant powerful cross to the corner of the six yard box and it's kept alive. Liverpool are in here! 12:32PM 3 mins Rondon tries to force his way past a defender into the box but the goalkeeper smothers, West Brom instantly fall back into a deep defensive shape behind the halfway line. That's the strategy for the day. Rondon battles with Klavan again, the pair shoving each other as they chase the ball into the channel. Free-kick to Liverpool. 12:30PM KICK OFF west brom vs liverpool kickoff Here we go! Liverpool get the game started. 12:27PM Here come the players! 12:11PM Darren Moore pre-match words "It's been great, we've gotten together as a group and worked hard as a group. there's wonderful belief in each other, everybody's working hard to turn this situation around. we're just working hard, we can't control what's happened in the past. "No (we aren't entertaining thoughts of surviving relegation). It's the next game. The next game is today. There's nothing we can do and we'll put all our efforts into the next game. " 12:10PM Result vs performance One side of the argument says that supporting a club like West Brom means you should accept the players are of a lower quality and to survive in the Premier League they need to play defensive, rigid football and that's that. The other says that even if they lose every game, they'd much prefer the team to have a go, attack and play football. That style is much better to watch but against stronger teams is asking for trouble. Obviously you can have a mix and adapt depending on the opposition, but I know I'd much prefer my team to actually play football. There's a reason Pep Guardiola was able to turn the Barca B team into a machine before he took the big job. There's a reason Ajax were able to win a European cup back in the 90s. There's a reason Alex Ferguson was able to dominate Scottish football with Aberdeen - and even beat Real Madrid. Yeh, sure, it's a different game now, but these things all happened with attacking football. What do you think? 11:52AM A lovely day Credit: PA What a day it is! A fine day for football or sitting in the park listening to music through one of those little bluetooth speakers. I don't want to hear your music! Use headphones! Arrhghgghg. But really, football is the winner today. West Brom aren't relegated (yet) but Liverpool's incredible front three could kill them off today. Will Darren Moore have a cunning plan up his sleeve? I suspect it'll be a 4-5-1 low block looking to deny space in behind and try to hit an unsuspecting, frustrated opposition with a counter-attack or score from a corner. Liverpool might be a little too good for them today. 11:37AM West Brom starting lineup An unchanged XI...#WBALIV#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/Jtw2IqhuL9— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 21, 2018 11:36AM Liverpool starting lineup Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma, has made five changes for the trip to rock-bottom West Brom, including giving a rest to 25-goal forward Roberto Firmino. However, he still fields a strong front line with Mohamed Salah, one of the favourites to be named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday, retaining his place alongside Sadio Mane with Danny Ings replacing Firmino and James Milner in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. There are three changes at the back as only Virgil van Dijk keeps his place from last weekend's win over Bournemouth as Ragnar Klavan comes in with Alberto Moreno making his first Premier League start since late November and Joe Gomez back after a month out with an ankle injury. The #LFC team to face @WBA...#WBALIVhttps://t.co/6XOx3UJ7x7pic.twitter.com/BdTIwhw7jF— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2018
West Brom complete remarkable comeback against Liverpool but can't escape relegation fears
It was only stalling the inevitable. The end will come soon enough, the moment other results conspire to make the mathematics unbreachable. But at the conclusion of this resolute comeback, the West Bromwich Albion fans made a noise as if the title had been won rather than relegation postponed. “Big Dazz, there’s only one Big Dazz,” they chanted in the direction of Darren Moore, the stand-in manager who has now taken five points from his three games in charge, after the previous eight had yielded precisely none. How the home support must wonder what might have been had he been given the job earlier, had he been able to restore a bit of unity when it might still have counted. Coming a week after victory at Old Trafford, this point was hard fought. Liverpool had cruised to a two-goal lead that appeared to be the perfect preparation for their Champions League semi-final against Roma on Tuesday. Goals from Danny Ings and, naturally, Mo Salah had given the afternoon the appearance of a stroll. But then West Brom, through a scrambled strike by Jake Livermore and a jet-propelled header from Salomon Rondon, fought back with spirit, effort and commitment, three words that would never have been associated with them under the previous hapless administration. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool had begun with a purpose which suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes, resting limbs ahead of the Roma game. But enough threat remained. As became clear after just four minutes. From a corner, Sadio Mane exchanged passes with James Milner, sauntered into the box and crossed for Georginio Wijnaldum, who cushioned the ball into the path of Ings. How the much-absent striker celebrated his first goal since Brendan Rodgers was manager. Ings came close to adding another when he miscued from close-in after being set up by Salah. His manager blamed the bobble on West Brom’s decision not to water the pitch. But you sense had the roles been reversed, Salah would have had no such trouble from dry conditions. With Moore casting a huge, brooding presence on the touchline, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for the rested Andy Robertson, and kept tearing down the right wing. Despite the accuracy of his crosses, nothing seemed to land for a colleague. As the half reached its conclusion, the home side had three successive corners, each pinged in with venom, each devoid of any touch. When James McClean fizzed in a cross which spun just in front of the sliding Jay Rodriguez, it seemed to sum up West Brom’s season: late, ineffectual and off-balance. As the second half begun, Ings should have had a penalty when tumbled by Ahmed Hegazi and the Egyptian was lucky to remain on the pitch after applying his knuckles to Ings’ ribcage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s shrewd through ball and deftly chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season. It was a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. Not bad company, his manager suggested. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two set-pieces late on allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered home Chris Brunt’s free-kick, prompting a rare explosion of delight in these parts. “Unfortunately for them it is a useless point,” suggested Klopp. Sadly for the calm, dignified, impressive Moore he is right. 2:57PM Danny Ings post-match "Disappointed. It's alright scoring goals but the three points is the most important thing. "I think they gathered some momentum, the pitch was very dry and suited the long ball, it really benefitted them. With their long balls they gathered momentum and scored two goals. "A lot. I've been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It's been a hell of a mountain I've had to climb to get there. "When you're out for a long time there's always doubts, it's important to surround yourself with people who are positive. That's really helped push me through to get me into the shape I'm in today. "I think it's one of them [those things], I looked the other way, it was a coming together, I don't want to throw another player under the bus. It's just a coming together, it's what English football's all about. You want to keep the physical side." 2:44PM Jurgen Klopp is a terrible loser "When they scored the goals. I think we controlled it pretty well, it was clear they only had opportunities from set pieces, Brunt, Phillips they take them really well. We gave them a corner it was difficult like the block on the goalkeeper, it makes life difficult, and what I heard the second was not a foul. "They score twice, we had the ball constantly, West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half time and it was quite difficult the second half. We had the chance second half for Ingsy in the box and the situation with Hegazi and Ingsy I dunno. You need a little help in these situations. We have to take it as it is. Credit: PA "I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football obviously. If the pitch is dry you can't pass three or four yards, but that's how it is, you have to deal with that. "I think everybody knows they want set pieces last few minutes but the referee gives it. "I'm not in the mood to talk about positive things. Give me a night and I'll tell Danny how good it was." 2:32PM Gutted West Brom players post-match Livermore "It's a shame. We've started to gain that belief and confidence in the last few weeks, all we can do is keep fighting for our fans. "Probably yeh (the result reflects the season). It's not for want of trying but the rub of the green hasn't happened like last season. It's just one of those things. "It's difficult to say, if we knew we'd try to change it months ago. I think confidence is a thing. We've thrown [lots of] points away from winning positions." Rondon "Yes I feel ... it's difficult situation for us, relegation, so thank you to our fans, our teammates, we worked so hard." 2:24PM Too little too late Despite that late effort, West Brom are stuck bottom of the league and are basically relegated. They really did need the three points and you can see the disappointment on the faces of the players. 2:23PM Rondon gives his shirt away Rondon goes to the crowd and gives his shirt to a guy with a Spanish language sign asking for it. #heartwarmingscenes 2:21PM FULL TIME What a comeback! Brilliant from West Brom. Their switch to a back three gave them the structure to work their way back into the match and they rode momentum to get those crucial goals. Jurgen Klopp looks furious. 2:20PM 90 mins +4 Milner sees the chance to shoot from 25 yards and takes it. Way over the bar. Foster rushes to get the ball and plays it short, Evans boots the ball long, Liverpool have everyone behind the ball. It's hooked into the area, Rondon goes for the header but it's knocked away. The ball is hit across the box and Rodriguez swings a foot at it but kicks the air and misses the ball. Liverpool just want the final whistle! 2:18PM 90 mins +2 Here come West Brom again! They power down the right wing, cross into the area and strikers attack it! Van Dijk is strong and heads away. 2:17PM 90 mins +1 Credit: AFP The fans believe West Brom can do this! They've got all the momentum, Liverpool are trying to hold on to a point now! 2:16PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! rondon goal YES THEY CAN! WOW! What a comeback! West Brom win a free-kick wide left, Burke hurries to get the ball, Brunt hits an absolute belter of a cross to the front post and Karius is caught in that dimension the kids get trapped inside in Stranger Things. He is nowhere close to it and Rondon heads in at the near post! Brilliant! West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool (Salomón Rondón, 88 min) 2:12PM 86 mins Liverpool are in full counter-attack mode now. Sitting mega deep and just getting rid of the ball whenever they can. The pressure's building! Can West Brom get back into this?! 2:09PM 84 mins Milner tries a roulette turn in the area but leaves the ball behind. Close. Very close. West Brom fans are urging their team on now, Liverpool sitting much deeper than they were earlier but West Brom's chips into the area are being headed away. Here comes Lovren for the final 10 minutes. Salah is replaced. 2:07PM 82 mins Hegazi full on catches Salah in the face with a swinging arm. Again the referee doesn't see it. 2:06PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! west brom goal Or is it all over?! The corner is knocked back across goal at the far post, Liverpool players are in a mess and Van Dijk plays West Brom players onside. Livermore is on the deck but swings a leg at the loose ball and finds the net! West Brom 1 - 2 Liverpool (Jake Livermore, 79 min) 2:04PM 78 mins Liverpool get nice and compact as they're forced deeper into their own half by West Brom's more direct passing. They win a corner. 2:01PM 75 mins West Brom are about to bring on Oliver Burke. I have a feeling it may be a little late for them to get back into this one. Relegation beckons! 1:59PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! mo salah goal Ooooooh what a finish that is! Liverpool counter-attack rapidly and are in on goal before West Brom even realise what is happening! Oxlade-Chamberlain creates the chance with an absolutely brilliant reverse pass to split the defence but Salah takes his time, stays composed and does that little dink he does to chip the goalkeeper. Superb. West Brom 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 72 min) 1:57PM 72 mins More boos from West Brom fans as McClean is taken off for Jonny Evans. That'll be West Brom in a back three with Gibbs pushed higher up the pitch. SALAH IS IN HERE! 1:56PM 71 mins Wijnaldum points to where he's going to pass and switches play right towards Gomez. Gomez waits, waits, waits and then loses possession as McClean nips in to intercept. Really poor from Gomez. Moreno has been booked - the first yellow of the day - for a foul on Phillips wide right of the box. This is a decent chance to get the ball in the box. It's chipped in and there's a bit of a pinball rammy in the area... but Karius can gather. 1:54PM 68 mins Gomez's pass inside nearly hands Rondon the chance to score but Henderson charges back to block everything he tries. McClean hits a cross into the area but Liverpool get it away and send Salah up the pitch! He takes on his man, attempts a lovely back-heel pass to Firmino... but it's cleared by Nyom. 1:52PM 66 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Klopp is about to make a change and bring Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain. It looks like he wants to get another goal to kill this one off before West Brom get a lucky break from a corner or something. Ings makes way for Firmino and Mane is rested for The Ox to get a chance upfront. 1:49PM 64 mins Space opens up for Salah to attack, he gets closer to the box and shoots... but it's blocked. Liverpool are dominating West Brom's half now, moving the ball around largely unchallenged. West Brom can't really afford to lose here, I'm not sure I understand the mentality of sitting and waiting. 1:47PM 62 mins A West Brom corner is headed away and Nyom's dreadful touch nearly plays Salah and Mane into score! Livermore gets back to force Salah to release the ball and Wijnaldum's cross is cut out. Klavan and Van Dijk slow things down and pass around their own half, waiting for West Brom to come out of their defensive shape. 1:45PM 60 mins West Brom are pushing higher up the pitch, battling hard every chance they have to win the ball in duels with Liverpool players. It's working at the moment too, they have the momentum. Van Dijk reads a cut back as Phillips powers his way into the box. West Brom getting closer! Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool 1:42PM 57 mins That's him punching Ings after doing what looks like a stone cold stunner on the striker as they fall to the ground. 1:41PM 55 mins Hegazi has a little battle with Ings and Hegazi hits him off the ball. He should be sent off but again the referee hasn't seen it. He's having a dreadful game. 1:38PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS What is Klavan doing?! He stops playing and suddenly Rondon runs in behind him and is close to putting the ball round Karius and slotting into an empty net. Poor defending from the Liverpool man. 1:36PM 50 mins Phillips does superbly on the right wing to lose Wijnaldum and then chips the ball across the penalty area at a perfect height for a striker to head at goal. Neither of West Brom's forwards can get there in time. They've started well here... and the ball drops to McClean about 25 yards out! He tries to strike across the ball and bend it into the bottom corner but it puts it wide. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 50 min) 1:28PM Shots on goal West Brom vs Liverpool shots on goal 1:17PM Average positions Average touch positions (half time) 1:17PM HALF TIME Danny Ings gives Liverpool the lead in a fairly even first half. Liverpool aren't at full strength and haven't quite got going but West Brom don't really look like they believe they can win this one. 1:14PM 45 mins Gomez tries to burn past McClean but isn't quick enough and then bounces off the West Brom man, who does well to prevent a corner. Nyom is too strong for Wijnaldum, sends him to the floor and then tries to score from 60 yards. It doesn't work but by Jove I admire the effort. Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Allan Nyom, 44 min) 1:13PM 43 mins INGS MUST SCORE! Out of nothing Liverpool create a chance. The ball is switched, Salah gets lucky against Hegazi and the ball falls to Ings in the centre of the area with only Foster to beat. The goalkeeper gets down and blocks the shot - he should really have scored that. 1:09PM 41 mins Credit: AFP Moreno gets forward on the left wing but doesn't appear to have the confidence to take on Nyom for pace. Every pass he's made has been backwards so far. 1:08PM 38 mins CHANCE FOR WEST BROM! That's much better! Livermore sneaks in to rob Milner of the ball and then swings a cross to the back post. McClean is there and hits it first time... it's zipped juuuust past the far post! Rodriguez did his best Gazza impression, stretching on the slide to try and turn it in! Miss: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (James McClean, 37 min) Liverpool caught sleeping there, West Brom are pressing much higher to try and catch them out. Darren Moore encourages his players from the touchline. 1:06PM 36 mins West Brom look good from set pieces, this might be where they get some fun. The latest in their series of corners misses everybody again, though Dawson had roamed in at the back-post unmarked, thanks to Liverpool's zonal system. 1:05PM 35 mins Possession: West Brom vs Liverpool Another West Brom corner is whipped in and this one is dangerous! Klavan manages to get a head on it but Dawson was inches away from connecting and turning that in! Another corner coming. 1:03PM 34 mins West Brom win a corner. The big lads come up for it. Liverpool mark their zones... and Brunt's corner misses everyone and goes out for a throw-in. 1:02PM 32 mins West Brom working harder to press Liverpool higher up the pitch. The defensive line is still way deep to prevent Salah and Mane being played in with a direct pass over the top. Livermore passes the ball straight out for a throw-in, for no clear reason. 1:00PM 30 mins Oh my word that is a very heavy challenge from Rondon. He lunges into a slide tackle on Ings, gets up and then throws himself into another. I cannot believe he's not been booked - there's going in to a 50/50 to win it, and then there's aggressive studs up tackles with momentum behind them. This referee needs to calm those tackles down before someone gets hurt. Those of you who preferred the 'contact sport' of yesteryear will strongly disagree with me. 12:57PM 27 mins Salah takes it... but it's just over and wide. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 26 min) Rodriguez and Rondon are having to work hard today, chasing the ball into space on either wing from long passes by the defenders. They'll both be knackered by about the 60th minute but it does mean West Brom can shift from a defensive shape to attacking quickly without trying to go through Liverpool's hardworking midfield. 12:55PM 25 mins Hegazi fouls his countryman Salah and gives Liverpool the chance to shoot from a great position just infront of the box, slightly right of goal. This suits a left-footer. Foster eagerly sets up his wall. 12:54PM 24 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES 12:52PM 23 mins Phillips takes the chance to shoot on his left foot as he finds space inside the Liverpool box but his effort is weak and no trouble for the goalkeeper whatsoever. Dawson barges through the back of Ings while contesting a header but it's a fair challenge, even if the striker gets a whack to the head. Milner is having a great game, drifting around the pitch to link passing moves. 12:50PM 20 mins Moreno attacks down the left, passes inside, Liverpool keep the ball moving quickly, looking to go around the outside of the West Brom defence. Salah loses possession and the ball is punted up the pitch to groans from the fans, but Van Dijk's volleyed pass gives West Brom the chance to get forward. 12:48PM 18 mins Chris Brunt laughs with Salah as the West Brom man's attempted shot makes its way towards Egypt. Out: West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Chris Brunt, 18 min) 12:46PM 17 mins Dawson heads at goal from a corner but the linesman has spotted an offside in the area from the second ball. West Brom beginning to get into this game now, attacking down the wings with Phillips and McClean. 12:45PM 15 mins Credit: REUTERS Nyom goes into a high sliding tackle on Milner, which the latter manages to avoid. If he hadn't that one would've really hurt - I'm surprised the referee hasn't pulled play back and booked him for that. It was overly and needlessly aggressive. Milner isn't going to do much damage on the touchline. 12:43PM 13 mins Liverpool keep the ball and pass patiently around their own half. West Brom refuse to be drawn out of their shell to take them on. They're quite clearly very scared of the attacking threat Klopp's team has. Salah is at it today too - he's enjoying himself with the ball at his feet, dancing around a couple of players with quick feet and almost creating a chance out of thin air. 12:41PM 10 mins Van Dijk goes into a tackle on Rondon and has hurt himself here. He looks to have jarred his knee a little off the striker's boot and isn't walking as freely as he might like. West Brom are still defending really deep... and Salah has spun his man in the box! He sets himself up for the shot on his left foot but it's deflected over! 12:36PM 7 mins Karius has to come off his line to boot a long ball over the top away. West Brom looking to react to that early setback immediately. 12:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Danny Ings goal Ings scores! Boos ring out at the Hawthorns. West Brom 0 - 1 Liverpool (Danny Ings, 4 min) 12:33PM 4 mins Liverpool win a corner. It's cleared, Milner has it wide right and hits a brilliant powerful cross to the corner of the six yard box and it's kept alive. Liverpool are in here! 12:32PM 3 mins Rondon tries to force his way past a defender into the box but the goalkeeper smothers, West Brom instantly fall back into a deep defensive shape behind the halfway line. That's the strategy for the day. Rondon battles with Klavan again, the pair shoving each other as they chase the ball into the channel. Free-kick to Liverpool. 12:30PM KICK OFF west brom vs liverpool kickoff Here we go! Liverpool get the game started. 12:27PM Here come the players! 12:11PM Darren Moore pre-match words "It's been great, we've gotten together as a group and worked hard as a group. there's wonderful belief in each other, everybody's working hard to turn this situation around. we're just working hard, we can't control what's happened in the past. "No (we aren't entertaining thoughts of surviving relegation). It's the next game. The next game is today. There's nothing we can do and we'll put all our efforts into the next game. " 12:10PM Result vs performance One side of the argument says that supporting a club like West Brom means you should accept the players are of a lower quality and to survive in the Premier League they need to play defensive, rigid football and that's that. The other says that even if they lose every game, they'd much prefer the team to have a go, attack and play football. That style is much better to watch but against stronger teams is asking for trouble. Obviously you can have a mix and adapt depending on the opposition, but I know I'd much prefer my team to actually play football. There's a reason Pep Guardiola was able to turn the Barca B team into a machine before he took the big job. There's a reason Ajax were able to win a European cup back in the 90s. There's a reason Alex Ferguson was able to dominate Scottish football with Aberdeen - and even beat Real Madrid. Yeh, sure, it's a different game now, but these things all happened with attacking football. What do you think? 11:52AM A lovely day Credit: PA What a day it is! A fine day for football or sitting in the park listening to music through one of those little bluetooth speakers. I don't want to hear your music! Use headphones! Arrhghgghg. But really, football is the winner today. West Brom aren't relegated (yet) but Liverpool's incredible front three could kill them off today. Will Darren Moore have a cunning plan up his sleeve? I suspect it'll be a 4-5-1 low block looking to deny space in behind and try to hit an unsuspecting, frustrated opposition with a counter-attack or score from a corner. Liverpool might be a little too good for them today. 11:37AM West Brom starting lineup An unchanged XI...#WBALIV#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/Jtw2IqhuL9— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 21, 2018 11:36AM Liverpool starting lineup Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma, has made five changes for the trip to rock-bottom West Brom, including giving a rest to 25-goal forward Roberto Firmino. However, he still fields a strong front line with Mohamed Salah, one of the favourites to be named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday, retaining his place alongside Sadio Mane with Danny Ings replacing Firmino and James Milner in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. There are three changes at the back as only Virgil van Dijk keeps his place from last weekend's win over Bournemouth as Ragnar Klavan comes in with Alberto Moreno making his first Premier League start since late November and Joe Gomez back after a month out with an ankle injury. The #LFC team to face @WBA...#WBALIVhttps://t.co/6XOx3UJ7x7pic.twitter.com/BdTIwhw7jF— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2018
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has moved level with Cristiano Ronaldo, Alan Shearer and Luis Suarez in the Premier League record books.
Salah finds the net again to equal Premier League scoring record
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has moved level with Cristiano Ronaldo, Alan Shearer and Luis Suarez in the Premier League record books.
Salah matched the Premier League record for most goals in a 38-game season shared by Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez (AFP Photo/Lindsey PARNABY)
Salah matched the Premier League record for most goals in a 38-game season shared by Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez
Salah matched the Premier League record for most goals in a 38-game season shared by Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez (AFP Photo/Lindsey PARNABY)
Salah matched the Premier League record for most goals in a 38-game season shared by Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez