Manchester United vs. Chelsea

El duelo que ha definido la Premier League los últimos años se repirte.

Bintang Manchester United, Paul Pogba, angkat bicara tentang masa depannya di Old Trafford.
Paul Pogba Hanya Fokus Pikirkan Manchester United
Bintang Manchester United, Paul Pogba, angkat bicara tentang masa depannya di Old Trafford.
Some of Manchester United's star names have given an insight into life inside the Old Trafford dressing room.
Who is the best dancer at Man United - Pogba or Lingard?
Some of Manchester United's star names have given an insight into life inside the Old Trafford dressing room.
Some of Manchester United's star names have given an insight into life inside the Old Trafford dressing room.
Who is the best dancer at Man United - Pogba or Lingard?
Some of Manchester United's star names have given an insight into life inside the Old Trafford dressing room.
Some of Manchester United's star names have given an insight into life inside the Old Trafford dressing room.
Who is the best dancer at Man United - Pogba or Lingard?
Some of Manchester United's star names have given an insight into life inside the Old Trafford dressing room.
The Manchester United manager has hit out at those who report on the Red Devils, claiming that they want him to fail at Old Trafford
Mourinho: My critics want to kill me if I lose!
The Manchester United manager has hit out at those who report on the Red Devils, claiming that they want him to fail at Old Trafford
England’s Robbie Williams (centre left) lifts the trophy with Jonathan Wilkes (centre right) as they celebrate winning Soccer Aid 2016 at Old Trafford, Manchester (Nigel French/PA)
Robbie Williams unveils former England stars for Soccer Aid For Unicef match
England’s Robbie Williams (centre left) lifts the trophy with Jonathan Wilkes (centre right) as they celebrate winning Soccer Aid 2016 at Old Trafford, Manchester (Nigel French/PA)
If Roma players notice Edin Dzeko skipping to board his flight to Merseyside with broader shoulders on Monday, it’s a fair assumption he has been reviewing the last 10 minutes of Liverpool’s defensive performance at The Hawthorns. Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon may have authored Roma’s set-piece strategy as much as enacted Darren Moore’s. The habit of snatching a frustrating draw from the claws of a comfortable victory has been a frequent flaw through Jurgen Klopp’s reign, but so rare recently it appeared to be on the point of extinction since Virgil Van Dijk’s arrival. The defensive lapses against West Bromwich Albion were surprising but Van Dijk dismissed the suggestion a renewal of anxiety attacks will be taken into the Champions League. This is a Liverpool team with nine clean sheets in the 16 games since their last calamitous meeting with West Brom in the FA Cup. Van Dijk acknowledged the climax was unacceptable, but felt it wiser to see it as a ‘blip’ rather than revival of a trend. He says any confidence in Rome due to Liverpool’s reacquainting with defensive feebleness is misplaced. Why I'm expecting a Liverpool vs Bayern final “I don’t worry at all,” said Van Dijk. “There is no need to stress. There is no reason to panic. They are fighting for their lives so in the end they are very direct, balls into the channel, work hard, trying to get fouls and free-kicks - and we didn’t deal with that how we should. “Everyone gets upset. No one wants to concede at the last, or even concede at all. The way we conceded those goals is something to be angry about. We need to be honest with ourselves and everyone was. We need to do better. You have to tell each other the truth you cannot be nice and happy when we want to achieve so much as a team as a club. A draw here is not good enough. “We need to keep doing what we did in the last games, recover and focus on Roma now. We need to switch on again and do the same things that we always did. I think we should be fine. It is a massive opportunity to get a good result on Tuesday." Virgil van Dijk preached calm after Liverpool's late lapses at the Hawthorns Credit: Action Images Such were the mitigating factors, namely a back four that had never previously started together, there was annoyance rather than concern as Danny Ings and Mohamed Salah’s goals failed to yield the three points which would have prevented the unwanted extension of Liverpool’s chase for top four confirmation. Klopp was in a sour mood because of substandard refereeing. Stuart Attwell was evidently not so charmed as everyone else by Ings’ ending a three year goal wait, refusing a penalty claim and tolerating a punch in the striker’s chest by Ahmed Hegazi. The Liverpool manager lamented what he called ‘wasted points’, but Liverpool were plodding rather than dynamic and Klopp's biggest concern is leaving the door ajar for Chelsea, who host the Merseysiders at Stamford Bridge for the rivals' penultimate game. Prolonged European involvement has cost Liverpool four points from recent games at Everton and West Brom. Ensuring standards are not compromised when competing in multiple competitions is the next stage of Liverpool’s evolution. West Brom must ask themselves why this point did not mean more? How can a side win at Old Trafford and go unbeaten in three games against this Liverpool team, yet finish bottom of the Premier League? It’s rather like completing four London marathons but tripping up every time you try to finish 400 metres. Jurgen Klopp has concerns that Chelsea might steal back into the top four Credit: Press Association “Everyone around me at the club is giving everything,” insisted Moore. “In order to get what we did it is a collective effort and that's why I keep using the words ‘togetherness’ and ‘we’ because that's what we need until the end of the season.” Privately, even Moore must recognise a contradiction. The effort on display here and at Manchester United is commendable, but the notion everyone is pulling together for a final survival push suggests such application was unforgivably lacking when Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew were around. It is too late for the Baggies to help themselves, but if Roma score from a few corners over the next two weeks there may yet be an unlikely message of appreciation from their coach, Eusebio Di Francesco.
No need to panic over defensive lapses ahead of Roma test, says Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk
If Roma players notice Edin Dzeko skipping to board his flight to Merseyside with broader shoulders on Monday, it’s a fair assumption he has been reviewing the last 10 minutes of Liverpool’s defensive performance at The Hawthorns. Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon may have authored Roma’s set-piece strategy as much as enacted Darren Moore’s. The habit of snatching a frustrating draw from the claws of a comfortable victory has been a frequent flaw through Jurgen Klopp’s reign, but so rare recently it appeared to be on the point of extinction since Virgil Van Dijk’s arrival. The defensive lapses against West Bromwich Albion were surprising but Van Dijk dismissed the suggestion a renewal of anxiety attacks will be taken into the Champions League. This is a Liverpool team with nine clean sheets in the 16 games since their last calamitous meeting with West Brom in the FA Cup. Van Dijk acknowledged the climax was unacceptable, but felt it wiser to see it as a ‘blip’ rather than revival of a trend. He says any confidence in Rome due to Liverpool’s reacquainting with defensive feebleness is misplaced. Why I'm expecting a Liverpool vs Bayern final “I don’t worry at all,” said Van Dijk. “There is no need to stress. There is no reason to panic. They are fighting for their lives so in the end they are very direct, balls into the channel, work hard, trying to get fouls and free-kicks - and we didn’t deal with that how we should. “Everyone gets upset. No one wants to concede at the last, or even concede at all. The way we conceded those goals is something to be angry about. We need to be honest with ourselves and everyone was. We need to do better. You have to tell each other the truth you cannot be nice and happy when we want to achieve so much as a team as a club. A draw here is not good enough. “We need to keep doing what we did in the last games, recover and focus on Roma now. We need to switch on again and do the same things that we always did. I think we should be fine. It is a massive opportunity to get a good result on Tuesday." Virgil van Dijk preached calm after Liverpool's late lapses at the Hawthorns Credit: Action Images Such were the mitigating factors, namely a back four that had never previously started together, there was annoyance rather than concern as Danny Ings and Mohamed Salah’s goals failed to yield the three points which would have prevented the unwanted extension of Liverpool’s chase for top four confirmation. Klopp was in a sour mood because of substandard refereeing. Stuart Attwell was evidently not so charmed as everyone else by Ings’ ending a three year goal wait, refusing a penalty claim and tolerating a punch in the striker’s chest by Ahmed Hegazi. The Liverpool manager lamented what he called ‘wasted points’, but Liverpool were plodding rather than dynamic and Klopp's biggest concern is leaving the door ajar for Chelsea, who host the Merseysiders at Stamford Bridge for the rivals' penultimate game. Prolonged European involvement has cost Liverpool four points from recent games at Everton and West Brom. Ensuring standards are not compromised when competing in multiple competitions is the next stage of Liverpool’s evolution. West Brom must ask themselves why this point did not mean more? How can a side win at Old Trafford and go unbeaten in three games against this Liverpool team, yet finish bottom of the Premier League? It’s rather like completing four London marathons but tripping up every time you try to finish 400 metres. Jurgen Klopp has concerns that Chelsea might steal back into the top four Credit: Press Association “Everyone around me at the club is giving everything,” insisted Moore. “In order to get what we did it is a collective effort and that's why I keep using the words ‘togetherness’ and ‘we’ because that's what we need until the end of the season.” Privately, even Moore must recognise a contradiction. The effort on display here and at Manchester United is commendable, but the notion everyone is pulling together for a final survival push suggests such application was unforgivably lacking when Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew were around. It is too late for the Baggies to help themselves, but if Roma score from a few corners over the next two weeks there may yet be an unlikely message of appreciation from their coach, Eusebio Di Francesco.
If Roma players notice Edin Dzeko skipping to board his flight to Merseyside with broader shoulders on Monday, it’s a fair assumption he has been reviewing the last 10 minutes of Liverpool’s defensive performance at The Hawthorns. Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon may have authored Roma’s set-piece strategy as much as enacted Darren Moore’s. The habit of snatching a frustrating draw from the claws of a comfortable victory has been a frequent flaw through Jurgen Klopp’s reign, but so rare recently it appeared to be on the point of extinction since Virgil Van Dijk’s arrival. The defensive lapses against West Bromwich Albion were surprising but Van Dijk dismissed the suggestion a renewal of anxiety attacks will be taken into the Champions League. This is a Liverpool team with nine clean sheets in the 16 games since their last calamitous meeting with West Brom in the FA Cup. Van Dijk acknowledged the climax was unacceptable, but felt it wiser to see it as a ‘blip’ rather than revival of a trend. He says any confidence in Rome due to Liverpool’s reacquainting with defensive feebleness is misplaced. Why I'm expecting a Liverpool vs Bayern final “I don’t worry at all,” said Van Dijk. “There is no need to stress. There is no reason to panic. They are fighting for their lives so in the end they are very direct, balls into the channel, work hard, trying to get fouls and free-kicks - and we didn’t deal with that how we should. “Everyone gets upset. No one wants to concede at the last, or even concede at all. The way we conceded those goals is something to be angry about. We need to be honest with ourselves and everyone was. We need to do better. You have to tell each other the truth you cannot be nice and happy when we want to achieve so much as a team as a club. A draw here is not good enough. “We need to keep doing what we did in the last games, recover and focus on Roma now. We need to switch on again and do the same things that we always did. I think we should be fine. It is a massive opportunity to get a good result on Tuesday." Virgil van Dijk preached calm after Liverpool's late lapses at the Hawthorns Credit: Action Images Such were the mitigating factors, namely a back four that had never previously started together, there was annoyance rather than concern as Danny Ings and Mohamed Salah’s goals failed to yield the three points which would have prevented the unwanted extension of Liverpool’s chase for top four confirmation. Klopp was in a sour mood because of substandard refereeing. Stuart Attwell was evidently not so charmed as everyone else by Ings’ ending a three year goal wait, refusing a penalty claim and tolerating a punch in the striker’s chest by Ahmed Hegazi. The Liverpool manager lamented what he called ‘wasted points’, but Liverpool were plodding rather than dynamic and Klopp's biggest concern is leaving the door ajar for Chelsea, who host the Merseysiders at Stamford Bridge for the rivals' penultimate game. Prolonged European involvement has cost Liverpool four points from recent games at Everton and West Brom. Ensuring standards are not compromised when competing in multiple competitions is the next stage of Liverpool’s evolution. West Brom must ask themselves why this point did not mean more? How can a side win at Old Trafford and go unbeaten in three games against this Liverpool team, yet finish bottom of the Premier League? It’s rather like completing four London marathons but tripping up every time you try to finish 400 metres. Jurgen Klopp has concerns that Chelsea might steal back into the top four Credit: Press Association “Everyone around me at the club is giving everything,” insisted Moore. “In order to get what we did it is a collective effort and that's why I keep using the words ‘togetherness’ and ‘we’ because that's what we need until the end of the season.” Privately, even Moore must recognise a contradiction. The effort on display here and at Manchester United is commendable, but the notion everyone is pulling together for a final survival push suggests such application was unforgivably lacking when Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew were around. It is too late for the Baggies to help themselves, but if Roma score from a few corners over the next two weeks there may yet be an unlikely message of appreciation from their coach, Eusebio Di Francesco.
No need to panic over defensive lapses ahead of Roma test, says Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk
If Roma players notice Edin Dzeko skipping to board his flight to Merseyside with broader shoulders on Monday, it’s a fair assumption he has been reviewing the last 10 minutes of Liverpool’s defensive performance at The Hawthorns. Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon may have authored Roma’s set-piece strategy as much as enacted Darren Moore’s. The habit of snatching a frustrating draw from the claws of a comfortable victory has been a frequent flaw through Jurgen Klopp’s reign, but so rare recently it appeared to be on the point of extinction since Virgil Van Dijk’s arrival. The defensive lapses against West Bromwich Albion were surprising but Van Dijk dismissed the suggestion a renewal of anxiety attacks will be taken into the Champions League. This is a Liverpool team with nine clean sheets in the 16 games since their last calamitous meeting with West Brom in the FA Cup. Van Dijk acknowledged the climax was unacceptable, but felt it wiser to see it as a ‘blip’ rather than revival of a trend. He says any confidence in Rome due to Liverpool’s reacquainting with defensive feebleness is misplaced. Why I'm expecting a Liverpool vs Bayern final “I don’t worry at all,” said Van Dijk. “There is no need to stress. There is no reason to panic. They are fighting for their lives so in the end they are very direct, balls into the channel, work hard, trying to get fouls and free-kicks - and we didn’t deal with that how we should. “Everyone gets upset. No one wants to concede at the last, or even concede at all. The way we conceded those goals is something to be angry about. We need to be honest with ourselves and everyone was. We need to do better. You have to tell each other the truth you cannot be nice and happy when we want to achieve so much as a team as a club. A draw here is not good enough. “We need to keep doing what we did in the last games, recover and focus on Roma now. We need to switch on again and do the same things that we always did. I think we should be fine. It is a massive opportunity to get a good result on Tuesday." Virgil van Dijk preached calm after Liverpool's late lapses at the Hawthorns Credit: Action Images Such were the mitigating factors, namely a back four that had never previously started together, there was annoyance rather than concern as Danny Ings and Mohamed Salah’s goals failed to yield the three points which would have prevented the unwanted extension of Liverpool’s chase for top four confirmation. Klopp was in a sour mood because of substandard refereeing. Stuart Attwell was evidently not so charmed as everyone else by Ings’ ending a three year goal wait, refusing a penalty claim and tolerating a punch in the striker’s chest by Ahmed Hegazi. The Liverpool manager lamented what he called ‘wasted points’, but Liverpool were plodding rather than dynamic and Klopp's biggest concern is leaving the door ajar for Chelsea, who host the Merseysiders at Stamford Bridge for the rivals' penultimate game. Prolonged European involvement has cost Liverpool four points from recent games at Everton and West Brom. Ensuring standards are not compromised when competing in multiple competitions is the next stage of Liverpool’s evolution. West Brom must ask themselves why this point did not mean more? How can a side win at Old Trafford and go unbeaten in three games against this Liverpool team, yet finish bottom of the Premier League? It’s rather like completing four London marathons but tripping up every time you try to finish 400 metres. Jurgen Klopp has concerns that Chelsea might steal back into the top four Credit: Press Association “Everyone around me at the club is giving everything,” insisted Moore. “In order to get what we did it is a collective effort and that's why I keep using the words ‘togetherness’ and ‘we’ because that's what we need until the end of the season.” Privately, even Moore must recognise a contradiction. The effort on display here and at Manchester United is commendable, but the notion everyone is pulling together for a final survival push suggests such application was unforgivably lacking when Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew were around. It is too late for the Baggies to help themselves, but if Roma score from a few corners over the next two weeks there may yet be an unlikely message of appreciation from their coach, Eusebio Di Francesco.
If Roma players notice Edin Dzeko skipping to board his flight to Merseyside with broader shoulders on Monday, it’s a fair assumption he has been reviewing the last 10 minutes of Liverpool’s defensive performance at The Hawthorns. Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon may have authored Roma’s set-piece strategy as much as enacted Darren Moore’s. The habit of snatching a frustrating draw from the claws of a comfortable victory has been a frequent flaw through Jurgen Klopp’s reign, but so rare recently it appeared to be on the point of extinction since Virgil Van Dijk’s arrival. The defensive lapses against West Bromwich Albion were surprising but Van Dijk dismissed the suggestion a renewal of anxiety attacks will be taken into the Champions League. This is a Liverpool team with nine clean sheets in the 16 games since their last calamitous meeting with West Brom in the FA Cup. Van Dijk acknowledged the climax was unacceptable, but felt it wiser to see it as a ‘blip’ rather than revival of a trend. He says any confidence in Rome due to Liverpool’s reacquainting with defensive feebleness is misplaced. Why I'm expecting a Liverpool vs Bayern final “I don’t worry at all,” said Van Dijk. “There is no need to stress. There is no reason to panic. They are fighting for their lives so in the end they are very direct, balls into the channel, work hard, trying to get fouls and free-kicks - and we didn’t deal with that how we should. “Everyone gets upset. No one wants to concede at the last, or even concede at all. The way we conceded those goals is something to be angry about. We need to be honest with ourselves and everyone was. We need to do better. You have to tell each other the truth you cannot be nice and happy when we want to achieve so much as a team as a club. A draw here is not good enough. “We need to keep doing what we did in the last games, recover and focus on Roma now. We need to switch on again and do the same things that we always did. I think we should be fine. It is a massive opportunity to get a good result on Tuesday." Virgil van Dijk preached calm after Liverpool's late lapses at the Hawthorns Credit: Action Images Such were the mitigating factors, namely a back four that had never previously started together, there was annoyance rather than concern as Danny Ings and Mohamed Salah’s goals failed to yield the three points which would have prevented the unwanted extension of Liverpool’s chase for top four confirmation. Klopp was in a sour mood because of substandard refereeing. Stuart Attwell was evidently not so charmed as everyone else by Ings’ ending a three year goal wait, refusing a penalty claim and tolerating a punch in the striker’s chest by Ahmed Hegazi. The Liverpool manager lamented what he called ‘wasted points’, but Liverpool were plodding rather than dynamic and Klopp's biggest concern is leaving the door ajar for Chelsea, who host the Merseysiders at Stamford Bridge for the rivals' penultimate game. Prolonged European involvement has cost Liverpool four points from recent games at Everton and West Brom. Ensuring standards are not compromised when competing in multiple competitions is the next stage of Liverpool’s evolution. West Brom must ask themselves why this point did not mean more? How can a side win at Old Trafford and go unbeaten in three games against this Liverpool team, yet finish bottom of the Premier League? It’s rather like completing four London marathons but tripping up every time you try to finish 400 metres. Jurgen Klopp has concerns that Chelsea might steal back into the top four Credit: Press Association “Everyone around me at the club is giving everything,” insisted Moore. “In order to get what we did it is a collective effort and that's why I keep using the words ‘togetherness’ and ‘we’ because that's what we need until the end of the season.” Privately, even Moore must recognise a contradiction. The effort on display here and at Manchester United is commendable, but the notion everyone is pulling together for a final survival push suggests such application was unforgivably lacking when Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew were around. It is too late for the Baggies to help themselves, but if Roma score from a few corners over the next two weeks there may yet be an unlikely message of appreciation from their coach, Eusebio Di Francesco.
No need to panic over defensive lapses ahead of Roma test, says Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk
If Roma players notice Edin Dzeko skipping to board his flight to Merseyside with broader shoulders on Monday, it’s a fair assumption he has been reviewing the last 10 minutes of Liverpool’s defensive performance at The Hawthorns. Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon may have authored Roma’s set-piece strategy as much as enacted Darren Moore’s. The habit of snatching a frustrating draw from the claws of a comfortable victory has been a frequent flaw through Jurgen Klopp’s reign, but so rare recently it appeared to be on the point of extinction since Virgil Van Dijk’s arrival. The defensive lapses against West Bromwich Albion were surprising but Van Dijk dismissed the suggestion a renewal of anxiety attacks will be taken into the Champions League. This is a Liverpool team with nine clean sheets in the 16 games since their last calamitous meeting with West Brom in the FA Cup. Van Dijk acknowledged the climax was unacceptable, but felt it wiser to see it as a ‘blip’ rather than revival of a trend. He says any confidence in Rome due to Liverpool’s reacquainting with defensive feebleness is misplaced. Why I'm expecting a Liverpool vs Bayern final “I don’t worry at all,” said Van Dijk. “There is no need to stress. There is no reason to panic. They are fighting for their lives so in the end they are very direct, balls into the channel, work hard, trying to get fouls and free-kicks - and we didn’t deal with that how we should. “Everyone gets upset. No one wants to concede at the last, or even concede at all. The way we conceded those goals is something to be angry about. We need to be honest with ourselves and everyone was. We need to do better. You have to tell each other the truth you cannot be nice and happy when we want to achieve so much as a team as a club. A draw here is not good enough. “We need to keep doing what we did in the last games, recover and focus on Roma now. We need to switch on again and do the same things that we always did. I think we should be fine. It is a massive opportunity to get a good result on Tuesday." Virgil van Dijk preached calm after Liverpool's late lapses at the Hawthorns Credit: Action Images Such were the mitigating factors, namely a back four that had never previously started together, there was annoyance rather than concern as Danny Ings and Mohamed Salah’s goals failed to yield the three points which would have prevented the unwanted extension of Liverpool’s chase for top four confirmation. Klopp was in a sour mood because of substandard refereeing. Stuart Attwell was evidently not so charmed as everyone else by Ings’ ending a three year goal wait, refusing a penalty claim and tolerating a punch in the striker’s chest by Ahmed Hegazi. The Liverpool manager lamented what he called ‘wasted points’, but Liverpool were plodding rather than dynamic and Klopp's biggest concern is leaving the door ajar for Chelsea, who host the Merseysiders at Stamford Bridge for the rivals' penultimate game. Prolonged European involvement has cost Liverpool four points from recent games at Everton and West Brom. Ensuring standards are not compromised when competing in multiple competitions is the next stage of Liverpool’s evolution. West Brom must ask themselves why this point did not mean more? How can a side win at Old Trafford and go unbeaten in three games against this Liverpool team, yet finish bottom of the Premier League? It’s rather like completing four London marathons but tripping up every time you try to finish 400 metres. Jurgen Klopp has concerns that Chelsea might steal back into the top four Credit: Press Association “Everyone around me at the club is giving everything,” insisted Moore. “In order to get what we did it is a collective effort and that's why I keep using the words ‘togetherness’ and ‘we’ because that's what we need until the end of the season.” Privately, even Moore must recognise a contradiction. The effort on display here and at Manchester United is commendable, but the notion everyone is pulling together for a final survival push suggests such application was unforgivably lacking when Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew were around. It is too late for the Baggies to help themselves, but if Roma score from a few corners over the next two weeks there may yet be an unlikely message of appreciation from their coach, Eusebio Di Francesco.
Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United vs Chelsea - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - February 25, 2018 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho walks past Chelsea manager Antonio Conte as he comes out for the second half Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Premier League - Manchester United vs Chelsea
Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United vs Chelsea - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - February 25, 2018 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho walks past Chelsea manager Antonio Conte as he comes out for the second half Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
David Moyes, who replaced Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, believe whoever takes over the reigns at Arsenal after Arsene Wenger will face different circumstances to what he encountered at Old Trafford..
Less expectation at Arsenal than I had at Man United - Moyes
David Moyes, who replaced Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, believe whoever takes over the reigns at Arsenal after Arsene Wenger will face different circumstances to what he encountered at Old Trafford..
David Moyes, who replaced Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, believe whoever takes over the reigns at Arsenal after Arsene Wenger will face different circumstances to what he encountered at Old Trafford..
Less expectation at Arsenal than I had at Man United - Moyes
David Moyes, who replaced Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, believe whoever takes over the reigns at Arsenal after Arsene Wenger will face different circumstances to what he encountered at Old Trafford..
David Moyes, who replaced Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, believe whoever takes over the reigns at Arsenal after Arsene Wenger will face different circumstances to what he encountered at Old Trafford..
Less expectation at Arsenal than I had at Man United - Moyes
David Moyes, who replaced Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, believe whoever takes over the reigns at Arsenal after Arsene Wenger will face different circumstances to what he encountered at Old Trafford..
The former Arsenal forward claims he's struggled to adapt to life at Old Trafford after moving to join Jose Mourinho's side this winter
Alexis Sanchez: Adapting to life at 'big club' Man Utd has been tough
The former Arsenal forward claims he's struggled to adapt to life at Old Trafford after moving to join Jose Mourinho's side this winter
The former Arsenal forward claims he's struggled to adapt to life at Old Trafford after moving to join Jose Mourinho's side this winter
Alexis Sanchez: Adapting to life at 'big club' Man Utd has been tough
The former Arsenal forward claims he's struggled to adapt to life at Old Trafford after moving to join Jose Mourinho's side this winter
The Manchester United striker gives a positive assessment of how the Frenchman is doing at Old Trafford
Lukaku backs Pogba performances
The Manchester United striker gives a positive assessment of how the Frenchman is doing at Old Trafford
The Manchester United striker gives a positive assessment of how the Frenchman is doing at Old Trafford
Lukaku backs Pogba performances
The Manchester United striker gives a positive assessment of how the Frenchman is doing at Old Trafford
The Manchester United striker gives a positive assessment of how the Frenchman is doing at Old Trafford
Lukaku backs Pogba performances
The Manchester United striker gives a positive assessment of how the Frenchman is doing at Old Trafford
Legenda Manchester United Paul Scholes mengatakan Romelu Lukaku sudah melalui ujian pada musim pertamanya di Old Trafford.
Paul Scholes Anggap Romelu Lukaku Mampu Redam Kritik
Legenda Manchester United Paul Scholes mengatakan Romelu Lukaku sudah melalui ujian pada musim pertamanya di Old Trafford.
Arsenal vs West Ham, live score updates Manchester United won the Premier League title by 11 points in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final campaign, the fifth championship he delivered in his final seven seasons in charge at Old Trafford. It would have been six from seven but for a dramatic stoppage-time strike from Sergio Aguero clinching Manchester City the 2011-12 title on goal difference. Arsenal appear resigned to finishing sixth in Arsene Wenger’s final season in what would be the worst league finish of his 22-year reign as manager. They are actually closer to bottom club West Bromwich Albion in point terms than Manchester City. Viewed solely in the context of those statistics, the next Arsenal manager’s impending inheritance looks vastly poorer to the one with which David Moyes was bequeathed at United when he succeeded Ferguson in 2013. Yet, scratch the surface and it is not unreasonable to suggest Wenger’s successor may be starting from a slightly higher base than Moyes. That is not to suggest the transition at Arsenal will be any less problematic than it has proved in Manchester but there are differences. There was almost an expectation of success among United fans. A generation of them had grown up accustomed to serial silverware. Once that first Premier League was secured in 1992-93, seasons without titles were short-lived, the longest drought running to three years between 2003 and 2006, during which time they still won the FA Cup and League Cup and acquired Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. The bar could not have been set much higher when Moyes arrived. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Of course, there is expectation at Arsenal but 13 years without a title has provided a sharp reality check for their supporters, few of whom are likely to get giddy at the thought of a sudden title charge when a halt to the gradual slide of recent years would constitute progress. Nor do Arsenal have the departure of an experienced chief executive at the same time as their manager to contend with. For all Moyes’s shortcomings, the transition process at Old Trafford was complicated by David Gill leaving along with Ferguson and handing the reins to Ed Woodward, a novice. Ivan Gazidis remains at Arsenal and at least has a leadership team with football expertise, something United’s hierarchical structure was frequently accused of lacking post-Ferguson. And then there are the respective squads. Whoever replaces Wenger will find a squad in need of surgery, but as much work as United’s squad required when Moyes pitched up? As curious as it may sound, probably not. Ferguson’s final title success was arguably the greatest monument to his remarkable powers, but several stars also aligned for the Scot that season. Robin van Persie miraculously stayed fit to lead the charge with 26 league goals in what would prove the Holland striker’s last hurrah as a world-class centre forward. Similarly, Rio Ferdinand put the ravages of numerous injuries behind him to excel for one last time in central defence. Paul Scholes staged an impressive last stand and other older stagers, from Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic to Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick, were not the same again after that. At the same time, City were imploding under Roberto Mancini, while Chelsea had sacked Roberto Di Matteo in the November. Wenger's successor would inherit a less impressive squad than Moyes did at United in 2013 Credit: ACTION IMAGES Moyes came in and found a glut of experienced winners well into their 30s whose best days were behind them. Rooney was also on the wane and, below that, there was a largely underwhelming, mixed bag of players. There was a world class goalkeeper in the making in David de Gea but few others with the quality and age profile to get really excited about, and those weaknesses were exacerbated by a bungled first summer in the transfer market that Arsenal will hope and expect to avoid. There are plenty of players in Wenger’s current squad that Moyes would likely have found a place for. Crucially, and unlike United’s oldest heads in 2013 whom Moyes must have wished were a few years younger, most of Arsenal’s most experienced players still have plenty of life in them yet. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are the right side of 30. There is a pool of players between 23 and 27 with talent and something to prove (Hector Bellerin, Alexandre Lacazette, Sead Kolasinac, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere among them) and one or two youngsters with promise coming through, not least Ainsley Maitland-Niles. An outstanding squad it is not, but there is a clear nucleus to build upon, something Moyes felt he lacked. Will it be enough to guarantee a smooth transition? No. But it is questionable to suggest Arsenal are in significantly worse shape than United were when Ferguson left.
Arsenal's post-Wenger transition may not be smooth but they have a solid base on which to rebuild
Arsenal vs West Ham, live score updates Manchester United won the Premier League title by 11 points in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final campaign, the fifth championship he delivered in his final seven seasons in charge at Old Trafford. It would have been six from seven but for a dramatic stoppage-time strike from Sergio Aguero clinching Manchester City the 2011-12 title on goal difference. Arsenal appear resigned to finishing sixth in Arsene Wenger’s final season in what would be the worst league finish of his 22-year reign as manager. They are actually closer to bottom club West Bromwich Albion in point terms than Manchester City. Viewed solely in the context of those statistics, the next Arsenal manager’s impending inheritance looks vastly poorer to the one with which David Moyes was bequeathed at United when he succeeded Ferguson in 2013. Yet, scratch the surface and it is not unreasonable to suggest Wenger’s successor may be starting from a slightly higher base than Moyes. That is not to suggest the transition at Arsenal will be any less problematic than it has proved in Manchester but there are differences. There was almost an expectation of success among United fans. A generation of them had grown up accustomed to serial silverware. Once that first Premier League was secured in 1992-93, seasons without titles were short-lived, the longest drought running to three years between 2003 and 2006, during which time they still won the FA Cup and League Cup and acquired Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. The bar could not have been set much higher when Moyes arrived. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Of course, there is expectation at Arsenal but 13 years without a title has provided a sharp reality check for their supporters, few of whom are likely to get giddy at the thought of a sudden title charge when a halt to the gradual slide of recent years would constitute progress. Nor do Arsenal have the departure of an experienced chief executive at the same time as their manager to contend with. For all Moyes’s shortcomings, the transition process at Old Trafford was complicated by David Gill leaving along with Ferguson and handing the reins to Ed Woodward, a novice. Ivan Gazidis remains at Arsenal and at least has a leadership team with football expertise, something United’s hierarchical structure was frequently accused of lacking post-Ferguson. And then there are the respective squads. Whoever replaces Wenger will find a squad in need of surgery, but as much work as United’s squad required when Moyes pitched up? As curious as it may sound, probably not. Ferguson’s final title success was arguably the greatest monument to his remarkable powers, but several stars also aligned for the Scot that season. Robin van Persie miraculously stayed fit to lead the charge with 26 league goals in what would prove the Holland striker’s last hurrah as a world-class centre forward. Similarly, Rio Ferdinand put the ravages of numerous injuries behind him to excel for one last time in central defence. Paul Scholes staged an impressive last stand and other older stagers, from Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic to Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick, were not the same again after that. At the same time, City were imploding under Roberto Mancini, while Chelsea had sacked Roberto Di Matteo in the November. Wenger's successor would inherit a less impressive squad than Moyes did at United in 2013 Credit: ACTION IMAGES Moyes came in and found a glut of experienced winners well into their 30s whose best days were behind them. Rooney was also on the wane and, below that, there was a largely underwhelming, mixed bag of players. There was a world class goalkeeper in the making in David de Gea but few others with the quality and age profile to get really excited about, and those weaknesses were exacerbated by a bungled first summer in the transfer market that Arsenal will hope and expect to avoid. There are plenty of players in Wenger’s current squad that Moyes would likely have found a place for. Crucially, and unlike United’s oldest heads in 2013 whom Moyes must have wished were a few years younger, most of Arsenal’s most experienced players still have plenty of life in them yet. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are the right side of 30. There is a pool of players between 23 and 27 with talent and something to prove (Hector Bellerin, Alexandre Lacazette, Sead Kolasinac, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere among them) and one or two youngsters with promise coming through, not least Ainsley Maitland-Niles. An outstanding squad it is not, but there is a clear nucleus to build upon, something Moyes felt he lacked. Will it be enough to guarantee a smooth transition? No. But it is questionable to suggest Arsenal are in significantly worse shape than United were when Ferguson left.
Arsenal vs West Ham, live score updates Manchester United won the Premier League title by 11 points in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final campaign, the fifth championship he delivered in his final seven seasons in charge at Old Trafford. It would have been six from seven but for a dramatic stoppage-time strike from Sergio Aguero clinching Manchester City the 2011-12 title on goal difference. Arsenal appear resigned to finishing sixth in Arsene Wenger’s final season in what would be the worst league finish of his 22-year reign as manager. They are actually closer to bottom club West Bromwich Albion in point terms than Manchester City. Viewed solely in the context of those statistics, the next Arsenal manager’s impending inheritance looks vastly poorer to the one with which David Moyes was bequeathed at United when he succeeded Ferguson in 2013. Yet, scratch the surface and it is not unreasonable to suggest Wenger’s successor may be starting from a slightly higher base than Moyes. That is not to suggest the transition at Arsenal will be any less problematic than it has proved in Manchester but there are differences. There was almost an expectation of success among United fans. A generation of them had grown up accustomed to serial silverware. Once that first Premier League was secured in 1992-93, seasons without titles were short-lived, the longest drought running to three years between 2003 and 2006, during which time they still won the FA Cup and League Cup and acquired Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. The bar could not have been set much higher when Moyes arrived. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Of course, there is expectation at Arsenal but 13 years without a title has provided a sharp reality check for their supporters, few of whom are likely to get giddy at the thought of a sudden title charge when a halt to the gradual slide of recent years would constitute progress. Nor do Arsenal have the departure of an experienced chief executive at the same time as their manager to contend with. For all Moyes’s shortcomings, the transition process at Old Trafford was complicated by David Gill leaving along with Ferguson and handing the reins to Ed Woodward, a novice. Ivan Gazidis remains at Arsenal and at least has a leadership team with football expertise, something United’s hierarchical structure was frequently accused of lacking post-Ferguson. And then there are the respective squads. Whoever replaces Wenger will find a squad in need of surgery, but as much work as United’s squad required when Moyes pitched up? As curious as it may sound, probably not. Ferguson’s final title success was arguably the greatest monument to his remarkable powers, but several stars also aligned for the Scot that season. Robin van Persie miraculously stayed fit to lead the charge with 26 league goals in what would prove the Holland striker’s last hurrah as a world-class centre forward. Similarly, Rio Ferdinand put the ravages of numerous injuries behind him to excel for one last time in central defence. Paul Scholes staged an impressive last stand and other older stagers, from Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic to Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick, were not the same again after that. At the same time, City were imploding under Roberto Mancini, while Chelsea had sacked Roberto Di Matteo in the November. Wenger's successor would inherit a less impressive squad than Moyes did at United in 2013 Credit: ACTION IMAGES Moyes came in and found a glut of experienced winners well into their 30s whose best days were behind them. Rooney was also on the wane and, below that, there was a largely underwhelming, mixed bag of players. There was a world class goalkeeper in the making in David de Gea but few others with the quality and age profile to get really excited about, and those weaknesses were exacerbated by a bungled first summer in the transfer market that Arsenal will hope and expect to avoid. There are plenty of players in Wenger’s current squad that Moyes would likely have found a place for. Crucially, and unlike United’s oldest heads in 2013 whom Moyes must have wished were a few years younger, most of Arsenal’s most experienced players still have plenty of life in them yet. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are the right side of 30. There is a pool of players between 23 and 27 with talent and something to prove (Hector Bellerin, Alexandre Lacazette, Sead Kolasinac, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere among them) and one or two youngsters with promise coming through, not least Ainsley Maitland-Niles. An outstanding squad it is not, but there is a clear nucleus to build upon, something Moyes felt he lacked. Will it be enough to guarantee a smooth transition? No. But it is questionable to suggest Arsenal are in significantly worse shape than United were when Ferguson left.
Arsenal's post-Wenger transition may not be smooth but they have a solid base on which to rebuild
Arsenal vs West Ham, live score updates Manchester United won the Premier League title by 11 points in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final campaign, the fifth championship he delivered in his final seven seasons in charge at Old Trafford. It would have been six from seven but for a dramatic stoppage-time strike from Sergio Aguero clinching Manchester City the 2011-12 title on goal difference. Arsenal appear resigned to finishing sixth in Arsene Wenger’s final season in what would be the worst league finish of his 22-year reign as manager. They are actually closer to bottom club West Bromwich Albion in point terms than Manchester City. Viewed solely in the context of those statistics, the next Arsenal manager’s impending inheritance looks vastly poorer to the one with which David Moyes was bequeathed at United when he succeeded Ferguson in 2013. Yet, scratch the surface and it is not unreasonable to suggest Wenger’s successor may be starting from a slightly higher base than Moyes. That is not to suggest the transition at Arsenal will be any less problematic than it has proved in Manchester but there are differences. There was almost an expectation of success among United fans. A generation of them had grown up accustomed to serial silverware. Once that first Premier League was secured in 1992-93, seasons without titles were short-lived, the longest drought running to three years between 2003 and 2006, during which time they still won the FA Cup and League Cup and acquired Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. The bar could not have been set much higher when Moyes arrived. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Of course, there is expectation at Arsenal but 13 years without a title has provided a sharp reality check for their supporters, few of whom are likely to get giddy at the thought of a sudden title charge when a halt to the gradual slide of recent years would constitute progress. Nor do Arsenal have the departure of an experienced chief executive at the same time as their manager to contend with. For all Moyes’s shortcomings, the transition process at Old Trafford was complicated by David Gill leaving along with Ferguson and handing the reins to Ed Woodward, a novice. Ivan Gazidis remains at Arsenal and at least has a leadership team with football expertise, something United’s hierarchical structure was frequently accused of lacking post-Ferguson. And then there are the respective squads. Whoever replaces Wenger will find a squad in need of surgery, but as much work as United’s squad required when Moyes pitched up? As curious as it may sound, probably not. Ferguson’s final title success was arguably the greatest monument to his remarkable powers, but several stars also aligned for the Scot that season. Robin van Persie miraculously stayed fit to lead the charge with 26 league goals in what would prove the Holland striker’s last hurrah as a world-class centre forward. Similarly, Rio Ferdinand put the ravages of numerous injuries behind him to excel for one last time in central defence. Paul Scholes staged an impressive last stand and other older stagers, from Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic to Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick, were not the same again after that. At the same time, City were imploding under Roberto Mancini, while Chelsea had sacked Roberto Di Matteo in the November. Wenger's successor would inherit a less impressive squad than Moyes did at United in 2013 Credit: ACTION IMAGES Moyes came in and found a glut of experienced winners well into their 30s whose best days were behind them. Rooney was also on the wane and, below that, there was a largely underwhelming, mixed bag of players. There was a world class goalkeeper in the making in David de Gea but few others with the quality and age profile to get really excited about, and those weaknesses were exacerbated by a bungled first summer in the transfer market that Arsenal will hope and expect to avoid. There are plenty of players in Wenger’s current squad that Moyes would likely have found a place for. Crucially, and unlike United’s oldest heads in 2013 whom Moyes must have wished were a few years younger, most of Arsenal’s most experienced players still have plenty of life in them yet. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are the right side of 30. There is a pool of players between 23 and 27 with talent and something to prove (Hector Bellerin, Alexandre Lacazette, Sead Kolasinac, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere among them) and one or two youngsters with promise coming through, not least Ainsley Maitland-Niles. An outstanding squad it is not, but there is a clear nucleus to build upon, something Moyes felt he lacked. Will it be enough to guarantee a smooth transition? No. But it is questionable to suggest Arsenal are in significantly worse shape than United were when Ferguson left.
​On an afternoon which Anthony Martial spent preparing for an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, the man who has been pegged to replace him at Old Trafford sat on Watford's bench 10 miles up the road. Richarlison's benching for the Hornets coincided almost perfectly with the links to ​Manchester United beginning to pop up, but it would be a mistake to conflate them. The simple fact is that the Brazilian has just one assist and no goals in 23 games since his lightning start to the season, and there...
Richarlison to Manchester United Is Less of a Pipe Dream, More of a Late-Night Cheese Nightmare
​On an afternoon which Anthony Martial spent preparing for an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, the man who has been pegged to replace him at Old Trafford sat on Watford's bench 10 miles up the road. Richarlison's benching for the Hornets coincided almost perfectly with the links to ​Manchester United beginning to pop up, but it would be a mistake to conflate them. The simple fact is that the Brazilian has just one assist and no goals in 23 games since his lightning start to the season, and there...
​On an afternoon which Anthony Martial spent preparing for an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, the man who has been pegged to replace him at Old Trafford sat on Watford's bench 10 miles up the road. Richarlison's benching for the Hornets coincided almost perfectly with the links to ​Manchester United beginning to pop up, but it would be a mistake to conflate them. The simple fact is that the Brazilian has just one assist and no goals in 23 games since his lightning start to the season, and there...
Richarlison to Manchester United Is Less of a Pipe Dream, More of a Late-Night Cheese Nightmare
​On an afternoon which Anthony Martial spent preparing for an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, the man who has been pegged to replace him at Old Trafford sat on Watford's bench 10 miles up the road. Richarlison's benching for the Hornets coincided almost perfectly with the links to ​Manchester United beginning to pop up, but it would be a mistake to conflate them. The simple fact is that the Brazilian has just one assist and no goals in 23 games since his lightning start to the season, and there...
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 Dave, there’s only one Big Dave,” 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. Liverpool’s start had suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes ahead of Roma, 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. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES 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 touchline presence, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for 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’s rib cage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s through ball and chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season – a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two late set-pieces allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered in Chris Brunt’s free-kick. “Unfortunately for them, it is a useless point,” said 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) 1:34PM 48 mins Liverpool work their way into the area and Ings goes down... away from the ball... because Dawson has tripped him up on purpose and sent him flying. What on earth is he thinking?! And more to the point, what is the referee thinking?! It's a clear, obvious penalty but he doesn't seem to see it. 1:31PM KICK OFF 2 west brom kick off 2 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 Dave, there’s only one Big Dave,” 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. Liverpool’s start had suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes ahead of Roma, 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. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES 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 touchline presence, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for 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’s rib cage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s through ball and chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season – a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two late set-pieces allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered in Chris Brunt’s free-kick. “Unfortunately for them, it is a useless point,” said 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) 1:34PM 48 mins Liverpool work their way into the area and Ings goes down... away from the ball... because Dawson has tripped him up on purpose and sent him flying. What on earth is he thinking?! And more to the point, what is the referee thinking?! It's a clear, obvious penalty but he doesn't seem to see it. 1:31PM KICK OFF 2 west brom kick off 2 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 Dave, there’s only one Big Dave,” 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. Liverpool’s start had suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes ahead of Roma, 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. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES 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 touchline presence, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for 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’s rib cage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s through ball and chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season – a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two late set-pieces allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered in Chris Brunt’s free-kick. “Unfortunately for them, it is a useless point,” said 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) 1:34PM 48 mins Liverpool work their way into the area and Ings goes down... away from the ball... because Dawson has tripped him up on purpose and sent him flying. What on earth is he thinking?! And more to the point, what is the referee thinking?! It's a clear, obvious penalty but he doesn't seem to see it. 1:31PM KICK OFF 2 west brom kick off 2 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 Dave, there’s only one Big Dave,” 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. Liverpool’s start had suggested they wanted this over and done with quickly. Jurgen Klopp had made a couple of changes ahead of Roma, 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. Danny Ings scored his first goal since recovering from a serious injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES 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 touchline presence, West Brom pressed for recompense. Matt Phillips was enjoying facing Alberto Moreno, in for 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’s rib cage. But such issues seemed irrelevant when Salah dashed on to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s through ball and chipped Ben Foster for his 31st Premier League goal this season – a strike that put him level with Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in the records. And it was a finish that appeared to have killed the game. Until two late set-pieces allowed the most unlikely of comebacks, Livermore finishing off a free-for-all from a corner before Rondon powered in Chris Brunt’s free-kick. “Unfortunately for them, it is a useless point,” said 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) 1:34PM 48 mins Liverpool work their way into the area and Ings goes down... away from the ball... because Dawson has tripped him up on purpose and sent him flying. What on earth is he thinking?! And more to the point, what is the referee thinking?! It's a clear, obvious penalty but he doesn't seem to see it. 1:31PM KICK OFF 2 west brom kick off 2 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

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