Liverpool held on away from home to claim all three points against West Brom this weekend.
Jurgen Klopp can’t be relishing the chance to pick sides currently as it will likely just remind him of just how many players are currently on the injury list and what little he has to finish the season strongly with.
That being said, I still think the “weaker” squad is doing rather well to pick up where the other key players left them and with a bit of formation shuffling and replacements thrown in, it’s not so bad actually. Liverpool can even still go out there and get a win.
Liverpool were busy in the first half, the ball went around and around from red shirt to red shirt, we kept possession like we were playing at Anfield. The ball was ours and when we weren’t making our attacks with it, we were keeping it away from our opponents and holding on to it.
Mignolet barely had to do anything, with our defenders being so reliable. Matip and Lovren were like a brick wall, nothing got past them.
Liverpool showed more activity in the midfield as we kept possession than anywhere else on the pitch.
West Brom didn’t threaten much in attack and I felt it was only a matter of time before we’d get one crucial goal which could be the winner. Liverpool fans would only have to wait until the 46th minute to see this crucial event happen.
Nearing the end of the first half, West Brom got a bit sloppy. Chris Brunt was tugging so hard on Divock Origi’s shirt that Liverpool were awarded a free kick and Brunt was awarded a yellow card. Milner would take the free kick (of course) and it would go towards Lucas, who sent it over to Firmino.
The Brazilian had to be fairly brave about making his headed shot because a West Brom defender was closing in and throwing his feet up pretty high with the possibility of injury but Firmino showed no fear making sure he would connect with the ball and it went into the back of the net, so it was important that he’d not backed out of the challenge. West Brom 0-1 Liverpool. Half time would arrive shortly after but it was “game over” for West Brom already. 45 minutes more without scoring for them and Liverpool would have all the points from the game, away from home.
West Brom did have some dangerous moments in the 2nd half, but none of them would be enough to claim a draw even. Simon Mignolet was tested and did his job well enough to keep a precious clean sheet.
Man Of the Match
Roberto Firmino was part of many attacks and showed considerable bravery in heading the ball which ended up being the only goal of the game. It would have been understandable if he’d have pulled out of the risky challenge which may have seen him kicked in the face but he was so determined to score and put his head in the way of danger to make sure Liverpool scored and ultimately, won. Nobody could ask more of him. Now he has 11 goals, which is 1 more than he’d gotten last season. He’s improving, for sure. Breaking his own records. Watching him is a pleasure and while Sadio Mané is out injured, he’s the best replacement we could possibly hope to have.
Liverpool will host Christian Benteke and Mamadou Sakho at Anfield as Crystal Palace travel up north for more exciting Premier League football.
Walk on with hope on your hearts, Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.