Liverpool’s latest Premier League fixture surprisingly ended in a draw.
Jurgen Klopp made five very noticeable changes from the squad that had beaten Bournemouth 3-0 with Ragnar Klavan, Joe Gomez, Alberto Moreno, James Milner and Danny Ings all coming in to start. A certain up and coming Champions League Semi Final fixture is almost certainly the reason, with key players being rested for one of the most important games of the season arriving soon. More info on that later.
Liverpool got off to a flying start with a goal just four minutes into the game. The goalscorer unexpectedly was a player who had not scored since 2015, our very own Danny Ings.
West Brom 0-1 Liverpool
Ings has been plagued by injury in his career and when he has been fit, was really only used occasionally and as substitute. We seemed to have enough attacking players to genuinely not need him on a regular basis. I hate how that sounds because I like the player and would not willingly disrespect him but it’s a situation that has been seen before at the club and very well may happen again. It’s not an ungrateful statement by the club saying “we don’t need you, not gonna pick you any more”. That sounds cruel. The situation is more “we’re sorry you are not fit to be picked but we now must choose another player that will be in the position you’d play in if you were at full fitness”. Still respectful to the player and still grateful for their services in the past, with hope that they could return to play again in the future.
So, we’d shown some strength from a player that isn’t generally a regular part of the squad and we’d set the tone for the game, showing a form that was making it look like a home game for Liverpool, even though this was not Anfield. We looked comfortable from early on in the game. Taking our lead to half time would be pleasant for the away fans.
Liverpool didn’t give up attacking in the 2nd half but it certainly was a while before we could claim another goal. West Brom deserve some credit for keeping out a barrage of goals that would have overwhelmed them.
Liverpool would have to wait for the 72nd minute to double their lead when Mohamed Salah scored his 31st Premier League goal of the season. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain passed it out to the Egyptian, who was faced with an incoming challenge from the West Brom goalkeeper but Salah would confidently chip the ball over the advancing Foster equalling Luis Suarez’s record of 31 league goals (from his full 38 fixture season). West Brom 0-2 Liverpool
Even just drawing level with that record is impressive. Scoring one more time will break it and we’ll all lose our minds.
7 more minutes would go by and West Brom showed that they weren’t done just yet, definitely not giving up as they scored in the 79th minute. Jake Livermore with their goal. West Brom 1-2 Liverpool.
11 minutes should have been just a little wait for the 3 points Liverpool seemed to genuinely deserve, having outplayed their opponents for much of the game.
Frustratingly, in the 88th minute Salomon Rondon completed a remarkable turnaround when heading home Chris Bunt’s free kick with just two minutes remaining of regular time. Liverpool just didn’t have enough time to do anything but accept the fate of taking 1 point and a draw. Still, unbeaten is unbeaten. We did not lose at least. West Brom 2-2 Liverpool.
Man of the Match
Nobody can deny what Ings has done for Liverpool. When he’s on his best form, he can be a great asset for the club. He’s played an outstanding performance against West Brom and nobody can take that away from him. Though “we’ve got Salah”, it won’t stop Ings from consistently working his way into the squad if he can continue providing the top class performances and goals, even. Big thumbs up for Danny. I look forward to seeing what else you can do for us. We’re behind you bro. Supporting you all the way. YNWA
I mentioned it earlier. Liverpool’s 1st leg of the Champions League Semi Finals is arriving and the first part of the two leg tie is going to be at Anfield. We’ll be trying to stop Roma from scoring away goals while hopefully taking a scoring advantage of our own to Italy with us. A clean sheet would be best, with goals from…. anyone in Red! It doesn’t have to be your favourite player ever or the most expected to put the ball in the net, even when players like ings score it is much appreciated and important for the club. Though Salah will be keen to score against his old club being a former Roma player himself. Do not miss this! Kickoff: Tuesday April 24th, 19:45 (GMT).
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.