Liverpool 0-2 West Brom: Gerrard Misses Penalty, Reds Lose Late on to WBA
Live Premier League commentary
Gareth McAuley (WBA) 80', Romelu Lukaku (WBA) 90'.
Missed penalty: Gerrard (LIV) 77'.
Liverpool: Reina; Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Jose Enrique; Lucas, Gerrard, Henderson (Sterling); Downing (Coutinho), Suarez, Shelvey (Borini).
West Brom: Foster; Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Yacob, Mulumbu; Dorrans (Lukaku), Morrison, Brunt; Long (Fortune).
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Big three points for West Brom to stop the recent rot, big opportunity missed for Liverpool. See you all next time.
Full time at Anfield
West Bromwich Albion 2 (McAuley, Lukaku)
MOTM: Foster (WBA)
West Brom jump above Liverpool in the Premier League table with that win, while the Reds themselves are back down to ninth—a big bump of hard, cold Earth for some perhaps after that talk of a run for a top four place.
Brendan Rodgers will have much to ponder ahead of next weekend's home fixture against old club Swansea City; the Reds simply have to win that game. Not least of all will be Liverpool's midweek game in Russia, where they face Zenit St. Petersburg in the Europa League.
West Brom can count themselves justifiably proud of that display, and they've now done the double over Liverpool in Steve Clarke's first season in charge.
Full time at Anfield
Liverpool 0 West Bromwich Albion 2
A game which Liverpool largely dominated has somehow ended with the Reds on the wrong end of a 0-2 scoreline.
For all their passing and probing, and the vast majority of shots in the game, Ben Foster only had three or four decent saves to make—the best, of course, being a penalty save from Steven Gerrard.
Soon after that big miss, the Baggies took the lead with a thumping Gareth McAuley header, before Romelu Lukaku sealed the win with a driving run and finish.
West Brom were hard-working bystanders for a lot of the game but played perhaps the perfect away game, scoring twice late on to take all three points.
90+4'—Rounding off the night rather aptly, Suarez is booked for sarcastically applauding the referee.
90+3'—Coutinho looks for a quick impact as he slaloms into the area and shoots, only for the effort to be blocked—by a hand, say Liverpool, but not according to the referee.
Five minutes to be added onwe've had two-and-a-half already.
Utterly shoddy work from Liverpool in defence. They've had a warning a moment ago and now Lukaku makes them pay double; picking up the ball a full 60 metres from goal, West Brom pour forward and Brunt plays in the Belgian striker. Agger is all over the place once more, facing the wrong way and wrong-footed, before Lukaku buries it hard and low past Reina. Game over.
Liverpool 0 West Brom 2
Romelu Lukaku, 90 mins
89'—One minute left of the 90. Not much impact from Liverpool's two early subs as yet, and Coutinho has barely ha the ball. It's been a poor evening's work from too many in Red, at least in the final third.
87'—Last three minutes. Sterling runs into the area an feeds Suarez, but West Brom have no less than nine defenders in the box and close him out quickly. The ball breaks to Lukaku on the halfway line who simply runs and runs, committing Agger and shooting from the edge of the box—but it rolls just wide of the far post.
85'—West Brom have another corner as they look to make another sub. Time running down on Liverpool. Reina takes this corner in the air and kicks forward, but the Reds can't make the most of the break.
West Brom sub: Marc-Antoine Fortune on for Shane Long.
82'—Liverpool need a big, big finish if their recent talk of making a late surge for the top four is to have any basis in their actions on the pitch.
Incredible. West Brom have largely defended for 80 minutes, and now lead with 10 minutes to go. The corner is swung over after that Reina save and Gareth McAuley evades his marker Daniel Agger to thump a header in off the crossbar and into the back of the Liverpool net. 1-0 West Brom.
Liverpool 0 West Brom 1
Gareth McAuley, 80 mins
80'—CLOSE TO 0-1! West Brom finally have their first shot as Mulumbu breaks forward from range and shoots firmly, and Reina has to make a good save.
Liverpool sub: Downing off, Philippe Coutinho on. Can the debut boy have a match-winning impression late on?
77'—Gerrard's penalty is saved by Ben Foster!
Foster dives low to his left and keeps his hand strong, while Ridgewell puts the rebound behind. West Brom survive what was probably a harsh penalty in the first place. Liverpool miss a huge chance in a game they really need three points from.
Jose Enrique's cross is towards Suarez in the area and he is barged to ground by Jonas Olsson—the referee doesn't hesitate and points to the spot. Steven Gerrard will take it.
Penalty for Liverpool!
75'—Gerrard is the latest to test his luck from range, but he curls over the bar by some distance. Not too many in the box at the moment for Liverpool, prompting these chances from range.
73'—Stewart Downing curls it...but well over the crossbar. Poor effort.
West Brom sub: Romelu Lukaku on for Dorrans
72'—Suarez rampages forward through the centre again and is tripped cynically, again, and this time Chris Brunt is booked. Dangerous-looking free kick.
James Morrison has been booked for kicking the ball away after the whistle had gone here.
71'—GOOD SHOT! Sterling lays the ball off for Gerrard who thunders a shot at goal; Foster does well to make a reaction save and Borini pokes the rebound disappointingly wide from close range. Great effort from Gerrard initially.
70'—Half a sight of goal for Suarez who is played in by Lucas, but McAuley is across very quickly to block out the shot. Into the final 20 minutes now.
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