West Bromwich Albion vs. Liverpool Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistFebruary 2, 2014


Liverpool passed up the chance to reinforce their place in the top four as West Bromwich Albion fought back from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw.

Daniel Sturridge handed Liverpool the lead on 24 minutes, but a shocking mistake from Kolo Toure gifted Victor Anichebe a leveller.

Luis Suarez spent much of the opening 20 minutes throwing his arms in the air in frustration, as balls bounced off his legs and his passes failed to find their intended targets.

But just as it appeared West Brom were settling into the game, Suarez was raising his arms in celebration.

The Uruguayan collected a short pass from Raheem Sterling inside the box, but there appeared little on as he faced a host of blue and white shirts.

Somehow, Suarez threaded a brilliant pass to the far post, which handed Sturridge the simplest of tap-ins.

PHOTO Daniel Sturridge opens the scoring from Luis Suarez's pass. It's West Brom 0-1 Liverpool at half-time #WBALIV pic.twitter.com/LpbaNSJZ1N

— Premier League (@premierleague) February 2, 2014

The goal allowed Liverpool to knock the ball around with confidence, and a buccaneering run down the left flank from Aly Cissokho almost brought a second, but Jonas Olsson cut out the intended pass for Suarez.

Olsson’s intervention at full stretch came at a cost, as he appeared to damage his left hamstring and was withdrawn moments later.

West Brom’s best moment of the opening 45 minutes came shortly before the break, as Zoltan Gera let fly from 20 yards, but his drive flew inches wide of the target.

38 - Liverpool have scored 38 first half goals in the PL this season, one more than Everton have managed in total. Glut.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 2, 2014

The Baggies twice came close to drawing level at the start of the second half. Jon Flanagan had to be alert to block a volley from Chris Brunt, and from the resulting corner, Simon Mignolet produced a reaction save to beat away a powerful header from Gareth McAuley.

Suarez produced a moment of brilliance shortly before the hour, as he tricked his way past a couple of defenders to line up a shot on goal. The only surprise was that his effort lacked conviction, and Ben Foster kept it out.

Liverpool were in cruise control when they gifted the Baggies a route back into the match on 67 minutes. A shocking pass from Toure went straight to Anichebe, and he gobbled up the gift by slotting his shot past Mignolet.

FT: Kolo Toure has a day to forget, allowing West Brom to come back for 1-1 draw against Liverpool. pic.twitter.com/gywgC65WLk

— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) February 2, 2014

The game became stretched in the final 20 minutes as both sides went in search of a winner, but that clear-cut chance never materialised as the two teams had to settle for a share of the spoils.

.@LFC's Steven Gerrard: "It's bitterly disappointing. We controlled the majority of the game and we should have seen it out" #WBALIV

— Premier League (@premierleague) February 2, 2014



Steven Gerrard: B

The England captain seems to be settling into his new holding role, and he simply cruised through the contest. Time and again he broke up play and was efficient in his distribution.


Raheem Sterling: B+

His pace and trickery was a thorn in the side of the West Brom defence, and he looked dangerous every time he picked up the ball. The one thing still lacking from his game is the final ball, as he squandered a couple of openings.


Luis Suarez: C

A rare off day for the Uruguayan, but such is his quality that he produced one moment of brilliance to create the Reds' goal. He was not at his sharpest, wasted one good chance and was lax in control on occasions. Still, he found a brilliant eye-of-a-needle pass to set up Sturridge.


What's next

Up next for top-four-chasing Liverpool is a massive home game with Arsenal on Saturday lunchtime, while the Baggies face fellow strugglers Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.