Liverpool 2-1 West Brom: Reds end the weekend joint top of the League

Premier League
Saturday 22 October 2016 - 5:30 pm
Anfield
Liverpool2
1West Brom
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Mane21'
Coutinho34'
82'McAuley
Possession %
6733
Total Shots
217
Shots on Target
71
Shots Blocked
72
Offside
33
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Liverpool hit the 20 point mark in the Premier League with a (mostly) comfortable home victory over West Brom.

By half time the reds had strolled into a 2-0 lead that briefly placed them top of the Premier League, but they conceded a late goal to introduce some jitters in to what was a solid performance.

Adam Lallana returned to the starting line up in place of Daniel Sturridge but Gini Wijnaldum only made it to the bench - Emre Can keeping his place in midfield.

The front quartet of Lallana, Coutinho, Mane and Firmino worked well yet again and for the first goal it was the turn of Sadio Mane to dispatch the low cross from Firmino in the 20th minute.  It was no less than the reds deserved after a tireless opening.

Mane was involved in the reds second goal - Coutinho collecting the ball and with skill and composure firing in his 5th goal of the season.

Liverpool should have had more goals - their dominance with the ball and 21 shots should have put the game beyond any question.

Lallana fired over and Milner couldn't target a header.  Ben Foster in the West Brom goal produced a terrific save to push away a Dejan Lovren header and prevented Firmino adding his name to the scoresheet.

West Brom didn't get their first shot away until the 70th minute and that went over.  But the reds couldn't keep the clean sheet they should have.

As it was, from a corner, McAuley was granted too much space around the penalty are and smashed in the shot in the final 10 minutes.

The reds held their never however and went above Spurs in the Premier League - the reds end the weekend joint top with Arsenal and Man City although they have a slightly inferior goal difference.

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