As it happened: LFC 1-1 West Brom

Premier League
Sunday 27 December 2020 - 4:30 pm
Anfield
Liverpool1
1West Brom
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⚽️ Mane12'
56' O'Shea
Matip off, Williams on ↔️61'
73'↔️ Robinson off, Pereira on
78'↔️ Grant off, Austin on
82'⚽️ Ajayi
Jones off, Oxlade-Chamberlain on ↔️83'
Firmino off, Origi on ↔️90'
90'↔️ Gallacher off, Ivanovic on
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Get yourselves another turkey sandwich and mince pie and lets hope Klopp can outmanouvre professional spoiler Sam Allardyce.

The likes of James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri have been stepping up their returns from injury.  Thiago is unlikely to feature.

Liverpool will be looking to extend their lead at the top in our 15th game of the season.

Leicester and Man Utd played out a draw yesterday which means the reds can take a 6 point lead over third placed Leicester.  Everton are currently in second place.

West Brom are desperate for the points - they are second bottom with just 7 points so far this season.

As it happened...

15:33 UK
Confirmed team

Milner and Shaqiri return to the bench after injury.  Salah's back in the starting XI - as is Curtis Jones.

Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Jones, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Subs: Kelleher, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Shaqiri, Origi, R. Williams, Phillips, N. Williams.

16:06 UK
West Brom team

Jake Livermore was sent off in their last match.  He's suspended and in comes forward Callum Robinson.

Johnstone, Furlong, Gibbs, Ajayi, Robinson, Phillips, Diangana, Gallagher, Sawyers, O'Shea, Grant.

Substitutes: Pereira, Grosicki, Austin, Harper, Krovinovic, Ivanovic, Kipre, Peltier, Button.

16:23 UK
Reds v West Brom

It's a fixture littered with draws.

This is our first game against West Brom since they were relegated at the end of the 2017/18 season. 

In the seven previous Premier League games up to then, there were five draws between the two teams.

The last match between these two at Anfield wasn't a good one for Liverpool.  West Brom knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup at Anfield in January 2018.

In all competitions, the reds have two wins from the past 8 games and those two wins were secured by a one goal difference.

To be clear, this has not historically been an easy fixture for the reds.

16:24 UK
100 up for Fabinho

The Brazilian world class midfielder/world class centre back is making his 100th appearance for Liverpool.

16:30 UK
KICK OFF

Underway at Anfield.

16:36 UK
Chance

6' Andy Robertson is in the mood - he's put in two great crosses and that last one only marginally evaded Mo Salah's feet.

Early pressure from Liverpool.

16:44 UK
GOAL!!!

12' Sadio Mane with a great goal.  Matip with a lovely ball through - chested down by Mane and then fired in.

That goal was coming.

1-0.

16:53 UK
Mane chance

23' Now it's Trent's turn to send in a ball.

It's a low one and Mane does launch himself at it but it's deflected behind for a corner.

West Brom manage to clear that away.

Liverpool pushing hard to try and double the lead inside this first half.

16:54 UK

17:18 UK
HALF TIME

Domination by Liverpool, but I suppose Sam Allardyce will probably be happy it's only 1-0.

83% possession for the reds and 10 shots to 1 but it remains 1-0.

We did warn you ahead of this game that they've been tricky fixtures in the past.

Sadio Mane looking very lively in this game.  Been some great work by Robertson and Trent but it was Joel Matip who provided the exquisite assist for the opening goal.

Liverpool 1-0 West Brom

17:33 UK
SECOND HALF

Man City battered West Brom but the Baggies escaped with a 1-1 draw.

Surely that's not going to happen again.

Liverpool kicking towards the 2000 fans in the Kop.

17:34 UK
Chance

46' West Brom head it out but it arrives at the feet of Henderson who fires in a curler that curls away from the goal.

Decent opportunity.

17:42 UK
WBA Shot

55' A first shot on target for the away team through Karlon Grant.

Proving to be quite a battle for Liverpool to break through this West Brom defence and the longer it remains 1-0 the more that nerves may start to appear.

Still a long time to go though.

17:43 UK
Yellow

56' Dara O'shea booked for a bit of a hack on Jordan Henderson.

17:45 UK
Matip down

Looks like he stretched his groin.

17:48 UK
LFC Sub

61' Joel Matip can't carry on so on comes Rhys Williams.

17:50 UK
Yellow card for Klopp

62' Jurgen Klopp goes into the book.  Didn't look happy with a free kick not being given and gave a bit too much lip to the referee.

17:53 UK

65' Mo Salah heads over there from about 8 yards. 

Good chance.  Signs there is a bit of anxiety creeping in now because West Brom have been a little bit better this half.

Losing Matip clearly not helped.

18:00 UK
Great save

72' Thought was going to be the sucker punch.

Big breakaway from West Brom and Karlon Grant is powering up the pitch.  He holds off Rhys Williams and gets the shot away but Alisson gets behind that.

Big save.

18:00 UK
WBA Sub

74' Pereira, a very decent player, comes on to replace Robinson.

18:05 UK
Free kick...

... and it's just over by Trent AA.

About 12 minutes + injury time to come.

18:05 UK
WBA Sub

78' Karlan Grant replaced by Charlie Austin.

18:09 UK
Goal

82' Sucker punch.

Semi Ajayi scores.  From a corner, and a cross it's headed in off the post.

1-1.

18:10 UK
LFC Sub

83' Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Curtis Jones.

18:17 UK
Wow!

90' Thought that was going in.  Great save by Sam Johnstone from the head of Bobby Firmino.

18:22 UK
FULL TIME

Liverpool 1-1 West Brom

Disappointing, but not surprising.

Two points dropped by the reds.

18:33 UK
Liverpool extend lead at the top

So Liverpool extend their lead at the top of the league.

It's now a 3 point gap, should have been 5 points.

Although Liverpool are top, dropping 13 points out of 45 is perhaps not the standard we have seen over the past two seasons.

A trip to Newcastle next for Liverpool on Wednesday night.

18:55 UK
League Table

As it stands now after Liverpool's 15th match of the season.



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