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West Brom 2-2 LFC: Watch action and reaction on LFCTV GO

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Liverpool had to settle for a point after West Bromwich Albion came back from 2-0 down to gain a 2-2 draw on Saturday - and LFCTV GO subscribers can now watch the action and reaction.
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West Brom 2-2 LFC: Watch action and reaction on LFCTV GO

LiverpoolFC.TV - 5 hours 17 min ago
[unable to retrieve full-text content]<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" standalone="yes"?> Liverpool had to settle for a point after West Bromwich Albion came back from 2-0 down to gain a 2-2 draw on Saturday - and LFCTV GO subscribers can now watch the action and reaction.
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Liverpool’s draw at West Brom is frustrating, but not one to get annoyed about

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 21/04/2018 - 20:43

Liverpool’s failure to beat West Brom on Saturday was frustrating, especially the manner of it, but it’s not one to be overly annoyed about.


Draws, I hate them. They cost us the title under Rafa in 2008/09, and simple maths dictates that a win and a defeat is better than two draws.

It’s draws, 11 of them so far, that have cost Liverpool this season too. Jurgen Klopp‘s side have ‘shared the spoils’ on eight occasions more than Man City, and six more than United.

Of the teams in the top half, only Leicester have drawn as many as Liverpool.

Two points have been dropped against Watford (a), Burnley (h), Newcastle (a), Man United (h), Chelsea (h), Everton (h and a), West Brom (h and a), Arsenal (a), Spurs (h).

Speaking in his pre-West Brom press conference, Klopp was asked what is required to compete with Man City for the title next season. His response was simple: “consistency.”

“The gap between us and City was not in the games against City, it was in other games and a few points we missed were kind of unlucky and a few were our own responsibility and we have to work on that.”

Saturday’s draw at the Hawthorns, conceding two goals off set pieces in the final 12 minutes, was due to a number of factors; many eyes were already on Roma, it was a much-changed defence, and there was an absolutely shocking referee in charge.

So how do Liverpool prevent such draws next season and find that consistency Klopp, and all supporters, desire?

Let’s start with the defence. Joe Gomez was making his first start for over a month after injury, and he was poor when tired late on. But he has plenty about him and will remain as a good squad option next season.

 West Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon (centre) and Liverpool's Ragnar Klavan (left) and captain Jordan Henderson (right) during the FA Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the Hawthorns. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

On the other side, Alberto Moreno was poor throughout and the Spaniard’s performance showed why he won’t be Anfield next season. Upgrades are required on these types of players if Liverpool are to become a ruthless, consistent machine.

In midfield, we’ve had four players rotating for three positions during the most important stage of the season, which is really not enough.

Meanwhile, Naby Keita was scoring another for Leipzig and showing the quality and attacking output he’ll bring to Merseyside in the summer. He’s very, very unlikely to be the only addition in the middle.

Ruben Neves, Jorginho and Wilfried Ndidi appear to be on the shortlist for adding midfield options. All of them would improve the depth centrally.

Adam Lallana has shown he cannot be relied upon and players whose fitness isn’t up to it need to be shifted on or at the least, their importance to the squad reduced.

Up front, more is required so that Mo Salah and Sadio Mane can be rested and rotated. Adding a top-quality wide player, such as Christian Pulisic or Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon, would add a wealth of options.

Maybe then we can keep the pressure on rather than reverting to a back five in the closing stages, which the team rarely looks comfortable when doing. It’s a cliche, but it’s not in this side’s DNA to play a defensive game.

Imagine if Mane was on the bench vs. West Brom and he was introduced as Salah was removed. That’s the type of options we want and need in order to provide the consistency required.

There have been a couple of suggestions from national journalists even this week – the week before Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final, their first in 10 years – that Klopp hasn’t improved this Liverpool side (seriously, it was some journalist called James Nursey in the Mirror). Laughable claims.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates after the 2-1 (5-1 aggregate) victory over Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Then there was former Daily Mail journalist Ian Ladyman writing snidely after the West Brom draw that “still we have to listen to those who tell us how much Liverpool’s defending has improved….”

Honestly, what planet are these on? Before this, Liverpool had kept eight clean sheets in the last 12 games and conceded just five goals. Those games included quarter-final ties against free-scoring champions Man City.

Ignore ‘opinions’ of this type. Look forward to Tuesday’s semi-final in Europe.

Be frustrated, Klopp clearly was post-match, but he’ll sort the reasons for that in the summer.

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Jurgen Klopp unhappy at referee decisions and dry pitch in West Brom draw

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 21/04/2018 - 19:00

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp complained about a dry pitch, refereeing decisions and West Brom’s “useless” comeback after watching his side throw away a two-goal lead at The Hawthorns.


Goals from Danny Ings, his first in 930 days, and Mohamed Salah’s Premier League record-equalling 31st of the season appeared to have put the visitors in control with just 18 minutes to go.

However, Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon, in the 88th minute, snatched a 2-2 draw for the top-flight’s bottom club.

The point did little for the Baggies’ chances of survival such is their deficit with the three matches to go, as they could still be relegated by Sunday, but a win for Liverpool would have left them needing one more victory to guarantee Champions League football.

In amongst the comeback was a Craig Dawson challenge on Ings which Klopp thought should have been a penalty, while another flashpoint early in the second half saw Ahmed Hegazi appear to throw a punch at the striker – missed by referee Stuart Attwell – while they tussled on the ground.

“Useless comeback,” was Klopp’s assessment of West Brom’s late recovery.

“I don’t think that point will help West Brom massively, it is a complete waste of points: they don’t need it, we would have needed it.

“They are happy now, we are not happy. We stay in the league, they don’t stay in the league – it is a strange situation.”

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On the match incidents, Klopp told assembled journalists: “On the penalty we agree – and Hegazi on Ings, it is a red card. You see it, I see it, it is not a problem.

“It is only important what three or four gentlemen with a whistle think.

“And the second (West Brom) goal was no foul (for the free-kick which Rondon headed in).”

The Reds boss was also not happy about the state of the playing surface.

“You have to create the best circumstances to help the boys deliver and then we let the home team decide whether they water the pitch or not,” he said.

“It is not only for football it is also dangerous for injuries if the pitch is really dry. I wouldn’t have said nothing about that probably if we had won but it is all you see during the game.”

 Liverpool?s manager Jurgen Klopp with Jordan Henderson and James Milner react after the FA Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the Hawthorns. (Pic by Peter Powell/Propaganda)

West Brom caretaker manager Darren Moore took his record to five points from three games, which includes two of the top four, and was encouraged by what he has seen despite the fact they seem destined for the Sky Bet Championship after eight seasons in the top flight.

“Another good result because we as a football club have come together and by us being together it has brought another positive result,” he said.

“The atmosphere in here was superb; the staff, in terms of their preparation, have been great and the players have continued that on to the pitch. Together we have earned that.”

Asked whether not watering the pitch was pre-meditated he added: “It wasn’t a ploy. It was a really hot day today. I was so engrossed in the game in terms of preparation my focus was not about the pitch.”

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LISTEN: Premier League Live podcast

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sat, 21/04/2018 - 19:00

Last Updated: 21/04/18 5:07pm

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Steve McMahon and Rickie Lambert analyse West Brom's 2-2 draw with Liverpool at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

The Reds had lead 2-0 until the final 11 minutes, but goals from Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon saw the hosts take a point from the Premier League clash.

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Following the game, McMahon and Lambert joined Kelly Cates to discuss the big talking points from the game, including a disputed penalty for Liverpool, a possible sending-off for Ahmed Hegazi and more.

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Ings ends his long wait & Reds throw away the win – 5 talking points from West Brom 2-2 Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 21/04/2018 - 18:30

Liverpool lost a two-goal lead at West Brom on Saturday, conceding twice in the final 12 minutes to gain one but drop two points in the Premier League.


West Brom 2-2 Liverpool

The Hawthorns, Premier League
April 21, 2018

Goals: Ings 4′, Salah 71′; Livermore 78′, Rondon 87′.

Ings ends his mammoth wait

 Liverpool's Danny Ings celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the Hawthorns. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It finally happened: Danny Ings scored again for Liverpool’s senior side!

The striker’s first goal under Jurgen Klopp came early on at the Hawthorns, instinctively swiping home from close range after a corner was worked his way.

The relief and joy on Ings’ face as he sped off celebrating was almost better for away fans to see than the ball hitting the back of the net — 931 days after his last league goal.

It was important for Ings, of course, to show he could offer something to the team, particularly given his central role for this game after an ineffective showing out wide against Everton.

He should have had a second goal shortly before half time, his effort saved by the keeper, but his work rate and movement throughout caused problems for West Brom.

A good showing overall, and a confidence booster in front of goal which could yet come in handy in the final weeks of the season.

Recalled full-backs prominent

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp and Joe Gomez after the 2-2 draw during the FA Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the Hawthorns. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

One key decision from Klopp was to rest both full-backs, with Joe Gomez and Alberto Moreno coming into the team.

Both have lacked game time of late, through injury in the case of the former and Andrew Robertson‘s great form for the latter, so a good performance was a must to see further action in the run-in.

Unfortunately for the left-back, that wasn’t really the case.

Moreno was beaten repeatedly down his wing by the dribbling Matt Phillips, as well as missing a few passes in behind.

He failed to cut out crosses and compounded his day by being booked for a late slide on Phillips with 20 minutes to play.

Gomez fared better; his approach play was good and he linked well in the attacking half, and though he made the odd error defensively, Gomez was able to get back and block the would-be cross in most cases.

Aerially he was impressive, clearing crosses toward the far post a couple of times when danger would otherwise have loomed large.

However, he made a critical error in the last minutes: gifting possession, then contributing to a foul, from which West Brom equalised.

Worst referee of the season?

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp reacts during the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace FC and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park. (Pic by Dave Shopland/Propaganda)

This is some competition, given the number of atrocious performances put in by matchday officials across the course of a season.

But Stuart Attwell’s interpretations of the laws at the Hawthorns were bordering on comical, they were so bad.

A spate of first-half tackles, at best late and at worst reckless, went unpunished. Salomon Rondon, in particular, should have been shown a yellow at least for a dreadful lunge toward Ings’ knee area.

In the second half, Ings was then scythed down inside the box, off the ball, by Craig Dawson; a coming-together, said the ref.

If that was dubious, the next incident involving the Reds’ striker was simply abysmal.

Ahmed Hegazi dragged Ings to ground, then punched him in the stomach—all of five yards from the ref. It wasn’t exactly a full-power hammer blow, but that’s utterly beside the point.

Attwell awarded West Brom a free-kick.

A shocking performance which deserves to see him relegated alongside the Baggies.

Atwell was actually demoted as a Premier League referee in 2012, spending two years in the lower leagues before returining as an elite referee in 2014.

Personal and collective objectives almost complete

After a reasonably quiet day in and around the penalty area, Mohamed Salah‘s 41st goal of the season in all competitions gave the Reds a buffer in the match.

It was also his 31st in the league, equalling the 38-game record held jointly by Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Alan Shearer. One more, and that particular record is Salah’s alone.

In addition, the Reds needed two wins from the last four games to guarantee a top-four finish and looked to be on course to achieve the first—until West Brom‘s improbable late comeback.

The Reds stay in third, eight points ahead of Chelsea who have four games to play.

It’s almost job done, and this was another small step toward assuring Champions League football next season, but it should have been three points instead of one.

Critical fitness report: All good – hopefully

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during the FA Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the Hawthorns. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

All told, the draw was frustrating but shouldn’t be too relevant in the wider scheme of Liverpool’s season.

More crucial was coming through this bruising 90 minutes without picking up injuries, ahead of a first leg of the Champions League semi-final against AS Roma on Tuesday.

That seems to be the case; it would be a surprise if there weren’t a few aching bodies at Melwood over the next day or two, given the amount of rough challenges put in, but the Reds seemed to emerge unscathed.

Virgil van Dijk gave an early scare with a foot knock after a tackle, Salah took an arm to the face and Milner was fouled with frequency, but there didn’t appear any serious worries.

Also pleasing was Roberto Firmino not having to play a full game, appearing only as sub alongside Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while Sadio Mane also earned an early rest.

Onward to Tuesday, and to more important matters.

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Video: Jurgen Klopp post-match press conference – West Brom 2-2 Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 21/04/2018 - 18:20

Jurgen Klopp was left frustrated after Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw away to West Brom on Saturday, in a disappointing collapse on the road.

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After their comfortable 3-0 win over Bournemouth at Anfield last weekend, the Reds crumbled in their lunchtime clash with Darren Moore’s relegation favourites.

Having gone two goals ahead through Danny Ings‘ first in 930 days and Mohamed Salah‘s record 31st in the Premier League, Klopp’s side allowed Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon to restore parity.

Speaking after the stalemate at the Hawthorns, Klopp insisted his side had not taken their foot off the gas but rued the Baggies’ familiar comeback, saying “now we have to take it.”

“I couldn’t see that the boys finished the game mentally or said ‘OK, that’s it now’ [at 2-0 up],” he said.

“We knew each set-piece can be a real threat, and then it happened. The first goal was after a corner.

“I didn’t see it a second time but it looked similar to our first goal—bam, bam, bam and scored from a short distance.

“The second goal was no foul; [there were] plenty of free-kicks for West Brom in different situations.

“That was not a foul but it was the best position they could get for what they are strong at. Then they scored the second. Now we have to take it.”

 Liverpool's Danny Ings celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the Hawthorns. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp also discussed his five changes and Ings’ goal after a difficult two-and-a-half years, explaining that “it was a very nice game for him, for sure.”

The Reds are next in action on Tuesday night for their crucial Champions League semi-final first-leg clash with AS Roma at Anfield.

With a sixth European Cup in sight, Klopp will be hoping for a much better display from his full-strength selection when they take on their Serie A challengers.

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Klopp: Pitch, ref to blame for draw

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sat, 21/04/2018 - 17:51

Last Updated: 21/04/18 6:18pm

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp questioned both the officiating and the quality of the pitch after his side threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with bottom-of-the-table West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

The visitors appeared to be cruising towards a 2-0 win at the Hawthorns after goals in each half half-time from Danny Ings and Mohamed Salah.

However, West Brom scored twice in the final 11 minutes through Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon to dent Liverpool's top-four hopes, with Klopp furious at the full-time whistle.

The German thought the visitors should have been awarded a second-half penalty after Ings was taken out in the box by Craig Dawson, while he also wanted Ahmed Hegazi sent off after a first-half clash with the same player.

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Klopp, though, was most unhappy with the state of the pitch at the Hawthorns, claiming it was too dry and should have been watered at half-time.

"I was not happy with the pitch, you can imagine that. It was a difficult game, especially after the pitch got drier and drier," he said. "West Brom obviously decided not to water the pitch in half-time again. And it was quite difficult.

"Then we had the situation early in the second half, Ings in the box, you saw the pictures - it could be a penalty. And the situation with Hegazi and Ings, I do not know…

"You need a little bit of, not even help, only the right decision. So that is twice not…"

And Klopp reacted angrily when asked by Sky Sports reporter Pat Davidson what difference watering the surface would have made.

Mohamed Salah (centre) celebrates after doubling Liverpool's leadMohamed Salah (centre) celebrates after doubling Liverpool's lead Mohamed Salah (centre) celebrates after doubling Liverpool's lead

"You proved you never played football obviously," he said. "It makes a massive difference. If the pitch is dry, you can pass the ball not really through three or four yards. That is for all teams in the world, if they play football.

"If you do it like West Brom, the ball is constantly in the air and you do not need a wet pitch. But that is how it is and we have to deal with that.

"And they can do it next year, playing football with a dry pitch in the Championship. So that is how it is and we have to deal with it.

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"My analyst showed it to me [Hegazi's punch on Ings]. I do not have to say anything about that. I do not know why he did it, there was no reason for that, but he did it.

"And with the penalty situation, people were laughing at Ings that he goes down in that situation, nobody can stand on their feet in that situation.

"We know what we are responsible for, but with the number of games, stuff like that, and then you need only the right decisions. Not on your side, not that, only the right and then everything is fine at the end and we win here 3-0 or 3-1."

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The infuriated Liverpool boss was not finished there, claiming goalkeeper Loris Karius was being blocked during set plays throughout the match and that the free kick leading to West Brom's 88th-minute equaliser should not have been given.

"The whole game, the block on the goalkeeper - I know everybody likes it in this country, but it makes life quite difficult for a goalie in these situations," he said.

"And everybody knows they want set pieces in the last few minutes and the ref [Stuart Atwell] gave it in the corner with Joe Gomez, but everybody told me it was not a foul. And that makes life not easier.

"For the second goal what I heard from what my guys told me, it was not a foul, so that was the only chance they could have in a situation like that."

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West Brom 2-2 Liverpool: Player Ratings

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 21/04/2018 - 17:34

A late collapse saw Liverpool let a two-goal lead slip, with West Brom clawing back for a 2-2 draw in the Premier League on Saturday.


West Brom 2-2 Liverpool

Premier League, The Hawthorns
April 21, 2018

Goals: Ings 4′, Salah 72′; Livermore 79′, Rondon 88′

Loris Karius – 6 (out of 10)

Made a good save in the buildup to the first West Brom goal, but wasn’t helped by his defence for the rebound.

He was in no man’s land for the second as he came for the cross, but was unable to reach it and therefore in no position to make a save.

Often shows good intentions when it comes to sweeping up behind the defence, and despite an off day for the team he still did most things well, bar the moment for the second goal.

Joe Gomez – 5

Not the best display on his first start for over a month. Some sloppy play and it was his poor pass then foul which lead to the free-kick for the second goal as he tired late on.

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during the FA Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the Hawthorns. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Virgil van Dijk – 6.5

Van Dijk moved over to the right side of defence but still did what he does; winning headers, being physical, and also good on the ball, with the best passing accuracy of any of any player bar Wijnaldum.

Ragnar Klavan – 6

Good in his battle against the strength of Salomon Rondon, and has proved a useful squad option.

Jurgen Klopp spoke to him at length after the game, suggesting that there were a few areas for improvement.

Alberto Moreno – 5

A return to the team and a return of the rash, overenthusiastic challenges, as opposed to the more considered player seen earlier this season.

Didn’t offer much in attack, either. He should enjoy these games because it’s unlikely he’ll be at the club much longer.

Jordan Henderson – 5

Didn’t do much wrong but the captain should be stepping up to take control of the game in the second half.

Couldn’t assert his control on the midfield or on the game as the whole to help his side secure the three points they had already earned.

James Milner – 5

Plenty of hard work and running, but the fatigue showed with some poor deliveries later on.

The English pair will need to be at the top of their game against Roma’s midfield on Tuesday, and this wasn’t the ideal preparation.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 5

Gets an assist for Ings’ goal but it wasn’t the most intentional of passes.

Back in the more advanced position in midfield, he doesn’t have to get involved as much as he did during his impressive outings as the No. 6, and he doesn’t seem to go looking for the ball.

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the Hawthorns. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Mohamed Salah – 7 (Man of the Match)

A constant threat, even if not always a productive one.

Finally gets his goal following a brilliant through-ball from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Entertained the travelling fans with some moments of speed and skill around the area, and gave his compatriot Ahmed Hegazi all sorts of trouble.

Sadio Mane – 6.5

Plays the ball in from the short corner for the first goal, but should have worked his way into these positions more often.

Always direct with his running and the team missed him when he was subbed in the second half.

 Liverpoolís Danny Ings reacts during the FA Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the Hawthorns. (Pic by Peter Powell/Propaganda)

Danny Ings – 6.5

Scores a good poacher’s goal as the ball bobbled to him in the box early on.

Should have had two, but hit his shot at Ben Foster, and should have had a penalty too.

There was a case for leaving him on the pitch but on a rare start, Klopp opted to introduce Roberto Firmino and got the second goal as a result minutes later.

Substitutes

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino looks dejected during the FA Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the Hawthorns. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (on for Mane, 66′) – 7

Excellent assist for Salah’s goal. Perfectly weighted and directed pass.

Roberto Firmino (on for Ings, 66′) – 6

Good linkup play with Oxlade-Chamberlain before the second goal, and was on hand to turn it in should Salah have decided to pass.

Dejan Lovren (on for Salah, 84′) – 4

Drops behind the line on his own for the Rondon goal, playing the striker onside. Came across to challenge but couldn’t get anything on the ball.

Manager

 Liverpool?s manager Jurgen Klopp with Jordan Henderson and James Milner react after the FA Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the Hawthorns. (Pic by Peter Powell/Propaganda)

Jurgen Klopp – 6

Managed to rotate a few players and still take a two goal lead.

The double sub paid dividends, with Salah moving to the No. 9 role and the two subs and he then combined to make it 2-0.

Klopp, though, arguably undid all this by switching to a back three late in the game, and the defence looked uncertain from then on.

They were made to absorb pressure rather than creating it themselves, and this ultimately encouraged the opposition to attack. Despite this the defence still should have done better.

The changes were sensible and balanced ahead of Tuesday, perhaps though it shows the need for improvements in the summer.

Deflected blame from his players well post-match, focussing instead on the poor refereeing and pitch.

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Jürgen Klopp on West Brom draw, team choice and Ings goal

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 21/04/2018 - 17:23
Jürgen Klopp rued the set-piece concessions which left Liverpool with just a point despite leading West Bromwich Albion by two goals at The Hawthorns on Saturday.
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Jürgen Klopp on West Brom draw, team choice and Ings goal

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 21/04/2018 - 17:23

Jürgen Klopp rued the set-piece concessions which left Liverpool with just a point despite leading West Bromwich Albion by two goals at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

The afternoon started positively for the Reds as Danny Ings scored his first goal since October 2015 to sweep his team into a fourth-minute lead.

Then, in the second half, Mohamed Salah equalled the Premier League record for the highest number of goals in a 38-game season, netting strike No.31 of the campaign with a well-executed dink.

However, Jake Livermore gave the Baggies hope when he hooked in a finish soon after, and Salomon Rondon crashed home a header two minutes from time to secure a 2-2 draw for the hosts.

Afterwards, Klopp reflected on the decisive set-pieces in the final quarter-hour, explained his team selection and took a positive from Ings’ long-awaited return to the scoresheet.

Read on for a summary of the manager’s post-match press conference…

On how the game unfolded…

If you made a ‘set-piece Premier League’ where only set-pieces are allowed then West Brom would, for sure, not go to the Championship. They are really good at that. We defended it quite well over 75 minutes, it was pretty much the only situation they had. Of course, it’s always difficult to defend Rondon in general and with Rodriguez around. But the boys did well, really well. We scored the first one. Then the pitch got drier and drier, that’s not an advantage for the football-playing side. You could see that especially around the second big chance of Danny Ings after a nice diagonal ball from Hendo and Joe, then Mo, and then Ingsy was in front of the goal. It makes life a little bit more difficult.

We scored the second, all good so far. I couldn’t see that the boys finished the game mentally or said ‘OK, that’s it now.’ We knew each set-piece can be a real threat, and then it happened. The first goal was after a corner. I didn’t see it a second time but it looked similar to our first goal – bam, bam, bam and scored from a short distance. The second goal was no foul; [there were] plenty of free-kicks for West Brom in different situations. That was not a foul but it was the best position they could get for what they are strong at. Then they scored the second. Now we have to take it.

On the difficulty of deciding a line-up with Tuesday’s Champions League tie to come…

It was not that difficult, to be honest. It was clear in the moment when we could make these changes. We couldn’t do them in the past. We had Trent and Joe through the whole season, then Trent and Clyney. Unfortunately, Clyney was a little bit injured again. It was clear that at one point Robbo cannot play all the games. Alberto would have played at Everton for sure but was then unfortunately a little bit injured. Ragnar was out for a while. And Ingsy came on from time to time, started at Everton in another position. It was always clear that in the moment we could use them because of the physical situation we would do it. That’s what we did.

On the importance of Ings’ goal on a personal level…

It was always clear that when Danny is fit, healthy and can keep the intensity in training – which he has been doing now for a long time – he will score goals in the Premier League. But we didn’t have too many opportunities for him; that’s not so nice but on the other hand it’s a normal life for a professional football player. It’s really nice that he could do that. He was a real threat. The second chance was really big and I’m sure he would have scored in another situation, now after a little rain. Then being involved in the penalty situation. It was a very nice game for him, for sure. But a very hard one as well. He was constantly a threat, that’s good and I’m happy about that.

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Ings: The goal meant a lot, but I'm disappointed

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 21/04/2018 - 17:17
Danny Ings may have scored for the first time in 930 days on Saturday, but he left The Hawthorns ‘disappointed’ after Liverpool ceded a two-goal cushion to draw with West Bromwich Albion.
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Ings: The goal meant a lot, but I'm disappointed

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 21/04/2018 - 17:17

Danny Ings may have scored for the first time in 930 days on Saturday, but he left The Hawthorns ‘disappointed’ after Liverpool ceded a two-goal cushion to draw with West Bromwich Albion.

Forward Ings slammed home from close range to give the Reds an early lead over the Baggies, with that strike representing his first for the club since October 2015.

And, when Mohamed Salah added a second and his record-equalling 31st Premier League goal of the season in the 72nd minute, it appeared that Jürgen Klopp’s team would claim a comfortable win.

However, late goals from Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon snatched a point for the hosts, leaving Ings to reflect on a frustrating end to an afternoon that started so brightly, - both personally and collectively.

“[I’m] Disappointed, it’s always about the team. It’s alright scoring goals but overall you want the three points and we didn’t manage to get that today so it’s disappointing,” the No.28 told Sky Sports.

Ings was withdrawn midway through the second half and watched from the bench as West Brom launched their fightback in the final 10 minutes.

“I just think they gathered some momentum. It was quite tricky conditions, the pitch was very dry and it suited the long ball,” the 25-year-old said.

“They’ve got some physical players up there, some quality players up there and it really benefitted them. With the crowd [as well] they gathered momentum and managed to get two goals.”

And Ings felt the blow of seeing three points turn into one more keenly than the elation of netting himself.

“A lot, as you can imagine,” he replied, when asked to sum up what it meant to score.

“I’ve been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It’s been a hell of a mountain that I’ve had to climb to get in that position and I’m just glad that I’m around it right now with the lads. 

“I’m getting some game time [and] today’s definitely a positive step for me, but I would’ve preferred the three points, that’s for sure.”

On the long journey he has been on to return to the first-team picture at Anfield, Ings continued: “I think when you’re out for a long time there’s always doubts, so it’s important that you surround yourself with people that are positive and my teammates, the club, the staff, the fans, everybody’s been fantastic.

“I think that’s really helped push me through to get to the shape that I’m in today. It would have been easy to give up but I’ve never lost faith and here I am today. I just want to build on that and contribute to the team as much as I can.”

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Photo gallery: Late goals thwart Reds at The Hawthorns

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 21/04/2018 - 16:28
A late flurry from West Bromwich Albion saw Liverpool held to a 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns on Saturday.
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Photo gallery: Late goals thwart Reds at The Hawthorns

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 21/04/2018 - 16:28

A late flurry from West Bromwich Albion saw Liverpool held to a 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

Goals in either half from Danny Ings - his first since October 2015 - and Mohamed Salah appeared to have earned the Reds a victory, with the latter’s 31st Premier League strike of the season coming 18 minutes from time.

But Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon hauled the hosts level, meaning Jürgen Klopp’s side now sit eight points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea, who have a game in hand.

Check out the story of Saturday’s match in photos below…

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Report: Ings and Salah strike but Reds held at West Brom

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 21/04/2018 - 16:25
Liverpool relinquished a two-goal lead as they were held to a 2-2 draw by West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Saturday.
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Report: Ings and Salah strike but Reds held at West Brom

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 21/04/2018 - 16:25

Liverpool relinquished a two-goal lead as they were held to a 2-2 draw by West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

Danny Ings netted the opener with just four minutes gone when he turned in his first goal since October 2015 from Sadio Mane’s stellar assist.

Mohamed Salah’s expert finish on 72 minutes – a strike that equalled the Premier League record for most number of goals in a 38-game season – looked to have put the Reds on course for victory.

But West Brom reduced the arrears when Jake Livermore turned in from close range after Loris Karius had blocked Jonny Evans’ initial snap-shot at a corner.   

And Salomon Rondon completed the comeback when he crashed in a header from a free-kick to ensure the points were shared in the Midlands.

The key points…

  • Ings opens scoring after four minutes – his first goal for 930 days
  • Salah chips in 41st goal of season for Reds’ second
  • Egyptian equals Premier League record of most goals scored in a 38-game campaign
  • Livermore gives hosts hope on 78 minutes
  • Rondon heads in equaliser with two minutes remaining

The team news…

Jürgen Klopp made five changes at the Hawthorns, with Joe Gomez returning from injury and Ings beginning in attack. James Milner, Ragnar Klavan and Alberto Moreno also returned.

The first half…

Liverpool began the game in search of three points that would put them on the cusp of qualification for next season’s Champions League.

And they were set on their way towards achieving that target inside four minutes with a goal that meant much to many within the Reds camp – least of all the scorer.

Milner returned the ball to Mane at a short corner, who deftly glided beyond Jay Rodriguez before crossing into the middle, where Ings arrived on cue to sweep in after a touch from Georginio Wijnaldum.

It was the striker’s first goal since October 2015 after injury issues – and his reaction laid bare the mixture of elation and relief coursing through him.

A second could have followed just moments later, but Livermore produced a last-ditch block to deflect a goal-bound Salah effort over the bar.

Ings then nodded over from a Milner centre, though the Baggies had began to pose some questions of the visiting defence by this point.

A succession of corners didn’t yield a leveller for the hosts, though James McClean’s side-footer right across the face of goal caused a moment of panic for Liverpool, with Rodriguez an inch away from turning it over the line.

At the other end, Ings went close to a second after the ball ricocheted to him eight yards out, but he was denied by a save from Ben Foster at point-blank range.

The second half…

West Brom toiled in search of an equaliser in the early stages of the second stanza – and Matt Phillips’ run to the by-line and subsequent pull-back needed to be dealt with by Virgil van Dijk.

On 65 minutes, Ings was withdrawn to a lively ovation from the visiting supporters’ section. Mane also made way as Roberto Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain entered the action.

And it was the latter who laid on Liverpool’s crucial second when he pounced on possession and slid a ball into the path of Salah. The Egyptian took a touch before gently lifting it over Foster and into the back of the net.

Livermore reduced the Reds’ advantage to a one-goal one soon after when he scooped in after Karius had parried by Evans’ effort at a corner.

The visiting goalkeeper then needed to be quick off his line to thwart Rondon, while he also gathered a glancing header from Rodriguez.

However, the home team rescued a point when Rondon powered home an 88th-minute header to level up the scoreline to leave Liverpool frustrated.

The stats….

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Rondon completes West Brom comeback

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sat, 21/04/2018 - 16:20
By Richard Morgan

Last Updated: 21/04/18 6:16pm

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Salomon Rondon's late header saw struggling West Bromwich Albion come from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Liverpool on Saturday.

Liverpool took just four minutes to open the scoring, with Danny Ings - in for the rested Roberto Firmino - registering his first goal since October 2015 with a neat finish.

The visitors then doubled their lead when Mohamed Salah scored his 31st Premier League goal of the season, equalling Luis Suarez's club record from four years ago.

Jake Livermore's close-range effort gave West Brom hope with 11 minutes to go and Rondon headed home a late leveller to boost West Brom's faint survival hopes.

Player ratings

West Brom: Foster (7), Nyom (8), Dawson (7), Hegazi (6), Gibbs (7), Livermore (7), Brunt (8), McClean (7), Phillips (9), Rodriguez (7), Rondon (7)

Subs: Burke (6), Robson-Kanu (6), Evans (6)

Liverpool: Karius (6), Gomez (8), Klavan (6), Van Dijk (6), Moreno (5), Henderson (6), Wijnaldum (6), Milner (7), Mane (7), Ings (7), Salah (7)

Subs: Lovren (6), Firmino (6), Oxlade-Chamberlain (7)

Man of the match: Matt Phillips

As a result, the bottom-of-the-table Baggies move within eight points of 17th-place Swansea City, while Liverpool still need another five points to be sure of sealing a top-four finish.

The visitors made a dream start at a sun-drenched Hawthorns, taking an early lead through Ings, the forward's first goal since netting against Everton at Goodison Park 930 days ago.

James Milner worked a short corner to Sadio Mane, who escaped his marker before finding Georginio Wijnaldum in the six-yard box. And despite the Dutchman failing to control the ball, Ings was there to finish from close range.

Mohamed Salah celebrates doubling Liverpool's leadMohamed Salah celebrates doubling Liverpool's lead Mohamed Salah celebrates doubling Liverpool's lead

There could have been further goals in the first half, with Jay Rodriguez inches away at the far post from getting his foot on James McClean's cross-cum-shot, before Ben Foster did brilliantly to prevent Ings from scoring again just the break.

Ings was in the action again at the start of the second half, only for referee Stuart Attwell to deem a coming together with Craig Dawson in the box an accident, while Ahmed Hegazi was lucky not to see red just before the hour mark for an unseen punch in the same player's stomach.

However, that mattered little when Salah added a second with 18 minutes to go, with the Egypt forward collecting substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's pass, before confidently dinking the ball over the advancing Foster for his 41st goal in all competitions this season.

West Brom were unchanged from the side that won 1-0 at Man Utd last Sunday.

Meanwhile, Liverpool made five alterations from the team that beat Bournemouth 3-0 last Saturday, with Ragnar Klavan, Joe Gomez, Alberto Moreno, James Milner and Danny Ings all coming in.

That strike meant Salah has now scored the joint-most goals by a player in a 38-game Premier League campaign, moving level with Alan Shearer (1995-96), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) and Suarez (2013-14).

The home side got themselves back in the contest when Liverpool failed to deal with a right-wing corner, allowing Livermore to find the back of the net from just six yards, the midfielder's first-ever goal for the Baggies.

And Rondon completed a remarkable turnaround when heading home Chris Bunt's inviting free kick with just two minutes remaining as Darren Moore maintained his unbeaten run as caretaker boss.

The Baggies, though, could now be relegated if Crystal Palace do not lose at Watford on Saturday afternoon and Swansea win at Man City on Sunday.

Match stats
  • West Brom avoided defeat in a Premier League game in which they were 2+ goals down for the first time since February 2015 versus Burnley
  • Rondon has equalled the record for most Premier League games scored in a single season without winning any of them (7, level with Jordan Ayew in 2015-16)
  • Salah is just the fifth player in Premier League history to register 40+ goal involvements in a single season (31 goals, 9 assists) - also Alan Shearer (47 in 94-95), Andy Cole (47 in 93-94), Thierry Henry (44 in 02-03) and Luis Suarez (43 in 13-14)
  • Oxlade-Chamberlain has been directly involved in 10 Premier League goals this season, (3 goals, 7 assists), his best-ever haul in the competition. Indeed, Oxlade-Chamberlain has provided more Premier League assists for Salah (5) than he has for any other player in the competition
  • Brunt has provided 50 assists for West Brom in the Premier League, 26 more than any other player (James Morrison on 24). He's the first Northern Ireland player to reach this feat in the competition
England watch

Midfielder Jake Livermore did his Three Lions chances no harm at all by scoring his first-ever goal late on for West Brom.

Joe Gomez will have given Gareth Southgate a boost by making a successful comeback after damaging ankle ligaments on England duty. Meanwhile, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s good form continued after being directly involved in his 10th league goal this season, the midfielder’s best-ever haul in the top flight.

Managers

Darren Moore: Another good result because we as a football club have come together and by us being together it has brought another positive result.

The atmosphere in here was superb; the staff, in terms of their preparation, have been great and the players have continued that on to the pitch. Together we have earned that.

Darren Moore was delighted with the way his West Brom side came from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Liverpool at the Hawthorns Darren Moore was delighted with the way his West Brom side came from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Liverpool at the Hawthorns

Jurgen Klopp: It was a difficult game, especially after the pitch got drier and drier. West Brom obviously decided not to water the pitch in half-time again. And it was quite difficult.

Then we had the situation early in the second half, Ings in the box, you saw the pictures - it could be a penalty. And the situation with Hegazi and Ings, I do not know…

You need a little bit of, not even help, only the right decision. So that is twice not…

Jurgen Klopp says West Brom did not water the pitch at half-time of the draw against Liverpool, which made playing football very hard Jurgen Klopp says West Brom did not water the pitch at half-time of the draw against Liverpool, which made playing football very hard Man of the Match - Matt Phillips

The pacy winger was a thorn in the side of Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno all afternoon long with his penetrating runs down the right flank.

In fact, the home team looked most dangerous whenever the Republic of Ireland international had the ball at his feet and he was running down the line, while his set-piece delivery caused panic throughout in the visitors' defence.

.@WBA come from 2 goals down to take a point in @premierleague for the 1st time in 3 years since 2-2 draw at Burnley in Feb 2015. Danny Ings scored for Burnley that game.

West Brom have not had more than 6 shots on target in any other home PL game this season pic.twitter.com/OX4tWYYHlM

— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) April 21, 2018The pundit - Steve McMahon

The point about the pitch, first of all, it is not West Brom's priority the pitch. It is not in the rules that they should water the pitch, or overwater the pitch.

There is no rule or law to say you have to make the pitch perfect for Liverpool. That is not the way it is.

It could have been better, of course, everybody wants it perfect for the style of play you play. West Brom do not play that style of play with the quick passes and movement.

They like to get it long and back to front very quickly, so they are not interested in how good the pitch is for Liverpool. They are interested in themselves.

So you have to deal with the conditions.

What's next?

West Brom take on Newcastle United at St James' Park next Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Liverpool face Roma at Anfield in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday evening.

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