West Brom Vs Liverpool – The game in tweets
Yesterday afternoon, a cagey display between West Brom and Liverpool ended in a 1-1 draw. Both sides had chances, but neither side was able to capitalise on their opportunities. Betting Instinct writer Jake Collins was keeping up to date on Twitter; here are some thoughts on the game.
Spain’s Euro 2008 winning manager Luis Aragonés passed away on Saturday and Pepe Mel was showing his respects prior to kick-off
This game was an important one at both ends of the table. Good results for a few of the sides at the bottom meant West Brom had the chance to slip into the bottom 3 on goal difference with a heavy defeat. However, a win would significantly propel them up the league. On the other hand, a win for Liverpool would give them a firmer hold on 4th place, and would move them within a point of Chelsea in third.
Liverpool were favourites going into the game, following West Brom’s 4-3 defeat to Aston Villa. Pepe Mel had made several changes to the lineup, dropping Diego Lugano who had a particularly torrid time against Villa. Liverpool – unsurprisingly – remained unchanged after hammering Everton 4-0. Sports writer Kristian Walsh gives his opinion
The first 10-15 minutes were relatively quiet, both teams giving the ball away easily. West Brom were trying to exploit the wide areas and whipping balls into the box. Not many chance were created with this method, but Liverpool didn’t look overly comfortable with this. Some suggested that this approach was down to a lack of confidence from The Baggies. Mulumbu was doing a real shift in closing down Gerrard at every opportunity, whereas Liverpool’s midfielders were very sloppy in possession.
At the 24th minute, Liverpool took their first clear cut chance with aplomb. Great work from Sterling (who had an excellent game) ended up with the ball at Suarez’s feet. With 3 men around him, he managed to work himself a slight opening and crossed the ball to the obliging Sturridge from a couple of yards out. There were calls of offside from the West Brom defence, but replays showed that Sturridge was played onside…just.
Columnist Paul Tomkins describes Suarez’s movement (or lack of) to get the ball across the goal
Things seemed to go from bad to worse for West Brom, as towering defender Olsson seemed to pull a hamstring. The aforementioned Lugano was brought on to try and continue to hold off any Liverpool attacks. Following Lugano’s display, not everyone saw this as a positive switch for WBA. Lugano did score last month against Everton, so it’s fair to say Liverpool have mixed feelings about the Uruguayan,
Olsson had been winning everything in the air against The Reds, so was sure to be a blow to their defence which – aside from the goal – had kept the lethal SAS combination out of dangerous areas.
After the half-time break, West Brom came out looking more like a team that wanted to snatch the 3 points. They pressed well in the first half, but built on this more in the 2nd half. Several long range efforts (one from Gera, who Liverpool fans may have bad memories of) and some crosses into Liverpool’s box hadn’t posed any real threat, but West Brom were at least showing more intent now. McAuley beat Skrtel in the air to power a header at the Liverpool goal from deep within the box. Belgian keeper Mignolet produced a terrific reaction save to keep the score in his side’s favour. Injured Liverpool fullback Glen Johnson showed some appreciation for the ‘keeper
Berahino was replaced by former Everton man Victor Anichebe, and you can probably guess what happened next. Kolo Toure played a square ball across his own box, straight to the feet of Anichebe. A sublime first touch set him up to slam a finish low into the bottom corner of Mignolet’s goal. Conceding goals has been a real issue for Liverpool this season, something they’ll need to work on if they want to retain their place in the top four by the end of the season.
After that awful mistake from Toure, the game appeared to close up a little. Only the odd chance here and there – one in the box for Joe Allen who tamely guiding the shot straight at Ben Foster – guided the game to a slow finish. MOTM went to Raheem Sterling who produced a strong display to add to his recent fun of form. The Liverpool winger had several runs down the right-wing, beating 2-3 men at a time. Mulumbu had a strong showing for The Baggies, keeping the Liverpool midfield on their toes all game.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers will have to see this as two points dropped. This was a great chance to cement their Champions League spot, although no credit should be taken from West Brom who produced a resolute display against an array of attacking talent. Liverpool fans will be disappointed with their lack of spark and another defensive error. The below tweet perfectly summing up the disdain shown towards two of their defenders…