West Brom 0 Liverpool 1: Firmino shines amid Hawthorns toil

West Brom's dour form in front of goal meant Liverpool were scarcely tested until 10 minutes from time.

The Merseyside giants improved in the second half but couldn't kill the game off, while a frantic final few minutes saw chances at both ends, once goalkeeper Ben Foster had ventured forward to help the hosts push for a late equaliser.

But, having already racked up some terse tussles with Albion boss Tony Pulis during his time in the Premier League, Klopp found it impossible to relax.

Luckily for us, they don't have much to play for, but that isn't to say this won't be a very tough game.

Klopp is expected to mix things up after playing an experimental side last week so I think we'll see the German revert to his favoured back four of Nathaniel Clyne, Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and James Milner with Ragnar Klavan and Trent Alexandre Arnold dropping out. That ratio is not what we want.

"It is hard getting them in the door early because we have to negotiate deals and prices. but we will do our best".

"If we would have played like that in the first half and Roberto and Phil would have been on the pitch, I can only imagine if the difference would still have been that big. This season has proved we need that little bit more quality, and squad depth".

Substitute Salomon Rondon played Matt Phillips through, only for goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to spread himself and block the winger's attempted chip.

Phillips was the chief architect for West Brom in the first half with his scuffed shot nearly being turned in by Hal Robson-Kanu in the third minute and he later crossed for Chadi, who somehow failed to connect from six yards with the goal gaping.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis also singled out his goalkeeper Ben Foster, who raced forwards for two corners during the late push for an equaliser, nearly conceding on the counter-attack to Liverpool substitute Alberto Moreno.

"It's missed chances. We've had the opportunities again and especially against the top teams you have to take your chances", said Pulis. Now we have to keep going.

That argument is backed by the fact that Liverpool have conceded 40 goals in 33 games so far this season in the Premier League, the highest figure out of the top seven teams in the table. "She don't speak much English either - and my Chinese hasn't got any better!"

  • Julie Sanders