Liverpool Edge West Brom, Boost EPL Top Four Chances

It was hardly a vintage performance by Liverpool on Easter Sunday, but one goal from Roberto Firmino was enough to give The Reds a vital three points against West Brom in their quest to finish in the Premier League top four. That makes it really hard, so you need to be at your highest concentration level - but we have been. It affected us for the first 20 minutes of the second half and that was the negative I spoke to them about afterwards. "For us, it was very, very important because showing this concentration level until the end didn't work each week in the last few months - but today, it was really good and I am happy about this".

"A lot of people have said we can't deal with that style but we proved that we can". We don't play them anymore, so that means we have to do our job as good as possible.

The Belgium worldwide made his 175th appearance for Liverpool against West Brom, marking it by keeping a clean sheet.

James Milner, who supplied the assist for Firmino, had a chance to kill the game off with a volley in the second half while Simon Mignolet produced a great stop to deny Matt Phillips grabbing an equaliser.

Luis Garcia: "Not the best game but so important these three points".

After Manchester City were impressive 3-0 victors against Southampton on Saturday, Liverpool needed to respond in kind against a West Brom side who are notoriously strong at home.

One or both of Coutinho and Firmino have scored in each of Liverpool's last four matches
One or both of Coutinho and Firmino have scored in each of Liverpool's last four matches

With Ben Foster caught upfield trying to score - Pulis made it clear to his goalkeeper afterwards that he never wants to see that again - Liverpool broke away and Moreno had options to his left and right. "But we've still got to defend better".

"Today we could only get to 66 points, so it feels ideal", Klopp said.

And yet, but for two tremendous Mignolet saves, from Saido Berahino late on, after a similarly impressive stop from Charlie Adam with the score at 1-0, then the visitors would nearly certainly have been leaving with just a solitary point.

The Brazilian headed in the only goal of the game just before half-time to clinch all three points at the Hawthorns and extend the Reds' unbeaten run to seven matches.

And substitute Alberto Moreno should have settled it in stoppage time but, after goalkeeper Ben Foster had come up for a corner and been dispossessed, shot wide of an open goal from 40 yards. "It's a hard place to come but that doesn't make us more happy", he said.

Pulis' men would go no closer to getting on terms - the Arsenal win before last month's worldwide break standing as the only game in the last seven where they have found the net.

  • Julie Sanders