Roberto Firmino goal keeps Liverpool's top-four aspirations on track
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 22, 2017,
Apr 22, 2017, 7:49
If his clenched-fist celebrations on the Hawthorns pitch had told their own story, Jürgen Klopp reiterated the significance of Liverpool's hard-fought victory over West Bromwich Albion on Sunday lunchtime as he celebrated "three very important points" in their pursuit of Champions League qualification.
Roberto Firmino scored a victor for the second weekend running as Liverpool beat West Brom to go third in the Premier League.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised striker Divock Origi's performance following their "wonderful" 1-0 win over West Brom.
Mignolet's first clean sheet in almost two months helped Liverpool leapfrog Manchester City into third place in the Premier League table.
"We might not finish in a position where you want but we want to get to cup finals and maybe, one day, finish in that position so we can play in Europe".
Several times in the dying minutes Mignolet resorted to punching clear high West Brom set-pieces or deliveries. There was a sense of irony that West Brom ended up getting undone in that department.
Roberto Firmino, back in the starting line-up after being rested against Stoke last week, headed Liverpool to victory with a goal just before the half-time break.
"The last few performances against these teams like Burnley, Stoke and today West Brom, we need to learn from that", he said.
Liverpool's defence stood firm impressively in front of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, showing a resilience they have lacked at times this season.
After City was an impressive 3-0 victor against Southampton on Saturday, Liverpool needed to respond in kind against a West Brom side which is notoriously strong at home. "I don't like keepers going up for corners personally but I've never said it to Ben so he didn't know - he does now".
When he was asked why the Baggies hadn't scored in four games, something they haven't done since 2003, Pulis said: "Missed chances".
We thought that made no sense.
Nevertheless, Liverpool sealed the win and temporarily move up to third place having played an extra game compared to Manchester City, while they sit nine points ahead of both Everton and Manchester United, although the latter have three games in hand on them.