Tony Pulis defends goal-shy West Brom after Liverpool defeat
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 22, 2017,
Apr 22, 2017, 8:22
Liverpool have won all eight away PL games before today in which Roberto Firmino has scored. West Brom manager Tony Pulis: "We've had the opportunities again and especially against the top teams you have to take your chances".
Chris Brunt pulled back Divock Origi, earning a booking for his troubles, and the Northern Ireland international's indiscipline was punished when Lucas Leiva flicked on James Milner's delivery from the right and Firmino headed home.
The parallels with Liverpool's triumph at Stoke did not end there, however, as Simon Mignolet, who produced a couple of outstanding saves against Mark Hughes's team, made another vital intervention against Albion by denying Matt Phillips as the winger broke through on goal with only 10 minutes remaining. After Alberto Moreno replaced Philippe Coutinho, the Spaniard did well to win the ball off James McClean after Liverpool had cleared their lines from a West Brom corner.
Liverpool's fifth win in their last seven league games was a hard-fought affair and Klopp was pleased with the way his players refused to be bullied by Albion's direct approach.
"We must have great enthusiasm to play these last six games, with patience and a great will to fight".
"Of course, they try to target you, and sometimes you need the help of the referee in certain moments". Nacer Chadli had an incredible opportunity from six yards out, but he completely missed his kick to give the Reds a reprieve, and it was a reprieve that they capitalized on.
In my view, Mignolet still needs to be replaced this summer, but I suspect that Jurgen Klopp will make the same mistake as Brendan Rodgers, and keep the Belgian as Liverpool's number one. That makes it really hard, so you need to be at your highest concentration level - but we have been. "We've played Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool and given teams with resources way beyond our dreams a game, and that's what I want to do".
"I am not concerned because I think Phil fits really well here and is comfortable here", Klopp said ahead of Sunday's trip to West Brom.
The visitors had the better of the second half, but were unable to add to their advantage.
"They scored bang on half-time, a goal that we're disappointed with because we think Dawson was fouled".
Liverpool was the better team at The Hawthorns but almost got picked off late on in West Brom's only clear sight of goal.