Liverpool 1-1 West Brom: Mane strike not enough as Reds rue missed chances – Liverpool FC,
Liverpool had been left to rue a bunch of missed alternatives in a 1-1 draw with West Brom as Sadio Mane‘s opener did not show enough at Anfield.
Liverpool 1-1 West Brom
Premier League (15), Anfield
December 27, 2020
Mane 12′ (help: Matip)
After having the luxurious of an eight-day break over the Christmas interval, Jurgen Klopp made simply two modifications to the aspect who dismantled Crystal Palace final outing for what was the ultimate sport at Anfield in 2020.
Curtis Jones and Mohamed Salah returned to the beginning lineup, whereas a fine addition got here within the type James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri returning to the bench after damage.
Sam Allardyce did not draw back from the truth that he would set out his aspect to “frustrate” and whereas actually deploying a low block, the Reds did carve out enough house and in-flip alternatives.
Andy Robertson seemed the avenue to aim all through and within the early levels his drilled balls into the field which begged to be transformed, just for the opener to be created by an unlikely supply.
With the Baggies hugging their penalty field, Joel Matip took benefit and performed the ball into house towards the onrushing Sadio Mane who took it on his chest, turned and clinically slotted house to make it 1-0 with simply 12 minutes on the clock.
The Reds suffocated West Brom on and off the ball, the on facet was a rarity, nonetheless, with the guests having shared in simply 18 % of first-half possession, and must have had a extra snug buffer on the break.
Each Mane and Mohamed Salah discovered openings however Liverpool’s eye-catching interaction in the course of the park might not be matched the place it mattered most as the ultimate ball eluded Klopp’s males to depart West Brom with a glimmer of hope.
Half time: Liverpool 1-0 West Brom
- Klopp makes two modifications, Jones and Salah return to XI
- Mane opens scoring with sixth league aim of the season
- An obvious groin damage forces Matip’s withdrawal earlier than the hour mark
- Reds rue missed chances so as to add solely a degree to their tally
It was a case of choosing up from the place Liverpool left off when the second-half received underway with regard to looking for a second and being unable to select the lock, however the Baggies modified their tact.
Alisson needed to twice make a save within the first seven minutes as the guests dedicated extra males ahead as errors snuck into the Reds’ play and frustration simmered, as Allardyce had hoped.
What appeared to be a groin damage for Joel Matip compelled his withdrawal in one more blow simply earlier than the hour-mark, with Rhys Williams launched for his second Premier League look.
Roberto Firmino proved a vibrant spark however discovered his runs usually unrewarded, whereas his fellow Brazilian Alisson was readily available to brilliantly deny Karlan Grant of their finest opening of the sport.
It offered a lift to their confidence, nonetheless, and after Curtis Jones gave away a sloppy nook, they struck as Semi Ajayi’s header discovered the within of the publish and nestled into the web – it actually had a sense of inevitability about it.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was injected into proceedings so as to add the zest desperately wanted and a determined hand by Sam Johnstone on a Firmino header denied him an help on the loss of life.
It meant Liverpool did not capitalise on outcomes elsewhere on Boxing Day to stay simply three factors clear on the prime of the desk.
TIA Man of the Match: Andy Robertson
Referee: Kevin Good friend
Liverpool: Alisson; Trent, Matip (R. Williams 60′), Fabinho, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Jones (Oxlade-Chamberlain 83′); Salah, Mane, Firmino (Origi 90′)
Subs not used: Kelleher, N. Williams, Phillips, Milner, Minamino, Shaqiri
West Brom: Johnstone; Furlong, Ajayi, O’Shea, Gibbs; Sawyers; Phillips, Robinson (Pereira 73′), Gallagher (Ivanovic 90+1′), Diangana; Grant (Austin 78′)
Subs not used: Button, Grosicki, Harper, Krovinovic, Edwards, Peltier
Subsequent Match: Newcastle (A) – Premier League – Wednesday, December 30, 8pm (GMT)