LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 22, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp applauds the supporters after the 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

THE story of Liverpool’s 2-1 win over West Brom, after surviving a heart attack last 10. Oh yeah, and conceding another set-piece goal.

Before the game: Liverpool made just one change to the side that drew with Manchester United on Monday, Adam Lallana back in place of Daniel Sturridge as Emre Can kept his place. Results elsewhere meant that the Reds would go top of the league with a win by two goals or more, and the Ev lost to Burnley through a late Scott Arfield winner.

20 mins: The Reds had dominated the early stages and managed to get their reward through Sadio Mane. Emre Can laid off Roberto Firmino on the overlap, he crossed onto the boot of Mane who found the bottom corner on the volley.

35 mins: Liverpool’s attackers had began to flex their muscles with the Reds firmly into their stride. Mane capitalised on a mistake from former Manc Darren Fletcher before picking out Coutinho with a quick pass, he sent Gareth McAuley and Craig Dawson for the ECHO and beat Ben Foster at his near post.

Half-time: The Reds’ attackers were the toast of the first half, with some of the football at its sublime best. Lallana and Coutinho were both particularly impressive.

81 mins: Despite a typically bright start to the first half, the away side began to get something of a foothold in the game and set-pieces were once again causing major problems for Liverpool. Failure to deal with the corner saw the ball drop to McAuley who smashed home to give The Baggies a lifeline.

Full time: Not a 10 minutes that you want to be put through every week but if it means the Reds win and go joint top of the league there’s a strong case to say it’s all worth it. Liverpool secured a 2-1 victory over Tony Pulis’s rugby clan and leapfrogged Manchester City and Spurs to sit joint top of the tree alongside Arsenal, at least until City play tomorrow. Every game matters now.

Another win. Unbeaten at home. Unbeaten in seven in the league. Joint top of the league. Up the Reds.

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