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.
— Paul Senior (@PaulSenior1) October 22, 2016
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.
You're gonna sit in. You're gonna frustrate us. You're gonna be a glorified ale house team. Then we'll do that! Get in! #LFC
— The Anfield Wrap (@TheAnfieldWrap) October 22, 2016
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.
No finer sight than two players falling on their arses when a player turns back onto his other foot.
— Karl (@TheCenci) October 22, 2016
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.
Lallana reaching the point where we should get charged extra to watch him
— Steve Graves (@steve_graves) October 22, 2016
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.
— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) October 22, 2016
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.