There is no other way to look at that result other than two points dropped for Liverpool tonight. We had the better of them in the first half with majority of possession and we got ourselves into some good attacking positions especially down the left-hand side with Andy Robertson putting in a few good crosses but there was no real commitment to get on the end of any of them.
Sadio Mane broke the deadlock just before the 15-minute mark with a superb goal and that looked to be the kick up the backside we needed and from that point on we were on top.
The second half was just dreadful to be honest. West Brom seemed to have a little bit more confidence and put us under pressure a few times and that goal was just terrible to conceded, Curtis Jones put himself under pressure by thinking he had more time on the ball than he did and then Rhys Williams had no other option but to clear it but we’ve got to do better in those situations.
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We needed an injection of pace in midfield and when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came on you could see signs of that but that substitution seemed a bit too late in my opinion. I can understand Jurgen Klopp wanting to resist using a lot of players due to the current injury crisis but you’ve got a few more players back in the squad now and that second half was screaming out for an Oxlade-Chamberlain or a Xherdan Shaqiri after 5 minutes.
Joel Matip going off injured is a huge blow too and something I think was met with a collective groan from every Liverpool supporter. We need to go into the market in January and sign another centre-back because it is clear that you can’t rely on him anymore. Fingers crossed his injury isn’t too bad and that he makes a speedy recovery.
That should have been three points for us today and you now go into the Newcastle and Southampton game needing to come away with all six points. I’m sure the players will be frustrated and we’ve got to do better next time around.
Newcastle Up Next
Like I said above, a big game game against Newcastle up next on Wednesday night and going to St James’ Park is always a tough match but I think tonight’s result will give the players a kick up the backside to perform a lot better for 90 minutes next time round.
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Lauren – @Lauren_Black9