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West Brom boss Steve Clarke accepted Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge were too good as his side suffered a 4-1 defeat at Liverpool.
Clarke had seen enough of Suarez's quality as a first-team coach under Kenny Dalglish at Anfield to know the threat he posed but admitted they failed to deal with it.
Suarez scored a superb first as early as the 12th minute as he ghosted past two West Brom players to slot home. By the end of the game there were plenty of more superlatives to use - and that was not even taking into account a superb overhead kick with 10 minutes to go which crashed against the bar.
All this against a side with the third-best defensive away record in the league having conceded just two.
Suarez's second and third goals both came from headers, one almost from the edge of the penalty area, to make it 36 goals in his last 46 matches and 57 in 101 Liverpool appearances overall.
Even when Baggies substitute James Morrison converted from the spot to reduce the deficit, Sturridge ensured the afternoon ended on a high note with a delightful 20-yard chip.
Clarke said: "It was difficult three times.
"We gave ourselves a mountain to climb as we started too slowly and by the time we got into the game we were 2-0 down.
"The first goal came from nothing, defensively it was disappointing, but the second is an unbelievable finish from the edge of the box and the fourth goal was also sublime - that finish put the icing on the cake.
"Some days you have to take your hat off to the opposition and say they were better and their front two caused us problems."