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Premier League
17:30 Sat 22nd Oct 2016
Location: Anfield
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17:30 Sat 22nd Oct 2016
17:30 Sat 22nd Oct 2016 Anfield

Liverpool v West Brom: Live matchday blog

Liverpool recorded a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion at Anfield thanks to first-half goals from Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho.

The manager's verdict

So, what did Jürgen Klopp make of Liverpool's 2-1 win over West Brom? Click here to read his post-match thoughts.

Klopp: "I haven't seen a weak team in the Premier League so we have to work for it. I know we will have problems and my job is to find solutions."

Klopp: "We have 20 points, it wasn't possible to get more tonight. It's really difficult for me to be satisfied with football games but a 2-1 keeps you more awake than a 4-0. Maybe in this moment we aren't experienced enough in a situation like this."

Klopp: "They were one time quicker in mind than us in the game and they scored a goal. That's football."

Klopp: "In this moment it feels better that we only won 2-1 rather than three or four nil. 

"Defending, first of all, is not letting them create a lot of chances. I don't remember a lot of chances."

Jürgen Klopp has arrived for his post-match press conference - updates to follow.

Take a look at how the action unfolded tonight by visiting our photo gallery.

So, it may have been nervy at the finish but Liverpool were full value for the victory overall. Here's our on-the-whistle report from Anfield.

And here's how the table looks for us after tonight's win...

Here's the story of the game in stats...


Full Time


That's it, it's all over at Anfield and Liverpool get the three points.

First-half goals from Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho did the damage but Gareth McAuley's late strike for West Brom made for a tense finale.


That was close. Wijnaldum strikes from the edge of the beats Foster but can't nestle in the corner.



Divock Origi is our last change. He's on for Sadio Mane.


Three minutes of added time...


Yellow Card

Jordan Henderson is shown a yellow.


Foster denies Liverpool again - this time repelling Firmino's attempt to slip the ball beyond him after being teed up by Mane in the box.


Firmino meets Mane's cross with a glancing header, but it's straight at Foster.



Goal for West Brom - Gareth McAuley.

A corner breaks invitingly for the Baggies man inside the box, and he makes no mistake with a thumping close-range finish.



Liverpool make their first sub of the game and Adam Lallana goes off to be replaced by Georginio Wijnaldum.


Another effort on goal from the visitors - this time Morrison clips over from the edge of the area after Matip and Milner held up Rondon in the box.


A chance for West Brom to pull one back as the ball breaks for Chadli at a half-cleared corner. Thankfully, he pokes wide of the upright. A warning, though - this game isn't over.


An absolutely stunning block from Olsson denies Can a certain third after Coutinho set him up 12 yards out. Unlucky.



West Brom's final change sees Robson-Kanu come on for McClean.


A brilliant save from Foster ensures it remains 2-0 here as the Baggies' 'keeper claws Lovren's header from Coutinho's free-kick out of the top corner.


It's almost 3-0 but Foster makes a sprawling stop at the feet of Firmino after Coutinho's pass had played him into space in the box at the conclusion of a counte-attack.



Second West Brom change - Morrison on, Phillips off.


Coutinho almost slides Firmino through on goal, but Olsson does enough to thwart the forward.




Liverpool get us back underway at Anfield.


West Brom make a change during the break - Chris Brunt is on for Claudio Yacob.

Here are the latest match odds, courtesy of our official betting partner, BETVICTOR.

Liverpool 1/100
Draw 16/1
West Brom 90/1

Fancy a flutter? Click here to do so with BETVICTOR.

Here's the tale of the tape from that first half...


Half Time

So far, so very, very good for the Reds.

Goals from Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho have given Liverpool a two-goal lead at the break after a dominant opening 45 minutes.

More of the same in the second half will do just nicely.


Yellow Card

The Baggies' Claudio Yacob sees yellow.


Roberto Firmino told us earlier this week at Melwood he, Coutinho and Mane had a celebration up their sleeves for the next goal - and we witnessed it after Philippe struck.

Not too sure about your dance moves, though, boys!


A bit of wonderful skill from Firmino results in him sliding the ball to Clyne, who strikes over the bar.



GOAL! Philippe Coutinho!

The Reds double their lead - and again, it's a strike that's pleasing on the eye.

A combination of Can and Mane win the ball from Foster's sliced clearance before the latter plays it to Coutinho on the left of the area. Everyone inside the stadium is expecting him to either shoot or cross with his left first time.

However, our No.10 has other ideas and sells two defenders a dummy before drilling home with a reverse shot into the near post.


Liverpool spring another attack after winning the ball deep. This time it results in Lallana clipped over the bar from just inside the box.


Liverpool firmly in control here: Clyne fires a delightful ball across the face of goal. Can isn't too far away from getting a toe to it.




Liverpool are ahead with a lovely, lovely goal.

Coutinho brilliantly dummies Milner's pass in midfield, allowing the ball to run for Can to take the charge to the West Brom defence.

He slips it to the left for Firmino, whose beautifully-weighted first-time cross picks out Mane at the back post. He gleefully sweeps home a volley with his side foot.

Excellent stuff.


Henderson's hooked cross from the right finds Milner's run into the area; the vice-skipper loops his header well over the bar, however.


Dangerous counter-attack from the visitors, but a combination of Lovren and Firmino prevent Phillips' attempted cross from picking out an unmarked Rondon in the centre of the box.


The ball breaks invitingly for Coutinho on the box, but his shot on the spin crashes against a defender and West Brom clear.


Follow today's action using our Opta chalkboard below...


We're underway at Anfield as West Brom kick the game off.

Come on you Reds!


Here come the teams... Kick-off is almost upon us!


The Reds have arrived...


Take a glimpse inside the Liverpool dressing room at Anfield this afternoon...


The team news is in from Anfield.

Adam Lallana returns to the Liverpool starting line-up, with Daniel Sturridge dropping down to the bench in Jürgen Klopp's only change from Monday's 0-0 draw with Manchester United.

Georginio Wijnaldum is named among the Reds' substitutes after missing the United game due to injury.

Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner, Can, Henderson, Lallana, Coutinho, Mane, Firmino. 

Subs: Mignolet, Moreno, Origi, Lucas, Klavan, Sturridge, Wijnaldum




We're pleased to report that Anfield is now basking in sunshine. It really is a lovely Autumn's day - but don't forgo your coat as temperatures remain around 12 degrees and are likely to dip before the end of the game.


The stage is set...



There was late drama in last season's corresponding fixture.

Divock Origi came off the bench to snatch a 2-2 draw and a point for the Reds with an equaliser deep into stoppage time.

Liverpool's most recent home Premier League win over West Brom came in October 2014, when Adam Lallana's first goal for the club helped earn a 2-1 victory.


Fancy a flutter?

Here are the latest odds from Liverpool's official betting partner, BETVICTOR.

Liverpool 3/10
Draw 19/4
WBA 11/1

Want to put a bet on? Click here to do so with BETVICTOR


Pre-match stats

It could be landmark day in the Liverpool career of this man today.

To find out why, click here.


Also, if you are making your way to L4 later today, it's worth reading this to make sure you're properly prepared.



With just under six hours to go until kick-off, it's a typical autumnal day here in Liverpool - dry, but chilly.

The forecast indicates it's going to stay that way throughout the afternoon and evening, so it's advisable to wrap up warm if you're coming to Anfield later!


So what can the Reds expect strategically from West Brom and Pulis this evening? 

Football writer Paul Wilkes has given us some tactical insight into the Baggies.


So that's what West Brom's manager thinks, but what about the Baggies' support? 

We spoke to West Brom fan Danny Garbett to find out the visitors' feelings about their trip to Anfield.


The view from the Hawthorns

Baggies boss Tony Pulis held his pre-match press conference yesterday, and it's safe to say he's been impressed by Liverpool's start to the season.

"They’ve got some fantastic players. Their front five are exceptional. They’ve all got the ability of taking players out of the game individually," said the Welshman.


Nathaniel Clyne has also been talking about the importance of making Anfield a fortress this season.

"We've done really well this season home and away and we want to continue putting on good performances and try to get a good result against West Brom," the defender told

Read more from Clyne here.


Jürgen Klopp called on Liverpool to be 'angry' but 'patient' against West Brom in his pre-match press conference on Thursday.

And Emre Can agrees with the boss. 

"We have to be angry before every game and we have to go into the game with confidence because we know our strengths," says the Reds midfielder.

Read more from Emre here.


After starting the season in such fine form for club and country, perhaps it's no surprise that Roberto Firmino always seems to have a smile on his face.

We sat down with the Brazilian at Melwood this week to talk pressing, goal celebrations, life on Merseyside and much, much more.

Click here to read what the Reds' No.11 had to say.



Did you know that Liverpool have scored 38 times in 20 previous Premier League meetings with West Brom?

23 players have found the back of the net for the Reds against the Baggies in the Premier League.

The question is, can you name them all in eight minutes?


Speaking of the matchday programme and Jordan Henderson, here's today's front cover...


Why not start by taking a look at what the manager and captain have had to say in their notes for today's matchday programme?

Jürgen Klopp has written about Joe Gomez's long-awaited return to training, while Jordan Henderson has praised the work going on at Liverpool's Academy.


Good morning and welcome to's live matchday blog for this evening's Premier League meeting with West Bromwich Albion.

Liverpool head into the clash at Anfield, which kicks off at 5.30pm BST, unbeaten in their last six top-flight outings following Monday's 0-0 draw with Manchester United.

As ever, we'll bring you the best of the pre-match build-up and the team news as soon as it lands, as well as live match updates and all the post-match reaction from Anfield.

So stay with us throughout the day and you won't miss a thing.

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Philippe Coutinho makes way for Lucas Leiva.