Monday February 11, 2013 Day 26 Finished Anfield

Liverpool 0 - 2 West Bromwich Albion

  • McAuley 81’
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    Premier League - Gerrard misses penalty as West Brom stun Liverpool

    Steven Gerrard paid a heavy price for missing a penalty as West Bromwich Albion earned a 2-0 Premier League win at Liverpool. More

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    • Liverpool
    • West Bromwich Albion
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    • 90+5' There goes the final whistle! A 2-0 win for West Brom. Classic away display from West Brom.
    • 90+3' Lukaku scores his 10th Premier League goal of the season and becomes WBA's third player to reach double figures for the club in a single Premier League season after Peter Odemwingie (two times) and Rob Earnshaw.
    • 90+2' Frustration for Suarez as he is booked for a spot of dissent. Home fans already streaming out of the ground.
    • 90+1' Into five minutes of time added on, but this match is all over surely.
    • 89' GOAL! Lukaku slides the ball into the corner of the net. Superb finish and that is 2-0. Liverpool caught out at the back. Superb pass from Morrison.
    • 88' Lukaku caught offside seconds later. West Brom so close to these three points.
    • 87' Lukaku drives straight at Agger, who seemes to be toiling for pace but the shot is screwed wide by the West Brom substitute.
    • 86' Marc-Antoine Fortune is being wheeled on here for West Brom to replace Long.
    • 85' Morrison forces another corner off the shins of Enrique. Another corner to West Brom. This time Reina collects the delivery by Brunt.
    • 84' Gareth McAuley scored his second Premier League goal of the season. Both goals came vs Merseyside clubs: 2-0 vs Everton in Sep 2012.
    • 83' Brunt cuts out the cross from Johnson. Liverpool battling to save this game here after missing that penalty.
    • 82' GOAL! McAuley evades his marker before heading into the net off the bar. Brilliant corner by Brunt and header from the West Brom defender. The visitors lead 1-0.
    • 81' Mulumbu thumps a long-range strike at goal, but Reina dives to tip the shot wide of goal. Superb shot and save.
    • 80' Suarez and Mulumbu exchanging a few points of view before the referee gathers them together for a quick chat and a shake of hands.
    • 79' Anfield silenced by that moment, but here comes Philippe Coutinho for his debut for Liverpool as he replaces Downing.
    • 78' Foster saves the penalty! Brilliant stop low to his left to make the stop. He comes off his line to gather the corner. Magnificent from Foster.
    • 77' PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL! Olsson barges Suarez in the back and the referee points to the spot. Bit clumsy by the West Brom defender.
    • 76' Gerrard throws his right boot at the shot. Ball is well over the bar as a few groans ring out around Anfield.
    • 75' Dorrans departs to be replaced by Romelu Lukaku for the visitors. Can't say that isn't a positive change.
    • 74' Downing curls the dead ball over the bar. Another Liverpool attack comes up short.
    • 73' Brunt booked for a late challenge on Suarez. Free-kick to Liverpool 25 yards from goal.
    • 72' Mulumbu drives into the home area but Liverpool do just enough to clear the danger.
    • 71' Morrison collects a yellow card for kicking the ball away. Needless stuff there.
    • 70' Superb stop by Foster to halt a stinging Gerrard effort, but Borini can only prod the rebound wide. So close to the opening goal.
    • 69' McAuley manages to get back to block a Suarez shot. Lovely pass by Gerrard to pick out his companion.
    • 68' Ridgewell has been booked for a late chop on Sterling at the halfway line. Not a bad booking to collect.
    • 67' Borini rattles a shot at goal from inside the visiting box. Foster equal to the task in diving to make the stop at full stretch.
    • 66' Another Liverpool corner coming up here - a ninth of the evening. But it once again comes to nothing. Poor end product for Liverpool in this match.
    • 65' Liverpool have won only one of their last 10 Premier League games when the score has been 0-0 at half-time - drawing three and losing six.
    • 64' West Brom content to take their time over these throw-ins. In little or no rush to go anywhere with the ball. Can't really blame them for that.
    • 63' Johnson collects the Lucas pass. Plenty of options out wide, but he fails to get the cross in. Hesitated and West Brom break up the play again.
    • 62' Brunt finds Ridgewell, who in turn finds Foster. West Brom content to go backwards to retain posssession.
    • 61' Suarez hits the wall with the free-kick before knocking the volley over on the rebound. Foster out to snap up the corner seconds later.
    • 60' Fabio Borini replaces Shelvey with Raheem Sterling taking over from Henderson for Liverpool.
    • 59' Yacob brings down Suarez and Liverpool have a free-kick 25 yards from the visiting goal.
    • 58' Looks like Liverpool are going to make a few changes here. Nothing much happening to convince Rodgers there will be a change any time soon.
    • 57' Liverpool have failed to score in four Premier League matches this season, including their opening match at West Brom a - a 3-0 defeat - on 18 Aug, 2012.
    • 56' Downing sends Gerrard spinning down a flank, but he can't wrap his foot around the ball. Move breaks down again with Liverpool in a decent part of the field.
    • 55' West Brom trying to piece together a few passes with some intent before Liverpool look to break.
    • 54' Shelvey penalised for a late challenge on Yacob. West Brom survive the latest bout of Liverpool pressure.
    • 53' Shelvey dinks the ball across the face of goal and wide before he realises he is offside again. West Brom being subjected to some serious heat here.
    • 52' And on we go here with Liverpool pressing. Shelvey caught inches offside.
    • 51' Foster pulls off a brilliant save to deny Henderson from Johnson's cross. Fine piece of play, but West Brom survive.
    • 50' Liverpool trying to up the tempo here. Playing a pressing game. Change in pace of the home side's play is obvious.
    • 49' Brave block by Foster to deny Gerrard after the ball had broke to him from a Downing hit. Liverpool fans suddenly come to life.
    • 48' Fine movement by West Brom. Dorrans holds a ball up out wide. But Reina is out to grasp the cross. Long and Morrison looking sharp.
    • 47' Johnson takes his eye off the ball out wide in keeping with the slipshod theme of this contest. West Brom will have a goalkick.
    • 46' Off we go then in the second half with Liverpool getting the ball rolling.
    • 45+1' There goes the whistle for the break. 0-0. A pretty disappointing half of football, it must be said.
    • 44' We are into one minute of time added on.
    • 43' Johnson drives an effort wide of goal from distance as another home attack falls apart.
    • 42' Liverpool lead 8-0 in the shots on goal, but haven't looked particularly comfortable in finishing what has come their way.
    • 41' Can make out a few cheers from the Albion fans in the crowd. 0-0 at the break won't be too bad for them.
    • 40' Reid booked for a crunching late tackle on Suarez. Poor, poor tackle.
    • 39' Reid almost knocks the ball into his own net from the Shelvey cutback. So fortunate to avoid an own goal there.
    • 38' This game yet to truly come to life. Plenty of huffing and puffing, but neither side playing at the peak of their powers. Which suits West Brom more than Liverpool.
    • 37' Chance for Suarez from distance, but the finish leaves a lot to be desired as he thumps a shot well over the bar.
    • 36' McAuley deemed to be fouling in the heart of the Liverpool area. Looking a bit puzzled about that decision against him.
    • 35' West Brom have failed to win in their last 18 top flight away matches on a Monday stretching back 44 years - or four Popes - since a 1-0 victory at Sunderland on March 10, 1969
    • 34' Dorrans wastes the chance to apply some pressure when he lifts a cross straight out of play. Poor, poor delivery really.
    • 33' Johnson forced to head the ball behind his own goal under pressure from Brunt. West Brom have the corner here - only their second of the game.
    • 32' West Brom have scored 10 goals from headers this Premier League season. Only Man Utd have more - 13 goals. Liverpool have six.
    • 31' Olsson with a timely tackle on Suarez but he loses Agger seconds later. Somehow Agger manages to head wide when it looked easier to score.
    • 30' Strong header out by Olsson from Downing's corner. Carragher then using all his experience to head out the danger racing back.
    • 29' And right on cue. Downing earns another corner after another piece of probing play.
    • 28' Liverpool with almost 60 percent of possession. Downing finding some real joy whenever he ventures up the park. Ridgewell doesn't seem to have the legs.
    • 27' Yacob deemed to be guilty of a late one on Suarez. West Brom continue to be pressed back for most of this half.
    • 26' Another West Brom attack collapses with Ridgewell on the move before Morrison fails to keep the ball in play under pressure from Carragher.
    • 25' Long cutting an isolated figure as Downing thumps a shot at goal from 25 yards. Foster does enough to make the stop. Grabs the loose ball at the second attempt.
    • 24' West Brom struggling to get out here. Olsson guilty of losing Agger at that corner. Needs to be tighter marking than that.
    • 23' Agger with the header at goal from Downing's corner, but Foster swipes the ball over the bar. Brilliant goalkeeping.
    • 22' Enrique and Long colliding going for a loose ball before McAuley rises to head out the Downing cross. Liverpool have a corner.
    • 21' Olsson guilty of a bit of pushing in the home box from a corner. And Liverpool will have their free-kick in their own area.
    • 20' Olsson takes no chances as he empties the ball into the stands rather than knock it back to Foster. Liverpool pressing with Henderson to the fore.
    • 19' Clever, clever play by Suarez to get the ball across goal when a goalkick to West Brom seemed likely. Once again, West Brom do enough to clear after Agger had missed Downing's deep corner.
    • 18' Downing with more bright play to cut inside off the right wing. Shot is deflected wide and Liverpool have a corner here.
    • 17' Liverpool are the only club who have not won a Premier League match against a current top 10 team this season. Liverpool's seven points in 13 matches against top half clubs are second worst behind Wigan's six.
    • 16' Nice run and cross by Downing. Gerrard also involved, but West Brom manage to clear the danger. Decent piece of movement by Liverpool.
    • 15' Game just going through another lull here as Liverpool continue trying to playing this expansive game to keep the ball.
    • 14' 122 - Luis Suarez has had 283 touches in the opposition penalty area in the Premier League this season, 122 more than any other player - Robin van Persie, 161.
    • 13' Downing the latest figure to be caught offside. Sturridge forced to watch the action from the stands at Anfield this evening. Frustration for him.
    • 12' Liverpool looking sharp to retain the ball in tight spaces with Mulumbu pressing the ball hard.
    • 11' Gerrard decides to unload a shot from 25 yards out. Ball flies wide of the target. Much more like it from the Liverpool captain.
    • 10' Carragher showing his class with a fine clearing header under pressure from Dorrans. All a bit quiet in Anfield so far.
    • 9' West Brom have lost their last three Premier League away matches – their longest away losing run in two years since a five-match streak from December 20101 to February 2011.
    • 8' Shelvey nets for Liverpool after Foster failed to hold Johnson's volley, but the flag was up. Correct call, but poor goalkeeping by the West Brom keeper.
    • 7' Suarez caught inches offside, but there were a few more bodies offside alongside him. Good line held by West Brom.
    • 6' Mulumbu looks to pick out Long, who is just offside. And on we go here. Liverpool trying to get their range of passing going.
    • 5' Lucas guilty of bringing down Mulumbu, but Brunt's free-kick is headed clear by the red shirts. Bit of a sluggish start from both sides.
    • 4' Ball breaks to Suarez on the edge of the box, but the volley flies wide. Lovely pass from Gerrard in the midfield area.
    • 3' Reina out to collect a cross early on from Ridgewell after he dashed forward. Decent cross and excellent handling.
    • 2' Liverpool have kept seven Premier League home clean sheets this season – more than any other club in the division and two more than they had in the whole last season at Anfield - five. Steve Clarke scribbling down a few notes early on. Dorrans on the deck needing some treatment.
    • 1' And off we go. West Brom trying to get on the move early on.
    • 19:57 Teams out on the pitch, and we are almost ready to go here. West Brom will get the action off and running here. They know a win here would carry them above Liverpool.
    • 19:55 Jamie Carragher announced his retirement at the end of the season. He will play his 497th Premier League match, equal to Paul Scholes in eighth place of the all-time appearance-makers in the Premier League. Ryan Giggs leads with 611.
    • 19:50 Today Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation on 28 February. He was elected Pope on 19 April 2005, one month before Liverpool won the Champions League. Liverpool were ranked sixth in the Premier League on that day, WBA 17th.
    • 19:45 Brendan Rodgers on central defender Jamie Carragher, who will retire at the end of the season. "You see a lot of rash defending nowadays but he defends with great intelligence, he knows when to mark a man and when to mark space and understands the basic principles of defending. He is an outstanding leader and organiser in the team and to find someone with all those capabilities and has the heart the size of a lion is difficult."
    • 19:40 Steve Clarke: "Things have happened that haven’t been good for the club, but it’s important we don’t lose sight of where we are. We’re sitting with a good points total. “We are still in the mix and if we can pick up a couple of wins in the next three or four games we can start looking up the table and getting back to the position we were in earlier in the season and where we deserved to be.”
    • 19:35 Liverpool are likely to deploy a 4-2-3-1 formation after their rousing 2-2 draw at Manchester City last weekend with West Brom set to go with a similar looking arrangement as they support Shane Long on the counter attack.
    • 19:30 Former Liverpool assistant manager Steve Clarke makes two changes to the side that lost 1-0 to Tottenham eight days ago. DR Congo midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu is preferred to Romelu Lukaku while Liam Ridgewell replaces the suspended Goran Popov at left-back. Peter Odemwingie remains frozen out of Clarke's squad. He was left out against Spurs after the collapse of his transfer deadline day move to QPR.
    • 19:25 Philippe Coutinho starts on the bench for Liverpool with Jonjo Shelvey replacing the injured Daniel Sturridge for the home side. Winger Raheem Sterling, who also withdrew from international duty last midweek, is fit but joins new arrival Coutinho in starting the match with a watching brief from the technical area.
    • 19:20 Teams: Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Enrique, Lucas, Gerrard, Henderson, Suarez, Shelvey, Downing..subs: Jones, Wisdom, Skrtel, Allen, Borini, Sterling, Coutinho////West Bromwich Albion: Foster; Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Mulumbu, Yacob; Dorrans, Morrison, Brunt; Long..subs: Myhill, Lukaku, Fortune, Jones, Rosenberg, Tamas, Thomas.
    • 19:15 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of Liverpool against West Bromwich Albion from Anfield. West Brom face a daunting task as Steve Clarke returns to Anfield aiming to end a six-match winless run in the Premier League against in-form Liverpool.
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