EPL 2016-17: West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Liverpool, 5 Talking Points

Hazel Gray
April 21, 2017

Jurgen Klopp defended Alberto Moreno after the defender attracted criticism for his cameo performance in Liverpool's 1-0 win at West Brom.

It was Liverpool's first win in eight attempts away at a Pulis side in the Premier League following Firmino's first-half victor on Sunday.

Cape Town - Liverpool snuck past West Bromwich Albion 1-0 in Sunday's rather tiresome Premier League clash, with Roberto Firmino grabbing the victor for the Reds.

Roberto Firmino scored the goal just before half-time to seal the win and took his Premier League tally for the season to eleven and continued his hot run of form.

Liverpool is nine points ahead of fifth-placed Everton with five games remaining, with Manchester United and Arsenal further back but with games in hand.

The Reds' all-round defensive effort, aided by Mignolet's shot-stopping prowess, sealed an unlikely clean sheet in the West Midlands, with a series of late set-pieces proving a major threat. There was a sense of irony that West Brom ended up getting undone in that department. They were only three points today; we had 63 before we came here, now 66 and that's a wonderful number for the next six or seven days and then we want to have 69.

Phillips was the provider once more for the hosts when Hal Robson-Kanu found space between the Liverpool centre-backs but scuffed tamely at goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

After City was an impressive 3-0 victor against Southampton on Saturday, Liverpool needed to respond in kind against a West Brom side which is notoriously strong at home. Tony Pulis, desperate to protect an unbeaten home record against Liverpool, sent goalkeeper Ben Foster up into attack for a corner in injury time, but disaster almost struck when the home side lost possession, putting substitute Alberto Moreno on the break.

Pulis' men would go no closer to getting on terms - the Arsenal win before last month's global break standing as the only game in the last seven where they have found the net.

"I thought it was a very special game for Divock Origi today". Add in 10 ball recoveries-top again amongst players for both Liverpool and West Brom-and you start to get the picture.

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