The Premier League champions were deservedly pegged back by a well-drilled Baggies side on Sunday.

There were no surprises in Sam Allardyce‘s set-up, with his side happy to concede possession and dropping into a low block which often resembled a 6-4-0 formation.

But it was not enough to stifle the predatory instincts of Sadio Mane who controlled Joel Matip‘s chipped pass on his chest before volleying into the bottom corner in the 12th minute.

That was to be Liverpool’s sole shot on target in the first half despite boasting over 80 per cent possession.

Karlan Grant had a golden opportunity to level the scores in the second half, getting the better of second-half substitute Rhys Williams – on for the injured Joel Matip – before Semi Ajayi headed home seven minutes from time.

It was a goal which looked to be coming since the break, the Baggies much improved after Allardyce’s half-time team talk, and earns the new manager his first point since being appointed.

Live updates



95min: That’s your lot! A thoroughly deserved point for West Brom.


91min: There will be four minutes added on. Ivanovic comes on to shore up the Baggies defence.



90min: Johnson denies Firmino in the final minute!



83min: It’s been coming since half-time and Ajayi heads home the equaliser!


78min: Charlie Austin is on for Grant. A roll of the dice by Alladyce.


72min: Chance! Grant runs through against Williams and has the better of him… but cannot beat Alisson! That was a chance.


70min: Firmino tries one of the flicks for Jones to run on to but the latter’s touch is too strong. Liverpool growing slightly frustrated here, but they have the lead.


66min: Another cross from Robertson but Salah gets underneath it and it’s well wide. This game isn’t won yet!


61min: Klopp has been booked for some exuberant behaviour on the touchline.


60min: Yep, that’s Matip’s game over. Rhys Williams is coming on.

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