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Mel happy with Liverpool point

West Brom boss Pepe Mel was pleased to earn a point against Liverpool as his side secured a 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns.

A second-half strike from substitute Victor Anichebe cancelled out Daniel Sturridge's opener after Kolo Toure's error presented the 25-year-old with a chance to hand Mel his second point in Premier League management.

The result meant that the Baggies moved one point clear of the relegation zone despite losing defender Jonas Olsson to injury in the opening 45 minutes.

Mel, who replaced Steve Clarke in January, is yet to oversee a Premier League win, but was satisfied with what he saw against Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool.

"I am very happy because in the first half we lost Jonas (Olsson) our centre-back," he told Sky Sports.

"In the second half, the two strikers pressed well and the midfield did well against Liverpool."

Speaking of his side's goalscorer, Mel added: "Anichebe is a good player."

Mel was also happy with the way his side responded in the second half, when they managed to put his game plan into effect much better than they had in the opening 45 minutes.

"We forget the way in the first half. Saido Berahino and Matej Vydra were to press the centre-backs but (Steven) Gerrard being free was a problem for us.

"In the second half we had a high press with (Youssouf) Mulumbu and (Claudio) Yacob behind doing good work.

"The goal came from a high press and a bad pass. This is the way, a high press together, but it is not possible when only one player does it."

Anichebe was thrilled to do his old club a favour with the equaliser.

Anichebe even received encouragement from the Everton camp, with club masseur Jimmy Comer sending him a text message that fired up the 25-year-old as he prepared to come off the bench.

"It's always nice to score," Anichebe told Sky Sports 1. "I was sitting on the side itching to get on. I got a text from one of Everton's masseurs, Jimmy Comer, saying 'Help us do the Reds today'.

"I felt I was going to come on and help the team, even though I wasn't playing from the start.

"But the team, they did ever so well. Saido (Berahino) and (Matej) Vydra did well to work the Liverpool defence. I just came on and I helped the team."