sport
  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 11 February 2013, 8:00pm
  • Anfield
  • Attendance: 44,752
LiverpoolLiverpoolvWest BromWest Brom
02
  • McAuley, 81
  • Lukaku, 90+1

live commentary

FULL-TIME: WEST BROM WIN! Not a bad way to record your first Premier League win of the year! Liverpool will be very annoyed with their display this evening. They spurned chance after chance, including a penalty, which allowed West Brom to grow in confidence and grab the three points with two quick-fire goals. That win means the Baggies leapfrog Liverpool into eighth place. Thanks for all your comments this evening. Stick around for a full-match report.

90 mins: Five minutes are added on. Suarez sarcastically applauds the ref for showing him a yellow...for sarcastic clapping.

90 MINS: IT'S WRAPPED UP NOW! Liverpool are caught high up the field in search of an equaliser, leaving Morrison to dribble unchallenged deep into the opposition's half. He pops it off to LUKAKU, who shrugs off Agger and buries it past a bamboozled Reina! Boing Boing indeed!

87 mins:Lukaku nearly wraps it up for the Baggies but drags his wide after an initial lung-bursting run. "Boing Boing, just slipped a disc doing a handstand." says a giddy Griff.

86 mins: West Brom wind down the clock some more by bringing on Fortune for Long. It's the same old story for Liverpool, they're pressing but not really threatening.

83 mins: During those few minutes of madness, Coutinho came on for Downing. Some Liverpool fans have seen enough though.

81 MINS: WEST BROM IN FRONT! It goes from bad to worse for the Reds! It's a shocking goal to concede too as MCAULEY beats Agger with ease in the area to head in a West Brom corner under no pressure whatsoever.

77 MINS: FOSTER SAVES IT! Justice has been served here I think. It's struck low and hard by Gerrard but he looks on in agony as Foster makes a great save to his left. This is not Liverpool's night!

76 MINS: PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL! Guess who wins it? Yes! Suarez! He receives the slightest nudge in the back from Olsson in the area and is down on the floor! That looked soft to me.

74 mins: It seems Steve Clarke is sensing more than point tonight as he chucks on Lukaku to partner Long up front. Dorrans the man making way.

72 mins: It's now officially raining yellow cards as Morrison and Brunt become the latest Baggies to go into the ref's little black book.

70 mins: Ridgewell is shown yellow for West Brom. Then, Suarez sees his shot blocked by McAuley and Foster makes a great stop to deny Gerrard from close range. Liverpool knock, knock, knocking on West Brom's door again.

68 mins: Borini interrupts my nap with a firm toe-poke inside the area which forces Foster to make an acrobatic stop. West Brom instantly go up the other end and win a corner but it amounts to the grand sum of nothing.

67 mins: Zzzzzzzzzzzz.

63 mins:At the moment, if you offered me a poke in the eye or to watch a replay of this game. I'd take the former. "come on liverpool u outplayed city so west broms a walk in the park surely?" You would think so Steve!

61 mins: Grrrr. Suarez smashes the free-kick straight into the wall and Foster makes an easy catch from a Liverpool corner moments later.

58 mins: Yacob clambers all over the back of Suarez as he goes on one of his weaving runs. It gives Liverpool a free-kick in a very dangerous position but first we have a double change. Borini and Sterling on. Henderson and Shelvey off.

56 mins: Mr Rodgers may be tempted to change things soon as he sees his Liverpool side make another mess on the attack. Downing and Gerrard cock this one up.

53 mins: So close for Liverpool! Johnson bombs down the right and Henderson meets his cross with the cheekiest of flicks inside the six-yard box. Foster is equal to it though!

50 mins: Downing wanders into a central position and has two bites at the metaphorical cherry to test Foster. The Baggies 'keeper then has to be alert once again as Suarez was on the prowl.

48 mins: West Brom have started the brighter of the two teams but Dorrans and Brunt have been wasteful. "could end up a bad night 4 the pool if they dont score soon" warns Tom in LDN.

45 mins: Welcome back for the second-half. No changes made by either side at the break as Liverpool restart us.

HALF-TIME: Liverpool finish with a flurry of efforts but none of them trouble Foster. It's been tough going so far with Liverpool being particular wasteful in the final third. West Brom have yet to have a shot. Hopefully things will improve in the second half. 'See' you again in 15 minutes!

45 mins: There's just one minute of stoppage time added on. Hang in there everyone.

42 mins: Reid then goes into the book moments later for hacking down Suarez near the left touchline. Not the best couple of minutes for Steven there.

40 mins:Reid nearly rivals Barry for most hilarious own goal of the weekend, as his desperate swipe at Shelvey's cross nearly loops into his own net!

38 mins: Groans from the Liverpool fans as Suarez balloons one over from a good position. "liverpool annoy me,rodgers annoys me therefore want west brom to win." states Taylor in Cornwall. Sound reasoning Taylor.

35 mins: Wow. 35 minutes gone already. This game's going quickly but I can't say that I'm having fun watching it so far!

32 mins:Agger completely loses his man in the area again but this time, Downing's cross asks too much of the Danish defender.

29 mins:"A Rabona flick" chirps David in Holywell. Ah of course. Sorry Kev! David has outdone you on this occasion.

27 mins: West Brom try to launch their first meaningful attack but Morrison runs out of space down the left and clatters into the barrier. "A crossed leg back heel?" asks Kevin in Beckenham. That'll do Kev!

25 mins: Crickey! Downing lets a rocket off from distance, causing a terrified Foster to flap it up in the air and catch at the second attempt. That would've been some goal.

23 mins: Liverpool are getting closer and closer. Downing does well to win the Reds a corner which results in an unmarked Agger narrowly heading over the bar. "Hate to say being a Toffee, but surely a home win, i,ll do handstands if the baggies get something." says Griff in Battersea. I'd go with backflips myself.

20 mins: Suarez wows the crowd with that cross that you can do by wrapping one foot behind the other. I'm sure it's got a more catchier name than that but I'm struggling to recall it.

17 mins: Liverpool create another attack down the right channel, but Downing's dinky cross is headed away well by McAuley level with his near post.

16 mins: "Should be pretty comfortable nights work for the reds.....2-0 suarez on the scoresheet first." predicts Gaz in Sheffield.

13 mins: Liverpool may look the more dominant of the two teams but the hosts have been sloppy in the pass so far. Shelvey being the latest culprit deep inside his own half.

11 mins: Gerrard is the latest player in red to smash one wide of Foster's goal. "I think liverpool will win 4-0 with henderson scoring first. Also a win tonight i thingk liverpool will take 4th posistion at the end of the season." Bold call from Dave there.

8 mins: Foster is counting his lucky stars there! He pushes Johnson's fierce strike from the right straight into Shelvey's path, who tucks it in nicely. Liverpool's celebrations are premature though as the offside flag is up.

5 mins: Gerrard tries to ping the ball cross-field for Downing to latch on to. Instead, it's intercepted by Ridgewell and falls nicely for Suarez who pops a well-struck volley wide of goal.

2 mins: All very calm and serene in the opening stages as Dorrans goes down requiring some early medical treatment. Is it too early to say that I'm looking forward to seeing Coutinho come off the bench?

0 mins: Here we go then! West Brom get us underway in their blue shirts with white stripes. Or is it the other way round? Hmm...

1915: Hello and welcome along to Orange's live coverage of Liverpool's clash against West Brom. The Reds can move into the top seven with victory this evening.

Brendan Rodgers makes just one change from the 2-2 draw with Man City as Jonjo Shelvey replaces Daniel Sturridge.

West Brom, who are still looking for their first Premier League win of 2013, make two changes for their trip to Anfield. Liam Ridgewell comes in for the suspended Goran Popov and Youssuf Mulumbu gets the nod ahead of Romelu Lukaku.

There is no Daniel Sturridge for Liverpool and no Peter Odemwingie for West Brom, despite the want-away striker travelling with the Baggies squad.

Orange commentator Mark Scott will be guiding you through all the goings on from 2000. Until then, you can send him your predictions by clicking on his name above.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 11 February 2013, 8:00pm
  • Anfield
  • Attendance: 44,752
LiverpoolLiverpoolvWest BromWest Brom
02
  • McAuley, 81
  • Lukaku, 90+1

match report

Liverpool were left stunned by a 2-0 defeat by West Bromwich Albion at Anfield in the Premier League on Monday night after falling the victims of a classic smash and grab.

Brendan Rodgers' team had scored 12 times in their last three Premier League home games to renew their ambitious long-term plans of returning to the top four but they were shell-shocked Gareth McAuley and Romelu Lukaku's late goals.

Chances and possession were wasted and Liverpool's night had been summed up with less than 15 minutes remaining when captain Steven Gerrard saw a spot-kick, which was contentiously won by Luis Suarez, saved by heroic West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster.

For West Brom, who before kick-off had kept just one clean sheet in their last 29 Premier League away games - with that shutout coming at Anfield in their 1-0 win in April 2012, it was a first win in eight in all competitions but attention will focus on Liverpool's misery.

In what was a scrappy beginning, Jonjo Shelvey, starting in place of Liverpool's injured £12million striker Daniel Sturridge, had an early finish correctly disallowed for offside after Foster had spilled Glen Johnson's dipping shot.

And, despite not taking the lead, the chalked-off effort at least gave Liverpool some spark, with the rejuvenated Stewart Downing proving a menace down the right and Luis Suarez producing a wonderful, backheeled, flicked cross on the left.

West Brom, who had January transfer deadline day rebel Peter Odemwingie in their travelling party but not in the matchday squad, offered little as an attacking threat but they would have been relatively happy.

However, Baggies boss Steve Clarke, a former Liverpool coach, would have known his visitors were fortunate not to concede before half-time as Steven Reid almost netted an own goal when scooping over the crossbar.

Jordan Henderson took a leaf out of Suarez's book at the start of the second half, producing his own backheel in an attempt to open the scoring from a low Johnson cross from the right in front of The Kop.

With 35 minutes remaining, West Brom - who humbled Liverpool 3-0 at The Hawthorns on the opening day of the season - were becoming a little more adventurous and that led to a more open, end-to-end game.

Rodgers decided to send on Fabio Borini and Raheem Sterling in place of Shelvey and Henderson but West Brom were continuing to make life difficult for their hosts, with a Gerrard shot well saved by Foster.

And, in the 76th minute, Foster was again to deny Gerrard when, after Suarez had gone down a little softly in claiming a push from Jonas Olsson, the West Brom goalkeeper dived low to his left to save the midfielder's penalty.

It proved an incredibly costly failure from Gerrard as, in the 81st minute, West Brom scored with just their second shot of the match when McAuley headed home from a corner.

And, in the final seconds before injury time, West Brom added to Liverpool's woe with a breakaway which resulted in substitute Lukaku putting the result beyond doubt and moving his club above their hosts in eighth in the table.

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team line-up

25José Reina
2Glen Johnson
3José Enrique
5Daniel Agger
23Jamie Carragher
14Jordan Henderson60
33Jonjo Shelvey60
8Steven Gerrard
21Lucas Leiva
19Stewart Downing78
7Luis Suárez

substitutes

10Philippe Coutinho78
1Bradley Jones
29Fabio Borini60
37Martin Skrtel
31Raheem Sterling60
47Andre Wisdom
24Joe Allen

referee

Jonathan Moss

team line-up

1Ben Foster
6Liam Ridgewell
2Steven Reid
3Jonas Olsson
23Gareth McAuley
7James Morrison
17Graham Dorrans75
11Chris Brunt
21Youssuf Mulumbu
5Claudio Yacob
9Shane Long87

substitutes

28Billy Jones
8Markus Rosenberg
14Jerome Thomas
20Romelu Lukaku75
13Boaz Myhill
32Marc-Antoine Fortuné87
30Gabriel Tamas

referee

Jonathan Moss

match stats

possession %5841
shots on target73
shots off target91
corners135
tackles won1219
offsides41