Liverpool missed one other 300 or so possibilities in opposition to West Brom so did the one smart factor left: despatched goalkeeper Alisson up entrance to attain a valuable winner.
West Brom 1-2 Liverpool
The Hawthorns, Premier League
Sunday 16 Might, 2021
Objectives: Robson-Kanu 15′; Salah 33′, Alisson 90+5′
Another choice down
Pre-game it was a case of Jurgen Klopp exhibiting the exasperation we’ve all felt this season: no excellent news with out one thing dangerous in return, to paraphrase the boss.
This time it’s Diogo Jota, scoring in opposition to Man United however now out injured for the remainder of the season.
A bone harm is as a lot element as we’ve been provided, as imprecise as ever from the Reds, nevertheless it reduces the attacking choices again right down to the standard trio.
Different names could be on the bench, however the previous three years have taught us they’re largely there just for when conditions most require it or all different choices have been exhausted.
Jota’s personal kind hasn’t been stellar just lately, however even with out being on prime kind he stays a objective risk and a counter-attacking fear for rivals – and a game-time one for Sadio Mane, after all.
Thiago stepping up
Liverpool’s begin to the sport wasn’t the worst, however they did nonetheless fall behind after dodgy defending – and the identical might have occurred quickly after 1-1.
Nonetheless, between the Baggies’ opener and the latter levels of the primary half they ran the present totally, thanks largely to the efforts of Thiago Alcantara.
The Spanish midfielder was distinctive, discovering areas in midfield regardless of Sam Allardyce seemingly taking part in a 7-8-1 formation at occasions, fizzing passes into his team-mates to tackle the flip and surging ahead into the ultimate third himself in a approach that hasn’t at all times been on show in his debut season.
He was consistently on the ball, consistently accessible to take possession, consistently in a position to flip away from these closing him down – a masterful all-round exhibiting, with out missing any defensive work which was required.
He compelled the problem, however sensibly and on the proper occasions.
A nod, too, to Curtis Jones who was efficient on his return to the group for an hour or so.
Golden Boot race
A strike on Sunday afternoon in opposition to Wolves made it 22 targets for Harry Kane within the Premier League this season.
Arguably extra meaningfully – definitely for Reds anyway – a unbelievable, first-time strike from Mo Salah was an equaliser in multiple sense.
It put Liverpool again on phrases within the match, and put Mo again on phrases on 22 for the marketing campaign.
Amid a season of accidents and inconsistency throughout, it stays an unbelievable feat for Salah to retain his scientific edge.
His significance can’t be understated, tactically and technically, and he might but wrap up one other top-scoring season to underline his excellence amongst Premier League greats.
Alisson Becker: Superhero
Stops them at one finish, scores them on the different.
Alisson had himself fairly the sport – he couldn’t do something concerning the objective or the disallowed effort, however saved a one-on-one when the sport was all sq. and dealt fairly effectively with the Baggies’ makes an attempt to hurl rocks and missiles at him at set-pieces.
That’s what it appeared like, anyway.
However a last-minute objective? A header higher than any from a Reds ahead off a set-piece we’ve seen this season?
You’re having amusing – that’s ripped straight out of Roy of the Rovers, it merely wouldn’t occur.
Besides it did. It was an excellent connection, good timing, totally priceless if we go on to safe the highest 4.
Ali, who was extraordinarily emotional afterwards, deserved this second.
The mission was fairly easy heading into the ultimate weeks: win all of them.
A victory at Outdated Trafford was each nice and overdue, nevertheless it’s in opposition to the underside golf equipment Liverpool have actually struggled this season, as famous above.
No wins in opposition to Fulham, Burnley, Newcastle, Brighton, West Brom? An odd, and dreadful, season.
That nonsense merely head to be ended right here on the Hawthorns, for European hopes, for optimism for subsequent season and for our personal states of thoughts heading into video games in opposition to Burnley and Palace.
Fortunately, a technique or one other, it’s over – and the highest 4 stays in our fingers.
We simply have to complete the job in these final two video games, no matter it takes and nevertheless it wants doing.