Liverpool: Reds Complete West Brom Double
A second consecutive away victory maintains Liverpool's Champions League push...
With all the teams around them also winning this weekend, Liverpool recorded a much needed, and thoroughly deserved, victory over West Bromwich Albion on Sunday afternoon.
The 1-0 success at the Hawthorns, courtesy of Roberto Firmino's header on the stroke of half-time, completed a first league double over the Baggies since the 2008/09 season.
Unlike last weekend's success at Stoke City, and many previous encounters with West Brom, Liverpool dominated proceedings from the off and wasted plenty of presentable openings to put the outcome beyond doubt.
Their profligacy setup a frantic final few minutes with the hosts forcing a series of corners and finally forcing Simon Mignolet into a notable save through Matt Phillips.
Thankfully, and despite twice failing to capitalise on an unguarded net with keeper Ben Foster joining the Baggies attack, there was no sting in the tail for the Merseysiders on this occasion.
Analysing the contest at his post-match press conference, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp revealed he was particularly pleased with the concentration of his players.
"It is one of the most difficult places to come because in no game can you feel comfortable," commented the German. "Somebody asked me which result would have kept me a little bit calmer in the last few minutes and I said only 4-0 after 86 minutes!
"With West Brom, it is not only set-pieces, they have really good footballers on the pitch and if you're a little bit less aggressive then immediately they use their threat around set-pieces to play football because you don't want to go in with real challenges.
"That makes it really difficult, so you need to be at your highest concentration level - but we have been. In the first half, we didn't play too good [in terms of] football and in the second half we did much better, but we kept the ball in the first half and didn't let them be really part of the game.
"In the second half, we did this much better after the goal. For us, it was very, very important because showing this concentration level until the end didn't work each week in the last few months - but today, it was really good and I am happy about this...
"You can always do better, but we learned in the game and I liked it a lot that the second half looked better tuned than the first. We knew what to do, but in the first half it looked a little bit static in a few moments and in the second half it looked much better.
"I am really happy about the performance."
The three points move the Reds onto 66 and maintain their third place in the standings. Klopp's men host Crystal Palace in their next fixture on Sunday.
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