West Brom 0-2 Liverpool

By Jonathan Carroll

Liverpool left the Hawthorne’s Saturday evening after comfortably beating Roy Hodgson’s West Brom by two goals to nil. A Charlie Adam penalty followed by an Andy Carroll strike was the difference on the day.

While the score sheet suggests this game was close, viewing the actual game will have Liverpool supporters pleased with how their team is performing. After a confidence boosting win at Stoke midweek in the Carling Cup, another away win followed, this time in the league. Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll are showing signs of forming a dangerous partnership with Carroll gaining fitness with every game and Suarez continuing to show why he’s being considered one of the best strikers in the world. Indeed, it could have been four or five for Liverpool but the final ball or finishing as has been the case lately let them down. With Daniel Agger restored alongside Martin Skrtel at the heart of the defense, Liverpool looked to play Lucas Leiva whenever possible and as always,Lucas distributed superbly all around. Glen Johnson and Luis Enrique were on top form getting forward and also nullifying West Brom’s wide threat.

A comfortable performance it was, however Kenny Dalglish will look to improve the final ball from the wide players. Stewart Downing and whomever plays wide right versus Swansea this weekend will surely have Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez to target and at home, Liverpool coming into form will mean its only a matter of time before Dalglish’s men give someone a good hiding!

West Brom offered very little in the end. Roy Hodgson did not deem Jerome Thomas’s tackle on Luis Suarez as one worthy to award a penalty and throughout the first half seemed to be quite angry at how his team played. This emotion was then followed by a good old face rub. Liverpool fans will remember the face rub, a tactic Hodgson became iconic for at Liverpool when his on the field tactics were yet again failing to bear fruit.

West Brom

  • 01 Foster
  • 03 Olsson (yellow card)
  • 23 McAuley
  • 28 Jones
  • 05 Tchoyi (Cox 71)
  • 11 Brunt
  • 12 Reid
  • 14 Thomas
  • 21 Mulumbu (Dorrans 62)
  • 33 Scharner (Morrison 58)
  • 24 Odemwingie

Substitutes

  • 13 Fulop,
  • 20 Shorey,
  • 25 Dawson,
  • 07 Morrison,
  • 17 Dorrans,
  • 22 Gera,
  • 31 Cox

Liverpool

  • 25 Reina
  • 02 Johnson
  • 03 Jose Enrique
  • 05 Agger
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 14 Henderson
  • 19 Downing
  • 21 Lucas
  • 26 Adam
  • 07 Suarez (Bellamy 81)
  • 09 Carroll

Substitutes

  • 32 Doni,
  • 16 Coates,
  • 38 Flanagan,
  • 11 Maxi,
  • 20 Spearing,
  • 18 Kuyt,
  • 39 Bellamy
Referee: Mason
Attendance: 25,522
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About Jonathan Carroll

I’m a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Born and bred in Ireland I played Gaelic football and soccer while growing up and attended the prestigious Colaiste Ide in Dublin to prepare for a soccer scholarship to the USA. I played soccer at Thomas University in Georgia and was made team captain in my junior and senior years. I was honored to become an All-American in those same years. I graduated in 2007 and coached high school and collegiate level soccer programs incorporating year round strength and conditioning techniques with great success. I moved to Boston in 2011 and went on to work at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning. I am currently the head strength and conditioning coach for the Boston Wolfe Tones Gaelic football team. Qualifications: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA) USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach FMS Certified United States Soccer Federation “D” License Football Association of Ireland Certified

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