West Brom 3-0 Liverpool – Rodgers Faces Mammoth Task

By Jonathan Carroll

As opening days go, this one started out fairly even between West Brom and Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers was once again looking to mould his 4-3-3 system and start the season off with three points. In the home dugout, Steve Clarke was plotting Liverpool’s downfall.

After taking some time to settle in, Liverpool found their passing game. Luis Suarez had two shots on goal that were saved by Ben Foster, while at the other end Shane Long’s willingness to chase and hustle defenders was unsettling Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger.

Early in the second half Zolton Gera rocketed home a volley from twenty yards out. James Morrison’s corner was easily dealt with by Skrtel and Glen Johnson pressured the second ball but Gera’s first touch and strike were flawless. Liverpool were the better team up to that point and once again found themselves behind against the run of play. A common theme from last season.

West Brom would go on to dominate proceedings. Shane Long caused hassle amongst Liverpool’s back four all day long and got his just rewards when Agger pushed him from behind when clean through on Pepe Reina’s goal. The Irishman’s penalty was tame and easily saved by Reina. At this point the game was passing by people like Steven Gerrard and Stewart Downing. Only minutes after Longs penalty was saved, the little striker chased down Skrtel as he attempted to clear and was duly clipped from behind by Skrtel who was now having a torrid time. Peter Odemwingie dispatched the penalty.

As things went from bad to worse Joe Cole came on as a substitute and ten minutes later also went off again. Andy Carroll replaced Lucas Leiva and proceeded to be assaulted by Jonas Olsson which wasnt picked up by referee Phil Dowd who then decided to book Carroll.

West Brom made it three nil when Liam Ridgewell’s lofted cross was headed home by substitute Romelu Lukaku. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. It’s not time to press the panic button just yet. However, some worrying things that stood out today will include Gerrard’s lack of involvement in the entire game, Liverpool’s wastefulness on front of goal and the ease with which Shane Long, a striker who doesn’t start for his country can cause all sorts of problems for two established international defenders in Agger and Skrtel. Brendan Rodgers faces a mammoth task. Neither Clint Dempsey or Nuri Sahin will magically cure the current problems. It is going to take some time adapting to a new manager, a new system. Liverpool supporters will only hope it doesn’t take too long. Patience is needed.

West Bromwich Albion

  • 01 Foster – 7
  • 02 Reid – 7
  • 03 Olsson – 7
  • 06 Ridgewell – 7
  • 23 McAuley – 6
  • 05 Yacob – 6
  • 07 Morrison – 7 (Brunt – 82′ )
  • 21 Mulumbu – 7
  • 09 Long – 9 (Lukaku – 68′ )
  • 22 Gera – 8 (Fortune – 68′ Booked )
  • 24 Odemwingie – 7


  • 13 Myhill
  • 18 Jara
  • 25 Dawson
  • 10 El Ghanassy
  • 11 Brunt
  • 20 Lukaku
  • 32 Fortune


  • 25 Reina – 6
  • 02 Johnson – 6 (Booked)
  • 05 Agger – 5 (Sent Off)
  • 34 Kelly – 4
  • 37 Skrtel – 4
  • 08 Gerrard – 3
  • 19 Downing – 5 (Carragher – 60′ )
  • 21 Lucas – 6 (Booked) (Cole – 68′ )
  • 24 Allen – 5
  • 07 Suarez – 7 (Booked)
  • 29 Borini – 5


  • 01 Jones
  • 23 Carragher
  • 10 Cole (Carroll – 79′ Booked )
  • 14 Henderson
  • 26 Adam
  • 33 Shelvey
  • 09 Carroll
Referee: Phil Dowd
Attendance: 26,039
This entry was posted in LFC Boston by Jonathan Carroll. Bookmark the permalink.

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

3 thoughts on “West Brom 3-0 Liverpool – Rodgers Faces Mammoth Task

  1. Pingback: Only 180 minutes to Europa: Heart of Midlothian v Liverpool | The Red Letter

  2. Pingback: Premier League opener at Anfield: Liverpool v Manchester City | The Red Letter

  3. Pingback: Title Defense: West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool | The Red Letter

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s