Liverpool 0-2 West Brom – Familiar Theme at Anfield

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By Jonathan Carroll

After so many identical games this author should have learned his lesson and drawn up an outline of the typical Liverpool game this season. The type of game in which Brendan Rodgers’ side dominate possession, chances, shots on goal, you name it. The twist in the tail is that they somehow contrive to allow this domination amount to nothing and lose the game at the death.

By the law of averages this should happen in my estimation perhaps five or six times a season. Realistically Liverpool have been the dominant team in over half their games so far and have little to show for such a statistic. Add to the fact Liverpool were coming off promising results at the Emirates against Arsenal and also the Etihad against the champions, Manchester City. Everything on the horizon had some positivity about how the Brendan Rodgers Liverpool side was shaping up.  The Anfield faithful were once again left scratching their heads as to how they managed to leave empty-handed against a West Brom side who were going through a rough patch.

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Luis Suarez was without his strike partner Daniel Sturridge on Monday night and thus allowed Steve Clarke and his team to plan to concentrate solely on Suarez as the main threat. Worryingly enough, when Suarez is taken out of the game so to speak, there are few candidates to step up and share the burden of responsibility. Steven Gerrard will every so often carry the team on his back, a back that probably aches from doing so over the years. Raheem Sterling is still too young and inexperienced to expect so much, Stewart Downing fails to stamp his authority on games on a regular basis. You could add a number of other players who have not actively shared the burden of taking a game by the scruff of the neck and making sure the team wins.

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Being unlucky stands as a viable “excuse” once or maybe twice a season but dominating games and not winning on a constant basis shows a lack of killer instinct and an overall naivety in the squad. This Liverpool squad is still extremely young overall and promises much for the future. The Brendan Rodgers style of football is a vast improvement on the Roy Hodgson just lump it style that cost Daniel Agger his place while the current England manager was at Anfield. With the football side of things back to an acceptable level, what now for a few successive wins in which Liverpool are diabolical and still take three points from the game? Most of the Kop would settle for that at this stage.

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West Brom soaked up a lot of pressure Monday night, were lucky not to concede on many occasions as well as having Ben Foster to thank for saving a Steven Gerrard penalty on seventy-seven minutes. Late goals from Gareth McAuley and Romelu Lukaku sealed a fantastic away win for the baggies. How sweet the feeling must be for Steve Clarke to return to Anfield and turn over his former side. Clarke resigned following Kenny Dalglish’s summer sacking and probably after it became clear he was not in line for the managers job at Anfield.

This author has maintained over the course of the season that sixth would be an appropriate finish for the way Rodgers side have performed thus far. Getting fourth now is out of the question based on current form and the fact that the chance has been there to close the gap on the teams above them and failed to do so on numerous occasions reaffirms my stance on the current team..

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Many lessons are there to be taken from this season. The biggest concern right now is instilling a backbone to a team who indeed look spineless at times if not led by Suarez or Gerrard. Next up for the redmen is Swansea at home on Sunday. Three points is a must.

Liverpool

  • 25 Reina
  • 02 Johnson
  • 03 Jose Enrique
  • 05 Agger
  • 23 Carragher
  • 08 Gerrard
  • 14 Henderson (Sterling – 60′ )
  • 19 Downing (Phillippe Coutinho – 78′ )
  • 21 Lucas
  • 33 Shelvey (Borini – 60′ )
  • 07 Suarez Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Jones
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 47 Wisdom
  • 10 Phillippe Coutinho
  • 24 Allen
  • 31 Sterling
  • 29 Borini

West Bromwich Albion

  • 01 Foster
  • 02 Reid Booked
  • 03 Olsson
  • 06 Ridgewell Booked
  • 23 McAuley
  • 05 Yacob
  • 07 Morrison Booked
  • 11 Brunt Booked
  • 17 Dorrans (Lukaku – 74′ )
  • 21 Mulumbu
  • 09 Long (Fortune – 86′ )

Substitutes

  • 13 Myhill
  • 28 Jones
  • 30 Tamas
  • 14 Thomas
  • 08 Rosenberg
  • 20 Lukaku
  • 32 Fortune
Referee: Moss
Attendance: 44,752
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