Liverpool 4-1 West Brom – Suarez Magic Lifts Reds

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By Jonathan Carroll

Recent history has seen West Brom become a bogey team of sorts for Liverpool. Add in the fact previous employees of the club, Roy Hodgson before and Steve Clarke now manage the club. Last season Clarke completed the double over Liverpool. Even with Liverpool’s good start to this season, this was a game that couldn’t be under estimated.

Brendan Rodgers has opted to go with three at the back recently and the formation has seen the reds acquire more balance to the side. Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure started on Saturday, Glen Johnson and Aly Cissokho made up the wing backs with the five in midfield. Victor Moses lost his starting role with the return of Lucas as Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard accompanied the Brazilian in midfield. The lethal strike partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge continued up front.

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Ever since his return to action, Luis Suarez has become more potent with every passing game. Saturdays game at Anfield illustrated just how magical the Uruguayan hit man can be. The first goal was typical Suarez, running at defenders, nutmegging one and finishing with aplomb. The second goal was just as special. After Cissokho was played in down the left, the short cross was headed home with power and precision by Suarez from the edge of the eighteen yard box. Anfield erupted as both players and supporters celebrated a possible three points.

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A soft penalty followed for West Brom as Billy Jones decided to drop to the deck after running into Aly Cissokho. James Morrison converted the penalty to make it 2-1 to the home side just before half-time.

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The second half saw Suarez glance home a header from a Gerrard free kick at the Kop end. This was Suarez’s first hat-trick at Anfield, his fourth as a Liverpool player. Daniel Sturridge later got his name on the score sheet as his audacious lob beat Boaz Myhill in the West Brom goal. The partnership has yielded 14 goals so far this season between Suarez and Sturridge. Suarez alone has now scored 36 goals in 46 games for the reds.

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Next up for Brendan Rodgers men is Arsenal at the Emirates, Fulham at Anfield before the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park. A test of character and true development awaits in London. Liverpool will be tested against a free-flowing Arsenal side in a battle for top spot.

Liverpool

  • 22 Mignolet -6
  • 02 Johnson – 6 (Kelly – 62′ )
  • 20 Cissokho – 6
  • 17 Sakho – 7
  • 37 Skrtel – 7
  • 04 Kolo Touré – 6
  • 08 Gerrard – 6 (Allen – 86′ )
  • 14 Henderson – 7
  • 07 Suárez – 9 (Luis Alberto – 89′ )
  • 15 Sturridge – 8
  • 21 Lucas – 7

Substitutes

  • 01 Jones
  • 05 Agger
  • 06 Luis Alberto
  • 12 Moses
  • 24 Allen
  • 31 Sterling
  • 34 Kelly

West Bromwich Albion

  • 13 Myhill – 5
  • 28 Jones – 5
  • 06 Ridgewell – 4
  • 05 Yacob – 5 (Booked) (Brunt – 69′ )
  • 23 McAuley – 5
  • 03 Olsson – 4 (Booked)
  • 18 Amalfitano – 5  (Morrison – 45′ )
  • 21 Mulumbu – 5
  • 39 Anelka – 4 (Long – 69′ )
  • 29 Sessegnon – 6
  • 16 Anichebe – 5

Substitutes

  • 07 Morrison
  • 09 Long
  • 11 Brunt
  • 14 Lugano
  • 19 Daniels
  • 20 Vydra
  • 38 Berahino
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Attendance: 44,747
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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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