Premier League - Liverpool v West Brom as it happened

Live text commentary as West Brom end a six-game winless run in the league with victory at Liverpool

11 February 2013 Last updated at 22:41 GMT

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As it happened

  1. 2240: 

    It's that time on a Monday night which all live texters dread - the saying goodbye bit. A bizarre game. Nineteen attempts on target for the home team who fall prey to West Brom's swift, intelligent, counter-attacking. Brendan Rodgers says he "can't fault" his players, though, so there you go. There will be more football on Tuesday night: Celtic. Juventus. Valencia. PSG. Champions League. No need to say more.


    Adam Gwalchmai: "Every tweet about Liverpool?! They lost! Give a mention to Ben Foster! What a display!"

    Johnny Magrinho: "1st win in 6 for West Brom and they're a point ahead of Liverpool... Sums it up. Completely.

    Steven Telfer: "It doesn't matter how well you play, scoring goals has and always will be the most important part of the sport."

  3. 2227: 

    Liverpool had 19 shots on target against West Brom. They seemed to miss Daniel Sturridge's bright and penetrative play. The January signing has scored four times in six appearances and, in such form, might have scored given such ample opportunities?


    Marc McHale: "12 points from 4th, 12 points from 4th from bottom. Liverpool can truly call themselves a middle table team tonight"

    Hugh Dickinson: "Liverpool have come up short every time against big forwards this year. When will Rodgers realise that Agger isn't good enough?"

    Bertie Wnek: "Borini and Allen for 27.5 million, I'd rather have my postman for that money. Terrible summer business from Rodgers."

  5. 2223: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "The players gave everything into the game. We just couldn't make the breakthrough and the longer it goes on, it gives them a wee bit more encouragement. I can't fault the players. I thought they gave everything tonight. We just needed that first goal. We weren't at our best but we certainly were on the front foot, looking to create."


    OptaJoe: "34 - Only once in the 3 points for a win era have Liverpool had fewer points from 26 games than they do this season (1992-93: 34). Slump."


    Gary Lineker: "Mad night at Anfield. One of the beauties of football though, is that a team can be thoroughly outplayed yet still win."

  8. 2215: 

    West Brom boss Steve Clarke on Ben Foster: "That's why we spent a little bit of money on him last summer. We don't spend much at the Albion, but when we do we spend it wisely. When [the penalty] was given I thought it was really harsh. It spurred us on. It probably gave us a bit of positive momentum."

  9. 2215: 

    West Brom manager Steve Clarke: "We played well. It's a terrific win for us. Since the turn of the year things haven't gone our way. To come here and play a Liverpool team, probably playing as well as they have all season, I'm absolutely delighted for the players."

  10. 2212: 

    Who said West Brom do not like Mondays? They had not won any of their previous 18 top-flight away matches on this day - a run stretching back 44 years to March 1969 - but a Monday night victory at Anfield, to end a six-match winless run in the league, must be worth the wait.

  11. 2208: 

    West Brom goalscorer Gareth McAuley on Sky Sports: "There was contact between Jonas Olsson and Luis Suarez and the referee gave the penalty. It is always nice to score here at Anfield. It is a club my family supports so it it was a good night."


    Crip Cooke: "Why are people saying typical Liverpool? Check their recent form one defeat from their last six, and that was against Man Utd."

    Pete Marland: "LFC very poor. Liverpool don't have a Plan B and a training cone would add more than Borini, he is worse than useless."

    Neil Houston: "Complacency seems to be a huge problem for Liverpool, some players just didn't look interested tonight."

  13. 2207: 

    West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster on Sky Sports: "Dean Kiely, our goalkeeping coach, does some research [on penalties] and he told me to look to my left. With that in mind, and with a little bit of my instincts, I went there and managed to save it.

    "I hope this is a turning point in our season. This puts us on 36 points so we are in touching distance of the 40-point mark where you can feel safe from relegation.

    "If you had said we would be above Liverpool at this stage of the season back in the summer we would have taken that."

  14. 2204: 

    Our friends at Infostrada inform us that West Brom have achieved back-to-back league victories at Anfield for the first time since 1936/37, 1937/38.


    Luke Openshaw: "What a way to ruin my day Agger, Jonjo, Enrique and Borini appalling. Realism necessary, we are mid-table at best."

    Nathan Collins: "Looks like the Liverpool revolution is still going to plan. Credit to West Brom on doing what Liverpool can't, score goals."

    David Ljunggren: "On that performance Liverpool urgently need some new defenders. Agger was directly to blame for both goals."

  16. 2202: 

    The visitors have Ben Foster to thank for laying the foundations for that victory. The former England man saved a Steven Gerrard penalty, and also denied Jordan Henderson, Daniel Agger, Stewart Downing and Fabio Borini.

    "We needed that," said Foster, the man of the match. "We have been on a poor run. The performances have been decent but we knew we had a chance. We knew set pieces would be a big one for us."

  17. 2155: 

    It took West Brom 44 years to earn their first victory at Anfield but the Baggies have now won on Liverpool's own patch in the last two seasons. That victory means Steve Clarke's men move above the Reds in the table, a point above the Merseysiders in eighth.

  18. 2152: 

    The referee decides he's seen enough and brings a strange game to an end. Pats on the back for Ben Foster after a superb performance by the West Brom goalkeeper.

  19. 2150: 

    A number of Liverpool fans have decided they've seen enough. Luis Suarez attempts to gain another penalty, but even the most optimistic of strikers would not expect a spot kick from that.

  20. 2147: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 0-2 West Brom - Romelu Lukaku (90 mins)

    A swift counter-attacking move from West Brom, who inflict more punishment on a desperate Liverpool. James Morrison releases Romelu Lukaku and the striker finds the corner for his 10th Premier League goal of the season. Cracking finish.

  21. 2147: 

    The clock ticks on and Liverpool aren't any closer to an equaliser.


    Cyrus Khajotia: "The finest smash and grab one could hope to find."

    Rob Millward: "Liverpool 16 attempts, Steven Gerrard misses penalty now West Brom score with their second shot of the game."

    Ben Rogers: "Typical Liverpool, seem to be in total control but without any end product and throw the game away."

  23. 2145: 

    West Brom edging ever closer to their first league victory of the year - and a league double over Brendan Rodgers's men. Substitute Romelu Lukaku gallops towards the Liverpool box, he seems to have the beating of Daniel Agger - but his low-hit effort fails to trouble Pepe Reina.

  24. 2144: 

    A second substitution for West Brom with four minutes remaining. Shane Long departs and is replaced by Marc-Antoine Fortune.

  25. 2141: 

    A clumsy pass from Fabio Borini adds to the home crowd's frustration. A number of ticket holders, arms folded, looking disgruntled, as they watch Shane Long skip down the right with just six minutes remaining. The visitors keeping possession inside Liverpool's half.

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Anfield: "No exaggeration to say Ben Foster has kept West Brom in this game up until now. That penalty save was the latest in a string of stops, and now that Gareth McAuley has scored it looks even more valuable."

  27. 2137: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 0-1 West Brom - Gareth McAuley (80 mins)

    It was only West Brom's second attempt on goal but that doesn't matter. Gareth McAuley gets the better of Daniel Agger to head home Chris Brunt's corner from six yards. Anfield stunned into silence.


    Charles Kahanji: "Never a penalty, justice for West Brom."

  29. 2137: 

    Ten minutes remaining and Youssouf Mulumbu forces the diving Pepe Reina into a fingertip save.

  30. 2136: 

    New signing Philippe Coutinho replaces Stewart Downing. A warm reception for the Brazilian on his debut.

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson at Anfield on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I am not sure how strong the nudge was, but anywhere else on the pitch it would be a foul. The contact was minimal, but it is heart in your hands time if you go in for that."

    Listen to commentary of Liverpool v West Brom on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  32. 2134: 

    A fabulous save! Ben Foster dives low to his left to push away Steven Gerrard's spot kick.

  33. 2133: 

    Luis Suarez goes down after a challenge by Jonas Olsson. The visitors aren't too happy with the decision.

  34. 2132: 

    Positive change from West Brom boss Steve Clarke, with striker Romelu Lukaku on for midfielder Graham Dorrans.

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson at Anfield on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "West Brom have been very clever by keeping numbers back, so that change to bring on another striker with Romelu Lukaku is an interesting one."

    Listen to commentary of Liverpool v West Brom on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  36. 2131: 

    Youssouf Mulumbu wriggles through a phalanx of defenders inside the box, but the West Brom midfielder stumbles. Liverpool dash to the other net and Stewart Downing steps up to take a free-kick. He curls his effort over the crossbar.


    Gareth Faulkner: "Liverpool need a clinical finisher like Gareth Barry."

    Closetindie: "Come on Liverpool! Cannot finish below Everton this year! Embarrassing."

    Snidewayslook: "In answer to Derek, half the sides in the Premier League would leave Fabio Borini out of their starting line-ups, and quite comfortably."

  38. 2128: 

    Steven Gerrard forces Ben Foster into a reflex save. A fabulous one-handed stop to prevent the captain's venomous 12-yard effort rippling the net. Fabio Borini sends the follow-up wide of the net under pressure from two Baggies defenders.

  39. 2128: 

    A delicious ball from Steven Gerrard which finds Luis Suarez. The Uruguay international is unable to reward his captain's effort with a shot on target, though. The striker, unstable of foot, stumbles before he can test Ben Foster.

  40. 2126: 

    Full-time - Hibernian 1-3 St Johnstone. St Johnstone replace Hibs in fourth place in the SPL after a comprehensive win at Easter Road. Rowan Vine's first-half double was added to by Patrick Cregg's strike, with only Leigh Griffiths' late goal offering the home fans any consolation.

    You can follow all the action on the SPL live text commentary.

  41. 2125: 

    Ah, an attempt on goal. Stewart Downing, just outside the box, lays off to Fabio Borini and the Italian forces Ben Foster into action with a curling low shot which seemed to be zooming towards the left corner.


    Ben Franklin: "Good to see Jonjo Shelvey coming off and Fabio Borini coming on. Would like to see Philippe Coutinho at some point as well."

  43. 2123: 

    The match lacking a bit of razzle-dazzle. Someone needs to put on their top hat and start tap dancing. Jazz hands, please. Entertain us. Liverpool keeping possession, but not really threatening.

  44. 2121: 

    Glen Johnson attempts to hypnotise the West Brom defenders with a series of step-overs. The full-back does one too many though and loses possession. Groans from the majority of spectators.


    Derek a Liverpool fan on text via 81111: "Fabio Borini has his critics, but how many teams can afford to leave a player of his quality out of the starting XI?"

  46. 2119: 

    Luis Suarez weaves his way through a bunch of defenders and the striker earns his team a tasty free-kick on the edge of the box. The 25-year-old steps up, but hits the wall. A second attempt... falls kindly into Ben Foster's hands. Oh well.

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson at Anfield on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Jordan Henderson has had a decent game, he has done well, unlike Jonjo Shelvey. I am surprised to see him come off as well."

    Listen to commentary of Liverpool v West Brom on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  48. 2117: 

    Thirty minutes remaining and Fabio Borini and Raheem Sterling come on for Jonjo Shelvey and Jordan Henderson.

  49. 2116: 

    Oops. Luis Suarez dashes towards goal, but his shot is wild and wide. The striker did have options to his left.


    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Anfield: "Home crowd growing increasingly frustrated by lack of Liverpool goals. Brendan Rodgers looks like he's discussing the needs for changes. Could it be the time for Philippe Coutinho's debut?"


    Roy Axtell: "See how good Jordan Henderson is when he gets forward. Lovely skill."

    Kanayo Umeogu: "Liverpool should field Robbie Fowler before it's too late. He scores even when blindfolded."

    Toby: "Liverpool's problem is that Luis Suarez keeps doing great work to get the ball in the box, but there is no Suarez there to put it in."

  52. 2114: 

    The match starting to nicely bubble. Perhaps it was worth the wait. Luis Suarez and Jordan Henderson combine in midfield to release Stuart Downing down the right. The move unravels though as Steven Gerrard's attempted one-two is intercepted.

  53. 2113: 

    A simple long ball through the middle sets Hibs' Leigh Griffiths in on goal and the striker holds off David McCracken before finishing left-footed past Alan Mannus. Hibernian 1-3 St Johnstone.

    You can follow all the action on the SPL live text commentary.

  54. 2112: 

    Liverpool camped in enemy territory and once again the home team go close. West Brom fail to deal with a corner and Jonjo Shelvey misses the target when just inches from the posts, although the midfielder was deemed offside.

  55. 2109: 

    Nervous groans from the ticket holders as Lucas, inside his own half, lazily passes to Graham Dorrans. Liverpool quickly regain possession and Jordan Henderson tests Ben Foster with a cheeky backheel. Good save that.

  56. 2107: 

    West Brom have started brightly, just as they did at the start of the game but they lack a little zip in the final third. The action shifts towards the other end of the field. In Luis Suarez, the home side have a livewire and the striker's run down the right sparks a promising attack which ends with Ben Foster having to smother a Steven Gerrard attempt from six yards.

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson at Anfield on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "When West Brom do get forward, it is funny, as they look like they do not believe they can create anything. It is all very tentative."

    Listen to commentary of Liverpool v West Brom on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  58. 2103: 

    West Brom had no shots on target during the first half. Actually, the visitors didn't even have a shot off target. The Baggies can only improve, I suppose. Brendan Rodgers frantically clapping on the sidelines. At least someone's excited.

  59. 2102: 

    Here we go again. Liverpool get the second half under way. I'll let you know if something happens.


    James Williams: "Stewart Downing's been our best player... Well him and the ball boy behind West Brom's goal."

    Kushal Joshi: "Liverpool fans overly optimistic about a top-four finish. As many points away from fourth as fourth from bottom (before kickoff)."

    David Carville: "Crowd need to make themselves heard... Let the team know they don't want to go home with a point. Anfield very quiet tonight."

  61. 2100: 

    Robbie Fowler, by the way, is still Liverpool's all-time top scorer in the Premier League with 163 goals. Only three players have scored more in the Premier League than the man known as God to the Anfield faithful. Who are they, I hear you ask? Let me tell you: Alan Shearer (260), Andy Cole (189) and Thierry Henry (175). It's not only John Bishop who can do half-time entertainment. Oh no.

  62. 2057: 

    More entertainment during half-time than there was in the first 45 minutes of the match. Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler and comedian John Bishop are attempting spot kicks blindfolded. Both raising awareness for charity. Fowler scores. Naturally. Bishop, though... well, he kicks fresh air with his first attempt. But finds the corner with his second.

  63. 2051: 
    Jonjo Shelvey (right) shoots at goal for Liverpool

    Liverpool's Jonjo Shelvey did have the ball in the net in the first half but his effort was correctly ruled out for offside.

  64. 2050: 

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Anfield: "Not too much to warm the cockles after the first half, but Liverpool look more likely to make a breakthrough. Has the feel of a performance pre-Daniel Sturridge where they wrack up the chances but have no-one in the box to finish them off."


    Asher Mehmet: "Jonjo Shelvey has failed to get into this game replace him with Philippe Coutinho. A good manager isn't afraid to make a change."

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson at Anfield on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "It has been a strange half. Liverpool have played nice football, they have gotten closer to scoring than West Brom have, but the visitors have been pretty comfortable.

    "It feels like the last game of the season when either club cannot get anywhere and just want to go on their holidays."

    Listen to commentary of Liverpool v West Brom on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  67. 2047: 

    Glen Johnson shoots low and wide from the outside the box and that's the end of the first half. Puff of the cheeks all round.

  68. 2048: 

    Paddy Cregg strokes home Murray Davidson's fine angled pass into the box to give St Johnstone a comfortable 3-0 lead at Hibernian.

    You can follow all the action on the SPL live text commentary.

  69. 2045: 

    One minute remaining and we've only had two chances of note to mention - and one was a clumsy clearance. Glen Johnson attempts to change that with a menacing cross into the box, which Jonas Olsson expertly deals with.

  70. 2043: 

    Luis Suarez waves his arms while lying on the floor, appealing for a penalty. The striker believes he was felled by Gareth McAuley but the referee just waves play on.

  71. 2041: 

    Jose Enrique a tad under employed on the Liverpool left as all the action is happening down the right. Steven Gerrard hustling in midfield and the captain embarks on a typical surging run. Jonjo Shelvey sticks in a hopeful cross which nearly results in an own goal as Steven Reid takes a careless swipe. Luckily for the defender the botched clearance goes over the crossbar.

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson at Anfield on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "West Brom have really missed Youssouf Mulumbu during the last month. Him and Claudio Yacob are a great pairing in central midfield."

    Listen to commentary of Liverpool v West Brom on BBC Radio 5 live now.


    Jayden T-Shepherd: "All these people saying that Jordan Henderson/Stewart Downing are good value, need to take a look at Newcastle's recent dealings..."

    Andy Wilson: "Worried about lack of end-product. Build up play is impressive but need to get something out of this period of control."

    Karel Deprez: "So where's the alien who substituted Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing for two good footballers?"

  74. 2036: 

    Brendan Rodgers raises his arms in frustration as he watches Daniel Agger narrowly fail to connect with a corner. The cameras then show Robbie Fowler sitting alongside comedian John Bishop. Both are smiling. I can only imagine the japes. West Brom attempting to work their way into the match, but the visitors unable to put any pressure on the home team.

  75. 2033: 

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Anfield: "In the quieter moments, it is very heartening to hear Jamie Carragher bawling at his team-mates. Like a bottle of fine wine, it should be appreciated before it's gone."

  76. 2033: 

    Lucas sprays to ball to Stewart Downing. The Liverpool players seem keen to get the 28-year-old involved as much as possible. I probably wouldn't have typed anything remotely like that a few months ago. Glen Johnson bisects the West Brom defence with a clever ball to Luis Suarez, but the best the wriggling striker can do is earn a corner.

  77. 2032: 
    Peter Odemwingie watches West Brom play Liverpool

    West Brom have lacked possession and a cutting edge so far - with striker Peter Odemwingie powerless to impact on the match after failing to make it into the starting XI or claim a place on the bench.


    Noah a Liverpool fan on text via 81111: "Stewart Downing is starting to look every bit a £20 million player."

    Mich on text via 81111: "RE 2017 - Near fell over when I read that comment. A handful of decent performances and a goal against Norwich does not mean £20m well spent. Arsenal's Santi Cazorla is an example of money well spent."

  79. 2029: 

    A shake of the head from Liam Ridgewell as he fails to control the ball, brining a promising West Brom move to an end. James Morrison surges down the left but the pitch isn't quite long enough and the midfielder can only dribble the ball out of play. Nearly thirty minutes have elapsed and the visitors enjoying their best period since the first minute.

  80. 2027: 

    Stewart Downing has careered out of the traps and the winger stings Ben Foster' palms with a shot from the edge of the box.

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan from Anfield on Twitter:

    "Daniel Sturridge's worth is underlined by fact that without him, Luis Suarez becomes a lot less involved in build up as lone striker."


    Ben Weeks: "No wonder there's no value in the transfer market when £20m for Jordan Henderson is STILL considered "well spent"."

    James Winney: "Jonjo Shelvey is Liverpool's most forward player at times. Need another striker with pace in the summer I feel."

    Pradeep: "Magical piece of skill from Luis Suarez there... Shame nobody to score!"

  83. 2025: 

    Jose Enrique seems to be in a spot of bother by the left corner flag, but the defender wriggles free and, in a blink of an eye, Jonjo Shelvey and Stewart Downing work their way up field. Oof! Daniel Agger nearly heads home a Stewart Downing corner but Ben Foster tips the Dane's effort over the crossbar. Momentum swinging Liverpool's way.

  84. 2024: 

    Half-time - Hibernian 0-2 St Johnstone. The away side preserve their lead until the break with Rowan Vine's brace the difference so far. It could have been even better for the visitors had Steven MacLean converted from the spot and Mehdi Abeid not missed a chance on the break just before the whistle.

    You can follow all the action on the SPL live text commentary.

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson at Anfield on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I have never seen a player like Luis Suarez. He looks like he has no chance of wriggling free in the penalty area but he always does, it is incredible.

    "Case in point there with that cross, there looked like there was absolutely nothing on."

    Listen to commentary of Liverpool v West Brom on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  86. 2022: 

    Liverpool dictating the tempo. A wonderful cut back from Luis Suarez ups the ante, but the striker's moment of ingenuity comes to nothing as his effort only finds Youssouf Mulumbu. Skills. Suarez hogging the limelight, at the moment.

  87. 2017: 

    So far, it's a leisurely evening at the office for Jamie Carragher and Daniel Agger. After the initial din, it's a muted atmosphere at Anfield. The spectators perhaps waiting for the match to explode into action. Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez do their best, once again combining to release Stewart Downing down the right but no-one in a red shirt is in the box to connect with the winger's cross.


    Stephen Porter: "Linesman are simply fantastic at their job. Such a tough task, yet they get it right so much of the time. Deserve respect!"

    Abhinav Reddy: "Jordan Henderson. Unrecognizable from his first year at Liverpool. £20m well spent."

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan from Anfield on Twitter:

    "Great reception for Jamie Carragher. Few finer sights than seeing him bawling at his team-mates as he already is. Jonjo Shelvey well offside."

  90. 2012: 

    Luis Suarez's starting to pose the visiting defence a few problems with his sinuous runs and he sets Steven Gerrard up for a long-range daisy cutter, which he fires wide. West Brom starved of possession. The home team happily working their way from side to side.

  91. 2012: 

    Rowan Vine gets his second goal within five minutes! He receives the ball on the left corner of the box, cuts inside Alan Maybury onto his right foot and fires in a fine effort past Ben Williams. Steven MacLean then misses a great chance to put St Johnstone 3-0 up from the penalty spot. Saints midfielder Mehdi Abeid is felled in the box by Hibs' Ryan McGivern but Ben Williams saves MacLean's spot-kick.

    You can follow all the action on the SPL live text commentary.

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson at Anfield on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "The flag was correctly raised for offside. I am not surprised, as with his bald head and shiny green boots, Jonjo Shelvey was never going to sneak under the linesman's radar."

    Listen to commentary of Liverpool v West Brom on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  93. 2009: 

    Ben Foster fails to deal with a long-range dipping Glen Johnson effort. Johnjo Shelvey thinks he has tapped the rebound into the net. But the linesman ruins the celebrations as he correctly deems the midfielder to be offside.

  94. 2008: 

    The noise around the stadium rises a decibel or two as Luis Suarez nearly dashes onto a backpass. The home team starting to settle. Steven Gerrard and Jonjo Shelvey combining to release Glen Johnson down the right. The full-back weaves into the box, attempts to set Luis Suarez free but the striker is offside.


    Zac_Quinn: "Went to WBA 3 LFC 0 in August, the day after getting broken up with, and two days before my cat died, great weekend there..."

  96. 2004: 

    The cameraman (or woman) finds Peter Odemwingie in the stands. The striker seems to be texting, or possibly tweeting. He's not concentrating on the game. Liam Ridgewell forces Pepe Reina into action with a cross, but it's a textbook catch for the Spaniard. Steven Gerrard with a Hollywood pass towards Stewart Dowining, which is cut out by Ridgewell. The ball falls to Luis Suarez, though - but he drags a hopeful shot well wide.

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson at Anfield on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "West Brom's passing in the early stages has been excellent without really going anywhere. For Liverpool, Jonjo Shelvey appears to be playing in the hole just behind striker Luis Suarez."

    Listen to commentary of Liverpool v West Brom on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  98. 2002: 

    West Brom enjoying the majority of possession in the opening two minutes. Not giving the home team a sniff. The only Liverpool player to touch the ball so far is Glen Johnson - and that was to clear the ball to touch. Early days, though. Very early days.


    Monty in Oldham on text via 81111: "As a Liverpool fan living in a boarding house in Oldham, I have been subject to a lot of stick this season however I am convinced after our last couple of performances we are finally turning it around. Please please please prove me right Liverpool otherwise its its going to be another long and painful night!"

  100. 2000: 

    Referee Jon Moss looks at his watch and deems it an appropriate time to toot his whistle. Shane Long passes to James Morrison and we're off!


    Statisticians Opta: "122 - Luis Suarez has had 283 touches in the opposition penalty area in the PL this season, 122 more than any other player (Robin van Persie, 161). Busy."


    Maurice in Rotterdam on text via 81111: "It's interesting to see that West Brom boss Steve Clarke has opted for the pace of Shane Long over the strength and power of Romelu Lukaku. Jamie Carragher has looked a bit leggy recently and so the Baggies might be able to exploit that!"

    LJ in MK on text via 81111: "RE: Jon from London. If that is your opinion, you clearly haven't watched Liverpool play yet this season then. Playing their best football in years."

  103. 1959: 

    Jamie Carragher follows Steven Gerrard out onto the familiar turf. The defender taps the 'This is Anfield' sign. A smile from the Liverpool captain as he walks out on cue to the start of You'll Never Walk Alone. Perfect timing. Flags and scarves go up in unison.

  104. 1958: 

    St Johnstone striker Steven MacLean unleashes a fierce drive from the edge of the box which Hibs keeper Ben Williams can only parry and Rowan Vine reacts quickest to lash it home from six yards.

    You can follow all the action on the SPL live text commentary.


    Infostrada Sports: "Carragher tonight equals Scholes on 497 PL matches, in 8th place of the all-time appearance-makers in the PL. Giggs leads on 611."

  106. 1955: 

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Anfield: "The tributes continue to flow for Jamie Carragher, who this week announced his retirement at the end of the season. In his Liverpool programme notes, manager Brendan Rodgers calls him an "Anfield icon" but also reveals that he has been a key character in supporting the manager's new ideas. Without 'Carra' on board, you suspect that Rodgers' reign may have been different."


    Harbin91: "Jamie Carragher starting for Liverpool. I can only imagine the reception this guy will get the minute he steps on to the pitch. Legend until the end."

    MGreen: "I'm so glad Philippe Coutinho's on the bench for Liverpool. I hope his fitness is alright & Brendan Rodgers gives him a 20 minute run out tonight. Future star!"

    Bob Taylor: "Youssouf Mulumbu and Claudio Yacob reunited for the first time since 1 December. Expect some good results to come although perhaps not tonight!"

  108. 1953: 

    It will be a gradual introduction to life in the Premier League for Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho. "He was with the medical team with Milan and he has come here and we have assessed where he is in terms of his fitness," said Brendan Rodgers of the new signing who starts on the substitutes' bench.

    "He trained with the group on Friday and we'll observe him and see where he's at but competition for places is what we want, that was the whole idea of bringing him in."

  109. 1951: 

    West Brom manager Steve Clarke on Sky Sports: "It is a game we come into with very little pressure on us as everyone in the country expects Liverpool to win. We come here, not in a great run of form, but the performances have been OK.

    "It has been a while since both Youssouf Mulumbu and Claudio Yacob have been available for us in the middle of park breaking up play. Hopefully it can kick-start our season for us."

  110. 1948: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on Sky Sports: "Daniel Sturridge was too much of a risk for tonight. He will be fine for next week.

    "Raheem Sterling has been brilliant for us but we need to nurture him. Jonjo Shelvey has had 27 appearances this season but it is an opportunity for him tonight.

    "We have been terrific recently and not got the results we deserve. We are getting better all the time and there is a feeling we are making Anfield our own."


    Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen: "Start of a great week of football tonight. One team on the up and the other struggling for form. Can only see one result."

  112. 1942: 

    Stewart Downing should perhaps tap Peter Odemwingie on the shoulder and whisper in his ear "it will get better".

    The winger, currently wearing a flashy orange bib while warming up on the pitch, has started in Liverpool's last 10 Premier League games.

    "I'm not surprised some of the younger players are starting to flourish, or some of the more experienced ones that Kenny signed," said WBA boss Steve Clarke ahead of the game.

    "For Stewart Downing to be in the team and Jordan Henderson, as well as Jose Enrique, and doing really well, is good. Liverpool are probably playing the best football in the Premier League."


    Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva: "Very happy and proud to play my 200th game for Liverpool."


    Jon from London on text via 81111: "Liverpool battling Everton, Swansea and Arsenal for fifth and Europa League place, regardless of result tonight they can't get Champions League football and don't deserve it considering how they have played this season!"

    Joshua in Cardiff on text via 81111: "RE: Lewis - Why should we be forced into selling a player below our valuation because he has a strop? The club dictates if he leaves. Well done West Brom, stood strong and wouldn't budge. If we start letting players dictate how the club runs we're in a bad way."

  115. 1936: 
    LINE-UPS- Liverpool v West Brom (2000 GMT)

    For those of you wanting to know who will be entertaining you this evening then here are the teams:

    Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Jose Enrique, Lucas, Gerrard, Henderson, Downing, Shelvey, Suarez. Subs: Jones, Coutinho, Allen, Borini, Sterling, Skrtel, Wisdom.

    West Brom: Foster, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Yacob, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Morrison, Brunt, Long. Subs: Myhill, Rosenberg, Lukaku, Jones, Tamas, Fortune, Thomas.

    Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)


    Mohit Pasricha: "Our attack already looks weaker without Sturridge. Testament to the effect he has had so far at Liverpool."

    Adam Clarke: "West Brom winless in six, Liverpool won the last three! Sadly seen this before many times. Let's hope I'm wrong & Liverpool win."

    Gareth Brown: "Luis Suarez & Steven Gerrard to run riot tonight, could be a long night for West Brom I feel. 4-0 Liverpool."

  117. 1928: 

    Life seems hunky-dory for Brendan Rodgers and his merry men. The club is, according to Baggies boss Steve Clarke, starting to reap the benefits of the players signed during his spell at the club as Kenny Dalglish's number two. Liverpool impressed during recent draws against Arsenal and Manchester City and have won their last three league games at Anfield without conceding a goal.


    Don Limani: "Liverpool have 13 games left, possible 39 points for grabs. If we can grab at least 30 that would be good for us to challenge top-four!"

    Francois Bruwier: "A Liverpool win absolutely necessary with top-four finish still in mind."

    Nick Locke: "Lucas's 200th appearance is great to see. Role model for all signings that start up against it from fans!"

  119. 1925: 

    It's not all doom and gloom for West Brom, though. It's never all doom and gloom. Youssouf Mulumbu has returned from Africa Cup of Nations duty and renews his central midfield partnership with Claudio Yacob, who has recovered from injury. "It's been noticeable when they haven't been there," says West Brom defender Gareth McAuley. "When they're playing, we don't get stretched."

  120. 1922: 

    Fourth take on fifth as Hibernian host St Johnstone in Monday's solitary SPL fixture. Only one point separates the two sides and both will be looking to bolster their European and top-six ambitions tonight at Easter Road.

    You can follow all the action on the SPL live text commentary.

  121. 1921: 

    Steve Clarke made management look as easy as shelling peas when he took to helm at The Hawthorns. His first game in charge was a 3-0 victory on the opening day of the season against tonight's opponents. Just four defeats followed in the next 13 league matches, but it has been a troubled couple of weeks for a club which has yet to win a league game this year.


    Riz inside Anfield on text via 81111: "I am at the game tonight and am looking forward to it! Going for a big win for Liverpool tonight! We were unlucky against Arsenal and Manchester City, and West Brom have been in some poor form of late. Come on you Reds!!!"

    Lewis in Sheffield on text via 81111: "West Brom should have let Peter Odemwingie go. He's only going to bring down chemistry within the team now."

  123. 1919: 

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Anfield: "Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is robbed of a chance to continue his fine form as a thigh injury keeps him out against West Brom. Jonjo Shelvey is his replacement in attack, with former Inter Milan midfielder Phillippe Coutinho ready to make his debut from the bench. West Brom make two changes to the side which lost 1-0 to Tottenham eight days ago. Liam Ridgewell is in for the suspended Goran Popov, while fit again Youssouf Mulumbu gives the midfield more ballast in place of striker Romelu Lukaku."


    Statisticians Opta: "5 - Liverpool have kept five clean sheets in their last six Premier League matches at Anfield including the last three in a row. Fortress."

    Statisticians Opta: "1 - WBA have kept just one clean sheet in their last 29 PL away games but that was in their 1-0 win at Anfield in April 2012. Curveball."

  125. 1915: 

    "I've tried just as hard as everyone else to try to keep him going for a bit longer," said Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard of the defender described by managing director Ian Ayre as "a colossal figure for Liverpool Football Club". How many times will The Kop sing their song of "A Team Of Carraghers" this evening?


    Tottenham defender Kyle Walker: "Hopefully a decent game on Monday night football! Think I'm going to go for a draw and sit on the fence."

  127. 1911: 

    Thankfully, there are other players at Anfield other than Odemwingie. In the midst of the red tracksuited players in the tunnel this evening will be Jamie Carragher. A man who will run out onto the Anfield pitch for the first time since announcing that he will retire at the end of the season.

  128. 1909: 

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Anfield: "The last time these two played in the Premier League, it was the first game of the season, warm and balmy. It was the first game in charge for both Steve Clarke and Brendan Rodgers and West Brom inflicted a 3-0 defeat on Liverpool. Cut to midwinter and it is Clarke's team who are on the wane. Winless in six league matches, they have hardly been helped by Peter Odemwingie's flirtations with QPR and visit hosts who have won three consecutive league games at Anfield without conceding a goal."

  129. 1907: 

    After giving him the big build-up, Peter Odemwingie is not in the West Brom squad. There are reports he has travelled to Anfield with the squad.

  130. 1906: 

    No room for striker Daniel Sturridge in the Liverpool squad. The striker still suffering from the thigh injury which forced him to withdraw from England duty.

  131. 1904: 

    Don't forget to tweet us - using the hashtag #bbcfootball - or drop us a text on 81111. We will be frantically checking for messages like a giddy teenager after a first date. Should West Brom select Odemwingie? Who on earth will end the evening victorious? So many questions.

  132. 1859:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Mark Chapman will have build up to this evening's game on The Monday Night Club on BBC Radio 5 live from 1900. He will then throw the mic to Mark Lawrenson, Ian Dennis and Ian Brown, who will provide live commentary from Anfield. Can't say you've not been told.

  133. 1857: 

    Ah. So, the Nigerian might have to wait a wee while longer for the forgiveness of Baggies devotees. Where did it all go wrong, eh? It was only last April that the striker scored the winner which secured West Brom their first victory at Anfield in 45 years.

  134. 1853: 

    "I can see how it is highly amusing to other fans," said one West Brom supporter today of Odemwingie's car park antics. "But the way that he has insulted the intelligence of WBA fans by dressing it up differently has been difficult to swallow."

  135. 1849: 

    Hello! Welcome to live text commentary of Liverpool's Premier League ding-dong with West Brom. Yes, Peter Odemwingie has successfully navigated his way back up the M1, issued a public apology for outrageously flirting with QPR and is available for selection for the first time since his moment of "total lunacy". Worry not, Peter, we've all been there. Well, not really.

  136. 1845: 

    It is an image so clear in our minds that it feels like only yesterday. It will probably always feel like yesterday, that day when Peter Odemwingie said farewell to his West Brom team-mates and drove to west London to spend the evening in QPR's car park. The world watched in disbelief as the final day of the transfer window became known as Odemwingie Day. We will never forget. He will never forget.

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Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 26 31 65
2 Man City 26 24 53
3 Chelsea 26 27 49
4 Tottenham 26 14 48
5 Arsenal 26 21 44
6 Everton 26 8 42
7 Swansea 26 9 37
8 West Brom 26 1 37
9 Liverpool 26 10 36
10 Stoke 26 -5 33
11 West Ham 26 -9 30
12 Fulham 26 -6 29
13 Sunderland 26 -6 29
14 Norwich 26 -15 29
15 Southampton 26 -9 27
16 Newcastle 26 -12 27
17 Aston Villa 26 -25 24
18 Reading 26 -15 23
19 Wigan 26 -21 21
20 QPR 26 -22 17

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