Liverpool defender Kolo Toure gifted West Brom an equaliser as the Reds missed a chance to tighten their grip on fourth place in the Premier League.

Daniel Sturridge tapped in a Luis Suarez cross to put the visitors ahead.

Albion picked up the pace after the break and Gareth McAuley had a powerful header palmed away by Simon Mignolet.

But West Brom were rewarded for their efforts when Toure's poor pass found Baggies striker Victor Anichebe and he drilled in a low shot.

Rodgers will not criticise Toure

The setback means Liverpool have earned 16 points from 36 on their travels so far this season and the result will come as a relief to their rivals for the last Champions League place.

Everton, who lost heavily to the Reds on Tuesday, beat Aston Villa on Saturday and are now only two points behind their neighbours, while Brendan Rodgers' side failed to capitalise on slip-ups for Tottenham, who drew at Hull, and Manchester United, who were beaten at Stoke.

Only goal difference was keeping West Brom out of the bottom three before the game but an improved second-half performance will give them hope of securing Premier League survival.

Rodgers began his Liverpool tenure with a 3-0 defeat at The Hawthorns in August 2012 but, following a tame opening, his side's prospects looked brighter this time round.

Raheem Sterling was set clear on the right and, after his cross was blocked, he passed to Suarez, who guided a ball to the far post where Sturridge steered it home from two yards for his 14th league goal of the season.

Analysis

"Kolo Toure has had one of the poorest games I remember him having. He has had a stinker. Liverpool were in control but a horrible mistake by Toure gave West Brom the equaliser. A good point for West Brom in their fight for survival. A victory that got away for Liverpool."

Toure had a chance to extend the lead, but failed to connect from close range after his initial header from a Philippe Coutinho corner was blocked.

A Zoltan Gera shot that went wide was the hosts' best moment of an opening half in which they also lost centre-back Jonas Olsson to injury.

But Liverpool had kept only one clean sheet in 10 away games prior to this match and as the Baggies started to press their visitors higher up the pitch in the second half, the chances began to arrive.

Skipper Chris Brunt's angled shot at the far post was blocked by right-back Jon Flanagan before McAuley had his towering header smartly palmed away by Mignolet.

Liverpool badly needed the cushion of a second goal and almost had it when Suarez outmuscled Diego Lugano but the Uruguayan's shot was saved by keeper Ben Foster.

The failure was duly punished when Toure played a square ball straight to former Everton forward Anichebe and he took advantage of the gift to finish clinically past Mignolet.

Foster saved at Sturridge's feet as Liverpool tried to engineer a winner, but it was West Brom who ended the game the stronger.

West Brom manager Pepe Mel:

Pepe Mel pleased with Baggies improvement

"At half-time we needed to speak because we forgot to press Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson as well as their centre-backs.

"In the second half it was better. The goal came after we pressed high up the pitch.

"He (Anichebe) is a good player. The team now is good. The second half was good and this is the way."

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers:

"[Toure] shouldn't have received the ball in the first place.

"I've said to the team that we are in the position that we are because over the last 18 months we have shown the courage and bravery to play football, and part of that is to build the game from the back.

"He is an experienced guy so he knows it was a mistake. He is devastated because he is a real conscientious guy. There is no blame for any of them.

"Unfortunately, it has cost us two points but, hopefully, we will see it as a point gained at the end of the season."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

West Bromwich Albion

  • 01 Foster
  • 03 Olsson (Lugano - 41' Booked )
  • 28 Jones
  • 23 McAuley
  • 06 Ridgewell Booked
  • 38 Berahino (Anichebe - 64' )
  • 21 Mulumbu Booked
  • 11 Brunt
  • 05 Yacob Booked
  • 22 Gera
  • 20 Vydra (Dorrans - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Reid
  • 10 Sinclair
  • 13 Myhill
  • 14 Lugano
  • 16 Anichebe
  • 17 Dorrans
  • 18 Amalfitano

Liverpool

  • 22 Mignolet
  • 20 Cissokho
  • 38 Flanagan (Kelly - 74' )
  • 04 K Touré
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 14 Henderson
  • 10 Coutinho (Allen - 74' )
  • 08 Gerrard Booked
  • 15 Sturridge
  • 31 Sterling
  • 07 Suárez Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Jones
  • 06 Luis Alberto
  • 09 Iago Aspas
  • 12 Moses
  • 24 Allen
  • 33 Ibe
  • 34 Kelly
Ref: Kevin Friend
Att: 26,132

Match Stats

Shots

12 12

On target

4 3

Corners

3 4

Fouls

13 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Liverpool 1.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Liverpool 1.

90:00 +1:04

Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +1:04

Foul by Martin Kelly (Liverpool).

87:08

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

86:15

Delay in match Billy Jones (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

85:48

Hand ball by Zoltán Gera (West Bromwich Albion).

85:41

Attempt blocked. Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

85:15 Booking

Booking Diego Lugano (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

85:04

Foul by Diego Lugano (West Bromwich Albion).

85:04

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

82:55

Foul by Billy Jones (West Bromwich Albion).

82:55

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:07

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Raheem Sterling.

81:05 Booking

Booking Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

80:58

Foul by Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion).

80:58

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:15 Booking

Booking Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

80:00

Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:00

Foul by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool).

78:36

Attempt missed. Kolo Touré (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Steven Gerrard with a cross following a corner.

78:11

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Chris Brunt.

78:10

Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

77:24

Attempt saved. Joe Allen (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Martin Skrtel.

76:57

Foul by Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion).

76:57

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

75:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Graham Dorrans replaces Matej Vydra.

74:09

Attempt saved. Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Zoltán Gera.

73:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Martin Kelly replaces Jon Flanagan.

73:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Joe Allen replaces Philippe Coutinho.

73:09 Booking

Booking Luis Suárez (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

72:56

Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

72:56

Foul by Luis Suárez (Liverpool).

69:50

Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

69:50

Foul by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool).

69:05

Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:05

Foul by Luis Suárez (Liverpool).

66:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Liverpool 1. Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

65:58

Zoltán Gera (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:58

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

65:17

Attempt saved. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

64:17

Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:17

Foul by Kolo Touré (Liverpool).

63:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Victor Anichebe replaces Saido Berahino.

62:35

Attempt missed. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

61:40 Booking

Booking Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

61:25

Foul by Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion).

61:25

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:02

Offside, Liverpool. Steven Gerrard tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

59:11

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Billy Jones.

58:38

Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

57:57

Attempt missed. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Claudio Yacob.

57:02

Matej Vydra (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:02

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

53:18

Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

53:17

Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

52:48

Attempt saved. Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross.

52:21

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Jon Flanagan.

52:20

Attempt blocked. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Youssuf Mulumbu with a cross.

50:28

Attempt missed. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

48:46

Foul by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool).

48:46

Zoltán Gera (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:27

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool).

45:27

Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins West Bromwich Albion 0, Liverpool 1.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Liverpool 1.

45:00 +0:25

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:25

Foul by Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion).

41:55

Attempt missed. Zoltán Gera (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Saido Berahino.

40:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Diego Lugano replaces Jonas Olsson because of an injury.

40:27

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

39:45

Delay in match Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

37:07

Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

35:54

Foul by Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion).

35:54

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:17

Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:17

Foul by Kolo Touré (Liverpool).

32:14

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Gareth McAuley.

32:13

Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Sturridge.

30:14

Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:14

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool).

27:00

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

26:11

Foul by Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion).

26:11

Luis Suárez (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! West Bromwich Albion 0, Liverpool 1. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

16:21

Attempt missed. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right misses to the left.

16:19

Attempt blocked. Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Zoltán Gera.

15:41

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Aly Cissokho.

14:42

Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:42

Foul by Jon Flanagan (Liverpool).

14:30 Booking

Booking Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

14:17

Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion).

14:17

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:52

Offside, Liverpool. Jordan Henderson tries a through ball, but Daniel Sturridge is caught offside.

11:06

Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion).

11:06

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:15

Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:15

Foul by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool).

7:01

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Zoltán Gera.

6:59

Attempt blocked. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

6:03

Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion).

6:03

Luis Suárez (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:03

Foul by Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion).

5:03

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

3:43

Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:43

Dangerous play by Luis Suárez (Liverpool).

0:27

Attempt blocked. Zoltán Gera (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Brunt.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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