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Liverpool 2-2 West Bromwich Albion

Craig Dawson scores for West Brom
Craig Dawson scored his second goal of the season for West Brom

Divock Origi's deflected 95th-minute strike rescued a point for Liverpool against a resolute West Brom.

The home side began well and took the lead when Jordan Henderson finished a superb and patient passing move.

But Simon Mignolet's error gifted a goal to Craig Dawson of Albion, who were furious when a delayed offside flag denied Jonas Olsson a goal.

Olsson looked to have headed West Brom to victory before substitute Origi's shot found the net deep in added time.

Such was the relief around Anfield at full-time that Reds manager Jurgen Klopp called his entire team together to conduct on-field celebrations in front of the Kop.

The point earned means Liverpool are ninth in the table, five points off the top four, while the two points lost leave West Brom 13th, six points above the bottom three.

Possession stats: Liverpool v West Brom
As well as 70% possession, Liverpool players made 642 passes to West Brom's 166

Positives for Liverpool

Striker Origi joined Liverpool in July 2014 for £10m but spent his first season on loan at Lille and has started only two league games this campaign.

However, after scoring a hat-trick in this month's 6-1 demolition of Southampton in the Capital One Cup, he now has a first, memorable league goal for the Reds, coming in the fifth of eight minutes added for a serious leg injury to defender Dejan Lovren, resulting from a tackle with Craig Gardner.

It came at the end of a game the home side largely dominated, both in terms of possession and shots.

Klopp's side had 70% of the ball, 28 attempts at goal to the Baggies' four and produced the goal of the game - a superb opener that began with goalkeeper Mignolet, comprised 20 passes and ended with Henderson firing home first time from Adam Lallana's downward header.

Jordan Henderson goal
Jordan Henderson's finish came at the end of a 20-pass move that the midfielder (14) played a part in on the right before making his way into the box to score

West Brom show their resilience

That Liverpool were forced to chase the game is down to a significant error from their goalkeeper, their own wastefulness in front of goal and West Brom's resilience.

Mignolet would undermine his side's good work soon after Henderson's opener with an air-punch from a corner that allowed Dawson to finish from close range.

With Liverpool's confidence visibly dented, West Brom took advantage and went ahead through Olsson's glancing header from a Chris Brunt corner.

However, during the course of the game, the home side had enough chances to win.

Between them, Philippe Coutinho and Christian Benteke had 10 shots, with the former firing the best of them over from 15 yards, while Lallana was denied by Boaz Myhill after breaking through the Baggies defence.

Controversial end to the first half

West Brom players remonstrate with referee Craig Pawson at half time
West Brom players remonstrate with referee Craig Pawson at half time

While the second half ended in drama, the first concluded in controversy.

West Brom thought they would be heading into the break in front after Olsson had volleyed home a Craig Gardner free-kick from close range. Indeed, the Baggies players managed a good 30 seconds of celebration before they were cut short by an extremely belated flag for offside.

Replays had shown the ultimate decision to be the right one but Albion manager Tony Pulis and his players were irate at the mysterious and protracted manner in which it was reached.

Man of the match - Jonas Olsson

Jonas Olsson (left)
Liverpool's late goal meant Jonas Olsson's goal was not the winner, but the defender put in a solid display as part of a stubborn West Brom defence and almost had another goal to celebrate

What the managers said

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West Brom play only long balls - Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "I'm satisfied now because it was the perfect finish to this game. The one point was the minimum that we deserved today.

"Two set plays cost us. We knew about their quality in these situations. It was difficult. We created chances, made a perfect goal then conceded those two.

"But at the end I can live with it. This could prove to be a very special moment for us in the season to strike back against such a team."

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Liverpool 2-2 West Brom: Pulis says Baggies make Premier League 'greatest'

West Brom manager Tony Pulis: "We're disappointed. We showed great resilience and to get done with a deflected goal in the eighth minute of stoppage time is particularly disappointing for the players.

"I can't fault the players. To come to a place like this with their budget, players and standing, we shouldn't be in their league."

On Albion having a goal ruled out for a 2-1 lead before half-time: "What disappointed me is the linesman doesn't put his flag up. If he puts his flag up straight away it is offside. Why the referee goes over and talks to him I don't know."

What next?

Liverpool travel to Watford next Sunday for a 13:30 GMT kick-off in the Premier League, while West Brom's final fixture before Christmas is at home against in-form Bournemouth on Saturday.

Line-ups

Liverpool

  • 22Mignolet
  • 2Clyne
  • 37Skrtel
  • 6LovrenSubstituted forOrigiat 79'minutes
  • 18Moreno
  • 14Henderson
  • 23Can
  • 7Milner
  • 20LallanaSubstituted forFirminoat 86'minutes
  • 9Benteke
  • 10CoutinhoSubstituted forIbeat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4K Touré
  • 11Firmino
  • 21Lucas
  • 24Allen
  • 27Origi
  • 33Ibe
  • 34Bogdan

West Brom

  • 13Myhill
  • 25Dawson
  • 23McAuley
  • 3Olsson
  • 11Brunt
  • 6Evans
  • 8Gardner
  • 24Fletcher
  • 7Morrison
  • 14McClean
  • 33RondónSubstituted forLambertat 90+4'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Chester
  • 10Anichebe
  • 17Lambert
  • 18Berahino
  • 19McManaman
  • 21Lindegaard
  • 31Gnabry
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
44,147

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home28
Away4
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool 2, West Bromwich Albion 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Liverpool 2, West Bromwich Albion 2.

Attempt blocked. Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emre Can.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2, West Bromwich Albion 2. Divock Origi (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by James Morrison.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Rickie Lambert replaces Salomón Rondón.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

Attempt blocked. Divock Origi (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Benteke.

Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion).

Foul by Christian Benteke (Liverpool).

Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jordon Ibe (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alberto Moreno.

Attempt saved. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordon Ibe.

Attempt missed. Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by James McClean.

Attempt blocked. James Milner (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alberto Moreno.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Roberto Firmino replaces Adam Lallana.

Hand ball by Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt blocked. James Milner (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Adam Lallana (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Benteke.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Divock Origi replaces Dejan Lovren because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 1, West Bromwich Albion 2. Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross following a corner.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Emre Can.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Jordon Ibe replaces Philippe Coutinho.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match James Milner (Liverpool) because of an injury.

Christian Benteke (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jonny Evans (West Bromwich Albion).

Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion).

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Dejan Lovren.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne.

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Emre Can.

Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

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