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Summary

  1. Liverpool move up to second in the table
  2. Late West Brom goal denies Reds top spot
  3. Mane converts Firmino cross from eight yards
  4. Coutinho adds second with drilled finish
  5. McAuley replies as Liverpool fail to defend corner

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By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye!

Jurgen Klopp
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Jurgen Klopp is understandably a happy man. But he says he won't be going out for a celebratory meal in Liverpool tonight. Instead he'll be sat at home, no doubt watching Match of the Day. We recommend you do the same. Join Gary Lineker, plus guests Mark Schwarzer and Danny Murphy, from 22:20 BST. See you later!

Stats of the day

Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

  • Liverpool are now unbeaten in 12 home Premier League games (W7 D5), their longest run since a sequence of 14 in April 2014.
  • Since Jurgen Klopp’s first game in charge there have been more Premier League goals netted in games involving Liverpool than any other team (126 – 75 for, 51 ag).
  • Liverpool have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 Premier League games.  
  • Roberto Firmino has had a hand in 17 Premier League goals (12 goals, 5 assists) in 2016; more than any other Liverpool player.
  • 70% of West Brom’s Premier League goals this season have come via set-pieces (incl. penalties) – seven of 10 goals.
  • West Brom have scored more Premier League goals from corners this season than any other team (5).
  • Gareth McAuley is the only West Brom defender to hit double figures for Premier League goals (11).

'The boys did well'

Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, talking to BBC Sport: "We created unbelievable chances for scoring more than two. But it was exciting until the last second. 

"When they scored, I felt not so good, it was clear, our plan was to avoid the set piece. It is so difficult, they are really role models for set-pieces.

"I am pleased with the performance, the result, no one injured, it was a good game for our side. It is West Brom, they don't lose by much, nothing will change their style of play

"We came to win this game, the boys did well, I am happy this kind of football is not a guarantee. In other games we will be more under pressure, the work never stops or ends we have to carry on, an early moment in the season but all good."

Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

It takes a lot to leave Jurgen Klopp feeling satisfied. Says who? The man himself.

"I don't know when I was last satisfied, maybe 2012 when won double with Dortmund," the German claimed after his side moved second in the Premier League.

Here's the rest of what Klopp had to say...

Shame we didn't score earlier - Pulis

Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

More from Baggies boss Tony Pulis, speaking to BBC Sport: "First-half we were OK, just two poor mistakes. I felt were were OK, it is quality at times when we get the ball, to get in their final third.

"Second half we had a go, it opened up at our end and Ben Foster made some wonderful saves. We made changes, freshened it up and caused them problems.

"You know if you get a goal it puts them on the back foot and it is a shame it didn't come earlier.

"We lack certain qualities we are looking for. The squad has improved, they have faults and we accept that but they worked hard today."

Pulis backing the Reds?

Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

Sounds like Tony Pulis is backing the Reds to end their 26-year wait for the English title. "They've got a clear run at the title," says the Baggies boss, pointing out they have no European distractions.

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And here's how the Premier League table looks after today's matches. Tight.

Liverpool v West Brom
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Match of the Day running order

Here's how Gary Lineker and the team are lining up this evening (BBC One and online from 22:20 BST):

1. Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

2. Leicester 3-1 Crystal Palace

3. Burnley 2-1 Everton

4. Hull 0-2 Stoke

5. West Ham 1-0 Sunderland

6. Arsenal 0-0 Middlesbrough

7. Bournemouth 0-0 Tottenham

8. Swansea 0-0 Watford

'There were 15 white shirts in the box!'

Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, speaking to BT Sport: "I am happy with the performance of my team. It is difficult against West Brom, so many balls in the air, they are so dangerous from set pieces, 

"It would have been a joke if we drew today, unbelievable how we played. It was a good performance against a team like this, they were here to get something, we never let them back into the game.

"Their corners kicks are so good, I had feeling 15 players in white kit were in the box.

"It was a big, big challenge to stay cool, stay concentrated. It is a really nice team I am really happy to have these boys around."

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JavelBleach: Actually a very very disappointing scoreline for Liverpool. But it's the positions in May that count. 

lfcway: Would have taken that score line before the game. Knowing Tony 'park the bus' Pulis.

Imran Sheikh: Pleased with the three points today. A shame we couldn't keep a clean sheet!

'We wanted to come and have a go'

Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

West Brom goalscorer Gareth McAuley, speaking to BT Sport: "We expected a difficult game, that is what we got. We gave them the two goals, they were preventable and we are disappointed with that. They are a quality team but we should have been better today. We wanted to frustrate for as long as we could and come out and have a go, but it was too late in the game."

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Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

Jurgen Klopp doesn't mince his words. "It would have been a joke if West Brom got a draw," says the Liverpool boss. He wouldn't have been laughing.

'Too early to talk about title race'

Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson speaking to BT Sport: "We were disappointed conceding from a set piece as we had worked on that. We had handled it well until the goal. From that point on, they lumped the ball forward to put pressure on us, we coped with it well to see the game out.

"First half we were very good with the ball, it got a bit nervy after their goal. We need to build on that and stop the goal from the set piece. It is too early for that talk (about the title race) we have to concentrate on each game, it is a  bonus teams around us dropped points but the main aim for us is to get three points."

Jordan Henderson
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Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

How we feeling then Liverpool fans? Signs tonight that your team can finally land the English title? Or slightly worried that they didn't kill off a poor West Brom side?

Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

Liverpool goalscorer (and, arguably, man of the match) Philippe Coutinho looks as snug as a bug inside a club-branded puffa jacket as he faces the post-match cameras.

"It's fun," says the Brazilian when asked about playing in a fluid attacking formation.

More from him and Jordan Henderson in a few moments.

'It was one-way traffic'

Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

Tony 'Bomber' Brown

Former West Brom striker on BBC WM 95.6

The travelling fans won't be too happy as Albion didn't create a shot on goal until late into the second half. 

They got a goal from the set piece and that gave them a little bit of momentum but let's be honest, Liverpool were totally dominant and it was all one way traffic. 

FULL-TIME

Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

It would have been a robbery of Peaky Blinders proportions if this Midlands gang had escaped Anfield with a point. West Brom remain 13th as their four-match unbeaten Premier League run comes to an end.

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Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

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Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

So that win - which should have been comfortable but ended up a little edgy - pushes Liverpool up to second. (That 'Top of the Klopps' headline will have to wait...)

The Reds are level on points with Arsenal, who were held to a goalless stalemate at Middlesbrough.

But Manchester City can return to the summit if they beat Southampton tomorrow.

FULL-TIME

Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

All over! Liverpool miss the chance to go top of the league because of that late Albion goal. Jurgen Klopp doesn't look like he cares. His beaming smile tells us he's just pleased to get the three points.  

Jurgen Klopp
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Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

Almost game, set and match. Divock Origi curls wide of the far post. Close but not close enough.

Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

All or nothing now for West Brom. Pump it forward! Hal Robson-Kanu has half a sniff, but Reds keeper Loris Karius sees out any bother.

SUBSTITUTION

Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

One minutes ticks away after a third Liverpool change. Sadio Mane's day is done, on comes Divock Origi. A time-wasting exercise.

INJURY TIME

Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

Lee Mason strolls up to the touchline, almost teasing the Anfield crowd before hoisting his electronic board into the autumnal air. Three minutes of stoppage time.

Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

That Liverpool change does the trick, just slowing the pace and taking the sting out of the game. All eyes on fourth official Lee Mason now...

SUBSTITUTION

Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

Shut up shop time for Liverpool. Another home substitution as Philippe Coutinho departs to a standing ovation. He is replaced by the less attack-minded Lucas Leiva.

Lucas Leiva
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Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

This could end 4-3 at this rate. Nice flick from Roberto Firmino puts in Sadio Mane, but Gareth McAuley reads it to lever him off the ball.

Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

Chris Brunt goes deep, looking for Jonas Olsson at the back stick. Liverpool's defence holds firms, then the home side spring forward on the counter...

Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

Another West Brom set-piece. Chris Brunt, with that peach of a left foot, stands over a free-kick...

Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

This has turned into an NBA match. You attack, we attack. Ben Foster producers another smart stop to smother Roberto Firmino's angled drive, then collects a low Philippe Coutinho drive. In-between Nacer Chadli smashes a long-range effort over the bar.

Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

Rob Gurney

BBC WM Sport

Well, maybe there is just a seed of doubt in Liverpool's minds? The Albion fans "boing boinging" at Anfield. 

Now it's going to be a nervous end to this game from a Liverpool point of view. Albion have nothing to lose. 

GOAL - Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

Gareth McAuley

Game on! Finally West Brom make a set-piece count, Gareth McAuley being left on his lonesome to juggle the ball with his chest and knee before volleying in. Chris Brunt with the assist after Liverpool fail to stick a head on his corner.

Gareth McAuley
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Liverpool 2-0 West Brom

Chance for West Brom? Liverpool concede a corner as keeper Loris Karius makes a hash of a cross. We know they're dangerous from set-pieces... (I've been saying that all evening...)

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Liverpool 2-0 West Brom

Yep, it is Gini Wijnaldum who is summoned. Off goes Adam Lallana to a standing ovation. No goal for the England midfielder on his 100th Reds appearance, but an impressive performance nonetheless.

Adam Lallana
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Liverpool 2-0 West Brom

Time for a Liverpool change. Looks like Gini Wijnaldum is ready to make his return from injury.

Liverpool 2-0 West Brom

Liverpool owner John W Henry looks happy with what he is seeing as he snuggles under a blanket with his missus in the new Main Stand. Mrs Henry is looking intently at the TV screen next to her, probably because it is showing the 'as it stands' table.

Liverpool 2-0 West Brom

West Brom have probably enjoyed more possession inside the Liverpool half in the past five minutes then they did in the previous 70. That's not to say they're doing much with it. Hal Robson-Kanu gives away the ball with an ambitious cross-field pass.

Liverpool 2-0 West Brom

Groans are audible around Anfield as a home pass is misplaced. A few nerves?

Liverpool 2-0 West Brom

Much better from West Brom. They're finally managing to commit men forward, building up a little bit of pressure in the Liverpool half. James Morrison has a pop from 25 yards, curling a right-foot shot past the left-hand post.