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Liverpool 2-1 West Bromwich Albion

By Aimee LewisBBC Sport
Liverpool celebrate Adam Lallana's goal
Adam Lallana is now just one goal short of 50 league goals
  • Liverpool move to sixth in the table after win
  • Defeat ends West Brom's three-match winning run
  • Mario Balotelli starts on the substitutes' bench

Adam Lallana scored his first goal for Liverpool to help his team to a first Premier League win since August in a nervy display against West Brom.

Lallana combined beautifully with Jordan Henderson to beat Ben Foster at the far post seconds before the break.

Liverpool's defending was far from convincing and Dejan Lovren conceded a controversial penalty to allow Saido Berahino to level from the spot.

Rodgers relieved after 'big, big win'

But much to the hosts' relief, Jordan Henderson struck five minutes later.

Raheem Sterling found Henderson and the England midfielder threaded the ball low into the far corner to secure Liverpool a first league win since their 3-0 demolition of Tottenham.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had said before the match that his team were unrecognisable from last season's title challengers.

The struggle to attack with the pace, intensity and incisiveness which took them to within two points of the title last May continues, but the victory will ease the pressure on the manager and his team.

West Brom, arriving at Anfield in confident mood after three successive victories in all competitions, did trouble a frail Liverpool defence on a number of occasions but the hosts held on for what Rodgers described as a "big win".

Lallana strikes again against Baggies
Adam Lallana's first goal of his career also came against West Brom, for Southampton, at The Hawthorns in April 2008. He is now just one short of 50 league goals.

On occasions, the wastefulness of Philippe Coutinho and Sterling contributed to Liverpool's bluntness, and the hosts were especially hesitant on the counter-attack.

Two chances fell to Rickie Lambert, preferred to Mario Balotelli and making a rare start for the club, but while the striker forced Foster into a fine save with his first effort, his failure to score highlighted the absence of the injured Daniel Sturridge.

After missing seven games with a thigh injury, the striker is expected to return to full health for Liverpool's next match against QPR on 19 October.

But his failure to feature in the squad will at least dampen what could have been a potential club versus country row after Sturridge was left out of the latest England squad.

In Lallana, the hosts had a player who was bright throughout and the summer signing wildly celebrated his first Premier League goal since March, scoring after a delightful one-two with Henderson.

But Liverpool's defence remains vulnerable and the team has now gone seven Premier League games without a clean sheet at Anfield.

In the first half, a rare mistake by Henderson set Berahino free to test Simon Mignolet from 20 yards and, moments before Liverpool's opener, the England Under-21 international, unchallenged in the six-yard box, headed a difficult chance over the crossbar.

The Baggies striker, the leading English scorer in the league this season, eventually increased his tally to five league goals, although it was a dubious penalty.

West Brom capable of better - Irvine

Lovren felled Berahino on the edge of the box but referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot and the 21-year-old's rasping drive through the middle left Mignolet with no hope.

The Anfield crowd were understandably anxious as the hosts had collected just seven points from six league games before this match.

But five minutes after conceding, Henderson secured the winner. Sterling, having had a penalty appeal turned down, returned to his feet and found the effervescent midfielder, who side-footed beyond Foster.

You can listen to commentary of the goals in a 60-second round-up by BBC Radio 5 live.

West Brom manager Alan Irvine: "I was disappointed in how we used the ball in the first half. I was disappointed we didn't show enough courage on the ball.

"I challenged the players to be braver at half-time and in the second half we gave Liverpool a difficult game. From our point of view, we've got a few things we're disappointed with."

Irvine on the West Brom penalty: "From where I was I couldn't be sure whether it was inside or out. Having been given it, for Saido Berahino to step up and take it with such confidence was great. I thought he worked the centre-halves extremely well. His movement for a young player is very good."

Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli was named on the bench after failing to score in the league since his summer move
Adam Lallana
Before the break, Adam Lallana scored his first league goal since March
Saido Berahino
Saido Berahino scored which means Liverpool are still without a clean sheet at Anfield this season
Jordan Henderson
Jordan Henderson scored the winner and an assist in an impressive display from the midfielder



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 22Mignolet
  • 19ManquilloSubstituted forJohnsonat 64'minutes
  • 37SkrtelBooked at 17mins
  • 6Lovren
  • 18Moreno
  • 8GerrardBooked at 28mins
  • 10CoutinhoSubstituted forLeivaat 75'minutes
  • 31Sterling
  • 14Henderson
  • 20Lallana
  • 9LambertSubstituted forBalotelliat 64'minutes


  • 1Jones
  • 2Johnson
  • 4K Touré
  • 21Leiva
  • 29Borini
  • 45Balotelli
  • 50Markovic

West Brom

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Foster
  • 16Gamboa
  • 25DawsonBooked at 29mins
  • 6LescottBooked at 84mins
  • 15Pocognoli
  • 8Gardner
  • 7MorrisonSubstituted forBlancoat 81'minutes
  • 17DorransSubstituted forMulumbuat 71'minutes
  • 29Sessegnon
  • 11BruntSubstituted forSamarasat 87'minutes
  • 18Berahino


  • 4Baird
  • 5Yacob
  • 13Myhill
  • 21Mulumbu
  • 23McAuley
  • 28Blanco
  • 30Samaras
Michael Oliver

Match Stats

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    Match ends, Liverpool 2, West Bromwich Albion 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Liverpool 2, West Bromwich Albion 1.

  3. Post update

    Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Steven Gerrard.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mario Balotelli (Liverpool) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Steven Gerrard.

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Steven Gerrard.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Georgios Samaras replaces Chris Brunt.

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    Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).

  14. Post update

    Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  16. Booking

    Joleon Lescott (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Joleon Lescott (West Bromwich Albion).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sebastián Blanco (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Stéphane Sessegnon.

  20. Post update

    Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Sébastien Pocognoli tries a through ball, but Saido Berahino is caught offside.