Alan Pardew: Liverpool draw 'like gold dust' for West Bromwich Albion, says boss
West Bromwich Albion head coach Alan Pardew has said he set his team up just to get a point against Liverpool.
Albion's second draw in three matches under Pardew lifted them out of the Premier League's bottom three.
Following Wednesday's 0-0 stalemate at Anfield, the Baggies' boss said: "I did not to come here to open the game up.
"I have come here before and been a bit more ambitious in my set-up, but not tonight. I knew where we were," the 56-year-old told BBC Sport.
Still missing Gareth Barry and Nacer Chadli, who may have a chance of figuring at home to Manchester United on Sunday, Pardew added: "Until we get everyone fit and available, winning games in this league is very tough and every point is gold dust.
"This is a really important point - a building block for us, which we will gain confidence from."
Albion are still to find the back of the net in three games under Pardew but, on a night when Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp's rotation policy pitched together all of his 'Fab Four' - Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane - the new Baggies boss was most satisfied with a second clean sheet.
Although Liverpool remain unbeaten at home this season, they have been held to a draw in five of their past seven Premier League games at Anfield.
Albion back out of the drop zone
Albion's draw was a continuation of their decent run of results at Anfield in recent seasons.
They have avoided defeat on four of their past seven visits, and goalkeeper Ben Foster has twice been part of winning teams there.
Most importantly, Albion moved back out of the relegation zone, into which they had plunged thanks to Pardew's old club Crystal Palace's late comeback victory over Watford on Tuesday.
"Psychologically, things like that are important," said Pardew. "It certainly made me feel a lot better than I did on Tuesday.
"There were some great individual displays. We were up against a team with Coutinho playing central midfield and three outstanding strikers in front of him.
"We had a tough task dealing with that movement and instinctive play, but we had a plan which worked. Jonny Evans, Ahmed Hegazi and Kieran Gibbs kept Salah very quiet."
Pardew also praised the decision to correctly rule out what would have been a late Dominic Solanke winner for Liverpool because of a handball.
"It was a brave call for an assistant referee to make in front of The Kop," he said. "It was the right decision but still a brave decision, and it was the little slice of luck we deserved."