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West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Liverpool

West Brom celebrate Rondon goal
West Brom could still be relegated this weekend despite the draw

West Brom produced a "useless comeback" by scoring two late goals to take a point at the Hawthorns, says Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

The hosts were 2-0 down after 79 minutes - Danny Ings and Mohamed Salah on target for the Reds - before goals from Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon.

However the Baggies will be relegated on Sunday if Swansea beat Manchester City.

"I don't think that point will help West Brom massively, it is a complete waste of points. They don't need it, we would have needed it," Klopp added.

"They are happy now, we are not happy. We stay in the league, they don't stay in the league - it is a strange situation."

The German also criticised the Hawthorns' "dry pitch" after the draw.

The hosts' comeback started when Livermore scrambled home at a corner for his first goal at the club before Rondon headed in Chris Brunt's free-kick in the 88th minute.

Salah had earlier continued his brilliant form with a chipped second-half finish which takes him to 31 Premier League goals this season and sees him equal the record for a 38-game campaign.

Liverpool, who made five changes to their starting line-up with their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday in mind, were ahead after just four minutes through Ings.

The Englishman, who was making just his second start under Jurgen Klopp, stroked home from six yards for his first goal since October 2015.

The draw ensures West Brom caretaker manager Darren Moore extends his unbeaten start in charge, but his side remain bottom, eight points from safety with three games left.

Moore's Baggies continue to show fight

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Baggies boss Moore 'really delighted' after Liverpool draw

West Brom have been hapless for much of the season, winning just one point in 18 games during Alan Pardew's four months in charge, but in the past two games they have shown plenty of spirit against two of the league's best teams.

They beat Manchester United last weekend and have now followed that with another morale-boosting showing against Liverpool.

The Baggies battled throughout the game and caused Liverpool problems, particularly with crosses into the box, but when Salah added Liverpool's second in 72nd minute, most in the ground believed the result was sealed.

"We're really delighted," Moore said. "Another positive result and solid performance against a very good team.

"Today we've earned that result. The support, players and staff have all come together.

"The big thing for me is the togetherness."

Despite the comeback, however, there seemed to be a feeling of proud resignation at full-time: the crowd applauded but were not celebratory and Rondon crouched to his knees.

They are still two points below 19th-placed Stoke and eight adrift of Swansea in 17th who have played two games fewer.

"I will only look to the game ahead," Moore said. "This game was a massive hurdle and to come out with a positive performance and a point, we will see what happens this weekend."

By adding another draw to the win and a draw in his first two games in charge, Moore has at least further strengthened his claim for the job on a permanent basis regardless of which division West Brom are playing in next season.

However, when asked about his future at full-time Moore was again non-committal, saying "it is about the next game".

Late lapses cost changed Liverpool

Liverpool
Liverpool would have moved one point behind second-placed Manchester United with a win

It looked like Liverpool were on course to collect three points despite Klopp resting forward Roberto Firmino, midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren and Andrew Robertson.

But despite taking the lead, with Joe Gomez, Ragnar Klavan and Alberto Moreno recalled in defence, Liverpool always looked shaky at the back.

West Brom did not create much from open play but they often caused trouble at set pieces and it was defending at a free-kick and a corner which cost the Reds the win.

But Klopp will still be pleased that they completed the game without any injury scares and they remain eight points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea.

Salah's 31st league goal took him alongside Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez, who share the record for a 38-game season.

And Ings, who has recovered from two serious knee injuries, scored his first goal in 930 days and he celebrated his early strike with plenty of emotion.

"It has been a long time," Ings said. "I've had to climb a huge mountain to get into this position. But I would have sacrificed that for three points."

Ings was also involved in an incident with West Brom's Ahmed Hegazi when the Egyptian appeared to punch the striker, albeit with little force.

Klopp criticises Hawthorns pitch

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Klopp criticises West Brom pitch

Klopp also described the match as a "difficult game" because of the "dry pitch" at the Hawthorns.

"West Brom decided not to water the pitch at half-time and that makes it difficult," the German said.

"It makes a massive difference. A team like West Brom do not need a wet pitch, they can do it next year playing on a dry pitch in the Championship."

Moore responded to those comments by saying the pitch "was not a tactic" and was "the same for both teams".

"It was a hot afternoon - we watered the pitch before the game," said Moore. "The heat has dried out the pitch."

Man of the match - Matt Phillips

Matt Phillips
It looked for much of the game as if Matt Phillips' efforts would not prevent a defeat for West Brom but his attacking runs caused Liverpool issues throughout and his set-piece delivery was always a threat

The best stats

  • West Brom avoided defeat in a Premier League game in which they were two goals down for the first time since February 2015.
  • Salomon Rondon has equalled the record for most Premier League games scored in a single season without winning any of them [seven, level with Jordan Ayew in 2015-16].
  • Salah is just the fifth player in Premier League history to register more than 40 goal involvements in a single season [31 goals, nine assists] - also Alan Shearer [47 in 1994-95], Andrew Cole [47 in 1993-94], Thierry Henry [44 in 2002-03] and Luis Suarez [43 in 2013-14].
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been directly involved in 10 Premier League goals this season, (three goals, seven assists), his best-ever haul in the competition. Oxlade-Chamberlain has provided more Premier League assists for Salah [five] than he has for any other player in the competition.
  • Jake Livermore scored his first goal for West Brom in what was his 50th appearance in all competitions.
  • Chris Brunt has provided 50 assists for West Brom in the Premier League, 26 more than any other player [James Morrison on 24]. He is the first Northern Ireland player to reach this feat in the competition.

What's next?

West Brom travel to Newcastle next Saturday (15:00 BST) while Liverpool follow their European exploits with a home game against Stoke earlier the same day. (12:30 BST).

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 1Foster
  • 2Nyom
  • 25Dawson
  • 26Hegazi
  • 3GibbsSubstituted forBurkeat 76'minutes
  • 10Phillips
  • 8Livermore
  • 11Brunt
  • 14McCleanSubstituted forEvansat 71'minutes
  • 19RodriguezSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 89'minutes
  • 9Rondón

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 5Yacob
  • 6Evans
  • 13Myhill
  • 17Burke
  • 20Krychowiak
  • 28Field

Liverpool

  • 1Karius
  • 12Gomez
  • 4van Dijk
  • 17Klavan
  • 18MorenoBooked at 69mins
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 14Henderson
  • 7Milner
  • 11SalahSubstituted forLovrenat 84'minutes
  • 28IngsSubstituted forFirminoat 66'minutes
  • 19ManéSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Lovren
  • 9Firmino
  • 21Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 22Mignolet
  • 26Robertson
  • 29Solanke
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
24,520

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Liverpool 2.

Full Time

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

Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt missed. James Milner (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Attempt blocked. Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Salomón Rondón with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Jay Rodriguez.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 2, Liverpool 2. Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Joseph Gomez (Liverpool).

Oliver Burke (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) header from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with a cross.

James Milner (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Allan Nyom (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Dejan Lovren replaces Mohamed Salah.

Ragnar Klavan (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion).

Hand ball by Jonny Evans (West Bromwich Albion).

Offside, Liverpool. Loris Karius tries a through ball, but Mohamed Salah is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Liverpool 2. Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a corner.

Attempt saved. Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jay Rodriguez.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Ragnar Klavan.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Oliver Burke replaces Kieran Gibbs.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jonny Evans (West Bromwich Albion).

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 0, Liverpool 2. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Jonny Evans replaces James McClean.

Attempt saved. Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Booking

Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Alberto Moreno (Liverpool).

Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Sadio Mané.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Roberto Firmino replaces Danny Ings.

Joseph Gomez (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by James McClean (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt blocked. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Milner.

Offside, Liverpool. James Milner tries a through ball, but Mohamed Salah is caught offside.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

Foul by Danny Ings (Liverpool).

goal

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5Chelsea34196959342563
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16Huddersfield3498172754-2735
17Swansea3389162746-1933
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