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By Gary Rose

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  1. Text us on 81111

    Jamie in Birkenhead: Liverpool fans stick with Rogers! He's a developing manager but the team will develop with him.

    Sam Gee YNWA: So easy for so so called LFC fans to lay into BR when things aren't going's a four game dip and we went eleven unbeaten prior to this!!! Cmon lets not stick the knife in we've never had much joy at West Brom!!! This is football

    Paul Mackie in Ormskirk: Rodgers can have another season for me, but it's critical he sells and buys wisely in the summer.


    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    Philippe Coutinho heads into the side-netting and that it is the last chance. Agonisingly close!

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    Mario Balotelli

    Four minutes flashes up on the fourth official's board. Can anyone find a winner?

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    Callum McManaman runs at tired legs at the near post, leaves Martin Skrtel standing and shoots low but strikes the legs of Simon Mignolet. A late Baggies charge?

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool


    Can West Brom hold back this wave of pressure? They have all but Brown Ideye back in their own half whenever Liverpool have the ball.

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    It looks like Steven Gerrard has taken a nasty knock to his knee. He is testing it out, stamping his foot in the turf before motioning to the sidelines that he is good to continue.

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    Scott Wilson: WBA fans, are you happy with being sat in the 18-yard box with no intent on playing? You pay money to watch that!


    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    West Brom make their third and final change of the game as James Morrison heads off the pitch, with Chris Baird replacing him.

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    Philippe Countinho plants a long-range effort on the roof of the net. Liverpool are pressing. Ten minutes to go...

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    Ewan from Bristol: As a Liverpool supporter, I've been a big fan of Rodgers in recent years, and I don't want to be saying it, but it is perhaps time for him to go? Seem to have very few attacking ideas in these smaller games, always seem to be relying on some magic from Coutinho or Sterling to get the win.

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    Surely, surely this is made for a Steven Gerrard thunderbolt? Into his final few games for Liverpool and on his 500th appearance, it is made for a headline-making winner.

    The midfielder has the chance to do just that when he shoots with typical venom through a crowd of players, but Boaz Myhill is wise to the shot and gets down to smother the ball.


    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    Jordon Ibe and Mario Balotelli are the two to make way as Adam Lallana and Fabio Borino come on for Liverpool.

    West Brom also make a change as Brown Ideye comes on for Saido Berahino.

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    Fabio Borini and Adam Lallana are receiving some instructions from Brendan Rodgers's assistant. A double change on the cards?

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    Just under 20 minutes remaining and still no goals, but both sides have at least gone close. I wouldn't want to call which way this will go, with West Brom becoming a bit more adventurous now.

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    Brendan Rodgers

    Jane in Preston: Brendan Rodgers puts me in mind of those women who obsess about shoes, but in his case it's midfielders. Liverpool fiddle about like the Barca team a couple of years ago, unfortunately without the talent.

    Graham D Red forever: Liverpool are so easy to read. No penetration and little different ways!

    Don't forget to put your name on your texts.

  16. CLOSE!

    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    OFF THE LINE. I didn't think I would be saying this at half-time but I think there are goals in this, you know.

    James Morrison is in the area for West Brom and nods the ball towards the far post. It looks to be creeping in but Dejan Lovren hacks the ball clear before it crosses the line.

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    West Brom make a change as Callum McManaman replaces Victor Anichebe with just under 30 minutes left.


    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    Jordon Ibe is so close to scoring his first goal for Liverpool as he plays a beautiful one-two with Mario Balotelli, drives towards the area and smashes a shot against the top of the bar. Cracking effort!


    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    This has not been a scrappy game, highlighted by the fact that we have our first yellow card of the game on the hour as Craig Dawson is booked for a foul on Jordon Ibe.

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    Immediately Craig Gardner volleys into the sidenetting at the other end after he is picked out by Chris Brunt's fine cross. This is better!

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    How did that stay out!? The best chance of the game by far as Liverpool go close in quick succession. First, Mario Balotelli's shot is blocked, the loose ball dribbles out to Philppe Coutinho, whose low shot is kept out by the sprawling hand of Boaz Myhill. The danger is not dealt with though as Jordan Henderson tries to pounce but West Brom somehow scramble clear. So close.

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    Once again, West Brom's best efforts are coming from set-pieces and Liverpool concede a free-kick 35 yards from goal. It is too far out for Darren Fletcher to have a pop at goal from so instead he sends the ball in for Gareth McAuley, whose header drifts wide of the far post.

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    Craig Dawson goes in strongly on Raheem Sterling and the Liverpool forward is sent tumbling to the floor. A few nervy glances from the Liverpool fans as he grimaces with pain, but he is up and OK to continue.

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    Magnus in London: Even though Balotelli has been poor for us this season, I can't help but feel that he might do something amazing every time he has the ball.

    Muhammad in Birmingham: Based on the money spent and the season so far, I think it's time for Klopp for the Kop.

  25. Balotelli heat map

    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    Mario Baloelli

    Mario Balotelli had one of Liverpool's better chances in the first half with an instinctive strike over the bar, but Brendan Rodgers will be hoping for more from him in this half. The striker had just 20 touches, only goalkeeper Simon Mingolet had fewer.

  26. KICK-OFF

    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    We are back under way. Can we have some goals please?

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    Gus Tracey: It's a cop out to throw the blame on Balotelli when Liverpool aren't playing well, he thrives off a strike partner

  28. Half-time scores


    After 45 minutes we are still waiting for our first shot on target. Have fans at other games been treated to more goals than we have? Here are the scores from around the grounds.

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    West Brom v Liverpool (15:00 BST)


    This has not been a happy hunting ground for Liverpool and unless there is a vast improvement in their attacking play in the second half, it looks unlikely they will pick up three points.

    Still, things can only get better. Surely...

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    Dan in London: Please for the good of sanity just end the season now. We (Liverpool) are atrocious.


    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    Match of the Day commentator Tony Husband: "Liverpool have been unable to turn that possession into chances. They have dominated possession, dictated play but it is goalless."

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    One minute of added time. Get the kettle on, I can't see a goal before the break...

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    Is Glen Johnson playing for his Liverpool future? It doesn't look like it as he gets to the byeline and opts against the cross to instead play the ball back to Jordan Henderson, who curls the ball straight into the hands of Boaz Myhill.

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    Eloise Crop: Liverpool need to sell Ballotelli, he doesn't work hard enough and has no real desire to play for such a great team.

    Kaushik Gorai: Frustration can be seen in Rodgers' eyes. And his actions on the sideline says it all about Liverpool's season.

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    Liverpool win their third corner of the game, which Philippe Countinho swings into the area where Jordan Henderson is adjudged to have pushed Darren Fletcher and the resultant free-kick for West Brom creates the biggest cheer of the day.

    Yep, it is that kind of game...

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    West Brom v Liverpool

    Liverpool are almost caught off guard as Saido Berahino uses his pace to chase after a long ball towards the right side of the Reds' area. He gets there, cuts a pass back for Craig Gardner but his radar is a bit off, not for the first time today, as he drives a ball over the heads of everyone inside the area and out of play.

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    A rare foray forward for West Brom as Craig Gardner gets the ball midway inside the Liverpool area. He has acres of space and scampers forward, gets a bit excited and launches a shot well, well wide.

    At the other end, Mario Balotelli is not far off with a chance from nothing, swinging his boot at a loose ball on the edge of the area and it flies just over.

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    We have had a whopping five shots in total so far, none on target. So, about that stat I mentioned about the last 0-0 at the Hawthorns between these two being in 1968...[see entry at 1 mins]

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    ...Steven Gerrard takes it...lifts the ball over the wall and...over the bar. Just over, mind.

    Brendan Rodgers scribbles down some notes.

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    Mario Balotelli is body checked by Saido Berahino and it is a Liverpool free-kick, right outside the area...

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    West Brom

    Poor Victor Anichebe. He (10) has looked a lonely figure in the West Brom attack, as the above average positions map shows. Tony Pulis urges his side forward from the touchline but he isn't getting much of a response at the moment.

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    To add to that pre-season feel Brendan Rodgers has opted to take a more relaxed approach to watching the game. He is sat on a step, his back against one of the advertising hoardings.

    Rodgers cranes his neck as Liverpool create a chance when Craig Dawson heads out to Dejan Lovren on the edge of the area, he nods the ball back in for Mario Balotelli, but the striker cannot get the crucial touch from eight yards.

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    West Brom's only threat has been from set pieces and they have the chance to get the ball into the box with a free-kick about 40 yards from goal. Craig Gardner takes it, sending the ball deep to Joleon Lescott, but he had strayed offside.

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    Raheem Sterling & Craig Dawson

    It is a very flat atmosphere at the Hawthorns. Very flat. It all has the feel of a pre-season friendly.

    West Brom may have little to play for but Liverpool really need the three points to keep their season alive. I can't fault their amount of time on the ball, but they are lacking a bit of incisiveness in the final third.

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    ...easy pickings for Boaz Myhill in the West Brom goal as he plucks the ball from the corner out of the air.

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    Glen Johnson wins the first corner of the game as Craig Gardner ushers the ball behind...

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    The Hawthorns has seen 11 goals scored in the opening 15 minutes of matches this season. Liverpool are looking the most likely to score, but that quarter-of-an-hour mark is closing. Can they get an early opener?

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    Mickey Somiah: What is Rodgers playing at? Glen Johnson starting ahead of Javier Manquillo.

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    West Brom

    Even Saido Berahino is having to drop back and defend as Liverpool, who have had more than 75% possession, again come forward. This time it is Raheem Sterling, who has shaken off his ankle worry from prior to kick off, who breaks into the area on the left, crosses into the middle of the area but can't find a red shirt.

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    Better from West Brom as Chris Brunt lifts a free-kick to the edge of the area for Craig Dawson, he knocks it down for Craig Gardner, but his shot is through a crowd of players and wide.

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    Steven Gerrard is sitting deep in front of a Liverpool back four but at the moment their defence is not being tested, and doesn't likely to be any time soon with West Brom struggling to get the ball. The away side have had most of the possession, but are yet to really make it count.

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    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    Liverpool are straight on the attack as Mario Balotelli gets the ball, slips and then is bundled to the floor by Craig Gardner midway inside the West Brom half. Steven Gerrard floats the free-kick into the far corner for Jordon Ibe to chase, but he can't get there quick enough.

  53. KICK-OFF

    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    The last time these two teams played out a goalless draw at the Hawthorns was in November 1968. Have I just put into motion the curse of the commentator?

    Liverpool get us under way...

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    It is almost 15:00 BST but first the players, officials and fans at the Hawthorns are about to observe a minute's silence to mark the 30th anniversary of the Bradford City fire.

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    Shouts of encouragement in the tunnel before the two teams stroll out to the pumping beats of dance classic Insomnia.

  56. One club legends

    West Brom v Liverpool (15:00 BST)

    Steven Gerrard

    A personal landmark for Steven Gerrard as he makes his 500th appearance for Liverpool this afternoon. Only Ryan Giggs (632) and Jamie Carragher (508) have made more than 500 appearances in the division for a single club.

    Are the days of serving one club for so long over? I'll be surprised if many others get close to those numbers.

  57. Liverpool to lose, says Lawro

    West Brom v Liverpool (15:00 BST)


    Do you agree with Lawro? Have a read of his full Premier League predictions for this weekend.

  58. 'Liverpool need a lift'

    Match of the Day commentator Tony Husband: "A year ago Liverpool looked set for a title triumph. Sunday's defeat against Aston Villa just highlighted the mixed success of the club's recruitment over the past 12 months.

    "Liverpool lacked energy last Sunday and need a lift. A win and three points would certainly help the mood around Anfield.

    "The immediate challenge for West Brom is to end a poor run at home - Leicester and QPR have both won at the Hawthorns in recent weeks. Tony Pulis has earned a reputation as a 'go to' man for clubs in danger of relegation. And why not - he's never been relegated in 23 years as a boss."

  59. Join the debate at #bbcwbaliv

    Not long until kick-off so time to call upon you good people to send in your views on anything and everything West Brom and Liverpool related.

    Baggies fans are you safe? Liverpool supporters, can your side sneak into the top four? Where do your sides need to strengthen in the summer and is your current manager the right person for next season?

    Let us know via #BBCWBALIV

  60. Pulis relishes the underdog tag

    Tony Pulis

    Liverpool need the win, but West Brom won't be rolling over and handing the three points to them.

    The Baggies are just about there in terms of securing their Premier League status for another season, although they would probably like another three points just to be sure, especially with games against Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal in their final five games.

    They are 13th with 36 points, eight above the relegation zone and West Brom boss Tony Pulis said: "Every game that we play in now we will be the underdog and I've always enjoyed that."

  61. 'There's no-one better'


    So it has been another trophy-less season for Liverpool, with their FA Cup exit meaning Brendan Rodgers has the unwanted record of being the first Reds boss not to win a trophy inside three seasons in charge since the 1950s.

    Regardless, he still believes he is the best man for the job.

    "I don't think there's anyone better," he said. "That's the reality of how I see it. Three months ago I was a tactical genius, performing to a good level."

    Can't fault the confidence, but no-one better? There is a certain Mr Klopp available in the summer...

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    Just watching TV images of the Liverpool players going through their pre-match warm-up and Raheem Sterling looked in a little pain, clutching his ankle. It took him a few minutes to get back up on his feet, but he looks to have run it off now.

  63. Will there be fireworks?

    Mario Balotelli

    So Mario Balotelli returns to the Liverpool side for today's game.

    The good news? His first two Premier League goals came against WBA at the Hawthorns in November 2010, when he was playing for Manchester City.

    The bad news? He also got sent off that day.

    What will today bring?

  64. Team news


    West Brom boss Tony Pulis names an unchanged side from the one that won 2-0 at Crystal Palace last-time out. That means Victor Anichebe and Saido Berahino start in attack.

    Mario Balotelli starts for Liverpool as Brendan Rodgers makes three changes. Glen Johnson comes in at full-back while Jordon Ibe returns after missing the FA Cup defeat to Aston Villa because he was cup-tied.

    WBA XI: Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Lescott, Brunt, Gardner, Fletcher, Yacob, Morrison, Berahino, Anichebe. Subs: Rose, Baird, Olsson, Gamboa, McManaman, Sessegnon, Ideye.

    Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Lovren, Can, Ibe, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho, Balotelli. Subs: Jones, Toure, Manquillo, Lallana, Allen, Borini, Markovic.

  65. Points don't always mean prizes


    Considering only Arsenal have taken more points than Liverpool since Christmas Day, it is perhaps a little strange that there is an air of disappointment around the club about the way this season is ending.

    As good as their domestic form has been, trophies were the target and last weekend's defeat to Aston Villa has denied them of the chance to achieve that.

    "We have missed out on our goals to win a trophy, we went close but not enough, and the other one was to reach the top four," says Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers. "It is going to be difficult but we have to be there and fighting."

  66. Last chance for a swansong?

    Steven Gerrard

    With a swing of Fabian Delph's boot, Liverpool's FA Cup hopes and the chance of a fairytale ending to Steven Gerrard's Reds' career were gone.

    There will be no silverware, but the midfielder can still end his Anfield career on a positive note. Seven points behind Manchester City and with a game in hand, Liverpool could still finish in the top four.

    Can Gerrard lead his side into the Champions League?