West Brom vs Liverpool | Reverse Fixture

Liverpool face West Brom this weekend, but how did the last match between these two sides go?
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In a very important final three games to try and secure Champions League football for next season, Liverpool find themselves playing an already relegated West Brom side.

This is by no means going to be an easy game, as it has been against sides like West Brom were Liverpool have struggled this season. This is going to be another game that has to be treated like a final, so let's remind ourselves how the previous game against The Baggies went.

West Brom Manager Sam Allardyce

West Brom Manager Sam Allardyce

Liverpool headed into this game top of the Premier League table after 14 games and their nearest rivals, Leicester City were 4 points behind them. It was Liverpool's time to host Sam Allardyce's new team at Anfield, which was the last time fans were allowed to enter football stadiums in the UK.

Jurgen Klopp's men had also just destroyed Crystal Palace 0-7 away from home and everything was looking amazing. Little did the fans and players know, it would all be downhill from here for the rest of the season. 

Sadio Mane gave the reds an early lead in the 12th minute from a ball over the top by Joel Matip. Mane took the goal really well as Matip fired the ball into his chest and the Senegalese man poked it past Sam Johnstone.

Sadio Mane & Fabinho embracing each other before kick-off

Sadio Mane & Fabinho embracing each other before kick-off

After the goal Liverpool failed to create any real meaningful chances. Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah missed two headed chances that came close. Apart from them chances it was a lot of long range shots that went wide or West Brom players easily blocked.

Late into the second half West Brom started to turn up the gears and created a couple of big chances. Karlan Grant breezed past youngster Rhys Williams on a counter attack and luckily the big frame of Alisson Becker denied him.

Liverpool dominated the possession for the whole game like they usually do against lesser sides. Jurgen Klopp's men had 78.4% possession and had 17 shots at goal but only managed to convert two on them on target, An issue Liverpool continued to struggle with for the remainder of the season. While West Brom only had 21.6% possession, five shots and three of which were on target. 

In the 82nd minute, West Brom took a short corner which resulted in Matheus Pereira putting the ball on a plate for Semi Ajayi to head it past Alisson Becker.

West Brom's Semi Ajayi celebrating 

West Brom's Semi Ajayi celebrating 

After West Brom's late goal, Liverpool were looking for a fast response to take the lead again and in the 89th minute, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain floated the ball into Roberto Firmino who headed it towards goal and forced a remarkable save from Sam Johnstone.

Unfortunately after Johnstone's heroics, the game ended 1-1 and West Brom picked up a very valuable point and Liverpool dropped two important points. 

Hopefully this game will play out differently than the previous meeting at Anfield in December. West Brom are already relegated and have nothing to play for but that does not mean Jurgen Klopp and his players should take this game lightly. Three points is a must if Liverpool want to continue their push for Champions League football next season.