Jurgen Klopp appreciates Liverpool concentration at West Brom

by Steven Clarke April 17, 2017, 0:40
Jurgen Klopp appreciates Liverpool concentration at West Brom

However, in claiming six points from successive trips to Stoke and West Brom, they have triumphed at two of the league's toughest venues where the hopes of many big teams have been sunk in recent years.

Roberto Firmino's 11th Premier League goal of the season kept Jurgen Klopp's team on course for a top-four finish, while Mignolet was rarely threatened in the away goal.

Victory was enough to see Liverpool climb above Manchester City into third as they keep up the pressure on Manchester United and Arsenal to catch them in the closing weeks of the season.

After struggling to break down West Brom's resistance, Liverpool went ahead through a set-piece on the stroke of half-time.

"When the ball is in the air, what can you do?"

The visitors had the better of the second half, but were unable to add to their advantage.

Phillips was the provider once more for the hosts when Hal Robson-Kanu found space between the Liverpool centre-backs but scuffed tamely at goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

Roberto Firmino scored the victor for the Reds in first-half stoppage time, nodding home from close range after Lucas Leiva flicked on James Milner's free-kick.

"We needed to adapt to what West Brom wanted to do".

The Brazilian converted a flick-on from Lucas Leiva to seal a fifth win in their last seven games for Liverpool.

Phillips collected a return pass from Salomon Rondon after the substitute powered towards the opposition penalty area, but Mignolet stood firm to block his effort behind.

Goalkeeper Ben Foster ventured up for a stoppage-time corner to try and improve this record but found himself stranded on the right wing.

The 1-0 win leaves Liverpool on 66 points and puts them in a strong position to clinch a top-four spot.

"A lot of people have said we can't deal with that style but we proved that we can".


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