Salah equals goals record as Liverpool draw at West Brom

by Steven Clarke April 25, 2018, 9:20
Salah equals goals record as Liverpool draw at West Brom

Garth Crooks has told BBC Sport that it was great to see Danny Ings score for Liverpool again during their clash with West Brom, but insisted that he can not work out why Jurgen Klopp made a decision to replace him during the second-half.

So while Klopp somewhat bitterly described West Brom's spirited response as "useless" in reflection of their Premier League status, the Liverpool manager would be misguided to totally dismiss it when planning for this enormous match ahead.

Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon scored twice in the second half amid more poor defending from Liverpool.

Liverpool looked to be in cruise control against the Premier League's bottom side, but ultimately had to settle for a point.

Virgil van Dijk insists there is no need to panic after dropping points to West Brom (Peter Byrne/PA).

The 50 year old German said "Is it a bargain?"

"We don't need help like this, to be honest".

"They are happy now, we are not happy".

"It'll be tough, they're fighting to stay in the league".

Klopp was also furious about the conditions of the pitch at The Hawthorns, which he believed to be extremely dry, and very risky.

When Klopp's allegations about the dry pitch were put to caretaker Albion boss Darren Moore, he said: "It wasn't a ploy, it was a hot day!"

"Mo was really good at Roma and a very, very offensive midfield player". It's also risky for injuries if the pitch is really dry.

"Why Jurgen Klopp took off the striker, I don't know".

"I was so engrossed in the game and the preparation side, my focus wan't about the pitch believe it or not". 'Their boys play sometimes on the ground and then you can play football'.

"If the pitch is dry you can't pass the ball through three or four yards".

"They can do it next year playing football with a dry pitch in the Championship". But that is how it is and we have to deal with that.

Roma know the threat posed by Mohamed Salah more than most having sold the free-scoring Egyptian to Liverpool for an initial 42 million euros (£37 million, $52 million) just 10 months ago.

The defender was forced off with a minor injury problem on Saturday as Liverpool cruised to a 3-0 victory over Bournemouth at Anfield.


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