West Brom stun Liverpool with a late equaliser
Sport much like life is a saga of mixed emotions.
One moment you feel on top of the world, and in the next moment, a polar opposite feeling of being poorer than a popper, albeit not monetarily.
Strange, isn’t it?
Well, Liverpool witnessed this contrasting feeling, when last week they were on top of the world beating Crystal Palace 7-0 and last evening, rather appalled after an unexpected 1-1 draw with West Brom.
Appalled, because with the form that The Reds have shown this season, every football pundit would have expected them to completely walk-over The Baggies in their own fortress, Anfield.
A fortress where the Premier League Champions had an enviable 100% win record this season, which unfortunately came to an end last evening, that too at the hands of a team in the relegation zone.
Depressing to say the least for me and all Kopites around the world.
So, with a heavy heart, lets visit how the match panned out.
Liverpool draw first blood
The Reds started the game on a positive note, when only in the 6th minute, Liverpool’s Scottish left-back Andrew Robertson delivered a sumptuous cross for Mohamed Salah, who couldn’t reach the ball in time to put The Merseyside Club ahead.
Liverpool then, through their second opportunity in the 12th minute, drew first blood when the ever-reliable striker, Sadio Mane ably controlled a Joel Matip cross and slotted it past the West Brom keeper.
The Reds continued knocking on the door with Mane missing two more chances minutes after netting his first. Salah then, through a brilliant kick just outside the circle, missed the target, hitting it above the net.
At this point with the intent shown by The Reds a second definitely seemed on the cards, however as luck would have it, didn’t happen as the referee blew the halftime whistle.
The score read Liverpool 1-0 West Brom at the stroke of halftime.
The Baggies mount a comeback
Sam Allardyce, West Brom’s Manager, was the last visiting coach to inflict a defeat on The Reds at Anfield way back in April 2017, when his team Crystal Palace triumphed 2-1.
That appeared to motivate the away side, as in the 52nd minute, West Brom forward Karlan Grant hit a shot on target to induce a rather simple save from The Reds keeper, Alisson.
Grant again had a fantastic opportunity to equalise in the 73rd minute. Sawyers passed a long ball to the English forward who again couldn’t beat the Brazilian wall in the Liverpool goal.
Against the run of play, Liverpool then had another chance of their own, to go two to the good. Again, though, as luck would have it, Trent Alexander Arnold hit the ball wide from his free-kick. The Reds had opportunities aplenty but somehow most were off target.
With The Reds scoring luck all but sour, further misery was inflicted on Liverpool. In the 82nd minute, West Brom’s defender Semi Ajayi headed the ball in from Pereira’s cross. West Brom had drawn level through sheer luck of their own, but as they say luck favours the brave, and The Baggies were showing much valour.
As the clock was about to strike full-time, Liverpool had another chance through Firmino, albeit his header also bravely kept out by the West Brom keeper. The curtains finally drew on the game and the score read Liverpool 1-1 West Brom.
Sam Allardyce had again pulled off a miracle at Anfield.
A reality check for The Reds?
When a team plays like champions, one expects them to win everything.
As a die-hard Liverpool fan, my sentiment is all but same.
Truth be told, after Palace was annihilated last week, I expected Liverpool to pretty much win the next three against lesser teams in West Brom, Newcastle and Southampton. Well, things often go against expectations.
With The Baggies pulling off a miraculous draw in the last game of the year at Anfield, Liverpool surely need to tread with caution when they face Newcastle and Southampton before the big one against Manchester United.
Reality check of sorts for Liverpool?
I surely hope so, as would like nothing more than The Merseyside Club to get back to winning ways.
Until then, with mixed emotions crowding my heart that always beats for The Reds, I say ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone!’