The pulsating clash between Liverpool vs. West Brom was a game of two halves. The first half saw a dominate Liverpool who controlled the possession, created the goal scoring chances and ensured West Brom had no shoot on goal.
The dominate display felt like Liverpool were going to win easily but sadly, the second half saw another different dimension to the game. West Brom played with confidence and pegged Liverpool back.
Ajayi’s bullet header cancelled Sadio Mane’s well stroked goal and ensured Liverpool don’t move to far from the rest.
Liverpool need to sign a top defender– Defensively, Liverpool were vulnerable against a West Brom team that was resolute in defending and confident in attack.
The Reds did control the game and were assured in the back with Joel Matip’s commanding presence. But as soon as the injury prone defender got injured again, Liverpool’s back line collapsed and West Brom scored.
Klopp should be quicker with his substitution– West Brom had one game plan which was to soak up the pressure, remain in the game for as long as possible and then grown in confidence if the score line don’t exceed more than a goal.
Liverpool might have had the lion share of the possession but, they lacked the incision to penetrate the West Brom’s tightly organized defense.
What Liverpool needed to score was a player capable of shooting from distance and rattling the back of the net. But Klopp’s decision to bring Oxlade Chamberlian late on cost the Reds the win.
Trent Alexander and Curtis Jones were both awful- Liverpool might have had the most opossession but their overall display was bang average.
Trent failed time after time with his crosses and set piece while Curtis Jones gave Jurgen Klopp more reason to sign a defender and restore Fabinho back in midfield.
Trying tricks and flicks in a game that needed outmost concentration and organization proved Jones has more to learn. He is a talented lad but he lacks the experiences Liverpool desperately needs to win games.