‘Fab Four’ fail to help Liverpool to victory against stubborn West Brom

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reunited the ‘Fab Four’ but his prolific attacking quartet were all distinctly off-key as West Brom held out for a goalless draw at Anfield.

Prior to this game the Reds averaged a goal every 23 minutes when Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho were on the pitch but on this occasion they could not find the net in almost four times as long.

For the second time in four days Klopp was left raging at the officials after substitute Dominic Solanke’s late goal was ruled out for handball by an assistant referee having initially been given by referee Paul Tierney.

The Reds boss had been unhappy about the award of Everton’s penalty in Sunday’s Merseyside derby and he was equally unimpressed by this decision.

Tweet of the match

Star man – Ahmed Hegazi

Ahmed Hegazi
Ahmed Hegazi marshalled the West Brom defence superbly (John Walton/Empics)

The Egypt defender very much played his part in what was an impressive defensive effort from the entire West Brom team, not least when he made a goal-line clearance right towards the end of the contest to keep out Solanke’s shot.

Moment of the match

Paul Tierney
Referee Paul Tierney disallows Dominic Solanke’s effort (Peter Byrne/PA)

Solanke’s disallowed effort. Liverpool thought their frustration was finally over when the ball went in with around eight minutes of normal time to go, but after a few somewhat confusing moments, the officials decided it was no goal. While replays indicated the ball had come off Solanke’s arm, Klopp certainly looked annoyed at the end as he walked over and spoke to Tierney in animated fashion.

Data point

Although this was a positive evening in many respects for Alan Pardew’s West Brom, the result stretched the Baggies’ winless run to 16 games in all competitions, the longest in their 139-year history. Pardew has been in charge for three games, and Albion are yet to score under him.

Ratings

Liverpool: Loris Karius 6, Trent Alexander-Arnold 7, Dejan Lovren 6, Ragnar Klavan 6, Andrew Robertson 6, Georginio Wijnaldum 5, Emre Can 5, Sadio Mane 5, Mohamed Salah 6, Philippe Coutinho 5, Roberto Firmino 6. Substitutes: Dominic Solanke (for Mane, 76 mins) 7, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (for Wijnaldum, 76) 6, Joe Gomez (for Alexander-Arnold, 80) 6.

West Brom: Ben Foster 6, Allan Nyom 6, Ahmed Hegazi 8, Jonny Evans 7, Kieran Gibbs 7, Jake Livermore 6, Claudio Yacob 7, Grzegorz Krychowiak 7, Hal Robson-Kanu 6, Salomon Rondon 6, James McClean 6. Substitutes: James Rodriguez (for Robson-Kanu, 71) 6, Chris Brunt (for Krychowiak, 79) 6.

Who’s up next?

Bournemouth v Liverpool (Premier League, December 17)

West Brom v Manchester United (Premier League, December 17)

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