Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Firmino strikes Liverpool into third place

Firmino strikes Liverpool into third place

"We didn't play a good game and United deserved to win the game".

Probability of away win: 46%.

"It is very simple, but in this case the fault is of the coach". That meant that they had to sacrifice their attacking ambitions.

"Maybe they are the most experienced team in the Premier League. [They have] a lot of things that cause us problems". We are lucky to have the pressure.

Yes, it was talked about as the Reds' toughest remaining game this season, but West Brom offered barely anything until the last 10 minutes. Firmino also earned Liverpool three points at Stoke last weekend with a dipping shot from long range.

"We can only get better for it but I think we proved what we can do away from home again".

As for West Brom, with nothing to play for they may as well book the flights to Barbados tonight.

"I'm happy to help the team out". Liverpool can't defend them or keep clean sheets.

He said: "No, the satisfaction is for different reasons".

Liverpool left The Hawthorns with three points after a tense, well-fought match.

"The second reason is because it is the leader".

Tony Pulis lost his first Premier League match as a manager at home to Liverpool in nine encounters.

"You can finish in the top half and class that as success".

Klopp said: "He was really present around the set-pieces, with three or four or five fists [punches]".

West Brom had the first opening when Liverpool failed to clear their lines and Matt Phillips picked up possession on the edge of the area.

A goalless halftime beckoned at the end of a cagey first half before Firmino rushed in at the back post to convert Lucas' flick-on past goalkeeper Foster.

Klopp's men moved above Manchester City in the table and he admitted victory was crucial.

The Belgian added: "To be resilient, and to grind a result out, that's what we did, and I think everybody is pleased with that". Next week we try at Anfield to get 69, and let's carry on. He defended well and, honestly, it was a really good game.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first, with chances at a premium. 'This is one of the most hard places to go because you can't feel comfortable in one moment of the game, ' said the Liverpool manager.

"Somebody asked me which result would have kept me a little bit calmer in the last few minutes and I said only 4-0 after 86 minutes!"

"I can understand why".

"He was really lively, front-footed, all that stuff".

Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Lucas, Milner, Can, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Firmino, Origi.

BBC reports that despite that miss, Jurgen Klopp's side secured a fifth win in seven games, sending West Brom to a third straight defeat.

It was the Brazilian's 11th Premier League goal of the season and provided the defining moment in a match that only really came to life in the closing stages as Albion desperately pushed for an equaliser at one end and Alberto Moreno squandered a wonderful chance for Liverpool to put the game to bed at the other.

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