By AmericanKopite, 11-02-2013, 22:54:40
The smart money for this fixture would bet on Liverpool to win, but what not many know is that West Brom have won three of the last four against Liverpool. On the same hand, Liverpool have won four of the last five at Anfield.
|West Bromwich are currently in their most successful campaign since the late 80s and Liverpool are still in their revival stage looking to recapture their magic of the 80s.
Northeastern referee Jon Moss was in charge for this exciting fixture.
The sparks and excitement flew within the first 10 minutes as the ball hit the back of the net very early with a low volley from Jonjo Shelvey, but the volley came off a rebound and was struck by the offside midfielder to the dismay of the home crowd.
Luis Suarez raised the excitement 10 minutes after that with a ridiculous amount of skill after the Uruguayan crossed the ball from the byline with a Rabona flick, but unfortunately no conversion was made there.
One surprise on the night was English midfielder Stewart Downing who has repeatedly been under fire for his questionable play, but tonight Downing was on point with clever passes and a rocket of a shot in the 29th minute that stung the hands of ex-United goalkeeper Ben Foster.
The pressure remained heavy and visually took a toll on the visiting defence in the 41st minute when defender Steve Reid attempted to clear the ball off the line and instead kicked the ball in an awkward way to bounce back toward goal but just over. Two minutes later Reid was booked for a challenge on Luis Suarez.
More chances came and none were converted as the whistle for halftime blew to end the first 45 minutes level at nil.
Stewart Downing was yet again the focus of attacking attention when his 49th minute shot was too much to handle for keeper Ben Foster again, but again to the dismay of the home fans there was no goal.
There was a certain goal after a corner in the 53rd minute when a good header from Jamie Carragher was parried to the forehead of Jonjo Shelvey, but this time the ball rolled across the face of goal and had it gone in it wouldn’t have counted because of Shelvey being offside again.
The first and second substitutions of the match were Liverpool’s when Brendan Rodgers decided to smake a 60th minute switch with Jonjo Shelvey and Jordan Henderson coming off for Fabio Borini and Raheem Sterling respectively. Certainly a faster side after those two subs.
The second booking of the night came in the 69th minute when Raheem Sterling was felled by West Brom defender Liam Ridgewell.
A minute later Liverpool nearly went ahead when Steven Gerrard blasted a ball toward the upper left corner of the net and Ben Foster was able to manhandle the ball down to the feet of Luis Suarez who had a chip himself, but edged just to the left of the post.
Yellow was the colour of the night when their third and fourth yellow cards were shown to Jim Morrison for wasting time and Chris Brunt for tripping up Suarez in front of the 18 yard box.
The 72nd minute free kick was no good and West Brom shortly followed with their first change of the night. Romelu Lukkaku came on for Graeme Dorrans.
The drama only continued when Luis Suarez looked to be fouled in the area, but it looked a rather soft challenge. The pen was given and it was captain Steven Gerrard to step up. But Ben Foster had none of it. The low shot to the keeper’s left was stopped with some force and the score remained level at nil. Poetic justice the the visitors perhaps.
One last fresh player in red came on and it was the new signing Phillipe Coutinho.
But it was a mere blip on the radar when West Brom’s Mulumbu fired a wicked shot from 25 yards out and Pepe Reina just got fingers on it to earn West Brom a corner from their first shot of the night. 81 minutes in and on their second shot of the night West Bromwich Albion made themselves giant killers once again when Gareth McAuley headed a goal onto the underside of the bar and knocked in a shocker of a goal to silence the home crowd an turn the tables upside down. Five minutes later West Brom made their second substitution when Marc-Antoine Fortune replaced Shane Long.
The final nail was shockingly hammered hammered in the coffin when Lukaku converted his 90th minute chance after beating Daniel Agger in a foot race toward goal. Anfield’s 44,000 was unsurprisingly cut well short of that after the goal.
Luis Suarez was booked shortly before the end when his attempt at earning a free kick was seen as nothing but a dive and the Uruguayan was shown his eighth yellow card of the season; two short of a two match ban.
That was the last action of the match until the final whistle sounded at 95 minutes and 24 seconds. A horrendous result for the home side as the final score was Liverpool nil, West Bromwich Albion, two.
West Brom have well over a week before their next match back at the midlands when mid table Sunderland come and try to climb back up the table.
Liverpool are back to their European travels on Thursday when they make the trip to Saint Petersburg to face Russian Premier League champions Zenit in the round of 32. The Sunday after that Brendan Rodgers has familiar visitors when Swansea City come to Anfield looking for a second straight win at the famous ground.