Premier League – Liverpool Vs West Brom 2 – 1
Adam Lallana scored his first goal for Liverpool as they went on to win a first Premier League game since August against West Brom.
The big story of the day was Mario Balotelli being dropped to the bench as Rickie Lambert made his first Premier League start. It was Lallana who made the difference though as he combined wonderfully with Jordan Henderson to make a goal out of nothing to score before the break.
Liverpool’s defending had not improved since the West Ham game and Dejan Lovren conceded a dreadful penalty to allow the baggies back into the game, just after the break, although replays show the foul was committed just outside the penalty box. The penalty was calmly converted by Berahino.
Raheem Sterling began to find his form in the second half and was able to set up England team mate Jordan Henderson who struck low into the corner beating Ben Foster.
The result was a much needed win for Rodgers who had stated before the game, that his team were unrecognisable from last season’s title challengers. Liverpool didn’t play with the pace and intensity that took them so close to last year’s title crown.
West Brom did play well and were especially hard to break down on the counter attack. This wasn’t helped by Liverpool’s lack of quality with Philippe Coutinho off his game and Sterling not getting kick started until the second half.
Rickie Lambert had a few good chances as he led the line ahead of Balotelli, but after failing to score it highlighted just how much Liverpool miss Daniel Sturridge. The striker is expected to return against QPR after missing seven games. His absence did, however, stop club vs. country controversy.
West Brom on the other hand had a striker in fine form with Berahino causing trouble throughout the game as he became the top scoring Englishmen in the league.