Firmino grabs another winner, Liverpool beats West Brom 1-0
Apr 20 2017
Jurgen Klopp's side provided few of the thrills normally associated with the division's top scorers, with Sadio Mane's void in attack one they will struggle to fill over the closing weeks, but Liverpool never looked like letting their control slip during the second period.
The visitors could have extended their lead after halftime but James Milner blazed a glorious opportunity over the bar and Divock Origi had a goal ruled out for offside.
They return to third place, two points above Manchester City having played a game more.
West Brom had a chance to equalise in the 80th minute when Matt Phillips wasted a glorious chance to beat Mignolet, but the Belgian stayed big and did enough to block the effort.
At the end of a dour first half, Roberto Firmino got the only goal of the game - as he headed past Ben Foster in the West Brom goal.
Georginio Wijnaldum slid a nicely weighted pass into Firmino's path and the goalscorer chipped across the West Brom box, where Milner charged forward from left-back to volley over.
Liverpool continued their march towards Champions League football with a hard-fought win over West Brom at the Hawthorns.
Firmino, of all people, lost the ball to Salomon Rondon and he teed-up Phillips only for the winger to be thwarted by the on-rushing Mignolet.
Tony Pulis, desperate to protect an unbeaten home record against Liverpool, sent goalkeeper Ben Foster up into attack for a corner in injury time, but disaster almost struck when the home side lost possession, putting substitute Alberto Moreno on the break. Substitute Alberto Moreno ran upfield on the break and with Foster stranded and the goal open, he curled a 40-meter shot wide of the post. They have failed to score in four consecutive Premier League matches for the first time since 2003.
Liverpool have often been criticised this season for shipping in too many goals.