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The Hawthorns (ATT 25,522) 29th October 2011 - Kick off 17:30 Ref: L Mason

West Brom West Bromwich Albion vs Liverpool Liverpool


Liverpool 2

C Adam (pen 9)
A Carroll (45+1)

Live Commentary

Last Updated at 8:06 pm, October 29th 2011

  1. The Reds climb to fifth in the standings with a comfortable win, while West Brom remain in 13th spot. See you next time, have a good one!

  2. 90+2

    Liverpool keep hold of the ball after enduring a decent spell of pressure from Hodgson's game but outclassed men.

  3. 90

    Downing rattles the upright with a low effort just after Reina punched bravely to deny Odemwingie. There will be three minutes of injury time.

  4. 89

    Dorrans does well to get behind Skrtel but Agger is at hand to clean up.

  5. 87

    Enrique does well to thwart the intensions of Cox with a smart piece of defensive work.

  6. 86

    Dorrans cannons a free-kick straight into the Reds wall from just outside the area.

  7. 85

    Bellamy gets his first touch deep in the Reds half. Can he mark the occasion with a third? Let's wait and see.

  8. 84

    Time running out for the hosts. Liverpool have been good value for their seemingly imminent three points here although the Baggies are threatening in the closing stages.

  9. 82

    As mentioned earlier, this is Bellamy's 250th Premier League appearance. Suarez was showing signs of fatigue - he certainly gave it his all tonight.

  10. 81

    Liverpool's Suarez is replaced by Craig Bellamy.

  11. 80

    Agger shields the ball through to Reina with Odemwingie lurking ominously.

  12. 78

    Odemwingie headers harmlessly over under pressure from Agger. He was off side in any event.

  13. 77

    Dorrans overcooks a free-kick into the box as it sails out for a goal kick.

  14. 76

    Thomas is starting to threaten down the left for the Baggies.

  15. 75

    Carroll fails to hit the target from inside the box after being teed up by Suarez.

  16. 74

    Cox turns smartly following an energetic run and pass from Thomas but he's unable to get the shot away.

  17. 73

    Liverpool keep a firm grip of possession. The hosts desperately need to pull one back here to galvanise belief.

  18. 72

    West Brom's final change as Simon Cox replaces Tchoyi.

  19. 71

    Foster, in the other goal, pulls of a superb reaction stop to deny Carroll's left-footed strike, with the Reds hitman doing well to control and shoot on the run.

  20. 70

    Reina drops down smartly to thwart a shot from Thomas.

  21. 68

    Skrtel shows strength to stop Tchoyi from turning in the Reds box.

  22. 67

    More pressure from the Reds as Downing, who feed the overlapping Enrique in the previous move, has an unsuccessful crack at goal.

  23. 66

    Foster makes a fantastic finger tip save to deny Enrique's shot from a difficult angle.

  24. 65

    Dorrans concedes possession in midfield with his first touch as Liverpool compete gamely.

  25. 64

    West Brom's Graham Dorrans replaces Mulumbu.

  26. 63

    Carroll fails to get purchase on a header off a Reds corner. Shortly after he drags a shot across the face of goal, but the flag was up for offside.

  27. 61

    An eerie lull in the stands as Pool retain possession at the back. Perhaps fears of a third are creeping in.

  28. 60

    We've hit the hour mark and the Reds are still good value for their lead

  29. 59

    West Brom's James Morrison comes on for the injured Scharner.

  30. 58

    Olsson makes a brilliant block to deny Suarez in the box. Soon after the Reds striker is off target with an ambitious chip.

  31. 57

    On his day, Suarez can be as good as anyone in world football, including Messi. How Hodgson must wish he had him when he was in charge at Liverpool. Shaun, Bangor

  32. 56

    Nothing sinister there, just a clash of heads with the Baggies man coming off second best.

  33. 55

    Scharner hits the track heavily after an aerial duel with Carroll.

  34. 54

    Suarez surges into the box but his effort flies over from a difficult angle.

  35. 53

    A lumbering Carroll gets some abuse from the stands as he goes on a run down the left. He really looks awkward compared to the silky Suarez.

  36. 52

    Adam finds Suarez with a delightful ball over the top. The tricky striker beats two men in the box but runs out of space as Foster collects.

  37. 51

    It's been a real lively start to the second half. Henderson does well to hold up a twisting and turning Odemwingie.

  38. 50

    Foster races off his line to get the ball ahead of Suarez. Good awareness from the Baggies keeper.

  39. 49

    Tchoyi rattles an effort across the face of goal after turning sharply. A diving Reina looked to have it covered though.

  40. 48

    Jordan Henderson has an effort blocked in a crowded Baggies box.

  41. 47

    No changes for either side as Olsson bravely tackles Suarez.

  42. 46

    We are back underway.

  43. Pool enter the break two goals to the good. See you in 15 minutes for the second half.

  44. 45+1

    Suarez is having an absolute stormer yet again for the Reds. Carroll did well to steer his effort home after his first touch was a bit heavy.

  45. 45

    Carroll slides the ball past an onrushing Foster after being released by Suarez! There will be two minutes of optional time.

  46. 43

    Thomas and Suarez clash with the latter clutching his knee. it's fair to say the home fans doubt the severity of the knock.

  47. 42

    At the other end, Reina saves a tricky effort from Thomas.

  48. 41

    Olsson slides in to deny Carroll the chance to reach Downing's cross after the Liverpool wideman was superbly released by Suarez.

  49. 40

    Encouraging period there for the hosts, who have been under some heavy pressure in this opening half.

  50. 39

    Odemwingie narrowly fails to get on the end of Tchoyi's grounded cross. Soon after Paul Scharner has an effort charged down.

  51. 38

    Lucas anticipates superbly to dispossess Thomas. He's been quietly efficient in midfield tonight.

  52. 37

    Suarez and Carroll combine nicely before feeding Downing down the left. Jose Enrique goes on the overlap but Downing opts to cross and his delivery is poor.

  53. 35

    Suarez balloons the ball over the cross bar with a snap shot inside the Baggies box. That was a great chance.

  54. 33

    Jones hacks clear a low cross by Adam.

  55. 32

    Gareth McAuley cuts out a cross by Downing, who is getting increasingly involved down the left for the Reds.

  56. 31

    Downing does brilliantly to find Carroll with a cushioned header but the Baggies regroup and deal with the danger.

  57. 30

    It is Suarez but his curled effort is comfortably off target.

  58. 29

    Mulumbu brings down Lucas on the edge of the area. Suarez should take it.

  59. 28

    Suarez's chipped cross, intended for Carroll, is headed clear.

  60. 27

    Jonas Olsson slides in ahead of Suarez to concede a corner, which Foster punches clear.

  61. 25

    Martin Skrtel does well to head clear a useful cross by Somen Tchoyi.

  62. 24

    The Reds go route one in search of the towering Carroll but Foster is alert and collects again in relative comfort.

  63. 23

    Johnson's gentle ball into the box is easily gathered by a commanding Ben Foster.

  64. 22

    Carrol has a diving header deflected wide by a stray arm from Reid. The West Brom man didn't know anything about it and neither did the ref it seems. Would have been a harsh penalty it must be said. Delightful floated cross by Suarez nonetheless.

  65. 21

    The hosts are seeing a bit more of the ball with Jones making some progress down the left flank.

  66. 20

    Odemwingie forces Reina into action with a header off a cross by Billy Jones. Difficult chance though.

  67. 18

    Thomas and Youssuf Mulumbu fail to combine as West Brom pushed forward with intent.

  68. 17

    Liverpool dominating here with the hosts doing much of the hard running.

  69. 16

    Adam nearly releases Stewart Downing down the left flank but his long ball is a touch too strong.

  70. 15

    Carroll is penalised for a push and again voices his displeasure. The ref was spot on though.

  71. 14

    Thomas drives forward in midfield but he drags his shot wide of the left upright.

  72. 13

    Carroll is penalised for handball when attempting to chest the ball under pressure. He doesn't like the decision.

  73. 12

    Johnson cooly heads back to Pepe Reina in the Reds goal.

  74. 10

    Andy Carroll earns a corner after challenging in the air, but Pool fail to capitalise.

  75. 9

    Adam places the ball into the left side of the goal!

  76. 7

    Suarez goes down after being clattered by Jerome Thomas in the box. Adam will take it.

  77. 6

    Peter Odemwingie turns sharply inside the Reds box but his effort is blocked.

  78. 5

    Billy Jones, Preston's player of the season last year, disappoints with an aimless ball down the left flank for the Baggies.

  79. 4

    Steven Reid does well to head clear a threatening cross by Glen Johnson from the right.

  80. 3

    The Reds enjoying good possession early on.

  81. 2

    Luis Suarez's first touch lets him down as he fails to collect a defence splitting ball from deep. Soon after Charlie Adam fires wide after being teed up by the Uruguayan on the edge of the area.

  82. 1

    Liverpool get us underway.

  83. Notably, Reds substitute Craig Bellamy could make his 250th Premier League appearance, while teammates Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel will both celebrate 100 Premier League outings.

  84. Baggies boss Roy Hodgson, formerly at Pool, has opted to pair Somen Tchoyi with Peter Odemwingie up front, while Suarez has clearly passed a late fitness test for the Merseysiders. There is no Gerrard while Johnson returns as expected.

  85. Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Enrique, Agger, Skrtel, Henderson, Downing, Lucas, Adam, Suarez, Carroll. Subs: Doni, Coates, Flanagan, Maxi, Spearing, Kuyt, Bellamy.

  86. West Brom: Foster, Olsson, McAuley, Jones, Tchoyi, Brunt, Reid, Thomas, Mulumbu, Scharner, Odemwingie. Subs: Fulop, Shorey, Dawson, Morrison, Dorrans, Gera, Cox.

  87. If you enjoy a punt, West Brom are 11/4 to beat Liverpool according to Sky Bet, while Gerrard is 10/1 to collect a brace.

  88. Visiting skipper Steven Gerrard and defender Glen Johnson should be available after missing out against the Potters.

  89. The Reds, held by Norwich in their previous league test, are sweating over the fitness of Luis Suarez, with the in-form hitman hurting his ankle against Stoke in Carling Cup action.

  90. The 13th-placed Baggies, 2-1 victors at Aston Villa last weekend, are minus injured striker Shane Long (knee).

  91. Welcome to live coverage of West Brom's Premier League clash with Liverpool at the Hawthorns.



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