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3 things that went wrong for Liverpool during their 2-2 draw against West Brom

Uday Jaria
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4.12K   //    21 Apr 2018, 23:30 IST

West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool - Premier League
Liverpool managed to squander a two-goal cushion during a cagey affair at the Hawthorns

Liverpool relinquished a two-goal cushion away from home to drop two points against relegation-threatened West Brom ahead of their Champions League crunch tie with AS Roma in midweek.

Goals from Danny Ings and Mohamed Salah were not enough for Jurgen Klopp's side to prevail against an inspired Baggies side, who surprised many to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend and have managed another impressive result - especially having come from behind - to snatch a point here.

Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon both netted in the final ten minutes, leaving the Reds having to travel back to Merseyside frustrated. So with that in mind, here are three things that went wrong for Liverpool on this occasion:


#1 Fullbacks performed poorly

West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool - Premier League
Gomez (left) made his 20th league start here - his first since injury on international duty

Ahead of their Champions League semi-final clash with Roma in midweek, Klopp opted to rest his first-choice fullbacks in Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson.

So both Alberto Moreno and Joe Gomez, the latter of which has recently recovered from an injury, returned to the starting eleven here. This was their golden opportunity to assert their first-team credentials and show Klopp why they should remain in the side going forward - but ultimately both were disappointing against a physical West Brom team who persisted with the long ball tactic and saw them struggle as a result.

Between the pair of them, they only completed one tackle while both made four clearances and committed a foul. Moreno was booked midway through the second-half and thus, walking a tightrope as West Brom edged themselves back into the game late on. 

Moreno's passing accuracy of 76.7% was the third-worst for the visitors, while Gomez utilised possession better and created a key pass in fairness to the England youngster. However, both should have been more convincing defensively and will be hoping to make amends sooner rather than later. 

Stats' source: WhoScored

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