EPL 2016/17: Liverpool 2-1 West Bromwich Albion - 5 Talking Points
Liverpool bagged all three points against West Bromwich Albion thanks to a 2-1 victory at home. Liverpool started the game strongly and were the stronger side for most of the game. Sadio Mane opened the scoring with one of the finest moves of the season. Philippe Coutinho doubled the lead with an assist from Sadio Mane as he slotted home in Ben Foster's near post as the Reds went into the break with a two goals lead.
The Baggies came back into the game thanks to Gareth McCauley's goal in the 82nd minute but could not get another goal to return home with a point.
Let's take a look at the five talking points from the game at Anfield:
#1 Liverpool back on track
The Reds had failed to win against Tony Pulis in the last eight games but finally found a way to beat the Baggies as Pulis’ well drilled ten man defence was broken down by Klopp's men. The Reds were expected to struggle on Saturday like they did against a similar playing Manchester United but Klopp's starting lineup was close to perfect to beat a resolute West Brom side.
Roberto Firmino's fluidity as a forward meant that the Baggies centre backs couldn't lay a hand on him along with Sadio Mane's pace on the right coupled with Coutinho's creativity from the left. The trio were also supported by the deep runs from Emre Can and Adam Lallana as the Reds had a superb first 45 minutes. Liverpool could have gone on top yesterday if they hadn't conceded a late goal but still are joint leaders, with Arsenal being ahead on goal difference.