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Liverpool 2-2 West Brom : Five Talking Points

Liverpool’s problems at the back are quite evident despite the arrival of Klopp
Sachin Bhat
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Modified 14 Dec 2015, 12:58 IST
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The reds needed a late goal from Origi as they narrowly survived another setback on SundayLiverpool sent tremors down the West Brom nerves with a late rally, but eventually had to settle for a point as both sides ended up sharing the spoils in an entertaining 2-2 draw at Anfield.Reds skipper Jordan Henderson put the hosts ahead with a simple tap-in midway through the first half, while Craig Dawson levelled the proceedings just 9 minutes later, after a mix-up in the box following a corner. Jonas Olsson then put the Baggies ahead with a glancing header in the 73rd minute, before substitute Divock Origi snatched a point off the visitors with a shot that took a deflection before crashing into the bottom corner.Liverpool enjoyed the lion’s share of possession for large spells of the game, but struggled to break down a rigid West Brom backline.Here are the major talking points from the game:

#1 Chinks in the Liverpool defence

Fragility at the back has long been a subject of concern for Liverpool. Just 2 clean sheets in their last 8 competitive games is enough to highlight their vulnerabilities at the back, and it appeared as if West Brom relished the prospect of taking advantage of it, putting the Reds to the sword with their high pressing.

The visitors looked to score every time they got a set-piece, which was evidenced through both their goals, which came from corners. Shot stopper Simon Mignolet was at fault for both the strikes as he first mishandled the ball to allow Dawson to hook it through for the equaliser in the follow-up, and wasn’t vigilant enough during the second.

Centre-back Martin Skrtel was in no man’s land for much of the game, and even allowed Olsson to move off him and comfortably head home the second for the visitors, thereby accentuating his lethargy.

Liverpool have shown sparks of brilliance under Jurgen Klopp, but haven’t quite been able to build on it. And that’s largely down to their porous defence which has to be beefed up if they were to launch a sustained assault on the trophies.

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Published 14 Dec 2015, 10:28 IST
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