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West Brom

Ben Foster – 7

Was hardly at fault for either of the goals he conceded, he did make one vitally important save to prevent Ings from scoring a second shortly after the break.

Allan Nyom – 6

Was the host’s most effective defender as he limited the influence of Mane who has been in fine form recently – he provided a vital touch to take Milner’s early cross off the head of the on-rushing Ings.

Craig Dawson – 6

Should have conceded a penalty when he brought down Ings in the penalty area, somehow the referee deemed it legal – otherwise, he stuck to his task.

Ahmed Hegazi – 5

Was up against his countryman in Salah and had a tough time of it – he struggled with Salah’s movement and much of the time resulted in excessive physicality, he also looked suspect in possession too.

Kieron Gibbs – 6

Put in a good shift and did well to stop one Salah surge into the West Brom penalty area – he was also not afraid to put his foot in when needed.

Jake Livermore – 7

Was very busy in the middle of the pitch but mainly in a defensive sense – he managed to divert a testing Salah shot, however, in the final stages he did manage to attack more and scored as a result.

Chris Brunt – 6

Was at times too passive and simply allowed the game to be played around him –also he was sloppy in possession and produced too many loose passes, his set-pieces, on the other hand, were testing throughout.

Matt Philips – 6

Worked Moreno into the ground – he was constantly charging down the right side, but he was never able to deliver a fitting ball into the area, he also performed well defensively.

James McClean – 5

Was a threat to many in Liverpool’s midfield, mainly because of his wild challenges and the prospect of causing injury – he did come close to volleying in one of Livermore’s crosses during the first period.

Jay Rodriguez – 7

Was fairly isolated for a lot of the time but when he received the ball, he showed why he will probably still be in the Premier League next season even if West Brom aren’t.

Salomon Rondon – 7

Held the ball up well and was always on the toes of Van Dijk and Klavan but he was all too often deprived of any chances to score …until the final minute when he was in the right place to head in Brunt’s free kick.


Loris Karius 6

Looked a touch susceptible whenever West Brom had a set-piece close to his area, he came and failed to deal with a number of Brunt’s deliveries – as far as the goals were concerned, he realistically had little chance with them.

Joe Gomez – 6

It wasn’t an easy return to the team up against the physical McClean and Co. but he put in a decent enough showing – he was willing to get forward and contribute to attacks but a lack of concentration at key times still irks.

Ragnar Klavan – 7

Rondon kept him on his toes and despite a wobbly opening couple of minutes, he dealt fairly well with the West Brom striker – for the most part he was comfortable and dealt with the action that came his way.

Virgil Van Dijk – 7

Like his defensive partner, he enjoyed a testing but effective afternoon – he defended as well as he has done throughout his short Liverpool stint and came into his own during the numerous Brunt set-pieces, the way Liverpool conceded the two late goals will be hard for him to take.

Alberto Moreno – 5

Having not started in the Premier League since November, it was apparent early on that he was the weak-link – with Robertson excelling in this position of late, Moreno and his rushed challenges and wasteful possession was clearly a level below.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 6

Had the opportunity to score his first Liverpool goal away from home but instead he teed up Ings – the first half especially represented his best chance to break his duck.

Jordan Henderson – 7

His role in this Liverpool side is now well defined, he is an important yet still undervalued player, his energy, neat control and distribution were all there to see once again.

James Milner – 7

It was another hard working performance but clearly one with an eye on Tuesday, like his team-mates, he faded slightly during the middle stage of the match.

Mohamed Salah – 7

Received a lot of attention from Hegazi but still managed to bag his goal – the manner in which he creates space for himself in tight areas is an attribute that could come to use in the Champions League semi-final.

Danny Ings – 8

Scored the goal that he has long awaited – he was heavily involved throughout and should have had a penalty given in his favour, his attitude and application suits this Liverpool side and, hopefully, he will now be able to fulfill his potential.

Sadio Mane – 6

Was kept fairly quite by the West Brom right-sided duo of Nyom and Philips, he did brilliantly during the build-up of Liverpool’s opener but little more of note.