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Liverpool 0 Vs West Bromwich Albion 2


The away side, managed by former Reds assistant boss Steve Clarke, weathered sustained pressure, including a penalty save from Ben Foster to deny Steven Gerrard after 77 minutes.

That save seemed to inspire West Brom who went close from fit-again midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu before McAuley headed in Chris Brunt's corner nine minutes from the end.

Worse was to come for reds on a frustrating and freezing night at Anfield as on loan substitute Lukaku broke forward, glided past Daniel Agger and shot beyond Pepe Reina.

The result not only ended the Baggies poor run but also lifted them a point above Liverpool into eighth in the Premier League table.
Defeat for the reds was our first in four games at Anfield and came when it looked like we were beginning to build momentum after encouraging draws against Arsenal and Manchester City.

Daniel Sturridge absence meant Luis Suarez played in a lone striker role, and the Uruguayan at times was unable to burst into the box to finish moves that he had helped to create.

Jonjo Shelvey, in the side instead of Sturridge, had the ball in the net but his effort was ruled out for offside, while Gerrard and Stewart Downing tested the Foster with long-range shots.

The reds came closest to opening the scoring before the break via West Brom's Steven Reid, who almost put the ball into his own net under no pressure following Jonjo Shelvey's cross.

The reds upped the tempo after the interval as you could fell the frustration increasing on the Kop. Liverpool were almost rewarded but Foster stopped Jordan Henderson's backheeled effort after a flowing move.

At the hour mark, it appeared as if visitors were happy to hold out for the draw. They continued to get men behind the ball and were in no rush to get the game going again after various re-starts.
They had Foster to thank for a great save from Fabio Borini, after the substitute collected Downing's lay-off, and then the Baggies goalkeeper produced a firm hand to stop Gerrard's powerful effort from inside the box.

The former England keeper left his best until last, though, when he dived to his left to claw away Gerrard's penalty after Jonas Olsson conceded the spot-kick when he crashed into Luis Suarez.
West Brom responded immediately with Reina tipping Mulumbu's long-range shot round the post - with what was the visiting team's first effort at goal.

But McAuley leapt unmarked to nod in Chris Brunt's delivery from the subsequent corner. Lukaku, who in a bold move had been brought on in place of midfielder Graham Dorrans after 74 minutes, sealed the victory with his stoppage time strike.


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