Anfield was back to its usual buzzing atmosphere at the end of 90 minutes after beating West Brom 2 – 1 with goals from Lallana and Henderson.
It was back to business as usual for Rodgers and his men as they celebrate 3 points and a jump of 6 places to 6th. The decider was settled by Henderson who netted the winner in the 60th minute making it 2-1 after a penalty wiped out Adam Lallana’s goal.
The crowd at Anfield went wild as finally Lallana’s first goal for the club arrived in the 44th minute. Rogers may have felt his team should have scored earlier after they came into the game attacking quickly looking to put their mid-week Champions League woes behind them.
For the first 15 minutes, The Reds were back in control with some sweeping forward movement; however, their attacking spell lasted 20 minutes with no goals scored. Now West Brom were starting to show some energy and see a lot more of the Liverpool goal than Rodgers would have liked. To make matters worse, when Liverpool did have the ball the players looked as if they had already out of ideas.
Towards the end of the first half Liverpool had faded out West Brom’s attacks and were beginning to take back control and poking around the edge of the West Brom’s box looking for an angle, but West Brom stubbornly kept 10 men behind the ball defending Liverpool’s advances well.
Eventually though, persistence paid off and The Reds were now in control after Lallana’s 44th minute strike gave Liverpool the lead at critical point of the match. Liverpool went in at half time a goal up and a huge boost to the team’s morale.
After the break Liverpool came out showing more energy, but their 1-0 cushion was not enough to stay ahead as Dejan Lovren gave away a suspect penalty. West Brom had a life line and took it as Berahino slotted the penalty away into the top left with a superb right foot drive. It was yet another bleak moment in the season for Liverpool, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time to cancel out the half time advantage.
Still determined Liverpool battled on with a disillusioning performance. In the 60th minute from out of nowhere Raheem Sterling’s one piece of genius in the game came through. Just when Liverpool were down on their form, Sterling magically picks out Henderson who rolled the ball beyond the reach of Foster. All the WBA and England keeper could do was watch as the ball rolled into the back of the net.
For Liverpool, this was a critical 3 points, yet also an unconvincing performance to suggest that the team could be potential title contenders. Although, there are still some positives that can be taken from the game. The team still has goals in it from other areas on the pitch, and secondly when it comes down to it, the quality of the players is enough to pull through with all 3 points from what was a scrappy performance.
Despite these minor excuses had we drawn or lost even, the story would have been much worse. Rodgers clearly still has a lot of readjusting to do in the post Suarez era. In midfield Liverpool’s passing was far from fluid and nothing close to the movement we were seeing last season. Even, the creative genius of both Sterling and Coutinho on the pitch didn’t seem to create the spark Liverpool needed to step it up a gear.