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29 October 2011
• The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Referee: L. Mason
• Attendance: 25522
West Bromwich Albion
C. Adam 9'
A. Carroll 45'+
Fulltime at the Hawthornes, something I can say I'm grateful for after a very drab 90 minutes. Liverpool thoroughly deserve their victory with a commanding display, but West Brom were so poor. Thanks for joining me this evening, enjoy the rest of your Saturday night.
Downing hits the post! The winger cut inside onto his left foot and in the penalty area he shot for the near post, but his effort cannoned back off the up-right and back into play.
The hosts got themselves into a good position there. Dorrans managed to get in behind Skrtel and played a ball into the six yard box, but Liverpool clear. Dorrans only came on 26 minutes ago but has probably been their best attacking player.
West Brom win themselves a free-kick in a decent area. Dorrans goes for goal, but finds the wall instead. That sums up West Brom today.
Decent chance for West Brom there as Olsson leaps into the air for a header, but he nods it just wide.
The two sides are exchanging possession a lot of the moment with very little being created. There is almost an aura of inevitability about this match as Liverpool know they have effectively got the three points and West Brom look like they have accepted defeat.
Carroll with another effort as he controls the ball on his chest before unleashing a half-volley from the edge of the box, but it goes harmlessly wide of Foster's left post.
Very disappointing showing from West Brom today. They were extremely poor in the first 45 before showing a little bit of life early in the second. But since then, they haven't really improved.
Decent effort by Carroll! Suarez knocks the ball down to his strike-partner and the former Newcastle man leathers the ball towards the goal, but Foster does well to get down to his right and parry it away.
West Brom have tentative penalty-claims turned down as Dorrans' cross strikes Johnson, but they do win a corner.
Good save by Foster there. Enrique gets forward well and is released by Downing before shooting, but the English 'keeper tips it over. Probably didn't need to touch it, but better to be safe.
Liverpool win their eighth corner of the night, but it comes to nothing once again.
Brilliant block by Olsson! Downing plays the ball into the area for Carroll who in turn lays it off for Suarez to get a shot away, but Olsson throws himself in front of the shot.
Suarez looking to do it all himself once again as he drifts past most of the West Brom backline with ease before shooting from a narrow angle, but a deflection takes the ball over, although the referee didn't see the knick it took.
Suarez almost carves open an opportunity for himself as he takes on Reid in the area before nut-megging McAuley, but unfortunately for him that touch took the ball too close to Foster who gathers it.
Carroll with a great chance, but he slips! The ball dropped down for him in the area but as he goes to strike his legs give way.
Decent effort there as Tchoyi shoots towards the far post from just outside the area, but it goes narrowly wide. It had Reina scrambling.
And the second half is underway.
The halftime whistle is met by a chorus of boos and jeers from the West Brom fans. Liverpool lead 2-0 at the break, but can you see a way back for West Brom? If you think you know what the hosts have to do to get back in this - or if you think they can't - then send your thoughts to me at @RyRyBenson on twitter.
45' + 1'
Assist Luis Suárez
45' + 1'
Goal Andy Carroll
GOAL!!! Liverpool make it two! The West Brom defence completely disappeared allowing Suarez to thread through Carroll and the big England striker made no mistake, poking it past Foster as he came out to meet the attack.
Liverpool create another decent opening as Downing gets down the left and plays a low ball into the danger area, but just when Carroll was going to get his foot on it, in came a good block.
Nearly a chance for the hosts! After some nice, slick passing, Tchoyi puts in a good, early ball from the right, but Odemwingie couldn't quite reach it.
Suarez with a great chance! The ball finds its way to Skrtel on the back post. The defender plays the ball back into the danger area, but Suarez sticks it over from about 6 yards out!
Yellow Card Jonas Olsson
Wild tackle by Olsson there on Carroll. To be fair, he's lucky to have escaped a booking until now, so it was definitely coming, but that, arguably could've been even worse than a yellow.
Liverpool win another corner as Stewart Downing has his cross cut out.
West Brom are doing their best to give Liverpool an easy match here. The hosts look so poor when taking the ball out of defence. They once again fail to clear their lines properly, eventually resulting in a Liverpool free-kick, but Suarez smashes is over.
Corner for Liverpool. Good play by Johnson as he marches all the way to by-line before playing a pass into the area, but it's put behind for a corner.
West Brom really struggling to create anything at the moment. The midfield keep looking for Somen Tchoyi, but the big attacker is having a tough evening, being given little support when on the ball.
Big chance there for Carroll! Suarez plays a very good cross into the area and Carroll, coming in at the far post, gets a header away, but it goes out for a corner off Reid.
West Brom having a little more possession in the Liverpool half and Odemwingie finally gives Reina something to do, but the Nigerian's header was weak.
Adam keeps looking for those passes over the West Brom defence. On this occasion Ben Foster collects, but you get the feeling it'll come off sooner or later.
Liverpool looking to control possession after opening the scoring with West Brom doing little to counter their threats. The home crowd have gone rather quiet too.
Assist Luis Suárez
Penalty Goal Charlie Adam
GOAL!!!! Charlie Adam scores from the spot to give the visitors the lead inside the first ten minutes!
Penalty to Liverpool! Thomas bundles Suarez to the floor in the area and the referee points to the spot!
Bit of a scramble in the Liverpool area as Mulumbu's shot is blocked. Reds eventually clear their lines.
Corner for Liverpool as Johnson's cross is put behind. Nothing comes of the set-piece however as Carroll nods well wide.
Suarez almost in there pretty much straight from kick off as a long-ball evades the West Brom defence, but the Uruguayan's first deserts him at the key moment.
We're underway at the Hawthornes!
The Liverpool team is: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique, Adam, Lucas, Henderson, Downing, Carroll, Suarez Subs: Doni, Flanagan, Coates, Spearing, Maxi, Kuyt, Bellamy
The West Brom team for today is: Foster; Reid, Macauley, Olsson, Jones; Brunt, Scharner, Mulumbu, Thomas; Odemwingie, Tchoyi Subs: Fulop, Morrison, Dorrans, Shorey, Gera, Dawson, Cox
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