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West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool Live Commentary, 16/05/2021

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1 - 2
WBA
LIV
H. Robson-Kanu (15)
Mohamed Salah (33)
Alisson (90+5)
The Hawthorns

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Liverpool go into the final week of the season knowing they need just two more wins to likely make it back into the Champions League. After winning this game in such extraordinary circumstances, the luck and momentum seems to be with them. That's all for now. Goodbye! 
Alisson has become the first goalkeeper to score a competitive goal for Liverpool since the club was founded in 1892, and what an important goal it could be. Liverpool's victory lifts them to fifth in the Premier League table, just a point behind Chelsea and three behind Leicester City with two games left to play. Chelsea host Leicester in two days' time. West Brom stay 19th.
Liverpool's top-four tilt remains on thanks to a last-gasp winner from their goalkeeper Alisson! Klopp's men were so nearly punished for their profligacy in front of goal, only to be saved by their number one. West Brom worked so hard to scrap their way to a draw and are very unlucky not to have got it.
90' + 6' FULL-TIME: WEST BROM 1-2 LIVERPOOL
90' + 6' West Brom must be devastated at conceding that goal. The hosts try to mount one last attack but it's too late now! That's that!
T. Alexander-Arnold
Assist
Liverpool
90' + 5' Alexander-Arnold's ball in was so good all Alisson had to do was stand still and guide it into the net. The Liverpool keeper has been Liverpool's saviour! 
Alisson
Goal
Liverpool
90' + 5' GOAL! WEST BROM 1-2 LIVERPOOL! Incredible! Alisson rises high to get on the end of Alexander-Arnold's corner and powers a header past Johnstone! His teammates immediately dive all over him! Liverpool have snatched the win at the death!
90' + 3' Mane bursts down the left and fizzes in a cross that Furlong blocks. Liverpool will have one last opportunity to score from a corner. Alisson is coming up for it.
90' + 2' Liverpool are huffing and puffing but the winner won't come for them. Alexander-Arnold knocks a pass forward for Salah but Johnstone is straight out of his goal to smother it.
90' + 1' Mane earns Liverpool a corner off Furlong. Robertson will take it. Robertson swings it in and Wijnaldum passes it to Thiago whose thunderbolt from range is blocked.
90' Four minutes of added time remain. Wijnaldum's shot crashes against a defender and West Brom prevent the corner. West Brom are hanging on for dear life now.
89' Alexander-Arnold plops a cross towards Mane which Mane keeps in play near the corner flag. Shaqiri tries to find Wijnaldum's run into the box but it's cut out. Salah takes down Robertson's cross and lays off to Wijnaldum who fires over! Liverpool can't afford to waste any more chances to score.
88' Nat Phillips carries the ball forward only for his attempted cross to sail harmlessly out of play. Liverpool are running out of time.
87' Johnstone makes a vital save to keep Thiago out! The Spaniard's effort from the edge of the box took a wicked deflection off a West Brom defender. Liverpool get a corner which Alexander-Arnold swings in but no one in red can get on the end of it.
85' Salah crosses from deep for Mane but it's headed out. Liverpool force a corner down their left seconds later. Robertson's corner is cleared.
G. Wijnaldum
R. Williams
Liverpool
84' Liverpool are going for it. Wijnaldum comes on for Williams. Fabinho will slot in at centre-back.
83' Chance for Liverpool! Alexander-Arnold races down the right, skips onto his left foot and curls a decent effort just over the bar! The right-back knows that could have given his team the victory.
K. Ahearne-Grant
H. Robson-Kanu
West Bromwich Albion
82' West Brom substitution. Grant replaces their goalscorer Robson-Kanu up front.
81' Firmino gives the ball away, only for Gallagher to do the same. Robertson's cross from the left is blocked. Liverpool look a touch more likely to find a winner.
79' Thiago receives a pass in midfield and thumps wide from outside the box. Liverpool have had plenty of shots but not many of them have tested Johnstone.
78' Liverpool deal with the resulting corner to West Brom. This game still feels like it could swing either way.
77' Liverpool create nothing from the corner and Fabinho fires high and wide from distance. Seconds later, West Brom almost score themselves! Robson-Kanu gets on the end of Gallagher's flick-on and forces Alisson into a diving save at his near post.
76' Robertson rolls a cross into the corridor of uncertainty. Ajayi bravely pokes it out for a corner with Salah hovering at the back stick. That could have easily been an own goal if Ajayi had gotten that wrong.
J. Livermore
O. Yokuşlu
West Bromwich Albion
75' Allardyce makes another change to West Brom. Livermore replaces Yokuslu.
75' Chance for Liverpool! Firmino shifts the ball onto his left foot to the left of the box and fires agonisingly wide. Liverpool are upping the ante.
74' Alexander-Arnold darts behind West Brom's defence to hook the ball across goal. West Brom get it away. Johnstone punches out Alexander-Arnold's cross shortly after.
A. Maitland-Niles
G. Diangana
West Bromwich Albion
73' West Brom make a substitution. Maitland-Niles replaces the quiet Diangana.
71' Bartley thinks he's given West Brom the lead as he meets Pereira's corner but the goal's chalked off. Ajayi is offside and interfering with Alisson's vision.
70' Fabinho slides in on Gallagher, fouling him, but the referee plays advantage. West Brom use it wisely to earn a corner kick.
68' Firmino drills a shot towards goal from outside the box and gets a corner out of it as Ajayi gets his body in the way. West Brom soon get rid of it.
66' Mane squanders a decent-looking Liverpool counter by playing himself into trouble. Liverpool rebuild and Alexander-Arnold's cross is unusually poor and flies over everyone.
65' Johnstone punts clear with Mane busting a gut to reach Salah's throughball. The offside flag goes up against Mane anyway.
63' Mane earns a corner down Liverpool's left. They send it in and Alexander-Arnold's flicked header bounces through to Johnstone.
62' West Brom take the corner quickly and Rhys Williams is well-placed to stop Ajayi heading in at the far post. The hosts get another go and Furlong's header is no threat to Alisson.
61' Now West Brom will get the chance to put the ball into Liverpool's box from their right as Mane trips Furlong. Pereira's whipped ball in is headed out of play by Thiago. West Brom corner.
60' Nat Phillips impedes Yokuslu as they jostle for position to reach the ball in. West Brom get a welcome free-kick.
X. Shaqiri
C. Jones
Liverpool
59' Liverpool make an attacking substitution before they take the corner. Shaqiri replaces Jones.
58' Robertson barrels into the penalty area and is robbed by Yokuslu. Liverpool keep the pressure on and Robertson plays the ball off Furlong for a corner.
57' West Brom's corner comes to nothing and Liverpool counter. Salah latches onto Alexander-Arnold's pass and forces a smart save from the onrushing Johnstone. West Brom's parity survives for now.
56' Pereira sends a first-time cross towards Robson-Kanu from the left and Rhys Williams stretches a leg out to give West Brom the corner.
54' Mane slides Salah into the right of the box. The Egyptian has two defenders on him straight away who gang up to pressure him into giving West Brom the goal-kick.
53' Liverpool take their time trying to unpick West Brom's stubborn defence. Jones holds off a challenge to keep his team moving. Alexander-Arnold loses possession just outside West Brom's box but the visitors soon regain it.
51' Pereira goes it alone and fizzes the ball into the arms of Alisson. West Brom had gotten forward in numbers so he had other options available.
49' Liverpool have the ball in the net through Mane from Salah's throughball but Mane is offside. Salah gets a shot away in anger in the box but West Brom's defenders manage to get in the way. Salah fires a follow-up wide.
47' Both teams go for goal at the start of the half as Alexander-Arnold's effort from outside the box is blocked. West Brom counter down their right and win a corner off Robertson. From the corner Pereira finds Bartley at the far post but the angle's too tight for Bartley to make anything of it.
45' The second half gets underway. Neither side's made any changes at half-time.
Liverpool had 13 shots to West Brom's five in that first half along with 74 per cent of the ball. West Brom have just about held their own though. You get the feeling that Liverpool can step up a gear and go on to win this comfortably. Allardyce will no doubt want his side not to let that happen.
West Brom are succeeding in frustrating Liverpool so far. Liverpool have been the dominant side but went behind in the opening 15 minutes to Robson-Kanu's strike. Salah soon equalised for the visitors and Firmino hit the post. Both sides will feel they can scrape a win here.
45' + 5' HALF-TIME: WEST BROM 1-1 LIVERPOOL
45' + 4' Mane's touch lets him down and the Senegal forward takes out Gallagher as he tries to bring the ball under control. Klopp is furious down on the touchline at the decision to give West Brom a free-kick.
45' + 2' Pereira eventually takes the free-kick and fires over with his left foot. That wasn't too far off hitting the target.
45' Bartley's eye is still getting patted down. There'll be three minutes added onto the end of this first half.
44' West Brom get a breather as Fabinho fouls Yokuslu in a central position. Bartley's picked up a cut above his eye so needs treatment before the free-kick can be taken.
42' Since Salah arrived at Liverpool in 2017-18 he's scored 125 goals for the Reds in all competitions, four more than any other Premier League player in that time. The Egyptian's a modern-day Liverpool legend.
41' Mane jinks towards goal from the left and tries to curl the ball into the top right corner. Bartley gets his head in the way to send it looping over for a corner which West Brom clear.
40' Fabinho has a shot blocked but has a second crack at it. He shoots straight at Johnstone from the edge of the penalty area. West Brom will do well to prevent Liverpool from scoring again before half-time.
39' Matt Phillips flings another hopeful cross into Liverpool's box but there's no one in a West Brom shirt there. The hosts are threatening when they can.
37' West Brom's corner comes in and it curls too close to Alisson for his liking, tempting the goalkeeper to tip it over the bar. West Brom get another try and Liverpool manage to deal with it at the second attempt.
36' Liverpool's defenders switch off and Robson-Kanu gets in behind again in a similar position to the one he scored from earlier. Alexander-Arnold makes a vital interception to hand West Brom a corner.
35' Firmino rattles the woodwork with a powerful shot from inside the box! It strikes the left post and bounces back into play.
S. Mané
Assist
Liverpool
33' Mane's pass for Salah was a simple one. That goal was all about Salah's exquisite finish. That'll give Liverpool confidence to continue dominating the game.
Mohamed Salah
Goal
Liverpool
33' GOAL! WEST BROM 1-1 LIVERPOOL! Who else but that man Salah? Liverpool take a free-kick quickly and Mane lays off for Salah just outside the area. The Egyptian curls it first-time into the far left of the net. Johnstone was never going to reach it.
31' Alexander-Arnold receives Fabinho's pass on the edge of the box and shifts his feet to shoot with his left. It flies over the crossbar and the England full-back curses his luck.
29' West Brom are staying deep for the time being, trying to deny Liverpool space. Liverpool have had 70 per cent of possession so far.
27' Nat Phillips nods Alexander-Arnold's corner down for Williams who can't get his feet together to shoot cleanly. West Brom clear. Liverpool come straight back and Salah rolls a tame shot at Johnstone from a tight angle.
26' Alexander-Arnold goes for goal. It deflects off the West Brom wall and out for a corner which Alexander-Arnold will take.
25' Mane pops a pass to Firmino and both Liverpool players are bundled over by West Brom defenders. Liverpool get a free-kick to the left of the D.
23' Liverpool almost grab an equaliser, working the ball down their right in a move involving Salah and Thiago. It eventually reaches Mane who drags a shot wide from the centre of the box.
21' Alisson punches Matt Phillips' high ball in away. Fabinho finds Salah who canters forward on the counter. Thiago spots the run of Firmino and tries to send him running into the box but Thiago's pass has too much power on it for the Brazilian to reach.
19' Jones isn't far from reaching a cutback into West Brom's box. Fabinho is overeager to win the ball and commits a foul, relieving the pressure on West Brom. 
17' That's Robson-Kanu's first Premier League goal since November 2017. It's a setback for Liverpool who haven't made things easy for themselves this season.
Matheus Pereira
Assist
West Bromwich Albion
15' Pereira's throughball for Robson-Kanu was typically excellent. The Brazilian has been the highlight of what's been a poor West Brom campaign.
H. Robson-Kanu
Goal
West Bromwich Albion
15' GOAL! WEST BROM 1-0 LIVERPOOL! Robson-Kanu hands West Brom the lead! The Welshman bursts down the right-hand channel to reach Pereira's pass and slots calmly past Alisson into the far bottom corner.
14' Alisson rises high to claim Matt Phillips' cross. West Brom will be hopeful they can keep up their decent start to the match.
12' Chance for West Brom! A West Brom cross from the left causes havoc in Liverpool's box. Liverpool can't clear it and Yokuslu's header from close range is agonisingly wayward from Furlong's lofted pass.
10' West Brom win a free-kick down their left as Fabinho impedes Townsend. Ajayi gets his head on the end on Pereira's wicked cross to nod wide to the right.
9' Johnstone claims Salah's speculative ball into the box. Allardyce is impassively chewing gum in his seat.
7' Liverpool have started the game brightly, controlling possession in the middle of the pitch. The visitors look in no mood to mess around with Champions League qualification at stake.
5' Salah looks to latch onto a pass forward and Bartley plays it safe, giving Liverpool their third corner of the game already. Alexander-Arnold sends it in and once more Nat Phillips can't get his header on target.
3' Furlong heads Alexander-Arnold's ball in from the right out and the Liverpool full-back tries again. This time Nat Phillips heads over from the centre of the box.
2' Robertson races onto a crossfield pass and the Scot has his cross blocked. Ajayi sticks a leg out in the follow-up to hand Liverpool a corner.
1' West Brom go on the attack from the kick-off as Robson-Kanu gets caught offside.
1' West Brom get this show on the road!
The teams come out onto the pitch at the Hawthorns. West Brom are wearing their usual navy blue and white stripes. Liverpool will play in their traditional all-red kit.
These two last met at Anfield last December with a 1-1 draw marking the start of Liverpool's ruinous drop in form. Liverpool are unbeaten in 11 league games against West Brom, but six of their last eight meetings have ended level. Allardyce is also unbeaten in his last five league meetings against the visitors. Can Liverpool keep their momentum going?
There are two changes to West Brom from their 3-1 defeat to Arsenal last week as Diangana and Robson-Kanu get the nod over Robinson and Diagne. Robson-Kanu makes his first Premier League start since December 2017 against Arsenal. With an average age of 26 years and 80 days, Liverpool name their youngest Premier League 11 of the season. They make two changes too from their win over United as Mane and Jones start. Diogo Jota is out for the rest of the season with a foot injury.
SUBS: Divock Origi, Adrian, Konstantinos Tsimikas, Neco Williams, Georginio Wijnaldum, Leighton Clarkson, Billy Koumetio, Ben Woodburn, Xherdan Shaqiri.
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Nathaniel Phillips, Rhys Williams, Andrew Robertson; Thiago, Fabinho, Curtis Jones; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino (c), Sadio Mane.
SUBS: David Button, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Callum Robinson, Lee Peltier, Taylor Gardner-Hickman, Karlan Grant, Mbaye Diagne, Dara O'Shea, Jake Livermore.
WEST BROM (4-4-1-1): Sam Johnstone; Darnell Furlong, Semi Ajayi, Kyle Bartley (c), Conor Townsend; Grady Diangana, Okay Yokuslu, Matt Phillips, Matheus Pereira; Conor Gallagher; Hal Robson-Kanu.
Meanwhile, Liverpool's goal of salvaging a top-four finish from this difficult season are just about alive after they dismantled Manchester United 4-2 at Old Trafford midweek. Jurgen Klopp's men have struggled against the promoted sides this campaign. Anything other than a win for them now might be terminal for their hopes of a Champions League spot.
West Brom's relegation may have already been confirmed but the Baggies still have pride to fight for. While Sam Allardyce's future at the club remains up in the air, he has made his team sturdier at home as they've lost just one of their last seven games here at the Hawthorns. Setting solid foundations for next season will be vital for them if they want to boing straight back to the Premier League.
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