Roberto Firmino goal keeps Liverpool's top-four aspirations on track
- Author: Loretta Pittman Apr 21, 2017,
Apr 21, 2017, 0:40
A somewhat slow start from Liverpool led to a period of control for them in the middle of the match, culminating in a Roberto Firmino goal just before the half.
Roberto Firmino fired Liverpool to a 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion yesterday that moved Jurgen Klopp's men back into third place in the English Premier League soccer table.
Goals from Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera condemned the Premier League leaders to a 2-0 defeat against Mourinho's Manchester United and left them just four points ahead of Spurs with six games to play.
"At the end it doesn't look that spectacular but he was really present around the set-pieces, he had three or four or five fists [away]". There was a sense of irony that West Brom ended up getting undone in that department.
"We are very pleased with the performance and the three points is massive today".
Former Newcastle and Tottenham star Jermaine Jenas has lauded the performance of Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet in the Reds' 1-0 win over West Brom.
Despite their struggles, the Baggies began brightly and Hal Robson-Kanu directed Matt Phillips' effort wide but Liverpool gradually took control and almost went ahead after 15 minutes.
West Brom manager Tony Pulis also singled out his goalkeeper Ben Foster, who raced forwards for two corners during the late push for an equaliser, nearly conceding on the counter-attack to Liverpool substitute Alberto Moreno.
However, Liverpool slowly found their stride and after a mistake from Claudio Yacob, Phillipe Coutinho found the run of Brazilian compatriot Firmino but he dragged his shot wide of the far post. "For us it was very important because showing this concentration level until the end didn't work each week in the last few months, but today it was really good".
We got it back in the last 20 minutes of the game and we're disappointed we haven't got anything out of the game.
West Brom's dour form in front of goal meant Liverpool were scarcely tested until 10 minutes from time.
"We know it's a hard place to go to, West Brom, especially the last 10 minutes, but we dealt well with it and I think we deserved the three points".