Liverpool 0-0 West Brom
Premier League, Anfield
December 13, 2017
Left ruing their late concession to Everton, the Reds headed into their midweek clash amid a paradoxical, flattened mood, with a 10-game unbeaten run undermined by the manner of their last result.
But as their busy festive period continued Klopp’s side kept their focus on the task at hand, and the German continued to rotate his selection, making six changes to his starting lineup.
- Klopp makes six changes as Karius and ‘Fab Four’ start
- Reds struggle to find breakthrough in tough first half
- Mane and Salah squander good chances after the break
- Solanke goal ruled out for ‘intentional’ handball
- Liverpool go 11 games unbeaten, but with back-to-back draws
Their first real chance came on 17 minutes, with Mohamed Salah floating the ball towards the back post for an onrushing Firmino, whose effort just squeezed wide.
At the other end, Coutinho twisted into space and fired a long-range effort low into the clutches of Ben Foster.
Salah had a similar chance to Firmino as the first half drew to close, but the winger couldn’t stretch far enough to get on the end Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s excellent cross.
The weather at Anfield intensified as the game wore on, and it nearly worked to the away side’s advantage early on in the second half.
With Grzegorz Krychowiak standing over a set-piece from deep, his wind-assisted free-kick needed to be tipped over by Karius, before the German made a smart save to deny Claudio Yacob from the corner.
Mane and Salah were queuing up at the back post as Alexander-Arnold chipped a ball in minutes later, but the latter took the ball away from his fellow winger, weakly shouldering it out.
Solanke had the ball in the back of the net after a teasing cross from another substitute, Joe Gomez, but referee Paul Tierney wrongly deemed the striker to had intentionally handballed it in, ushering the game to a disappointing close.
TIA Man of the Match: Trent Alexander-Arnold
Referee: Paul Tierney