West Brom stuns Liverpool with late equalizer



It appeared an unlikely final result after Sadio Mane put Liverpool forward after solely 12 minutes with the customer compelled again into its personal half for lengthy intervals.

However within the second half Albion supplied extra of a risk and with eight minutes remaining, Nigerian worldwide Semi Ajayi rose to go residence a cross from Matheus Pereira. It was Ajayi’s first Premier League purpose.

Liverpool surged ahead looking for a late winner however West Brom keeper Sam Johnstone made a shocking fingertip save to maintain out Roberto Firmino’s header.

Firmino scored the late winner within the earlier residence conflict towards Tottenham Hotspur as Liverpool hit the highest, however there was to be no repeat.

Allardyce, who took over from Slaven Bilic at West Brom, has by no means been in command of a relegated facet. He has a nice document managing groups at Anfield, unbeaten in 4 video games with three totally different golf equipment, together with the final win by a visiting supervisor with Crystal Palace in April 2017.

Goalkeeping hero Johnstone acknowledged the distinction made by Allardyce since he took cost.

“Everybody is aware of what the supervisor is like. He has are available in and issues change in a short time and the lads are reacting to it.

“It’s new administration, new issues and we preserve going and consider in ourselves,” he informed Sky Sports activities.

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reduce a annoyed determine by the top, notably after the brilliance proven by his facet within the 7-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace final weekend.

“West Brom deserved the purpose tonight as a result of we did not end the sport. It’s troublesome to create. In the long run everybody is aware of and feels we must always have and will have finished higher,” he informed Sky Sports activities.

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The consequence leaves his facet three factors clear on the high from Merseyside rivals Everton with a number of different golf equipment in touching distance in the course of a busy vacation run of matches.

Liverpool began the match, the one one performed earlier than a house crowd with different golf equipment underneath coronavirus restrictions, within the temper for a purpose glut. Senegalese star Mane capitalized on a interval of intense strain by controlling Joel Matip’s sharp move on his chest earlier than firing previous Johnstone.

Liverpool's Sadio Mane scores the opening goal against West Bromwich Albion after neatly controlling Joel Matip's sharp pass on Sunday, December 27.

Different targets might need adopted however the Baggies held agency and Liverpool went off the boil, unable to check Johnstone.

West Brom confirmed a little bit extra ambition after the break and might need leveled when Karlan Grant bought in behind teen Rhys Williams, a second half substitute for the injured Matip, however Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker denied him together with his legs.

However the warning indicators have been there as Ajayi discovered house to direct his equalizer off the woodwork and into the web.

Leeds edges previous Burnley

Earlier, Leeds cemented its place in mid-table as Patrick Bamford’s penalty settled a 1-0 win over Burnley.

Bamford transformed from the spot on 5 minutes after being introduced down by the onrushing Nick Pope, his tenth purpose of the season.

Burnley felt arduous finished by when Ashley Barnes appeared to equalize within the nineteenth minute. Leeds’ French goalkeeper Illan Meslier got here out to assert a excessive ball however fumbled it after clattering into the again of Burnley’s Ben Mee. Barnes put the dropped ball into the purpose however the purpose was disallowed as referee Robert Jones referred to as a foul on Mee and awarded a free kick to Leeds.

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The visiting gamers have been outraged that it couldn’t be referred to the video assistant referee as a result of Jones had blown for the foul earlier than the ball hit the web.

Meslier, protecting his fifth clear sheet of the season, stored out a late effort from Barnes to protect three factors for Marcelo Bielsa’s males.

Sunday’s different afternoon match noticed a 2-2 draw between West Ham and Brighton, with the customer twice main on the London Stadium solely to be pegged again each instances.

Neal Maupay put Brighton deservedly forward simply earlier than halftime however the Hammers equalized on the hour mark by way of Ben Johnson’s first purpose for the membership.

Lewis Dunk appeared to have received it for Brighton when he transformed following a nook, with West Ham interesting for handball, however Tomas Soucek scored one other essential purpose, his fourth of the season, when he headed residence unmarked from a nook.

The consequence leaves Brighton languishing two factors away from the relegation zone with West Ham in tenth.

Saiss denies Spurs at Molineux

Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur missed the prospect to go third within the late kickoff as Romain Saiss scored a late equalizer for Wolves in a 1-1 draw at Molineux.

Tanguy Ndombele put Spurs forward within the first minute, however the customer couldn’t maintain out for the three factors as Saiss scored with a close to put up header from a nook.

“A missed alternative,” stated Matt Doherty who joined Tottenham for Wolves within the shut season.



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