It should have been the day Liverpool all-but-secured their Champions League place for next season, a day for Danny Ings, Mo Salah and songs in the sunshine – or the rain. It should have been a big start to a huge week but it wasn’t in the end.
Jurgen Klopp and his side may have bigger fish to fry than West Bromwich Albion, but their sloppiness at The Hawthorns was an unwelcome reminder of what can happen when the Reds take their eye off the ball.
Ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final with Roma, this 2-2 draw may serve as a useful warning.
Having led 2-0 with just 11 minutes to go, Klopp will wonder how his side managed to squander two points. Two scruffy goals from set-pieces cost Liverpool, who had been in control without ever being at their best. “A useless comeback,” Klopp called it. West Brom are going down, but Liverpool have not beaten them in three attempts this season.
They should have beaten them here, and with ease. Ings’ early goal – his first for 930 days – had them on top. Salah’s latest masterpiece, a beautiful dinked finish for his 41st of the campaign, had them home and dry.
Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon changed things. We haven’t talked about Liverpool’s defensive issues for a while, but there they were. At the final whistle, Klopp made straight for Ragnar Klavan, engaging the centre-back in an animated chat. He was not happy, understandably so.
In fairness, Klavan is unlikely to play against Roma. Nor is Alberto Moreno, who endured a torrid afternoon on his first Premier League start since November. Dejan Lovren and Andy Robertson will come in, while Trent Alexander-Arnold should return at right back.
Credit should go to West Brom, whose battling qualities belied their awful league record. The Baggies have found something extra under caretaker boss Darren Moore, but they should never have been allowed to take anything from this game. This result was about Liverpool.
FT: West Brom 2-2 Liverpool
Livermore 79′ | Rondon 88′ | Ings 4′ | Salah 72′