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    Liverpool 0-0 West Bromwich Albion Match Report


    Dominic Solanke was denied a first ever goal in English football as his Liverpool side dropped two points at Anfield for the second time this week.

    Like against Everton on Sunday, The Reds dominated proceedings with a 70 per cent share of possession but they fell short courtesy of a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal and some excellent West Brom defending.

    The visitors, who went into the game on a record-equalling run of 15 matches without a victory, offered much more from an attacking viewpoint than The Toffees had four days earlier and could have taken all three points themselves.

    Hal Robson-Kanu came agonisingly close to giving The Baggies a lead after 29 minutes but his speculative strike from 25 yards struck the top of the crossbar, with Loris Karius unable to lay a glove on the ball.

    Karius was one of six changes that Jurgen Klopp made to his team following Sunday's game and he joined Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum in the starting line-up.

    Despite the return of their famous Brazilian duo, Klopp's side struggled to create many clear-cut opportunities in the first-half but they did come within inches of taking the lead when Firmino drilled the ball inches wide from Mohamed Salah's pinpoint cross.

    The only other noteworthy chance for The Reds came shortly before the break when the impressive Alexander-Arnold made a lung-bursting run down the right-flank before delivering a cross that narrowly evaded the incoming Salah.

    West Brom had a sustained period of pressure themselves at the start of the second-half and created three clear-cut opportunities, with Karius doing well to palm a long-range Grzegorz Krychowiak free-kick over the crossbar.

    Loris then needed to tip an effort from Claudio Jacob over the bar from the resulting corner, while Ahmed Hegazi also came close to converting Krychowiak's cross seconds later as he headed the ball over from three yards.

    Liverpool began to increase their intensity as the half progressed, with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah both missing chances that could have given the home side an-important breakthrough.

    Mane side-footed the ball harmlessly wide from 15 yards when the goal opened up in front of him, while Salah uncharacteristically missed from close-range after being picked-out by another excellent Alexander-Arnold delivery.

    A rare moment of panic from Ben Foster then almost presented a chance for Georginio Wijnaldum, which forced Jonny Evans into making a goalline clearance, but the main talking point of the match arrived eight minutes from time.

    It appeared that Dominic Solanke had finally given his team all three points as he bundled the ball home from close-range after fellow substitute Joe Gomez's excellent cross had picked him out.

    However, television replays showed that referee Paul Tierney was correct to disallow the goal as the young England striker had clearly used his arm to steer the ball over the goal line from three yards out.

    There was still time left for Klopp's side to score a winning goal but it proved elusive, with Foster making a smothering save at the feet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Hegazi clearing off the line to deny Solanke from the rebound.

    It proved another frustrating night for Liverpool, who dropped a place to fifth in the table courtesy of having an inferior goal-difference to Tottenham on a night that the North London side beat Brighton 2-0.

    The Reds must be more clinical in front of goal if they are to prevail against Bournemouth on Sunday, with The Cherries taking four points from last season's encounters which included a famous 4-3 victory at the Vitality Stadium.

    West Brom, meanwhile, can take encouragement from securing a fourth point in five matches but they remain in desperate need for a first win since August ahead of a difficult set of fixtures.

    The 17th-place Baggies return to action on Sunday as they host Manchester United at The Hawthorns, while matches against Stoke, Everton and Arsenal lie in store for Alan Pardew's side throughout the festive period.
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