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    West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Liverpool Match Report


    West Brom delayed their inevitable relegation from the Premier League for at least another week as they fought back from 2-0 down to earn a draw against Liverpool.

    The Reds seemed to be cruising to victory after doubling their lead on 72 minutes through Mohamed Salah's 41st goal of the season but they were left stunned as the hosts scored two goals in the final 12 minutes.

    Jurgen Klopp decided to rest several players ahead of Tuesday's Champions League semi-final tie against Roma, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Andrew Robertson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Roberto Firmino all on the bench.

    The changes had little impact on their performance in the early stages, however, as Danny Ings fired home from close-range in the fourth minute after Georginio Wijnaldum had laid the ball into his path.

    Salah had two sights of goal in the first-half, the first of which came after he produced a smart turn to evade countryman Ahmed Hegazi but his subsequent side-footed effort was deflected over the bar by Jake Livermore.

    The Egyptian also had a free-kick that curled narrowly past the upright from 30 yards out, while Danny Ings could have scored his second of the afternoon but his close-range strike was saved by the legs of Foster.

    West Brom had several chances before the interval themselves, with Matt Phillips failing to test Loris Karius with a strike from 15 yards out and Jay Rodriguez unable to reach James McClean's low cross from almost on the goal line.

    Liverpool started the second-half on the front-foot once again and were unfortunate not to have been awarded a penalty when Ings was bundled to the ground by Craig Dawson's clumsy challenge.

    It looked like the visitors had sealed the win, with only 18 minutes remaining, as the prolific Salah calmly chipped the ball over Foster in clinical fashion after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's cleverly-weighted pass had created the opportunity.

    The Baggies, however, showed the same kind of spirit that they displayed during last weekend's victory over Manchester United as two goals in the final 12 minutes produced the most unlikely of comebacks.

    Jake Livermore gave Darren Moore's side a route back into the match when he was first to react in a crowded penalty area to turn the ball past Karius after the Liverpool goalkeeper had saved Craig Dawson's effort with his legs.

    The goal set-up a grandstand finish and the home supporters were on their feet once again as Salomon Rondon met Chris Brunt's inswinging free-kick with a powerful header to equalise with just two minutes remaining.

    Although the draw leaves West Brom eight points behind 17th-place Swansea with only three games remaining, the club still live to fight a day after The Swans were beaten 5-0 by Manchester City on Sunday.

    The Baggies' relegation will be confirmed this coming Saturday, however, if they fail to beat Newcastle United at St James' Park in the afternoon or if Swansea beat Chelsea at home later that evening.

    Liverpool, meanwhile, failed to cut the gap between themselves and second-place Manchester United to a single point, although they edged closer to securing Champions League qualification for next season.

    A win over relegation-strugglers Stoke at Saturday lunch-time would put The Reds on the brink of securing a place in the top-four, while their Champions League status would be confirmed later in the day if Chelsea fail to beat Swansea.
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