Liverpool beats West Brom but misses out on top spot

A fluent Liverpool moved second in the Premier League with a 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at Anfield yesterday but will rue missing the prize of top spot a larger margin of victory would have secured.

Victory by at least two goals would have put Juergen Klopp’s side ahead of Arsenal and when Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho scored in the first half it looked good for the rampant Reds.

Mane volleyed in Roberto Firmino’s perfectly flighted pass after 20 minutes and with Liverpool attacking in waves Coutinho then showed great footwork to collect Mane’s pass and shoot past Ben Foster in the 35th minute.

Foster made superb saves from Dejan Lovren’s header and another Firmino effort to keep West Brom in touch and the visitors gained an unlikely lifeline in the 81st minute when Gareth McAuley volleyed home from close range.

Liverpool have 20 points from nine matches but Arsenal, who drew 0-0 at home to Middlesbrough, have a marginally better goal difference. Manchester City (19) can return to the top if they beat Southampton yesterday.

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