Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Mignolet delight as Liverpool prove defensive strength

Mignolet delight as Liverpool prove defensive strength

It's against the teams outside of the top 6 that they've struggled, and that goes a long way toward explaining why they've been so inconsistent this year. Considering that Liverpool hadn't beaten any Tony Pulis side away from home before today, it's a massive win.

While 1-0 was enough, it could (and should) have been more.

The first half was a boring one.

The winger connected well with his shot but it was smothered low down by Mignolet.

Despite those first-half scares, Liverpool dominated possession and ought to have doubled their lead when Milner profligately volleyed Firmino's cross over the bar just before the hour mark.

After Chris Brunt carelessly held Origi's jersey to give away the foul, Roberto Firmino headed home a Lucas flick to score his 11th goal of this Premier League season.

Sadio Mane's impressive first season with Liverpool has been illustrated by his clinicalness in front of goal.

"We needed to adapt to what West Brom wanted to do".

Roberto Firmino scored a victor for the second weekend running as Liverpool beat West Brom to go third in the Premier League.

Jürgen Klopp will be telling his Liverpool players to repeat the performance at West Bromwich Albion and ignore what their top-four rivals are doing during the run-in.

West Brom had offered little in response, prompting Pulis to make two changes midway through the second half.

Phillips collected a return pass from Salomon Rondon after the substitute powered towards the opposition penalty area, but Mignolet stood firm to block his effort behind.

The parallels with Liverpool's triumph at Stoke did not end there, however, as Simon Mignolet, who produced a couple of outstanding saves against Mark Hughes's team, made another vital intervention against Albion by denying Matt Phillips as the winger broke through on goal with only 10 minutes remaining.

The chance motivated the West Brom faithful, though, and Liverpool began to look nervy.

Jurgen Klopp's side have had an interesting rollercoaster of a ride this campaign.

The most incredible moment of the match came in the four added minutes.

However, Liverpool slowly found their stride and after a mistake from Claudio Yacob, Phillipe Coutinho found the run of Brazilian compatriot Firmino but he dragged his shot wide of the far post.

Moreno darted forward, full of confidence with only one thing in his mind. Subs: Sturridge 6, Moreno n/a.

"Long-term....it's a hard one. I would only be comfortable at 4-0 after 80 minutes!" The league is open and we have a 50 per cent probability to win the league.

"We've got to take our chances in the Premier League".

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