It was the second time in four days that Jurgen Klopp’s side had to come back from behind to take the points, after their midweek victory over Manchester United.
The Reds had to keep winning to keep the pressure on Chelsea and Leicester, but once again struggled to find a clinical advantage against a bottom side, despite Mohamed Salah keeping pace with Harry Kane in the Shoe race Golden.
An early shot from Thiago Alcantara – the game’s peerless player – and a header from Curtis Jones signaled the Reds’ intention to attack, although the Baggies had their own half-goals via set pieces.
It was an open game, however, and a moment of disorganization in the makeshift defense on the outside side that led to the opening; Fabinho lost an aerial battle, Rhys Williams came out to challenge, Nat Phillips was deeper to play Hal Robson-Kanu on the side.
The Welshman’s finish was exquisite, coiled in the lowest corner beyond Alisson Becker’s reach.
Sadio Mane had a great opportunity to equalize after a smooth movement with Thiago in his heart, but he pierced his shot away from the near post. The No.6 then sparkled a pass to give Trent Alexander-Arnold a shot chance – this one over the bar – and an equalizer wasn’t much longer to come.
It was the recalled Mane who scored the goal, playing quickly forward after a free-kick and then winning a tackle over the edge of West Brom’s box – but Salah’s strike was foolproof, first in the far corner. low.
Mane slipped into another just after the restart, only to be flagged offside, before Salah fended off a face-to-face after a flash break after a West Brom turn.
West Brom remained a threat on set pieces and on the counter, however, as the Reds pushed towards the second goal they needed to keep their Champions League hopes alive – and they were also beholden to a call from ‘refereeing, after Kyle Bartley’s rushed arrival was ruled out due to Matt Phillips obstructing Alisson’s view from an offside position.
Jurgen Klopp threw on Xherdan Shaqiri and Gini Wijnaldum in search of a late winner and the latter had the best chance – but shot high and wide from the edge of the box in the dying minutes.
Just as it looked like all hope was lost and Liverpool would once again be out of the race for the top four, Alisson climbed for a turn in the 94th minute – and climbed the highest to plant a brilliant effort into the furthest corner. and save the day for his team.
The Reds are now one point behind Chelsea and three behind Leicester, with the FA Cup finalists due to face each other on Tuesday night.