Jurgen Klopp’s side dominated WBA but suffered setbacks in what was a bizarre game at Anfield.
The Reds looked to be cruising with slick football, thanks to the return of Coutinho and also captain Jordan Henderson making his first start since the long term injury.
Henderson opened the scoring in the 21st minute, from close range after a neat headed pass by Adam Lallana into his path.
West Brom hardly threatened and their route to goal is often set pieces under Tony Pulis. It all unravelled including the entire game on a mistake by keeper Simon Mignolet who ran into Christian Benteke. Craig Dawson bundled it over after some desperate defending to attempt to cover for the Belgian’s mistake.
Just before the break, Jonas Olsson thought he scored with a close-range header from a set-piece. However replays showed it was clearly off-side and the team’s went into half-time at 1-1.
Liverpool have been struggling to break team’s down at Anfield this season and the crowd grew restless since Mignolet’s mistake. That had knocked the stuffing out of his own defenders, the confidence went down in the team and crowd was quiet.
Dejan Lovren left the field after a succession of hard tackles had lost time, but he suffered from a horrorfic challenge that wasn’t punished by the referee. With eight minutes of injury time as well as the last 12 minutes, Divock Origi came on for Lovren.
Lallana should’ve equalised when played in by Benteke but the keeper blocked well. The Reds kept piling the pressure in the last minutes, and got reward with Origi’s shot deflected into goal.
The home side will also be frustrated with the poor form of Benteke, Milner and Firmino in recent games.