Liverpool all of a sudden have a great chance of qualifying for the Champions League after their 4-2 win at Manchester United on Sunday – but a nothing-to-lose West Brom side will provide another hurdle for them to clear.

The Reds began the game in the worst possible way as Nat Phillips blocked a Bruno Fernandes shot into the back of the net in the 10th minute. Jurgen Klopp then thought his side had won a penalty after Phillips was adjudged to have been fouled by Eric Bailly, before VAR overturned the call. Liverpool would eventually equalize on 34 minutes with Diogo Jota neatly flicking a Phillips pass past Dean Henderson.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, who had previously warned Manchester United’s defence twice, then delivered a precise free-kick which saw Roberto Firmino head home just before the break to give the Reds a 2-1 lead. Firmino made it 3-1 early in the second half after a Henderson mistake before Marcus Rahshord pulled United back within a goal.

Pressure from Manchester United set up a nail-biting finish but Liverpool finally locked up the three points when Mohamed Salah added the final touch to a well-executed counter-attack in the final minute. Liverpool picked a perfect time for their first league win at Old Trafford since 2014, as they pulled closer to the top four ahead of a trip to West Brom at the weekend.

The Reds have Albion, Burnley, and Crystal Palace remaining on their fixture list, one of them being a game in hand, and because rivals Chelsea and Leicester still have to play each other in the run-in, Jurgen Klopp’s side holds their future in their own hands. Albion, whose relegation was confirmed on Sunday at Arsenal, is still looking to finish with a flourish. Sam Allardyce wouldn’t accept any less.

While the Albion boss, whose future is to be decided imminently, is eyeing victory against West Ham on Wednesday when more than 6,000 fans will be back in attendance, the Reds come first. His first point as Baggies boss came at Anfield and he’ll want a similarly positive result.

Equally, Liverpool’s record at The Hawthorns isn’t brilliant in recent years – they’ve won a single game there since 2011 – and their supporters are preparing themselves for the typical sequence of events that involves them winning at Old Trafford before slipping up at The Hawthorns.

Liverpool fans wary of West Brom slip up

  • Roger: They have nothing to play for but have a couple of dangerous players we need to keep our eye on. We really should be able to beat these.
  • Matthew Brown: Made a full-strength United look ordinary. Means nothing if we don’t beat West Brom now though. The massive week ahead.
  • Ian Turner: Considering the season #LFC have had, after clawing our way back into contention for a #uefachampionsleague spot, with a big win against Utd, we’ll go and lose against relegated West Brom!
  • Ali: West Brom away next. And then Burnley away. Tricky fixtures
  • Pete: What a win that was, never a waste of time beating Utd but we’ve got to go to West Brom now on Sunday and play with the same desire
  • Chez: Now please please I beg @LFC don’t go lose to West Brom now, would be the most Liverpool thing to do
  • Samuel: One of our better performances this season. Of course, it all means nothing if we don’t deal with my namesake and relegated West Brom.
  • Dylan: Let’s be honest we’re gonna lose to West Brom
  • Matt Sutton: Now in fine Liverpool fashion, watch us go and drop points against Championship bound West Brom. It’s the hope that kills you
  • Tomo: Reds are reeling me in for qualifying for the Champions League only to draw 1-1 with West Brom on Sunday
  • Karl: West Brom on Sunday will be another big test, given Big Sam’s tendency to spoil our party. But at least we’re still in the fight.
  • Ang: Burnley and West Brom will no doubt turn into vintage Real Madrid next week

Liverpool vs West Brom

Jurgen Klopp can’t stop grinning and says the game was Liverpool’s season in a nutshell – a lot of good stuff, but having to work like crazy to get something. He’s happy with how his team kept the head and kept playing football as time ticked on, creating their better chances in the final five minutes. As for Alisson’s header, “insane” is his verdict, and that’s fair enough. He praises West Brom for their professionalism and how they fought, then goes back to Alisson, with whom he is really close. “It’s only football but it means the world to us,” he says, speaking for millions of people the world over, and is now focused on the next game. “Full of desire but calm” is the approach he’s after as it was today, and is sure it’ll be as hard a game at Burnley on Wednesday. Alisson scores an incredible last-minute winner for Liverpool to stun West Brom “Is Alisson the first player to score a Premier League goal in trackie Bs?” wonders my colleague Niall McVeigh on He goes on to say he tried to be in a good position, no defender came with him, and he got a good look at the flight. The only explanation is God, he reckons – “he put his hand on my head” – and he thanks everyone, not just Liverpool who’s given him support and says without it he couldn’t have got through his father’s tragic death. He namechecks a few clubs, then his wife and kids who give him energy, and notes that people are the earthly operation of the divine, or something like that. West Brom, played really well today. But for the fact that they scored fewer goals than Liverpool did, they deserved their point and will be fuming about the foul that preceded the equalizer and the offside that prevented them from going ahead. I’d say the first was unlucky but the second was fair enough; something tells me that Not-insubstantial Samuel will see things differently. Alisson is in tears as he leaves the pitch – he’s had a rough old season. But his Liverpool team now have Burnley away and Palace home to save theirs; they’ll have to play better than they did today, but they’ll be absolutely bouncing and I’d not back against them.

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