Steven Gerrard reacts after missing an opportunity for
Liverpool against West Bromwich Albion in their English
Premier League match at Anfield in Liverpool. REUTERS/Phil
West Bromwich Albion have completed a stunning Premier
League double over Liverpool with a 2-0 win at Anfield after
Steven Gerrard missed a chance to put the home side ahead with
a second-half penalty.
Gareth McAuley headed home in the 80th minute, with what was
only the Baggies' second attempt on goal in a lopsided game,
to break the deadlock and substitute Romelu Lukaku doubled
the tally 10 minutes later.
The victory marked a dream return to Anfield for manager
Steve Clarke, the former Liverpool assistant coach, after his
side beat Liverpool 3-0 in the opening game of the season.
The visitors leapfrogged Liverpool to take eighth place on 37
points, behind Swansea City on goal difference. Liverpool
Goalkeeper Ben Foster was the hero on the night, saving
Gerrard's 76th minute spot kick after Luis Suarez went down
under a challenge from Jonas Olsson.
Foster also denied Gerrard in the 50th, when he smothered a
close-range effort by the captain, and 20 minutes later when
he kept the ball out of the net with a superb one-handed
The visitors had never threatened in a muted first half while
Liverpool had Jonjo Shelvey ruled offside after getting the
ball in the net in the eighth minute and Luis Suarez refused
a penalty claim.
West Brom did not even need the services of striker Peter
Odemwingie, an isolated figure texting in the stands after
failing to make the bench following his much-derided attempt
to join Queens Park Rangers in the January transfer window.