Premier League: West Brom beats Liverpool at Anfield

Late goals from Gareth McAuley and Romelu Lukaku secured West Brom a smash-and-grab win at Liverpool.

West Bromwich Albion pulled off an upset at Anfield during their mid-week Premier League match that saw them climb up the charts with a 2-0 win over hosts Liverpool.

They pushed Liverpool to the ninth spot on the Premier League table with 36 points in 26 games. West Brom are at the eighth spot with a point more than the Reds.

Both goals came in the final 10 minutes, but the talking pint of the match was Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who missed the penalty in the second half of the match.

Chances and possession were wasted and Liverpool's night had been summed up with less than 15 minutes remaining when captain Steven Gerrard saw a spot-kick, which was contentiously won by Luis Suarez, saved by heroic West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster.

For West Brom, who before kick-off had kept just one clean sheet in their last 29 Premier League away games - with that shutout coming at Anfield in their 1-0 win in April 2012, it was a first win in eight in all competitions but attention will focus on Liverpool's misery.

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Liverpool should have taken a deserved lead from the penalty spot on 77 minutes after Jonas Olsson was adjudged to have fouled Luis Suarez inside the area. But Foster was again on hand to correctly guess where Gerrrard's spot-kick would go to make a fine save.

The miss changed the game completely and Jose Reina had to be alert to tip Youssouf Mulumbu's long-range strike round his post on 80 minutes for his first save of the game.

From the subsequent corner by Chris Brunt, McAuley rose unmarked to head into the net from six yards.

Substitute Lukaku then raced away on the break before flashing his effort just wide on 88 minutes.

However, he was not to be denied in stoppage time when he collected a James Morrison pass inside the area and drilled a low strike into the far corner of Reina's net.

The win moves West Brom above Liverpool into eighth position in the Premier League table.


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