Updated: October 04, 2014 23:38 IST

Jordan Henderson Sees Liverpool F.C. Past West Brom

Liverpool F.C. defeated West Bromwich Albion 2-1 to end their three-match winless run in the Premier League.

Jordan Henderson
Jordan Henderson celebrates after Liverpool beat West Brom.


Liverpool: Jordan Henderson's second-half goal ensured Liverpool ended their three-match winless run in the Premier League as they beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 on Saturday. (MATCHCENTRE)

Brendan Rodgers's side have had a fitful opening to the campaign and were beaten 1-0 by Basel in the Champions League in midweek.

They took the lead just before half-time when the impressive Adam Lallana scored his first goal since joining from Southampton in a £25 million ($39.9 million, 31.9 million euros) move.

West Brom's England Under-21 striker Saido Berahino pulled the visitors level from the penalty spot shortly after the break, before Henderson gave Liverpool victory just after the hour.

Liverpool have registered only one clean sheet in their last 16 matches, but victory ahead of the international break will help to soothe nerves.

After a difficult week, Liverpool looked uncertain for much of the first half, with Rickie Lambert -- making his first league start after being drafted in for Mario Balotelli -- looking isolated in attack.

Steven Gerrard threatened from a couple of free kicks, but at the other end Craig Dawson missed with an overhead kick as the hosts once again struggled to deal with a set-piece.

Raheem Sterling caused problems with a fine run past two defenders, but his shot was blocked by a defender before Lallana's follow-up was pushed wide by West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster.

Lambert finally got an opening when he latched on to a long ball from Martin Skrtel, but his effort was pushed away by Foster.

Berahino passed up two chances to open the scoring for the visitors, thumping one shot straight at Simon Mignolet from distance before heading wide after being picked out by Sebastien Pocognoli's cross from the left.

- Ill-advised challenge -

Stephane Sessegnon also had a drive from 25 yards held by Mignolet as the visitors pressed.

But Liverpool moved ahead in the final minute before half-time.

Lallana burst away from a posse of defenders and swapped passes with Henderson before hitting a low shot into the bottom-right corner with his left foot.

Nine minutes after the interval, West Brom were given the chance to draw level when Berahino went down under Dejan Lovren's ill-advised challenge on the edge of the area and referee Michael Oliver awarded a penalty.

Berahino converted from the spot to pull Alan Irvine's side back on terms with his fourth goal in three matches.

Liverpool's first attempt at a response saw Sterling find space down the right and pick out Lambert, only for the striker's shot on the turn to fly high and wide of goal.

The home side were soon appealing for a penalty of their own when Sterling went down in the area after being barged by Craig Gardner.

But Sterling got to his feet and pulled the ball back for Henderson to clip a shot into the bottom-left corner and restore Liverpool's lead.

As the home side searched for a killer third goal, Balotelli -- who replaced Lambert shortly after the goal -- curled a shot inches wide of goal from the edge of the area.

Sterling should have added a third when he surged on to Balotelli's chipped pass, but despite out-pacing Joleon Lescott, his touch was poor and the chance was missed.

Gerrard also had a firm strike held by Foster from Sterling's cross and Balotelli saw a low effort fielded by the goalkeeper as Liverpool began to dominate.

Berahino sliced a shot wide after being picked out by Sessegnon at the other end, but despite several anxious moments in the closing stages, Liverpool held on for a much-needed win.

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It wasn't convincing, and at times it wasn't pretty, but it matters not for Liverpool as they claim a massive three points just before we head into the international break. The Reds started like a team who had a point to prove, and they had chances with Rickie Lambert spurning a one-on-one and Adam Lallana seeing a close-range shot saved by Ben Foster, but after a vibrant opening 20 minutes they dropped their intensity and West Brom came back into it. Saido Berahino could have opened the scoring with a free header, but he sent his effort over the bar, and on the cusp of half time, things got worse for the Baggies as Lallana finished a fine one-two with Henderson by powering home into the bottom corner. The hosts started the second period well, but gave away a cheap, and unfair, penalty as Dejan Lovren brought down Berahino with a poor challenge. It was just outside the area, but a penalty was given, and Berahino coolly slotted home to send the visiting fans wild. Brendan Rodgers' men didn't panic though, and soon reclaimed the lead when Jordan Henderson slid home Raheem Sterling's pull-back. Both teams had half chances for the remainder of the match, but despite some evident nerves in the dying moments of the game, Liverpool hung on to claim a huge win against Alan Irvine's side. Liverpool move up to 7th, West Brom drop to 14th, and all of a sudden the mood around both clubs starts to change as we enter a two week break."

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Anfield erupts in relief as the full time whistle blows. Liverpool have just about seen their way to a 2-1 win against West Brom on Merseyside.

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It looks like job done now as Liverpool have a free-kick with ten seconds left. Moments before, Mario Balotelli had a shot from the angle of the area that was saved by the feet of Ben Foster.

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With two minutes left, the hosts are really struggling to keep the ball, and the nerves look to be setting in. However, West Brom are not doing anything to make them pay for their anxiety as the full time whistle draws ever closer.

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There will be four minutes of injury time at Anfield, and Samaras is close to slipping Sessegnon in on goal, but he couldn't get enough on his pass on the periphery of the Liverpool area. The Reds are stumbling towards the finish line here.

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Mario Balotelli has a great opportunity to set Raheem Sterling free, but his chipped pass is too powerful, and Ben Foster comes out to collect. Balotelli really should have been assisting a third goal for the home side there.

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With four minutes remaining, Alan Irvine plays his wildcard as Georgios Samaras comes on for Chris Brunt. It could all change in a split second, but as things stand the hosts are looking very comfortable with their lead.

84 '


Joleon Lescott gets his name in the book for a cynical tug on Raheem Sterling, but the ref should have waited as Sterling got up and sprinted away into space there. He could have booked Lescott later on, but as it is the Reds will have to settle for a free-kick in a deep position.

82 '


Sebastian Blanco, who has just come on for the visitors, does well to work some space outside the Liverpool penalty area, but his shot is wayward and the hosts survive. They are eight minutes away from securing a huge three points at Anfield.

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Big chance for the Baggies as Sessegnon finds Berahino with a nice pass, but the striker snatches at the shot, and it goes well over the bar. The offside flag was up anyway, but Berahino should have been hitting the back of the net there.

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There don't look to be many nerves amongst the Liverpool playes, despite the fact they are closing in on a big win just before the international break. They are penning West Brom in, and not allowing them to break out of their own half.

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That substitution does happen now, with Lucas replacing Coutinho in the hosts' midfield. Moments later Balotelli releases Sterling with a fine ball, but the pacy attacker takes an awful touch when in on goal, and Ben Foster easily collects. It's not been Sterling's day in front of goal.

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It looks as though Lucas will be coming on for Liverpool, with Philippe Coutinho, who has been surprisingly quiet this afternoon, the man likely to make way. Is Brendan shutting up shop?

73 '


West Brom are not lying down here, and they are just beginning to see more of the ball in the final third of the pitch. With the way Liverpool have defended this season, their fans will be desperate for them to nick a third goal here.

70 '


Alan Irvine decides to make a substitution with 20 minutes left on the clock in Merseyside - Youssuf Mulumbu is on for Graham Dorrans.

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Is this the moment? No. The ball falls nicely for Balotelli 20 yards out, but his curled attempt flies well wide of the far post. His wait for an elusive first Liverpool league goal continues. The Reds are firmly in the ascendancy now.

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That goal has really galvanised the hosts, and they are full of energy and vigour now, and chasing a third goal that would surely kill this game off. Gerrard and Sterling have shots blocked from just outside the area by Lescott, who has been a collosus for West Brom today.

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With 25 minutes remaining Brendan Rodgers decides to send on Mario Balotelli, who had been warming up before Henderson's goal. The Italian will replace Rickie Lambert, who has been pretty poor this afternoon for the home side.

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Javi Manquillo volleys a well weighted ball into the path of Raheem Sterling, who goes down far too easily under the attentions of Craig Gardner. However, with no penalty given, the youngster promptly gets back up and tees up Henderson, who calmly slides the ball into the bottom corner from ten yards out. The home side will feel vindicated now.

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There's no hangover from the hosts, as Jordan Henderson gives them the lead once more!

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A ball in towards Saido Berahino sees Dejan Lovren fly in on the striker with a rash challenge that upends the West Brom man. It's definitely a foul, but after much deliberation it seems the referee made the wrong choice in pointing to the spot when replays showed the offence occurred just outside the Liverpool area. Nevertheless, Berahino confidently slams the penalty home, and the visitors have a foothold in this match again.

56 '


Berahino slots it away with the upmost composure and West Brom are level! There will be arguments about this penalty after the match, however!

55 '


Controversy reigns at Anfield! West Brom have a penalty, and the replays suggest that is a generous decision for the Baggies. It will be Saido Berahino who steps up.

53 '


He's scored a fine goal, but he doesn't want to mar his performance with amateur dramatics like this, does Adam Lallana. He tries to escape from Gamboa down the wing, but the full-back gets the better of him and Lallana tries to con the ref into giving a free-kick with a horrible dive. Why he wasn't booked there is anyone's guess.

51 '


A corner from the left finds Lovren, who takes it down in the six-yard box, but just as he is about to pull the trigger, Ben Foster is off his line to stop him in his tracks. Fine keeping from the former England man.

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The Reds do not want to get too comfortable on their lead here, and they have a warning sign as Sessegnon breaks clear into their half at pace. He has Berahino screaming for it out wide, but he takes too many touches and Dejan Lovren can dispossess him. Poor from Sessegnon.

47 '


The two defensive midfielders nearly link up here, as Gerrard spies Henderson haring in between the two West Brom centre-backs. The ball is inch-prefect, but Henderson's touch takes him too close to Lescott, who mops up the danger.

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Liverpool get the second half started at Anfield, with both sides unchanged after the break.

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