Flu­ent Liver­pool beat West Brom

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A flu­ent Liver­pool moved sec­ond in the Premier League with a 2-1 vic­tory over West Bromwich Al­bion at An­field yes­ter­day but will rue miss­ing the op­por­tu­nity to top the ta­ble.

Vic­tory by a two-goal mar­gin would have put Juer­gen Klopp’s side ahead of Arse­nal on goals scored and when Sa­dio Mane and Philippe Coutinho scored in a ram­pant first half it looked good for the Reds.

Mane volleyed in Roberto Firmino’s per­fectly flighted pass af­ter 20 min­utes and with Liver­pool at­tack­ing in waves Coutinho then showed great foot­work to col­lect Mane’s pass and shoot past Ben Fos­ter in the 35th minute.

Fos­ter made sev­eral saves to keep West Brom in touch be­fore the vis­i­tors gained an un­likely life­line in the 81st minute when Gareth McAu­ley volleyed home from close range. Liver­pool have 20 points from nine matches but Arse­nal, who drew 0-0 at home to Mid­dles­brough, have a marginally bet­ter goal dif­fer­ence, Manch­ester City (19) can re­turn to the top if they beat Southamp­ton to­day. — Reuters

LIVER­POOL: Liver­pool’s Emre Can, left, and West Bromwich Al­bion’s Craig Daw­son chal­lenge for the ball dur­ing the English Premier League soc­cer match be­tween Liver­pool and West Bromwich Al­bion at An­field sta­dium, Liver­pool, Eng­land, yes­ter­day.

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