Sunday, 19 August 2012

West Brom v Liverpool

Among all the debuts of the opening day of the Premier League, Steve Clarke (former LFC Asst.Man) and Brendan Rodgers (current LFC manager) took their new teams into a new season both hoping for instant success. For Rodgers the hope turned to disaster as Liverpool were humbled by the Baggies and found themselves occupying 18th in the EPL table.

The game in the first half saw three clear chances for Luis Suarez (LFC) but sadly no goals, WBA claimed the first goal with a stellar strike by Zoltan Gera, who chested it down and volleyed the home side into the lead on 43 minutes and at the halfway point, Liverpool were 45 minutes away from an opening loss.

The shape of the game turned in the 58th minute as Daniel Agger (LFC) 'pushed' WBA's Shane Long over in the area and was unfortunately given a straight red card while Long was awarded the penalty. Liverpool's blushes were spared as a truly weak effort by Long was easily saved by 'keeper Reina.

The penalty count rose barely six minutes later with Martin Skrtel this time the culprit with Long again being fouled, this time Peter Odemwingie stepped up and slotted his team into a 2-0 lead and Liverpool needed an Istanbul-esque comeback to claim anything in this game.

The comeback never began and its hopes were dashed on 77 minutes from a header by Romelu Lukaku (currently on loan from Chelsea) who rose at the back post to give West Brom a 3-0 lead and to wrap the game up for the Baggies.

Liverpool's list of negative records from last season gained an addition with today's result being their worst start to a Premier League season and with home games against Man City, Arsenal and Man Utd in the next few weeks sadly it could be a worse record.

However, there were some positives as new signings Fabio Borini and Joe Allen both played the full 90 minutes, Lucas performed well for an hour before going off for Joe Cole (Cole lasting 11 minutes before suffering an injury) and as Carroll entered the fray for the injured Cole he got into the game a bit even though he was also booked in the final minutes.

Back to the european adventure for Liverpool next as they travel up to face Hearts hoping to bounce back and prepare for the visit of Premier League champions Manchester City next Sunday.

Full Time West Bromwich Albion 3 Liverpool 0

Other Results were as follows....