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Defensive Disaster Costs Rodgers’ Reds
Kolo Toure was in dismay after his costly mistake.

Defensive Disaster Costs Rodgers’ Reds

A defensive howler from Kolo Toure cost Liverpool two points at West Brom on Sunday, as The Reds failed to tighten their grip on the fourth Champions League spot.

With Tottenham being held to a draw at Hull and Manchester United suffering a loss at Stoke, it was the perfect opportunity for Brendan Rodgers’ side to push further ahead of their rivals.

After a dull opening 20 minutes, it was Liverpool who awoke from the Sunday slumber first after another brilliant goal thanks to the prolific SAS.

Raheem Sterling was set away and raced clear of The Baggies defence and then played a cute ball to Suarez, who shimmied and shifted just enough space to get a cross away.

His ball was inch perfect, as the Uruguayan perfectly picked out strike partner Daniel Sturridge who tapped in from two yards out for his 14th league goal of the season.

Liverpool then began to assert their dominance on the game, and after Toure just failed to connect with a cross from winger Coutinho, it looked bleak for the home home side.

However, Pepe Mel’s side looked revitalised after the break and started to ask more and more questions of the Liverpool defence.

They pressed Liverpool with more aggression and began to restrict The Reds and create some good chances at the same time.

West Brom’s equaliser could have come sooner in the game if it were not for keeper Simon Mignolet in the Liverpool goal.

The Belgian international made a series of saves, the best coming from a close-range bullet header from Gareth McAuley, which he excellently palmed away.

As the game progressed, it became increasingly evident that Liverpool needed a second goal as a cushion to safe guard their lead, but it all came undone in the most shocking fashion.

Mignolet rolled the ball out to the feet of Toure, who, after being pressed into a panic by two Baggies players, blindly played a suicidal pass across his own 18 yard line which fell straight to the feet of West Brom substitute Anichebe.

The former Everton striker clinically dispatched the gift to level the score and break Liverpool hearts.

The game opened up some what after the goal, and Ben Foster had to save smartly at the feet of Sturridge in the dying moments to deny Liverpool a dramatic late victory.

The result kept West Brom just outside of the relegation zone on 23 points, and it could prove a valuable point for them at the end of the season.

For Liverpool, it may be viewed as two points lost. They remain in fourth place, just two points ahead of fifth place Everton.

After the game, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers refused to blame Toure, who was visibly distressed after his costly mistake, for the loss of the victory and defended his team’s ethos of playing themselves out of trouble from the back.

“I’ve said to the team that we are in the position that we are because over the last 18 months we have shown the courage and bravery to play football, and part of that is to build the game from the back.”

Meanwhile, Baggies boss Pepe Mel, was pleased with how his team came out in the second half and praised their work ethic.

“In the second half it was better. The goal came after we pressed high up the pitch.”

 

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