West Brom comeback to draw Liverpool in pulsating tie

Jake Livermore scored his first West Brom goal as he began an unbelievable comeback against Liverpool
Jake Livermore scored his first West Brom goal as he began an unbelievable comeback against Liverpool

West Brom staged a dramatic comeback to earn a draw against Liverpool, but they could still be relegated from the Premier League on Sunday.

The Baggies were 2-0 down after 79 minutes – Danny Ings and Mohamed Salah on target for the Reds – until goals from Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon snatched a point.

Livermore scrambled home at a corner for his first goal at the club before Rondon headed in Chris Brunt’s free-kick in the 88th minute.

They will still be relegated if Swansea win at Manchester City on Sunday and Crystal Palace avoid defeat against Watford later on Saturday.

Salah had earlier continued his brilliant form with a chipped second-half finish which takes him to 31 Premier League goals this season and sees him equal the record for a 38-game campaign.

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Liverpool, who made five changes to their starting line-up with their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday in mind, were ahead after just four minutes through Ings.

Mohamed Salah has scored 31 league goals this season matching the record of Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez

The Englishman, who was making just his second start under Jurgen Klopp, stroked home from six yards for his first goal since October 2015.

The draw ensures Baggies caretaker manager Darren Moore extends his unbeaten start in charge of West Brom but they remain bottom, eight points from safety with three games left.

Moore’s Baggies continue to show fight

West Brom were hapless for much of the season, winning just one point in 18 games during Alan Pardew’s four months in charge, but in the last two games they have shown plenty of spirit against two of the Premier League’s best teams.

They beat Manchester United last week and have now followed that with another morale-boosting showing against Liverpool.

The Baggies battled throughout the game and caused Liverpool problems, particularly with crosses into the box, but when Salah added Liverpool’s second in 72nd minute, most in the ground believed the result was sealed.

Despite the comeback, however, there seemed to be a feeling of proud resignation at full-time: the crowd applauded but were not celebratory and Rondon crouched to his knees.

They are still two points below 19th-placed Stoke and eight adrift of Swansea in 17th who have played two games fewer.

But by adding another draw to the win and a draw in his first two games in charge, Moore has at least further strengthened his claim for the job on a permanent basis regardless of which division West Brom are playing in next season.

Late lapses cost changed Liverpool

It looked like Liverpool were on course to collect three points despite Klopp resting forward Roberto Firmino, midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren and Andrew Robertson.

Salah’s 31st league goal took him alongside Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez, who share the record for a 38-game season.

And Ings, who has recovered from two serious knee injuries, scored his first goal in 930 days and he celebrated his early strike with plenty of emotion.

However, with Joe Gomez, Ragnar Klavan and Alberto Moreno recalled in defence, Liverpool always looked shaky at the back.

West Brom did not create much from open play but they often caused trouble at set pieces and it was defending at a free-kick and a corner which cost the Reds the win.

But Klopp will still be pleased by that they completed the game without any injury scares and they remain eight points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea.