Firmino grabs another winner, Liverpool beats West Brom 1-0

While 1-0 was enough, it could (and should) have been more.

Was involved in the few things that Liverpool did well.

Nevertheless, Liverpool sealed the win and temporarily move up to third place having played an extra game compared to Manchester City, while they sit nine points ahead of both Everton and Manchester United, although the latter have three games in hand on them.

In the second half, James Milner fired wide just before the hour mark, while Firmino saw another goal ruled out for offside.

Firmino won it seconds before half-time, heading in James Milner's free kick after Lucas had flicked it on. West Brom, meanwhile, lie eighth with 44 points.

Alberto Moreno could have made sure of the result for Liverpool in stoppage time when they counterattacked from a West Brom corner, which goalkeeper Ben Foster had come up for, but the full-back scuffed his shot at an empty goal wide from distance.

Firmino, of all people, lost the ball to Salomon Rondon and he teed-up Phillips only for the winger to be thwarted by the on-rushing Mignolet.

Pulis' men would go no closer to getting on terms - the Arsenal win before last month's global break standing as the only game in the last seven where they have found the net.

Ben Foster had ventured up for a late Baggies corner, and with Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge breaking alongside him and just one West Brom defender in the way, Moreno chose to shoot and his effort went harmlessly wide.

Goalkeeper Ben Foster pushed forward in the final few minutes and that decision was almost punished but substitute Alberto Moreno missed an open net in the dying seconds.

- West Brom have failed to score in four consecutive Premier League games for the first time since April 2003.

- Since the start of last season, Firmino has been directly involved in 34 Premier League goals (21 goals, 13 assists), more than any other Liverpool player.



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