West Brom 0-1 Liverpool: Firmino fires Reds third

Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool's Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet (R) punches the ball clear during the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool at The Hawthorns stadium in West Bromwich, central England, on April 16, 2017.

With a remaining fixture list that includes Crystal Palace, Watford, Southampton, West Ham and Middlesbrough, the top four finish this club craves is tantalisingly realistic.

Pulis took Stoke to the FA Cup final, losing 1-0 to Manchester City in 2011, and into the Europa League but has never finished in the top half of the Premier League.

Liverpool has 66 points from 33 games, although it has played one more game than Manchester City which sits two points adrift in fourth.

Hal Robson-Kanu later shot tamely into Mignolet's arms.

Firmino settled a scrappy game with a close-range header in first half stoppage-time to condemn Albion boss Tony Pulis to his first ever home league defeat against the Reds.

Despite their struggles, the Baggies began brightly and Hal Robson-Kanu directed Matt Phillips' effort wide but Liverpool gradually took control and almost went ahead after 15 minutes.

Simon Mignolet
PASimon Mignolet kept West Brom out at The Hawthorns

According to our predictions, Liverpool will win today's match by 3-1 and will be moved to the 3rd position in the points table.

'Before you come here, you know what is going to happen.

'I'm pleased with that but like I say, everybody did theirs (job) today and that's the important thing when you play away from home - you have to grind out results sometimes'.

After the restart, Liverpool continued where they had left off and Divock Origi was quick to try his luck with a curling effort from inside the penalty area, but it went a few yards wide of Ben Foster's post.

When asked if the goal affected his side, Pulis, who saw his side rue missed opportunities from Nacer Chadli and Matt Phillips, added: "We're really disappointed about the goal just on half-time". He's a good boy, I would have been happy for him if he'd scored this.

"We've had three really good opportunities where I would have expected them to score but you can't criticise them".

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