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West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Liverpool

By Gary RoseBBC Sport
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard made his 500th appearance for the club, only Ryan Giggs (632) and Jamie Carragher (508) have made more than 500.

Liverpool's hopes of securing a top-four finish were dealt a blow as they were held to a goalless draw by West Brom at the Hawthorns.

After a forgettable opening, the game came to life in the second half as both sides had chances to snatch the winner.

Philippe Countino brought a full-stretch save out of Boaz Myhill while Jordon Ibe hit the post for Liverpool.

James Morrison's header was cleared off the line for the hosts, but neither side could get the breakthrough.

Liverpool are fifth and seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.

The Reds' season is heading towards a disappointing conclusion, with defeat to Aston Villa in the semi-final of the FA Cup last weekend ending their hopes of winning any trophies this season.

Three points at the Hawthorns on Steven Gerrard's 500th league appearance would certainly have boosted hopes of a top-four finish ahead of his summer move to the MLS.

Brendan Rodgers
It was the first time West Brom and Liverpool had drawn 0-0 at the Hawthorns since 1968

But a win looked unlikely for either side during a drab opening 45 minutes in which both sides failed to register a shot on target. Gerrard went closest with a free-kick that flew just over the bar.

It got better in the second half, with Liverpool becoming more adventurous and West Brom - who are seven points clear of the relegation zone - looking to exploit gaps on the counter-attack.

Somehow, Liverpool failed to score during a goal-mouth scramble when Countiho tried to sneak a shot through a crowd of players, Myhill made the save and Jordan Henderson was unable to get the ball home from close range.

When Ibe hit the woodwork after playing a one-two with Mario Balotelli - quiet in his first start in almost two months - it seemed it would only be a matter of time before Liverpool scored but instead it was West Brom who almost snatched the points when Morrison sent a header to the far corner, but Dejan Lovren got back to clear.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis: "Liverpool were very good in the last 20 minutes. The lads showed a lot of resilience and we are very pleased to get another point.

"We had a poor set of results here before this game and that was down to the mentality more than anything - when people say we are safe with this and that.

"We are not good enough to take our foot off the pedal we have to be 100% all the time."


West Brom

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Myhill
  • 25DawsonBooked at 61mins
  • 23McAuley
  • 6Lescott
  • 11Brunt
  • 8Gardner
  • 5Yacob
  • 24Fletcher
  • 7MorrisonSubstituted forBairdat 81'minutes
  • 10AnichebeSubstituted forMcManamanat 64'minutes
  • 18BerahinoSubstituted forIdeyeat 75'minutes


  • 3Olsson
  • 4Baird
  • 9Ideye
  • 16Gamboa
  • 19McManaman
  • 29Sessegnon
  • 38Rose


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 22Mignolet
  • 23Can
  • 37Skrtel
  • 6Lovren
  • 2Johnson
  • 14Henderson
  • 8Gerrard
  • 33IbeSubstituted forLallanaat 75'minutes
  • 10Coutinho
  • 31Sterling
  • 45BalotelliSubstituted forBoriniat 75'minutes


  • 1Jones
  • 4K Touré
  • 19Manquillo
  • 20Lallana
  • 24Allen
  • 29Borini
  • 50Markovic
Roger East

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamLiverpool
Shots on Target

Live Text

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    Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Liverpool 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Liverpool 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Steven Gerrard.

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    Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Brown Ideye (West Bromwich Albion).

  6. Post update

    Adam Lallana (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  9. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Simon Mignolet.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Callum McManaman (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Brown Ideye.

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    Adam Lallana (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion).

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Callum McManaman with a cross.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Chris Baird replaces James Morrison.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

  18. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Martin Skrtel.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Dejan Lovren (Liverpool).

  20. Post update

    Brown Ideye (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

2Man City34207770363467
4Man Utd33198659312865
10West Ham341111124242044
11Crystal Palace34119144247-542
13West Brom34910153246-1437
15Aston Villa3488182648-2232
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