Match Analysis: Liverpool 4-1 West Bromwich Albion

Sports Mole looks back over the 90 minutes that resulted in a 4-1 victory for Liverpool over West Bromwich Albion at Anfield.

Goals from Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge against West Bromwich Albion ensured that Liverpool moved to second in the Premier League table, two points adrift of leaders Arsenal.

The Reds duo continued their impressive run of form to secure a 4-1 victory at Anfield, while James Morrison's effort from the penalty spot proved to be a consolation for the visiting side.

Here, Sports Mole dissects the 90 minutes of action that unfolded between the two sides at Anfield.

Match statistics:

Liverpool:
Shots: 18
On target: 7
Possession: 55%
Corners: 3
Fouls: 14

West Bromwich Albion:
Shots: 16
On target: 4
Possession: 45%
Corners: 9
Fouls: 11

Was the result fair?

In truth, Liverpool fully deserved all three points today due to their approach to the game. While individual pieces of brilliance resulted in the four goals, the home side looked fluid in possession, while West Brom only managed to get a foothold into the game once a penalty had been awarded in the second half.

Liverpool's performance

Manager Brendan Rodgers prides himself on installing flowing football in his teams, and his men delivered this afternoon by attacking West Brom from the off and utilising the strengths of Suarez and Sturridge. However, there were times when their defence was called into question, and you feel that if the Baggies were more clinical, the contest may have been closer.

West Bromwich Albion's performance

Steve Clarke's side failed to get out of the traps quick enough, and they took a while to get back into the game after going two goals down within six minutes. For large parts of the match they were forced to defend, and they only posed a threat up front when Clarke made changes to his attack in the second half.

Sports Mole's man of the match

Luis Suarez: This was not a difficult decision to make as the Uruguayan's brilliance in front of goal resulted in the ball hitting the back of the net three times. As well as his prowess on the goal-front, the 26-year-old played a role in the majority of Liverpool's attacks throughout the game.

Biggest gaffe

Martin Skrtel had the perfect opportunity to give Liverpool a three-goal cushion, but when the ball was fed into his feet by Steven Gerrard in the box, he fluffed his effort and completely missed the shot, resulting in the ball bobbling back to West Brom.

Referee performance

Jonathan Moss had a relatively quiet game, but his assistant referee came under the spotlight by awarding West Brom a penalty in the second half. Moss pointed to the spot after consulting with his linesman, who flagged when Billy Jones went to ground in the box. It appears that the assistant ref gave the foul when Jones became sandwiched between Mamadou Sakho and Lucas Leiva. It didn't appear to be a clear-cut penalty, but was one of those decisions that could have gone either way.

What next?

Liverpool: The Reds face a tough test against table-toppers Arsenal at the Emirates in next Saturday's late kickoff.

West Bromwich Albion: The Baggies play host to Crystal Palace at The Hawthorns on November 2.

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Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates completing his hat-trick during the Barclays Premier League match against West Brom on October 26, 2013
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