Liverpool's hopes of opening up a menacing five-point lead at the top of the Premier League were scuppered in unlikely fashion as struggling West Bromwich Albion snatched a 1-1 draw at Anfield to leave manager Juergen Klopp scowling on Sunday. It can happen against West Brom, they had a new manager (Sam Allardyce) and they played in the first half a system I didn't see a lot in my life, a 6-4-0 or whatever.
Despite having the majority of the ball, their opponents had more shots on target - three to two - and Klopp felt that was partly due to his side failing to reach their usual high standards.
"To be fair West Brom did their job inside 90 minutes".
But he also said: "I would have liked it to have come later down the line when I knew more about the players and what they can and cannot do". However, Alexandre Lacazette's first-half penalty, a sumptuous Granit Xhaka free-kick and a somewhat fortuitous third from Bukayo Saka had the win sewn up long before the final whistle and Tammy Abraham's late strike provided little consolation for the lacklustre visitors as Mikel Arteta's men suggested they have what it will take to climb the table.
"So let's have a siege mentality, let's go out there and say "right, we will show you, we're going to go out and make life extremely hard for you, we are going to do our best to try to get a result".
This increasingly familiar theme perhaps should have been anticipated as only Liverpool (45) and Manchester United (44) have earned more points from losing positions in the competition than Wolves (40) in the past three seasons.
West Brom host Leeds on December 29 before Liverpool face Newcastle at St. James' Park the day after.
Allardyce suffered a 3-0 home loss to Aston Villa in his first game last Sunday, but with a full week of training, the former England manager was able to transmit his ideas to the team.
It was Sam Allardyce's first away match in charge of West Brom after taking over a team likely to be embroiled in a relegation scrap this season.
"It was superb today and we came out with a precious point for us", he said.
"When you see a team that defend that deep you've got to have overloads and overlaps and two versus ones".
Burnley enjoyed the better of the second half but ultimately were unable to claw their way back into the game.
- Newcastle are winless in seven Premier League games against Liverpool (D2 L5), losing each of the last five in a row.
Mourinho's men edge up to fifth, but remain six points adrift of leaders Liverpool.
"People will say we are lucky", Allardyce said, "but that was good application from the players and they took their opportunity at the other end".
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