(BBC) – Semi Ajayi scored a dramatic late equaliser against leaders, Liverpool, to earn struggling West Brom their first point since Sam Allardyce took charge.
Jurgen Klopp’s side looked to be going five points clear at the top of the table when Sadio Mane chested down Joel Matip’s long ball forward and fired past Sam Johnstone.
Liverpool dominated for long periods without adding to their lead but the Baggies improved after the break and equalised in the 83rd minute.
Ajayi leapt high above the home defence to send a header in off the post to spark jubilant celebrations from the away team at Anfield. West Brom keeper, Johnstone, made a superb save to deny Roberto Firmino a winner near the end.
Reds frustrated by Baggies
There was a deep sense of frustration at full-time from Liverpool’s players after they dropped league points at Anfield for the first time this season.
Klopp, who was booked during the second-half by referee Kevin Friend for protesting a decision, walked to the Kop to acknowledge the 2,000 fans allowed into the ground as the home team headed for the dressing room knowing they had let two points slip.
It has been a monumental 2020 with the Reds ending a 30-year wait for a league title, but this was not the result they wanted in their final home game of 2020.
Klopp’s side dominated the first half, enjoying 84% possession, but were unable to add to a sumptuous finish by Senegal forward, Mane.
Their dominance was highlighted by captain Jordan Henderson, who completed 39 more passes (85) than West Brom as a team (46) before half-time. But the visitors were livelier after the break and, after Liverpool lost defender Joel Matip to injury, the hosts allowed West Brom a way back.
Alisson did well to keep out Karlan Grant after the forward had gotten the better of Rhys Williams before Ajayi’s equaliser. Johnstone’s save to keep out Firmino at the end only added to Liverpool’s frustration, their lead at the top now three points.