After dominating a game from the very beginning, you would imagine that Liverpool would have beaten a West Brom side without a win in six games, especially at Anfield.

Yet with the inconsistent form that Liverpool have displayed this season, you can not be surprised with the outcome of the game, which saw Liverpool boast 24 shots on goal compared to West Brom's four.

After a superb save from Ben Foster denied Steven Gerrard from the penalty spot, Liverpool fans were hit with a sucker punch as Gareth McAuley headed West Brom ahead with just nine minutes of normal time remaining. 

The crowd fell into stunned silence before the hoards of fans began departing the ground. And it got even worse for the Reds, as they pushed forward in search of an equaliser, were hit on the break as Romelu Lukaku rubbed salt in the wound by making it 2-0 to the visitors. 

Turning up to Anfield, Liverpool fans were right to expect a big performance and were hoping for a comfortable win after some impressive displays against Arsenal and Manchester City. 

But the performance that followed was nothing compared to their previous outings, as they lacked the movement of new signing Daniel Sturridge in attack. 

At certain points, fans were crying out for a target man that they could cross the ball to – Andy Carroll came to mind - but he is on loan at West Ham.

In recent years Liverpool have failed to beat teams they really should be overcoming if they harbour hopes of challenging the top four. Aston Villa came to Liverpool and beat the Reds 3-1 earlier this season, and thoroughly deserved their win. 

So far this season, Liverpool have failed to beat any team in the top ten, which would tell you that they do not deserve to be any higher than the ninth position they currently occupy. Liverpool are a far cry from the team that won the Champions League in 2005 and reached another final in 2007. 

Brendan Rodgers’ project is still in the early stages of development, and perhaps the best way to describe this season is as a learning curve. If the manager can bring in some dominant dressing room characters in the summer, we might see a change in approach at Anfield.

But if Rodgers does not improve their league position, as well as their home form, he may find himself on the receiving end of heavy backlash from the fans. 


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