Liverpool spurned the opportunity to effectively guarantee themselves a top-four finish on Saturday afternoon.
Jurgen Klopp’s men led relegation-threatened West Brom 2-0 at the Hawthorns thanks to goals either side of half-time from Danny Ings and Mohamed Salah, who netted his 31st goal of the campaign in the 72nd minute of the match.
However, Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon both found the back of the net in the closing 10 minutes, turning the game on its head and rescuing an unlikely point for the doomed Baggies in the process.
Klopp took his anger out on the state of the pitch at the Hawthorns after the match, telling Sky Sports: “West Brom obviously decided not to water the pitch at half-time and it was quite difficult after that.
“They can do it next year playing football with a dry pitch in the Championship. That's how it is and we have to deal with it.”
Klopp had rested several key players for Saturday afternoon’s Premier League fixture with one eye on Tuesday’s huge Champions League semi-final first leg against Salah’s former employers AS Roma.
Roberto Firmino, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold were all named among the substitutes, while Joe Gomez and Alberto Moreno were handed starts at right and left-back respectively.
One Liverpool player has been blasted
However, one of the aforementioned Liverpool players was trending in the hours after the full-time whistle for all the wrong reasons.
Gomez, who was playing only his second league match since the Reds’ 3-0 victory over Huddersfield back in January, was blasted for his performance by Liverpool fans on social media.
Rightly or wrongly, they felt the 20-year-old was responsible for allowing West Brom back into the match.
And they’ve made it clear that Gomez, who is considered more of a natural centre-back, shouldn’t be starting matches for Liverpool at right-back.
Fans are comparing him to Alexander-Arnold
Some Liverpool fans have also made the point that Gomez’s underwhelming performance highlights what a talent Alexander-Arnold is.
The 19-year-old, who has been tipped as an outsider to make England’s World Cup squad this summer, was an unused sub against Darren Moore’s side but will return to the starting line-up for the Roma clash.
However, Liverpool fans should remember that Gomez hasn’t played much recently and is still so young.
Writing him off at this early stage in his career would, of course, be ridiculous.
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