The Brazilian returned to the starting line-up with a vital goal
Liverpool are up to third place in the Premier League after leap-frogging Manchester City with a 1-0 win over West Brom on Sunday.
Roberto Firmino produced the only goal of the match as Jurgen Klopp’s side went two points ahead of City and within five points of Tottenham as they chase a Champions League spot.
Firmino found the breakthrough with almost the last touch of the first half, when Lucas’s flick-on found the Brazilian on the far post for a simple header.
The Baggies up to that point had been largely in control despite the Reds enjoying the lion’s share of possesion.
Alberto Moreno had a golden opportunity to put the result beyond doubt at the death when Ben Foster went up for a corner, leaving his goal wide open, but he missed the target.
Roberto Firmino improving
The Brazilian striker’s 11th Premier League goal of the season from a header means he has surpassed his total from last campaign.
The forward continues to improve since his £29million move from Hoffenheim in 2015. But finishing is still a work in progress for the 25-year-old as he underlined by dragging a left-foot effort wide of the target in the first half.
Milner a manager’s dream
England ace James Milner is well-respected in the Midlands for his impressive stint at Aston Villa from 2008-2010 under Martin O’Neill.
He played on the wing and in the middle for Villa before clinching a big-money switch to Man City.
ilner,31, further underlined his versatility here by ably performing at left-back for the visitors and he also helped set-up the opener with a fine right-foot free-kick.
However, he’ll be kicking himself after missing a brilliant chance to make it 2-0 after superb work from Firmino.
Livermore impresses further up
The return of Argentine holding midfielder Claudio Yacob to anchor Albion’s midfield meant Jake Livermore was pushed up into a more advanced central role.
The £10million January signing from Hull, recently recalled by England, thrived in the position and played several defence-splitting passes which stretched Liverpool.
Chadli gone off the boil
Nacer Chadli began his Albion career like a house on fire with four goals in his first five games. But he has scored only once since October and with finishing like this it is easy to see why.
Matt Phillips dinked a perfect cross to the far post in the 23 minute but the on-rushing Chadli did a complete air shot when he seemed certain to volley in from six yards out.
Rondon fans frustrated
A group of flag-waving football tourists from Venezuela picked the wrong game to come to see their hero Salomon Rondon play.