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EPL Results: Origi’s injury time strike helps Reds salvage draw against Baggies

 

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Liverpool managed to dramatically steal a late goal to salvage a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich in an absolutely thrilling EPL encounter at Anfield.

Jordan Henderson early opener was cancelled out by Craig Dawson at the half hour mark, before Jonas Olsson’s strike, right on the stroke of half-time, was ruled out as offside. Olsson finally put his side ahead in the 73rd minute, but Liverpool had the last laugh as they grabbed a dramatic equaliser through Divock Origi in the seventh minute of added time.

The first real chance of the game fell to the hosts in the 15th minute, when Emre Can chipped pass into the box was only half-cleared towards Coutinho. The Brazilian immediately fired an effort, but his shot was just wide of the target.

Four minutes later, a cheeky back-heel from Brunt (following a free-kick) resulted in Craig Gardner making an excellent sprint into the right side of the box. The midfielder tried to square the ball towards the centre, but Mignolet was able to parry.

The hosts finally broke the deadlock in the 21st minute through Henderson. A beautiful long ball from Coutinho was nodded down towards Henderson by Adam Lallana, and the Liverpool captain made no mistakes as he poked the ball home from close range.

Liverpool’s lead, however, proved to be temporary as West Brom grabbed the equaliser through Dawson after only nine minutes. Mignolet failed to collect a corner from Brunt, and this allowed Dawson to squeeze the ball home.

The visitors again found the back of the net in the first minute of added time, but the goal was ruled out as offside. Olsson raced ahead of his marker to head home an excellent free-kick from Gardner. However, the Baggies’ celebrations were cut short after the referee, following a quick word with the linesman, chalked out the goal as offside.

Seven minutes after the break, Alberto Moreno whipped a good cross into the box towards Benteke, but the Belgian was not able to nod his header on target.

In the 57th minute, Milner sent a good delivery into the box from a free-kick; Dejan Lovren was able to connect with header, but his effort flew over the crossbar.

The hosts nearly reclaimed their lead at the hour mark, when Lallana’s deflected cross found Benteke in a very good position. The former Aston Villa striker connected with a stinging volley, but his effort was just wide of the target.

Despite Liverpool’s improved display in the second half, it was the visitors who took the lead in the 73th through Olsson. The Reds failed to deal with yet another set-piece situation, and this time they were punished as Olsson raced ahead of his marker to head in an inswinging corner from Brunt. The West Brom players all looked nervously at the linesman, but this time his flag stayed down.

Things got even worse for Liverpool after Lovren had to be stretchered off the pitch (to be replaced by Divock Origi) in the 79th minute, after he injured his knee following a horrific clash with Gardner.

With eight minutes of normal time remaining, Klopp’s side got an excellent chance to grab the equaliser, when Benteke slipped a brilliant pass to send Lallana clean through on goal. The former Southampton midfielder fired a low effort, but Myhill produced a top notch save to keep his side in front.

The Baggies nearly put the game to bed in the 87th minute after a poor back pass from Milner resulted in Rondon finding himself clean through on goal. The chance, however, went begging after the Venezuelan dragged his shot wide.

The game, however, had a final twist as Liverpool grabbed the equaliser in the seventh minute of added time through Origi. The Belgian, after doing well to skip past a challenge from Dawson, fired an ambitious long-range effort that went in after taking a huge deflection off a West Brom defender.

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