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Firmino on target as Reds go 3rd

The Reds are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League matches following Sunday's hard-fought 1-0 victory over West Brom at the Hawthorns and they have now won back-to-back top-flight away games following their success at Stoke earlier this month.

Roberto Firmino headed home the only goal of the game late in the first half after latching onto Lucas Leiva's flick on.

Nevertheless, Liverpool sealed the win and temporarily move up to third place having played an extra game compared to Manchester City, while they sit nine points ahead of both Everton and Manchester United, although the latter have three games in hand on them.

"He made an important save, and in the end, it doesn't look that spectacular, but he was really present around the set pieces". There was a sense of irony that West Brom ended up getting undone in that department.

Firmino found the breakthrough with nearly the last touch of the first half, when Lucas's flick-on found the Brazilian on the far post for a simple header.

He was also unhappy with the response to that goal for the first 20 minutes of the second half but highlighted Albion's eighth-place position in the table and Liverpool's financial superiority.

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet preserved the points with a crucial save, denying Matt Phillips in a one-on-one situation, and Klopp praised his all-round contribution.

However, Liverpool should have led on 15 minutes when they pounced on a hesitation from Claudio Yacob in the West Brom midfield, stole possession and broke with pace. Tony Pulis, desperate to protect an unbeaten home record against Liverpool, sent goalkeeper Ben Foster up into attack for a corner in injury time, but disaster almost struck when the home side lost possession, putting substitute Alberto Moreno on the break.

Klopp saluted the huge victory earned by Roberto Firmino's goal on the strike of half-time that brings Champions League football closer into view.

West Brom were set up to keep a clean sheet, that Pulis so loves.

"Before you come here, you know what is going to happen". West Brom manager Tony Pulis: "We've had the opportunities again and especially against the top teams you have to take your chances".

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