Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion


GT at 2016-10-22 19:29:31

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GT at 2016-10-22 19:27:19

Stay with us here on YATR for further live commentary on Refcam, as we have yet more action coming up for you in this football-packed weekend.

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GT at 2016-10-22 19:26:03

As for our referees…

Neil Swarbrick was excellent.

His low-key approach worked veery well for him again today.

Never fussy.

Never attention-seeking.

The kind of refereeing performance people like to see.

Very well done, Swarbs.

He was assisted by the best-in-the-business, Darren Cann, and a very competent Richard West.

You all contributed positively to this one boys, and can drive home tonight safe in the knowledge you won’t be on the back pages tomorrow.

GT at 2016-10-22 19:22:34

Liverpool see out the win, and keep their 2016 unbeaten home run going.

I cannot help but wonder what may have happened if WBA had shown the same endeavour all match as they did in the final 10 minutes?

GT at 2016-10-22 19:20:32

Full Time

GT at 2016-10-22 19:20:12

Wijnaldum almost sends The Reds back to the top of the league, but his curling effort just misses the target

GT at 2016-10-22 19:19:10

Darren Cann tracks Origi’s run and waits for the Liverpool forward to challenge his opponent before correctly awarding offside.

Good lining.

90 + 1 minutes

GT at 2016-10-22 19:18:00

…and in those added minutes Klopp sends on Origi for Mane in the final substitution of this game

GT at 2016-10-22 19:16:50

That’s the end of the regular 90 minutes.

3 added minutes to go on.

89 minutes

GT at 2016-10-22 19:15:50

Yellow Cardfor Henderson for dissent.

That is very silly from the captain as he is now suspended for their next match

88 minutes

GT at 2016-10-22 19:14:47

Second change for Liverpool.

Lucas Leiva takes over from Coutinho

GT at 2016-10-22 19:13:22

Excellent advantage applied by our referee as Liverpool break quickly

GT at 2016-10-22 19:12:22

This has really opened up now, and is suddenly an end-to-end thriller

GT at 2016-10-22 19:11:41

Just 5 minutes of the regular 90 to go…

GT at 2016-10-22 19:10:38

The game has gone up a couple of gears as WBA fancy the equaliser.

Swarbs may need to change his game plan for these final minutes

82 minutes

GT at 2016-10-22 19:09:12

…and, referee’s luck…as play develops WBA score!

GOAL! McAuley

GT at 2016-10-22 19:07:47

Olsson is a very lucky lad…he is all over Joel Matip as a ball is delivered into the area.

Had Swarbs seen that, it would have been a certain penalty kick

79 minutes

GT at 2016-10-22 19:06:33

Klopp makes his first change as he gives Lallana a rest. Wijnaldum takes over having recovered from a recent injury.

GT at 2016-10-22 19:05:15

@srh_1984  @youaretheref do you do league 1 games? There were a couple of disallowed penalties for gillingham in today’s game
Not at the moment, Stephen.
But The Refshow on Monday’s sometimes covers decisions outside of the Premier League

GT at 2016-10-22 19:03:33

Swarbs’ first mistake of the game as he gives a throw-in to WBA which should have gone to The Reds.

I think we can spare him that one!

GT at 2016-10-22 19:01:30

Just 15 minutes to go, and Swarbs continues to stay right on top of this one.

He has the game in his pocket but is not slipping into complacency.

Some of his supposed peers would be well served to watch a DVD of this game, and note how he stays in control without wanting to be the centre of attention or searching for game changing decisions which don’t exist.

GT at 2016-10-22 18:57:21

Richard West shows he is tuned into the wait-and-see technique too, and he correctly calls Robson-Kanu offside

GT at 2016-10-22 18:56:08

68 minutes gone, and WBA get their first corner of the game.

Their excitement is getting the better of them though, and Swarbs has to delay the taking of the kick to calm down a couple of their players

GT at 2016-10-22 18:54:10

The game is opening up now as WBA find it difficult to keep defending and chasing the ball all game.

The foul count is likely to rise as they tire, and Swarbs will need to move up with it

64 minutes

GT at 2016-10-22 18:51:13

WBA make their final change as Hal Robson-Kanu takes over from James McClean

GT at 2016-10-22 18:48:10

Tweet from Roland..

@rolandworf @youaretheref whats happening to Darren cann
He can’t go on forever, Roland, and he deserves better treatment than he gets which may mean he doesn’t carry on as long as he could.
My point is that there is little top quality beyond him.

57 minutes

GT at 2016-10-22 18:45:13

Yellow Card for James McLean for another foul.

From the resulting free kick Ben Foster produces a great save to stop Liverpool going three up

GT at 2016-10-22 18:43:36

Second half stats…

Possession: 80% Liverpoool  20% WBA

Accuracy: Neil Swarbrick 100%

GT at 2016-10-22 18:41:18

Swarbs is maintaining his low-key approach, and why not?

It is working very well for him so far.

GT at 2016-10-22 18:39:49

High foot challenge by Firmino.

Free kick correctly awarded again by Swarbs.

50 minutes

GT at 2016-10-22 18:37:34

Second WBA change as Matt Phillips is replaced by James Morrison

GT at 2016-10-22 18:36:46

Not sure I agree with either point, Simon…

@Jackson_S_D @youaretheref no spelling mistakes from @no1lino and no mistakes from the referees. This is an odd weekend! ;-)
I hear that Mike Jones didn’t cover himself in glory at Bournemouth v Spurs

GT at 2016-10-22 18:34:07

Firmino is the subject of more good wait-and-see lining by Darren Cann who correctly calls the Liverpool number 11 offside.

My word, the PGMOL will miss this assistant when he goes. He is one of the few safe pair of hands they have.

GT at 2016-10-22 18:32:22

Here we go with the second half, and it’s Liverpool who get us under way attacking the Kop End.

Claudio Yacob has (sensibly) been replaced by Tony Pulis at half time. Chris Brunt takes over from him.

GT at 2016-10-22 18:23:20

An excellent opening 45 minutes from our referees.

Swarbs has pitched his level of involvement perfectly.

He has stayed out of the way and allowed Liverpool to attack WBA who, in turn, were content to pack their defence and play-out the draw.

Then Mane scored, quickly followed by a beauty from Coutinho.

WBA began to get frustrated at that point as they appear to have no Plan B.

Yacob allowed his own frustrations to (unfairly) spill over in his protest at the referee, so Swarbs upped hi involvement and cautioned the defender.

A very good first half from the man in the middle, who has been supported appropriately by Darren Cann and Richard West.

More of the same in the second half please…

GT at 2016-10-22 18:18:39

Claudio Yacob needs to get a grip as he runs to Swarbs to continue his bleating at the half time whistle.

Yacob…you deserved the caution, now go away, get a cup of tea, and come back in a better frame of mind in the second half…or take what will inevitably come your way.

GT at 2016-10-22 18:16:37

Half Time


GT at 2016-10-22 18:15:53

WBA are getting physical now…half time cannot come quickly enough for them.

Just the one added minute to go now.

43 minutes

GT at 2016-10-22 18:14:27

A lovely game to referee, and Swarbs is playing it perfectly.

No need to get over-excited or too fussy, but he shows he is not going to take any nonsense as he correctly cautions Claudio Yacob who would just not stop screaming in the referee’s face.

That’s a suspension coming up for the WBA number 5.

How stupid!

Yellow Card

GT at 2016-10-22 18:10:44

Another pass back to Foster ends up with more Liverpool possession.

Luke’s tweet below sums it up…

@ConlaundLuke  @youaretheref Trouble for West Brom it could be a long 90 mins for them 1-0 to Liverpool

GT at 2016-10-22 18:07:45

WBA are masters of their own downfall…

Their defensive set up means the first thought is always pass it backwards.

In doing so the ball to Ben Foster is an awkward one to deal with, he slices it up in the air and Countinho takes over from there.

More magic from the Brazilian, and that goal takes Liverpool to the top of the league.

35 minutes

GT at 2016-10-22 18:05:15

GOAL! Coutinho

34 minutes

GT at 2016-10-22 18:04:14

Small foul by Can on Chadli,

Free kick, but nothing else.

Well done again referee.

GT at 2016-10-22 17:59:05

Rondon backs into Lovren, and even from a distance Swarbs doesn’t miss that one.

Correct decision…free kick to Liverpool.

GT at 2016-10-22 17:56:15

Good wait and see from Swarbs this time.

A small foul from Mane, but the ball still went the way WBA wanted…however, no advantage accrued so he brought back play for a free kick to the Baggies.

Good refereeing.

GT at 2016-10-22 17:53:12

Fantastic move by a fluent team.

Coutinho dummies and allows the ball to run to Can, who slides a pass to Firimino.

His first-time pass is right on the foot of Mane, who doesn’t miss those.

Fabulous goal and just what the game needed as WBS will need to attack if they want anything from this one.

Also…one more and Liverpool go top of the league.

20 minutes

GT at 2016-10-22 17:50:45

GOAL! Sadio Mane


GT at 2016-10-22 17:50:04

Hand ball from Fletcher.

Swarbs is right on the spot to see it.

Free kick to The Reds.

GT at 2016-10-22 17:49:13

Foul by Firmino on Dawson.

Well spotted by Swarbs…as is the time-wasting by The Baggies.

GT at 2016-10-22 17:45:20

Whenever Liverpool have the ball 9 WBA run deep to get behind the ball.

That brings more problems for Swarbs as he is having to re-adjust his own positioning.

The areas he may well wish to move into are packed with defenders so he is having to take up unnatural positions.

GT at 2016-10-22 17:41:45

10 minutes gone and no clear chance for either side.

Will this be another case of parking the bus, or will we get a score here today?

Let us know by contacting us on Twitter @youaretheref

GT at 2016-10-22 17:39:43

Very calm and assured so far from our refereeing team.

Swarbs is reading play really well, which means he is close to active play without having to run around like a man possessed.

GT at 2016-10-22 17:35:46

Offside from Darren Cann against WBA.

Good use of the wait-and-see technique.

GT at 2016-10-22 17:33:47

Good call from assistant Richard West.

Mane goes down in the penalty area, but he made contact first with the defender.

Free kick to WBA

GT at 2016-10-22 17:32:55

The game is still to settle, so sensibly, Swarbs is not charging around like a fool.

He’s happy to allow play to happen around him

GT at 2016-10-22 17:30:17

WBA take the kick-off and get us underway…

GT at 2016-10-22 17:22:48

It’s almost time for kick-off at Anfield.

GT at 2016-10-22 17:13:45

As for our officials today…

After last weekend, which brought more controversy and highly questionable refereeing from some of the usual suspects, the PGMOL really needs a quiet week.

With that in mind the weakest of the bunch has been left out of the action this time around in a sensible move to try and steady the ship.

Our refereeing team today is led by Neil Swarbrick.

The 50-year-old Preston whistler is a very popular referee amongst the Select Group and deserves more games than he, and some others, receive.

This is Swarbs’ fifth season on the top list and he is a steady, usually safe, pair of hands.

However, the memories one of today’s sides must send shivers down his spine as it was last year in a game involving West Brom when he sent off the wrong player.

In only the second minute of the game against Man City, Craig Dawson committed a red card offence on City’s Wilfred Bony. Unfortunately for Swarbs he got the wrong man and dismissed Gareth McAuley.

Still, that is condemned to the history books now and Swarbs should concentrate instead on the many good performances he has registered since that day.

He could not wish for better support as he has the best-in-the-business on one of the lines…Darren Cann, who brings a calmness and accuracy which others can only wish for.
Richard West is running the other line and should use Darren as the benchmark against which to measure his own performances.

Making up the team as fourth official is Lee Mason.

Everyone at YATR sends their best wishes to the refereeing team for this one…we hope the ball runs kindly for you all.

GT at 2016-10-22 17:09:13

Hi everyone, and welcome to the second of the today’s live Refcam commentary games.

Following the earlier Bournemouth v Spurs game we now bring for you the clash between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion, being played at Anfield.

The Reds will be hoping to get back to winning ways today after Monday’s bore-draw with fierce rivals Man United.

The problem facing boss Jurgen Klopp could be that West Brom and Man United play the same style of football, with the emphasis on not losing rather than trying to win.

Will the charismatic German have found a way to break down a system which sees the defence packed and a sole player upfront, or will Liverpool’s attacking flair be stifled once again?

Let us know how you think this one will work out by contacting us on Twitter @youaretheref

West Brom come into the game on the back of draw with Spurs, and with a midfielder/striker (Nacer Chadli) in top form.

The big Belgian has already found the net four times this campaign, and poses a real threat to every side he lines up against.

Tony Pulis will be delighted if his side leaves Anfield with a point in the bag, whereas Jurgen Klopp wants to see his Reds push on at the top of the table with all three.

This one has all the pundits guessing, so don’t go anywhere…it could go either way.