West Brom stunned Liverpool with a 3-0 victory The Hawthorns. A superb strike from Zoltan Gera, Peter Odemwingie’s penalty plus a header from Romelu Lukaku made it a bad day for new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who saw his defender Daniel Agger sent off early in the second period.
Albion started brightly and but the first save of note came from West Brom’s Ben Foster, who parried away a powerful 20-yard drive from Suarez who forced the goalkeeper to make another save soon afterwards. The home side came back strongly in the final minutes of the half which culminated in them taking the lead after 42 minutes. James Morrison’s corner was headed away but Gera flashed an unstoppable rising shot past Pepe Reina from 20 yards.
Liverpool started the second half on the offensive but West Brom weathered the initial storm and doubled their lead from the second of two penalties awarded them in the space of six minutes. Agger was sent off for pulling back Shane Long just inside the box only for the striker’s spot-kick to be saved by Reina. But referee Phil Dowd awarded another penalty when Skrtel tripped Long and this time Odemwingie hit the spot-kick past Reina.
After Suarez missed a chance Lukaku added to the lead in the 77th minute. Liam Ridgewell’s lob to the back post was headed in by the on-loan Chelsea forward.
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