Mohamed Salah’s record-equalling 31st Premier League goal of the season was only enough to secure a share of the spoils for Liverpool as the Reds allowed basement-dwelling West Bromwich Albion to come back from a two-goal deficit to force a 2-2 draw at the Hawthorns Stadium on Saturday.
Danny Ings’ first goal in a Liverpool jersey in two-and-a-half years had given the visitors the lead in the 4th minute as Jurgen Klopp rotated his squad with a UEFA Champions League semi-final with Roma looming large on the horizon.
Roberto Firmino, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Andy Robertson were among the regulars who were on the bench but with Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson featuring, there was plenty of quality in the Merseysiders’ starting XI on the night.
They controlled the early proceedings but found it difficult to extend their lead against a side that had humbled the mighty Manchester United at home last week.
At half-time, Klopp’s men had the lead but only just as the Baggies had threatened intermittently on the counter in the opening 45 minutes.
Salah would, as is his wont, score in the 72nd minute to seemingly ensure the three points for the Reds, but it was not to be as a stirring comeback ensured the Baggies would get a well-earned point.
Jake Livermore pulled one back for the hosts in the 79th minute and as Klopp took off the prolific Salah for Dejan Lovren to see the game out, the stage was set for a nervy ending.
In the end, the Baggies’ pressure paid off as Salomon Rondon headed in the equaliser two minutes from time to keep their hopes of survival alive.
Liverpool remain in third spot, four behind Manchester United, who have a game in hand while the Reds are now just three points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, who also have a game in hand.