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LAST GASP LOSS: West Brom lose to a last minute goal against Liverpool

 

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker headed in a last-minute winner for the visitors as West Brom lost their 20th league game of the season.

The Reds goalkeeper had made his way into the box with his team in the last chance saloon as their Champions League hopes looked to be suffering a blow.

He was left unmarked in the area and had a free header to give the visitors a vital victory in the top four race.

Trent Alexander Arnold whipped in another excellent delivery to give Alisson a simple header, with reports that Gareth Southgate is still planning to leave the right-back out of his Euro 2020 plans.

 

 

Refereeing controversy

 

The Baggies were disallowed a goal from a corner which would have put them 2-1 up when Kyle Bartley tapped in but the flag went up to rule out the strike.

VAR showed the centre back was offside but they deemed Matt Phillips to be obstructing Alisson's view and behind the Liverpool defence.

Baggies fans felt harshly done by after the decision and Sky Sports' Jamie Carragher agreed.

It's not the first time this season that West Brom have been on the end of VAR decisions that cost them.

West Brom had taken the lead in the early stages when Hal Robson Kanu slotted home after exploiting the two young centre backs at the heart of Liverpool's defence.

A flick on fell to Matheus Pereira who released the Welshman to fire an effort past Alisson.

Liverpool were level later in the first half when an instinctive Mohamed Salah strike from outside the area beat Sam Johnstone.

There was more controversy regarding that decision, though.

In the buildup, referee Mike Dean had stopped the game after he had obstructed Fabinho and impacted his ability to play a pass.

Some argued there should have been a drop ball, or that the game shouldn't have been stopped at all.

 

Allardyce says decisions were 'baffling'

 

West Brom manager Sam Allardyce was furious at the refereeing decisions that lead up to Liverpool's eventually win from Alisson heading in late on.

Allardyce picked out the ruled out goal which would have given his team the lead and brandished the decision a disgrace.

"There is no interference with the goalkeeper whatsoever," Allardyce told BBC Sport.

"All those things people say they have to do to stop the goalkeeper saving it. If there was nobody there he still wouldn't have saved it. It's baffling.

"Then you turn to VAR and ask why on earth was that disallowed? If down at Stockley Park they said that's right, then that's nonsense. If they say the referee or the linesman disallowed that goal, it's a disgrace."


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