Roberto Firmino scored his 11th Premier League goal of the season
Roberto Firmino’s goal on the stroke of half-time was enough to send Liverpool back above Manchester City into third and Klopp said: “This win was absolutely huge. This was a really difficult game. It’s one of the toughest places to come to because you can’t feel comfortable for one minute.
“Somebody asked me which scoreline would have kept me a little calmer in the last few minutes and I said that only 4-0 after 86 minutes would have maybe made me feel it was done.
“I hope no one is surprised [at the win]. I don’t think our celebrations were crazy. But, yes, I’m very happy with that.”
West Brom manager Tony Pulis had not lost any of his previous eight home games against Liverpool. And it needed a brilliant late save from Simon Mignolet to make sure of the points.
Just as he had done last week against Stoke, the Belgian earned his money with a superb block nine minutes from time. Again, it was with his legs to deny Matt Phillips as he charged through and was left with just the keeper to beat. Phillips was favourite but Mignolet had other ideas and sent the ball ricocheting away off his legs.
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“Simon Mignolet was really good again,” said Klopp. “It doesn’t look that spectacular but he was on the front foot again.
“And I can understand why Tony Pulis has such a good record. I’d no idea it was so long. I thought we won here last year but it was a draw. West Brom make it very difficult for teams. They use the threat of how good they are at set-pieces to then go and play football.”
Pulis was left cursing missed chances and said: “We’ve had three really good opportunities where I would have expected them to score but you can’t criticise. Their keeper made a very good save near the end but Matty should have done better with it.”
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Liverpool were struggling to make any kind of real headway as half-time approached, with the home side rigidly keeping as many players behind the ball as possible.
Fans had to wait until the 33rd minute for the first shot on goal but Divock Origi’s weak effort was easily saved by Ben Foster. And supporters were soon left wondering how on earth Nacer Chadli had completely failed to connect with a 23rd-minute cross from Phillips which looked to have goal written all over it.
Jurgen Klopp's side moved back into third in the table
Chadli, just two or three yards out, made no contact, with replays proving Firmino had got the faintest of touches on the ball to change its direction.
Then Firmino got an even more crucial touch – arriving at the far post with perfect timing to head home after Lucas had made the most of an under hit free-kick from James Milner. Lucas threw himself at it on the edge of the box and somehow managed to loop a header over to where Firmino was waiting.
Albion threw everything at them in the closing stages as they tried to grab something from the game. Even goalkeeper Ben Foster was hurling himself at things.
But West Brom have now failed to score in their last four games and Pulis added: “We’ve been fantastic and it’s not as though we’re not creating chances. We’re still eighth in the Premier League with a handful of games to go, so we’re not doing too badly.”