Liverpool were deservedly pegged back by a well-drilled West Brom on Sunday in the Premier League.
There were no surprises in Sam Allardyce’s set-up, with his side happy to concede possession and dropping into a low block which often resembled a 6-4-0 formation.
But it was not enough to stifle the predatory instincts of Sadio Mane who controlled Joel Matip’s chipped pass on his chest before volleying into the bottom corner in the 12th minute.
That was to be Liverpool’s sole shot on target in the first half despite boasting over 80 per cent possession.
Karlan Grant had a golden opportunity to level the scores in the second half, getting the better of second-half substitute Rhys Williams – on for the injured Joel Matip – before Semi Ajayi headed home seven minutes from time.
It was a goal which looked to be coming since the break, the Baggies much improved after Allardyce’s half-time team talk, and earns the new manager his first point since being appointed.