The chase for Champions League places is heating up and Liverpool moved into third place, taking all three points at the The Hawthorns. Liverpool beat West Bromwich Albion 0-1, finally beating a Tony Pulis coached home side.

This was a hard-fought win against a disciplined side that challenged the Reds physically as West Brom dared Liverpool to break them down.

Liverpool summoned the required grit and graft to win their second  game in a row away from home as the top of the table is beginning to narrow even more than anticipated. It was an ugly win when it was needed most.

West From have been a bit of a bogey team for the Reds in recent years but this trip to the Midlands showed Liverpool’s refusal to stumble. There was a deeper sense of purpose on display. Gone were the mad mistakes of the past few weeks. Liverpool limited mental mistakes and unnecessary set-piece give aways. In fact, they were the ones to score on a clever flick on from a dead ball situation, when Roberto Firmino dashed and nodded it home on the back post.

They would weather the eventual waves of late Baggies aerial assaults. At no point did this group ever let up and most importantly they won their battles.

In truth, the Reds should have put this match away on more than one occasion but they hung on nevertheless. With steely determination, they gathered the precious points to overleap Manchester City by a point.

Here are four findings from the match.

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