Well, that was a bad start to the new League Season.
Three goals conceded, Agger sent off and Joe Cole limping off injured again.
I was afraid that an excellent coach in Steve Clarke would do us and do us he did.
Brendan Rodger’s Liverpool had a good pre-season with two wins over FC Gomel in the Europa League and victory over Sammi’s Bayer Leverkusen.
But that all counted for nothing after today’s result at the Hawthorns.
Yes, we dominated the first-half with some slick passing and movement.
Yes, Joe Allen was at the heart of our midfield & had a fine debut.
But, Liverpool’s wastefulness in front of goal cost us dearly.
Luis Suarez is a fine player but, at times, he misses glaring chances at goal.
I think he had five attempts in total, with only one bringing out a save from the West Bromwich keeper early in the first-half.
Referree Phil Dowd had a poor game awarding two penalties which should never have been given and the sending-off was very harsh and it changed the nature of the game.
The only criticism I would make of Brendan Rodgers was the taking off of Lucas in the second-half.
Up to that point, we were competing well at midfield, but once the hardy Brazilian went off, we were over-ran in the middle of the park and but for some fines saves by Pepe Reina, the scoreline would have been alot worse.
So, if we are not going to sell Andy Carroll, we need a new striker to finally replace Torres upfront.
Darren Bent at Villa was mentioned today, good option.
There must be others out there who could come to Liverpool and crack the goals in because we do need a new striker.