<
>
2015-2016 Barclays Premier League
  • Salomón Rondón (13')
  • Jordon Ibe (23')

Jordon Ibe strikes to earns Liverpool draw at West Bromwich Albion

Liverpool had their minds on Wednesday's Europa League final, but West Brom were still unable to end their Premier League campaign with a win as they drew 1-1 at The Hawthorns.

Jurgen Klopp perhaps gave an indication of what his starting lineup will be against Sevilla in Basle by making 11 changes, with star performers such as Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge not even on the bench.

A disjointed Liverpool made a lacklustre start and fell behind after 13 minutes. Joe Allen, perhaps the only man on duty on Sunday with any hopes of being involved in the forthcoming European showpiece, did his slim chances little good by giving the ball away to Jonathan Leko midway inside his own half.

The teenager weaved his way between three Liverpool defenders before slipping a pass down the right-hand side of the penalty area to Salomon Rondon, who beat goalkeeper Adam Bogdan at his near post with a low shot.

It was a great individual run by 17-year-old Leko, but an even better solo effort from Jordon Ibe brought Liverpool level midway through the first half.

Ibe dummied the ball on the halfway line and embarked on a run down the right-hand touchline. In the absence of any meaningful challenge, he drifted infield, on into the penalty area, and sent a left-foot shot into the far corner of the net.

The two goals were the only noteworthy attempts of a largely forgettable first half which had a typical end-of-season feel to it. Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster made a straightforward save from a tame Sheyi Ojo shot, while Allen and Kevin Stewart were way off target with long-range efforts.

The second half offered marginally more in the way of goalmouth action, mainly at the Liverpool end and primarily involving Rondon.

The Venezuela international striker almost restored West Brom's lead immediately after the break. His glancing header from Craig Gardner's free-kick struck the inside of a post and he put the rebound over the crossbar from a tight angle.

Either side of the hour mark, Rondon first glanced another header wide, this time from a driven Craig Dawson cross, and then saw a shot diverted wide by Bogdan.

In between came a couple of notable moments for Liverpool as Danny Ings made his long-awaited return from the cruciate knee ligament injury suffered in Klopp's first training session in October.

Jordan Henderson was also introduced from the bench, returning from the knee ligament problem he sustained last month and possibly putting himself in the frame for inclusion in Basle on Wednesday.

West Brom applied pressure late in the game but never really looked like making the breakthrough that would have ended their eight-game winless run.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Liverpool 23 +41 60
2 Manchester City 23 +45 56
3 Tottenham Hotspur 23 +25 51
4 Chelsea 23 +21 47
5 Arsenal 23 +16 44
6 Manchester United 23 +13 44
7 Watford 23 0 33
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 23 -4 32
9 Leicester City 23 0 31
10 West Ham United 23 -4 31
11 Everton 23 +1 30
12 AFC Bournemouth 23 -9 30
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 23 -7 26
14 Crystal Palace 23 -9 22
15 Southampton 23 -15 22
16 Burnley 23 -20 22
17 Newcastle United 23 -12 21
18 Cardiff City 23 -25 19
19 Fulham 23 -30 14
20 Huddersfield Town 23 -27 11