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Luis Suarez takes a shot. Clearance made by Nicky Shorey.
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save by Scott Carson.
Inswinging corner taken by Raul Meireles from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Gonzalo Jara.
Shot from 12 yards from Andrew Carroll. Blocked by Steven Reid.
Foul by Gonzalo Jara on Luis Suarez, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
Corner taken by Raul Meireles from the left by-line played to the near post, Headed effort on goal by Martin Skrtel from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
Raul Meireles takes a shot. Save made by Scott Carson.
Peter Odemwingie provided the assist for the goal.
Jose Reina goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Jose Reina gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Peter Odemwingie. Chris Brunt scores a power penalty. West Brom 2-1 Liverpool.
The referee shows Jerome Thomas a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Joe Cole on for Dirk Kuyt. Jerome Thomas concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Skrtel. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
Jerome Thomas takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
The official flags Luis Suarez offside. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Carson.
Nicky Shorey delivers the ball.
Paul Scharner produces a cross, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
Centre by Paul Scharner.
Peter Odemwingie has a drilled shot. Blocked by Martin Skrtel.
Peter Odemwingie has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Peter Odemwingie has a drilled shot. Blocked by Jamie Carragher.
(West Brom) makes a substitution, with Marc-Antoine Fortune coming on for Simon Cox. Dirk Kuyt challenges Youssouf Mulumbu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Carson takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Nicky Shorey, Jamie Carragher makes a clearance.
The offside flag is raised against Luis Suarez. Scott Carson takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Luis Suarez by Steven Reid results in a free kick. Raul Meireles crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by Nicky Shorey.
Raul Meireles has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
Effort from 18 yards by Peter Odemwingie. Save by Jose Reina.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sotirios Kyrgiakos on Simon Cox. Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Brunt, save by Jose Reina.
Corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles, Paul Scharner manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Luis Suarez, Jonas Olsson gets a block in.
Sotirios Kyrgiakos concedes a Penalty for a foul on Peter Odemwingie. Power penalty scored by Chris Brunt. West Brom 1-1 Liverpool.
Youssouf Mulumbu takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Scharner.
Nicky Shorey delivers the ball, clearance made by Danny Wilson.
Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Save made by Scott Carson.
Luis Suarez concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Olsson. Scott Carson takes the free kick.
Shot from just outside the area by Simon Cox goes over the bar.
Goal scored by Martin Skrtel from inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. West Brom 0-1 Liverpool.Corner taken by Raul Meireles, Raul Meireles provided the assist for the goal.
Shot from 20 yards from Andrew Carroll. Save made by Scott Carson.
Danny Wilson sends in a cross, save by Scott Carson.
Peter Odemwingie crosses the ball, clearance made by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
Shot by Simon Cox from 18 yards. Save made by Jose Reina.
The ball is crossed by Danny Wilson.
Shot by Chris Brunt. Save by Jose Reina.
The referee blows for offside against Youssouf Mulumbu. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
Danny Wilson goes into the referee's book. Danny Wilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Odemwingie. Direct free kick taken by Simon Cox.
Jerome Thomas crosses the ball, clearance made by Danny Wilson.
Shot on goal by Peter Odemwingie from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
The ball is crossed by Steven Reid.
The ball is swung over by Chris Brunt.
The referee blows for offside against Luis Suarez. Abdoulaye Meite takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is crossed by Jerome Thomas, save by Jose Reina.
Shot by Peter Odemwingie. Save by Jose Reina.
Leiva Lucas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Scharner. Chris Brunt takes the free kick.
Andrew Carroll gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Scharner. Jonas Olsson takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Steven Reid, Paul Scharner concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Carragher. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Abdoulaye Meite by Andrew Carroll results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jonas Olsson.
Peter Odemwingie produces a cross, clearance by Raul Meireles.
Andrew Carroll goes into the book. Andrew Carroll gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Reid. Scott Carson takes the free kick.
Paul Scharner is booked. Paul Scharner challenges Jay Spearing unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Carroll by Jonas Olsson. Raul Meireles takes the free kick.
Danny Wilson is brought on as a substitute for Daniel Agger.
Leiva Lucas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Odemwingie. Chris Brunt has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save made by Jose Reina.
A cross is delivered by Peter Odemwingie, clearance by Martin Skrtel.
Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Dirk Kuyt goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Unfair challenge on Andrew Carroll by Abdoulaye Meite results in a free kick. Leiva Lucas restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jerome Thomas by Dirk Kuyt. Jonas Olsson takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Jay Spearing, save by Scott Carson.
Simon Cox takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Skrtel.
Daniel Agger gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Odemwingie. Free kick crossed by Chris Brunt, save by Jose Reina.
A cross is delivered by Luis Suarez, clearance made by Jonas Olsson.
Paul Scharner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Carroll. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
Unfair challenge on Simon Cox by Dirk Kuyt results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Brunt.
Sotirios Kyrgiakos joins the action as a substitute, replacing Glen Johnson.
Chris Brunt sends in a cross.
Raul Meireles produces a cross.
Dirk Kuyt takes a shot.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Raul Meireles, Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Scott Carson makes a save.
Jay Spearing fouled by Youssouf Mulumbu, the ref awards a free kick. Leiva Lucas takes the free kick.
Centre by Andrew Carroll, Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save made by Scott Carson.
Hodgson: Dalglish loomed large
Roy Hodgson claims the presence of Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool during his time at the club meant it "wasn't easy" managing the Anfield side.
Hodgson, who is now the head coach at West Brom, was sacked as Liverpool boss following six months in charge, after being appointed on a three-year contract.
Speaking before the visit of his old club to The Hawthorns on Saturday, Hodgson said Dalglish's achievements loomed large over his tenure and were made more pertinent by the fact he was appointed at the expense of the former Scottish international.
"It's difficult to compete with icons," he said.
"I came to the right club, perhaps I didn't come at the right time because Kenny did make it clear at that time that he wanted the job.
"The people who were making the decisions at that time decided to go for me, and as a result that left Kenny in a difficult position because he is one who wanted the job.
"So when things didn't go well, having him in the background wasn't easy and wouldn't have been easy for any coach."
However, Hodgson added this scenario was by no means exclusive to Liverpool.
He said: "That happens at virtually every football club, to be quite honest. There's always someone in the wings who's a little bit of an icon and who's ready to take over if the results don't go that way."
Hodgson was keen to stress his sole motivation ahead of Saturday`s clash lies with keeping West Brom in the Premier League, rather than proving a point to his previous employers.
"There is no vindication factor at all," he said.
"I enjoyed my time at Liverpool, well, I say I enjoyed my time, that would probably not be strictly true.
"I was treated correctly in every respect and by everyone at the club."
The former Fulham boss never had the full support of the fans at Liverpool, who made their disappointment clear on a number of occasions.
For this reason, Hodgson said he is unsure of the reception he will get from the travelling supporters on Saturday.
He said: "The reaction to my appointment from a large body of the fans was not positive so I don't know if that would have changed now I'm no longer there.
"Whatever the reaction is, we as managers have to accept that and get on with it."
Hodgson will be without Somen Tchoyi who remained in Cameroon after his wife fell ill while he was on international duty last week.
Fellow midfielder Graham Dorrans will also be absent as he continues to recover from an ankle injury.
Speaking ahead of The Hawthorns clash, Dalglish insists predecessor Hodgson has nothing to prove.
"Roy hasn't got anything to prove to anybody," said Dalglish, who was keen to play down any hype surrounding the personal battle on the touchline.
"If you say he has extra motivation then you are doubting the man's integrity and implying he never had enough motivation before.
"It's Liverpool versus West Brom and we'll face a team that has been prepared by Roy.
"I don't have a problem with that. It'll be nice to see him and say hello again.
"I have great respect for him, as I said when I came in here, and that isn't going to change because we are playing against each other.
"For me, whatever happens will happen on the pitch."
Dalglish has allowed Liverpool to play with more freedom than they had under Hodgson while, conversely, West Brom have tightened up since they replaced Roberto Di Matteo and his brand of attacking football.
But the Reds boss said it was only natural that each manager stuck to the methods which had brought them previous success.
"Roy brings his own style of management to the club - the same as Roberto did and the same I did here - and they have done well since he went in there," said Dalglish.
"There is no point in going into West Brom and trying to be someone else. Roy is himself and has done very well in football.
"Everyone knows he is an excellent coach. I am sure he had plenty of offers to go back into football (after leaving Liverpool) and I am sure he always will do.
"We know how they will play so it's up to us to be better than them on the day."
The international break has been good to the club in several ways as striker Andy Carroll scored his first England goal while none of the players who played for their countries reported any injuries on their return.
It also gave injured captain Steven Gerrard the time to recover from groin surgery and put himself into contention against Albion.
Brunt on the spot for Albion
Chris Brunt's second-half penalty double enabled West Brom to win the battle of Liverpool managers past and present at The Hawthorns.
Current Reds manager Kenny Dalglish saw Martin Skrtel head his side in front five minutes into the second half.
But his predecessor, Roy Hodgson, was indebted to Brunt for initially levelling matters from the spot and then scoring the 88th-minute winner to make it 2-1.
Albion were worthy of their victory and are now unbeaten in five games under Hodgson.
They had the game's most potent attacker in Peter Odemwingie while Youssouf Mulumbu anchored the midfield effectively.
Luis Suarez again showed flashes of his quality for the Reds but Andy Carroll had a quiet game after scoring his first England goal in midweek against Ghana.
Liverpool were the first to settle and almost went ahead after two minutes.
Carroll won a header from a Paul Meireles corner and the ball fell to Dirk Kuyt whose close-range effort was blocked by Scott Carson.
Kuyt was first to react to the rebound and his shot clipped the top of the bar.
Carroll appealed in vain for a penalty after a challenge by Baggies central defender Jonas Olsson.
Liverpool suffered a setback after six minutes when Glen Johnson pulled up with a hamstring injury when trying to close down Brunt.
He was replaced by Sotirios Kyrgiakos who went into the middle of the back four with Daniel Agger replacing Johnson at left-back.
Kuyt dragged a low shot wide after Suarez had turned the ball into his path.
Brunt tried to catch Jose Reina out with a low 35-yard free-kick but the keeper was alert to the situation.
Liverpool received another injury blow after 25 minutes when Agger hobbled off with what appeared to be a knee setback to be replaced by Danny Wilson in a straight swap at left-back.
Paul Scharner became the first player to be yellow carded after 27 minutes for a foul on Jay Spearing.
Carroll followed him into Martin Atkinson's notebook late after a challenge on Steven Reid inside the Baggies box.
Reina was brought into meaningful action for the first time to cling on to a Reid header from Brunt's deep free-kick.
Wilson was yellow carded after bringing down Odemwingie two minutes before the interval.
Albion began the second half brightly and Reina parried away a well-struck drive from Cox.
But Liverpool broke the deadlock after 50 minutes through Skrtel's second goal of the season.
Carroll won a corner after his shot on the turn was tipped over by Carson at full stretch but he was well beaten by Skrtel's header from the resulting cross by Meireles after he had outjumped Scharner.
Carson then had to be alert to block a swerving shot from Kuyt after he had ran unopposed into the Albion box.
The home side tried to regroup and Reina went down to hold Brunt's left-footed shot.
Then after 62 minutes Brunt brought Albion level from the penalty spot.
Kyrgiakos was adjudged to have brought down the impressive Odemwingie inside the box and Brunt sent Reina the wrong way from the spot.
It was the third goal of the campaign for the Northern Ireland international.
Odemwingie was a constant menace to Liverpool and Reina did well to turn aside a fierce drive.
Hodgson made his first substitution after 74 minutes with Marc-Antoine Fortune replacing Cox.
Liverpool skipper Jamie Carragher made a crucial block on Odemwingie's powerful shot.
Then Odemwingie flashed a shot across the face of goal after being found in space by Fortune.
A minute late Brunt put the Baggies ahead with his second penalty of the game.
Odemwingie shook off the challenge of Kyrgiakos and then was brought by Reina.
Up stepped Brunt to hammer the spot-kick past Reina.
In injury-time Nicky Shorey headed off the line from Suarez.
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