Funnily enough the duo were never managed by Hodgson during his ill-fated spell in the Anfield dugout with his predecessor Kenny Dalglish bringing both players to Merseyside. They were on hand to secure victory and make sure the Reds didn’t draw for third consecutive game and keep them within touching distance of the top four. The Baggies failed to match their opponents for most of the game as they continue to flounder in front of goal in front of their own supporters. Despite winning away at Aston Villa last week they just couldn’t get into a reasonable flow against the Reds. Somen Tchoyi had their best chance of the game but failed to hit the back of the neat meaning Albion have scored just three times at home this season. The loss of Shane Long to injury didn’t help whilst Peter Odemwingie continues his search for form after a lacklustre start to the campaign. Liverpool had no trouble getting off the mark in this late kick-off and they should have left the Midlands with at least three or four.
With the hosts sitting deep Liverpool were able to ping the ball around the Hawthorns pitch with Adam given time and space to exercise his abilities as a crisp passer of the football. He showed his composure from the penalty spot also as he slotted home from the spot after nine minutes. Luis Suarez was felled by a clumsy tackle from Jerome Thomas with assistant referee Gary Beswick flagging after referee Lee Mason didn’t seem to acknowledge the Uruguayans tumble in the penalty area. Despite the boo’s Mason concurred with his assistant and Adam dispatched the penalty without hesitation to give Liverpool the lead. West Brom were toothless in attack and didn’t create a viable chance until the 40th minute although Pepe Reina remained untested in the away goal as Odemwingie failed to connect with Tchoyi’s cross.
It proved costly as Dalglish’s side doubled their advantage courtesy of their £35 million record signing. Carroll has endured a slow start to his Anfield career but he finally looks to be adapting to Liverpool’s style of play. His partnership with Suarez is also beginning to blossom and the two combined to make it 2-0. The former Ajax striker swept a cross in from the right that Carroll controlled with his left before lashing the ball past Ben Foster. That seemed to spur Albion on with Hodgson seemingly offering some inspiring words at the break as they came out intent on clawing back an early goal. However they just couldn’t find a way past the visiting defence with Tchoyi wasting a golden opportunity screwing a shot wide of Reina’s right hand post. Liverpool then continued where they left off in the first half with Suarez only denied by a superb block by Jonas Olsson after Adam released him with a superb through ball. Foster was then on hand to deny former Newcastle pair Carroll and Jose Enrique before Stewart Downing struck the post late on.