High drama as Liverpool dumped out of FA Cup by West Brom

Salomon Rondon of West Bromwich Albion during the Premier League match between Everton and West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park

Jay Rodriguez buried a first-time shot from the edge of the penalty area past Simon Mignolet, and got his second four minutes later to leave Anfield stunned.

There will be two talking points from the game - Liverpool's defence, and the VAR.

But scarcely a minute later, West Brom were leve when Rodriguez thumped home an equaliser from the top of the box.

With the Baggies already 2-1 up, they had a third "goal" chalked off by VAR, which is being trialled in English Cup competitions this season, when referee Craig Pawson ruled out Craig Dawson's effort from a corner after using the system to determine that Gareth Barry was offside and interfering with play.

Liverpool were awarded a penalty after another VAR review three minutes later, but Firmino missed from the spot, and Joel Matip's own goal just before the interval ultimately proved decisive despite a second-half Mohamed Salah strike.

But at the end of an action-packed first half, which also included four goals and two lengthy delays for injuries and substitutions, the fourth official held up four minutes of added time.


Three minutes later Salah was pulled back by Jake Livermore and - having not been satisfied with the information he received in his earpiece - Pawson made his way to the tunnel to view the television screen.

Liverpool's lead lasted little more than a minute, though.

West Brom persisted to impress as Liverpool were prevented from grabbing any sort of hold over the flow of play.

As the game drew closer to a close, West Brom returned to their defensive roles with all players sitting deep, hoping to see the game out.

Liverpool eventually found their lucky break in the 77th minute through Salah, who was found with the ball just outside the six-yard box after a half hearted cross from the right.

Liverpool FC will be aiming to put on a show and book their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup with victory over the Baggies on Saturday night.

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