Gary Lineker reacts to Liverpool's 1-0 win at West Brom

  • Gary Lineker reacts to Liverpool's 1-0 win at West Brom

Gary Lineker reacts to Liverpool's 1-0 win at West Brom

"It is not about football, but they play football too".

Roberto Firmino's 11th Premier League goal of the season kept Jurgen Klopp's team on course for a top-four finish, while Mignolet was rarely threatened in the away goal.

Liverpool could still be passed by Manchester City if they win their game in hand but they hold a healthy lead over Everton, Manchester United and Arsenal.

Much of the talk in the build-up to Sunday's game focused on West Brom and Liverpool's relative strength and weakness at set pieces.

Coutinho - less than a minute later - sidefooted a volley wide of goal, before Hal Robson-Kanu hit a tame effort straight at Simon Mignolet after making space for himself.

Firmino - back in the Reds' starting line-up along with Philippe Coutinho - converted James Milner's free-kick, via a flick-on from Lucas Leiva, in stoppage time at the end of the first period to move Jürgen Klopp's side back into third place in the standings.

Georginio Wijnaldum slid a nicely weighted pass into Firmino's path and the goalscorer chipped across the West Brom box, where Milner charged forward from left-back to volley over.

Pulis' men would go no closer to getting on terms - the Arsenal win before last month's global break standing as the only game in the last seven where they have found the net.

West Brom's dour form in front of goal meant Liverpool were scarcely tested until 10 minutes from time.

In second-half stoppage time, West Brom sent goalkeeper Ben Foster up for a corner but Liverpool claimed possession.

The 1-0 win leaves Liverpool on 66 points and puts them in a strong position to clinch a top-four spot.

"Out of ten? After today I would say 9.5", he said, when asked to rate Liverpool's chances of grabbing Champions League football.

Liverpool have just five league games remaining this season.