Brunt makes Liverpool pay double

West Bromwich Albion 2 Liverpool 1: Odemwingie runs amok to win two controversial penalties after injury strikes Dalglish's defence

Three points lost, and a trio of players too, this was one of the darker days of Kenny Dalglish's generally sunny second coming at Liverpool, especially as Steven Gerrard was among the latter. Unlike Glen Johnson and Daniel Agger, who both pulled up lame, Gerrard did not even get on to the pitch, having broken down in training on Friday as he prepared to return from his groin operation. Gerrard was sore enough yesterday for Liverpool to book him in for a scan this week. "He felt a sharp pain, it's not the same injury, but it is in the same area," said Dalglish.

Injuries, however, did not fully account for the way Liverpool were outplayed yesterday as the interloper beat the legend. In defeating the man who replaced him Roy Hodgson gained a small modicum of revenge for the way he was forced out of Anfield earlier this season, not that he said that publicly. More important for the West Bromwich Albion manager, however, was the effect it had on the League table, and will have on his players.

"There's no extra pleasure in beating Liverpool because I made a lot of friends there, but there is pleasure in beating a club we don't beat very often," said Hodgson. Albion last defeated Liverpool in 1981.

Victory lifted Albion four points clear of the bottom three and into a heady 12th place. The fact that they won after trailing with half-an-hour to go should provide a similar lift to their self-belief. For Liverpool, this was a bitter defeat, incurred through two penalties, both won by Peter Odemwingie, both converted by Chris Brunt, and both disputed. The first was conceded by Sotirios Kyrgiakos, who argued he got something on the ball before Odemwingie tumbled; the second by Pepe Reina who complained that the Nigerian had dived over him.

Dalglish was relatively sanguine. "You can discuss penalty decisions as long as you like but you'll never convince someone who holds a different view," he said. Dalglish was more disgruntled about the fact the referee's assistant gave the second decision despite Martin Atkinson being reasonably close. However, given that assistant was Mike Mullarkey, who officiated at the World Cup last summer, Atkinson's deference was understandable. "I thought they were as clear a penalty as you are ever likely to see, if you don't get penalties for that they might as well not exist," said Hodgson

Hodgson and Dalglish exchanged warm greetings pre-match – the Scot does not take personally Hodgson's view that he had no chance of success at Anfield with Dalglish having also applied for the post. The Liverpool fans were less welcoming, displaying a banner that read: "Thanks for the grey hair Roy".

Aside from the £50m front pair the Liverpool team would have been familiar to Hodgson right down to the absence of Gerrard. Almost as significant was the injury suffered by Johnson in the fifth minute – a torn hamstring according to the defender's tweet. Dalglish reshuffled, moving Agger across with Kyrgiakos coming on to play in the centre where he would eventually be given a torrid time by Odemwingie. Sixteen minutes later Agger limped off with a knee problem. Danny Wilson became the Reds third left-back of the day, and was soon booked for hauling back the tricky Odemwingie.

Carroll meanwhile, was getting isolated, frustrated and booked. "You're only here for the drinks," jeered the Albion fans, something he can expect a lot of, thanks to Fabio Capello going public on his "refuelling issues".

In a prosaic first half Martin Skrtel was relieved to see Reina save his misdirected header. The Slovakian returned his radar to head Liverpool in front five minutes after the break, rising above Paul Scharner to meet Raul Meireles' corner.

That prompted Liverpool's best spell but Dirk Kuyt spurned a chance to double their lead before Brunt levelled. Albion's winner followed a long hoofed clearance by Jonas Olsson that Odemwingie beat Kyrgiakos to before winning the second spot-kick. In a frantic finale Scott Carson deniedMeireles and Luis Suarez, Skrtel headed wide and Nicky Shorey cleared off the line from Suarez.

Attendance: 26,196

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Man of the match: Odemwingie

Match rating: 7/10

Life and Style
Small winemakers say the restriction makes it hard to sell overseas
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
A comedy show alumni who has gone on to be a big star, Jon Stewart
tvRival television sketch shows vie for influential alumni
Arts and Entertainment
Carrie Hope Fletcher
booksFirst video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
News
Clare Balding
peopleClare Balding on how women's football is shaking up sport
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Damien Hirst
artCoalition's anti-culture policy and cuts in local authority spending to blame, says academic
Sport
premier leagueMatch report: Arsenal 1 Man United 2
Arts and Entertainment
Kirk Cameron is begging his Facebook fans to give him positive reviews
film
News
i100
Sport
Jonny May scores for England
rugby unionEngland 28 Samoa 9: Wing scores twice to help England record their first win in six
Life and Style
fashionThe Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Arts and Entertainment
Jason goes on a special mission for the queen
tvReview: Everyone loves a CGI Cyclops and the BBC's Saturday night charmer is getting epic
Arts and Entertainment
Jerry Hall (Hand out press photograph provided by jackstanley@theambassadors.com)
theatre
Sport
Tony Bellew (left) and Nathan Cleverly clash at the Echo Arena in Liverpool
boxingLate surge sees Liverpudlian move into world title contention
Voices
Neil Findlay
voicesThe vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Life and Style
food + drinkMeat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
Look what's mushrooming now! Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector

Look what's mushrooming now!

Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

Oeuf quake

Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

Terry Venables column

Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin