Ruling Premier League champ Liverpool missed the opportunity to go 5 points clear at the top of the table as West Bromwich Albion restored a precious point for brand-new manager Sam Allardyce in a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Sunday.

It looked a not likely result after Sadio Hair put Liverpool ahead after just 12 minutes with the visitor forced back into its own half for long periods.

However in the 2nd half Albion provided more of a threat and with eight minutes staying, Nigerian international Semi Ajayi increased to head home a cross from Matheus Pereira. It was Ajayi’s first Premier League objective.

Liverpool surged forward looking for a late winner but West Brom keeper Sam Johnstone made a spectacular fingertip save to stay out Roberto Firmino’s header.

Firmino scored the late winner in the previous home clash against Tottenham Hotspur as Liverpool hit the top, however there was to be no repeat.

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Allardyce, who took over from Slaven Bilic at West Brom, has never ever supervised of a relegated side. He has a great record handling teams at Anfield, unbeaten in 4 video games with 3 different clubs, consisting of the last win by a visiting manager with Crystal Palace in April 2017.

Goalkeeping hero Johnstone acknowledged the distinction made by Allardyce because he took charge.

“Everybody knows what the supervisor resembles. He has actually can be found in and things alter really rapidly and the lads are responding to it.

“It is new management, new things and we keep going and think in ourselves,” he informed Sky Sports.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp cut an annoyed figure by the end, especially after the radiance revealed by his side in the 7-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace last weekend.

“West Brom should have the point tonight since we didn’t end up the video game. It is hard to produce. In the end everyone understands and feels we ought to have and might have done much better,” he told Sky Sports.

The result leaves his side three points clear at the top from Merseyside rivals Everton with a host of other clubs in touching range in the middle of a busy vacation run of matches.

Liverpool started the match, the just one played prior to a house crowd with other clubs under coronavirus constraints, in the state of mind for an objective glut. Senegalese star Mane capitalized on a duration of intense pressure by controlling Joel Matip’s sharp pass on his chest prior to firing past Johnstone.

Other objectives might have followed however the Baggies held firm and Liverpool went off the boil, not able to test Johnstone.

West Brom showed a little more ambition after the break and might have leveled when Karlan Grant got in behind youngster Rhys Williams, a second half alternative to the hurt Matip, but Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker rejected him with his legs.

But the indication existed as Ajayi discovered space to direct his equalizer off the woodwork and into the internet.

Earlier, Leeds sealed its place in mid-table as Patrick Bamford’s penalty settled a 1-0 win over Burnley.

Bamford converted from the spot on five minutes after being lowered by the onrushing Nick Pope, his 10th goal of the season.

Burnley felt difficult done by when Ashley Barnes appeared to adjust in the 19th minute. Leeds’ French goalkeeper Illan Meslier came out to claim a high ball but fumbled it after clattering into the back of Burnley’s Ben Mee. Barnes put the dropped ball into the goal however the objective was disallowed as referee Robert Jones called a nasty on Mee and granted a totally free kick to Leeds.

The going to players were outraged that it could not be referred to the video assistant referee since Jones had blown for the foul prior to the ball struck the net.

Meslier, keeping his 5th clean sheet of the season, stayed out a late effort from Barnes to protect 3 points for Marcelo Bielsa’s males.

Sunday’s other afternoon match saw a 2-2 draw in between West Ham and Brighton, with the visitor twice leading at the London Stadium just to be pegged back both times.

Neal Maupay put Brighton deservedly ahead just before halftime but the Hammers matched on the hour mark through Ben Johnson’s first goal for the club.

Lewis Dunk sought to have actually won it for Brighton when he converted following a corner, with West Ham appealing for handball, however Tomas Soucek scored another important goal, his 4th of the season, when he headed home unmarked from a corner.

The outcome leaves Brighton suffering two points clear of the transfer zone with West Ham in 10th.

Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur missed the opportunity to go third in the late kickoff as Romain Saiss scored a late equalizer for Wolves in a 1-1 draw at Molineux.

Tanguy Ndombele put Spurs ahead in the first minute, but the visitor might not claim the three points as Saiss scored with a near post header from a corner.

“A missed out on opportunity,” stated Matt Doherty who joined Tottenham for Wolves in the close season.