Liverpool: 5 takeaways from a 2-1 win over West Brom

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Liverpool, Sadio Mane
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Liverpool continue to struggle with taking their chances

Unfortunately, one of the biggest takeaways from this 2-1 win isn’t a positive one. But really, we have to be honest here. It should not have taken Liverpool until the very last minute to net a winner against one of the worst teams and defensive teams in the Premier League.

The Reds had 77 percent possession and 26 shots. They dominated the match, especially after the first half-hour. Yet they could not find the target and missed a few golden opportunities.

Georginio Wijnaldum, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane are three important attacking-minded players. Among them, they had 7 of Liverpool’s 26 shots. Yet none of their attempts were on target. Firmino at least hit the post on one snapshot chance, but Mane squandered more opportunities and continues to struggle mightily with his efficiency in front of goal.

The good news is that Liverpool are creating chances. But the Reds may need to search for answers this summer when it comes to boosting their efficiency in front of goal. Relying on Golden Boot candidate Mohamed Salah to carry the goal-scoring is not a winning strategy with Manchester City returning to their peak powers. There’s a reason why this squad struggles so much against easier opponents like West Brom; they don’t take their chances.