Liverpool streamroll Albion
By Alan Nixon of "Sunday Mirror".
Graeme Souness gave a massive vote of confidence to new-look Liverpool in their chase for the title. The Scottish skipper was back at Anfield before World Cup duty in midweek and he liked what he saw of the side he left 18 months ago for Sampdoria.
"The names may be different bit nothing really changes," he smiled. "The club is still geared to winning championships with their attitude and they way they play. I was impressed by Steve McMahon in particular more so than Jan Molby, although I believe the big man has been brilliant this season."
Player-boss Kenny Dalglish praised his men when he said: "I thought they were magnificent. In the first half we were unlucky on four or five occasions and then went behind, but when we equalised it was just a procession."
Liverpool's star was Paul Walsh, the transfer-listed striker who scored one and set up the other three and yet was not entirely happy with his rewards. "I could have had four," he said. "Ian Rush and I were falling over each other at the end trying to get more goals."
West Brom stole the lead from their first real attack in 38 minutes. Steve Hunt found Garth Crooks with a curling free kick and the striker squeezed in front of Mark Lawrenson to send the header into the corner.
On half-time Walsh wriggled clear of Martyn Bennett in Dalglish style to set up a cross which was cleared only as far as Steve Nicol. The cool Scot blasted his shot into the roof of the net, but even then that thunderbolt hit brave Tony Godden's fingers on the way in.
Walsh pulled a wonder pass out of his box of tricks into Molby's path and the giant Dane slid the decisive 63rd minute goal with help of a deflection. Lawrenson raced from half way past a couple of tired challengers ten minutes later, played a one-two with Walsh, and rounded the 'keeper to score.
Dalglish came on for the final nine minutes and got a first hand view of his successor's skills. Walsh picked up a pass at the edge of the box, and slammed a rising shot into the corner for a thoroughly deserved goal - his eighth in six games.
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