Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted West Brom deserved a 1-1 draw in the Premier League game at Anfield on Sunday.
The Reds dominated the first half to a scandalous degree and took the lead through Sadio Mane.
A second goal continued to elude the hosts and they were punished after the break when Semi Ajayi tied for the guests.
“I don’t think anyone can expect a team to play like West Brom in the first half, like a 6-4 [formation] or whatever. I thought we did well, ”the former Borussia Dortmund told Sky Sports. “In the second half we did not do the same again, they had like three counterattacks, too many corners. It’s our fault and that’s why it’s just one point instead of three.
“It is an incredible challenge to stay active, to be alive when you constantly face 10 men. To be fair, West Brom did its job in 90 minutes.
“West Brom deserved the point tonight because we didn’t finish the game. It is difficult to create. In the end, everyone knows and feels that we should have done better tonight.
“They played differently against Villa. Today, it was clear that it would be defensive and set pieces. When the game clicks, you can’t plan to click, you just have to push yourself. “
Klopp admits that it is a fixture that the Anfield club will seek to leave behind.
“We play, we cross the ball and instead of moving we don’t change,” he said. “It is not a game that we will talk about in 20 years, but it is a game that we have to play and we don’t play the way we could.”
Liverpool continue to lead the standings, although their lead over Everton is now just three points. Meanwhile, Manchester United and Manchester City can move into attacking distance if they can win their respective matches at hand.
Meanwhile, Klopp’s men return to action on Wednesday when they play their final match of 2020 against Newcastle at St James’ Park.
After that, they will face Southampton on January 4 at St Mary’s.