Liverpool dropped points at Anfield for the first time this season after conceding an 82nd-minute equaliser to draw 1-1 against lowly West Bromwich Albion today.
The champions looked set to move five points clear — for the biggest lead of their Premier League title defence so far — thanks to Sadio Mane’s 12th-minute goal.
However, what had been a one-sided match changed when Liverpool centre back Joel Matip was forced off injured in the 60th minute.
And from one of West Brom’s half-chances, Semi Ajayi rose above Fabinho to head the ball in off the far post, allowing West Brom to snatch a point despite only enjoying 22 per cent possession.
It was Sam Allardyce’s first away match in charge of West Brom after taking over a team likely to be embroiled in a relegation scrap this season. He is known as a survival specialist and this is the type of battling result “Big Sam” is known to secure, against the odds.
Liverpool has a three-point lead over second-place Everton, its close neighbour on Merseyside. The Reds had won their first seven home matches.