London - Adam Lallana opened his Liverpool account in style as Brendan
Rodgers's side claimed a first win in four Premier League games by
edging West Bromwich Albion 2-1 on Saturday.
Lallana scored his
first Liverpool goal since signing from Southampton on the stroke of
half-time at Anfield after a darting run and a neat exchange with Jordan
Saido Berahino equalised from the penalty spot in the
56th minute, but Raheem Sterling teed up Henderson for what proved to be
the decisive goal five minutes later.
Henderson's strike enabled
Liverpool to bounce back from their mid-week defeat by Basel in the
Champions League and saw them provisionally climb to sixth place in the
Rodgers brought Rickie Lambert into his starting XI in
place of Mario Balotelli and saw his side make an enterprising start,
with West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster obliged to save from Lallana and
Inspired by Berahino, who saw a rasping shot parried by
Simon Mignolet before heading over, West Brom came back into the game,
only for Lallana to put Liverpool ahead in the 45th minute.
wriggling away from three defenders, the England midfielder poked the
ball to Henderson, whose clever back-heel freed Lallana to arrow a
left-foot drive into the bottom-right corner.
Mignolet the wrong way from the penalty spot 11 minutes into the second
half after Dejan Lovren was penalised for a foul on the West Brom
striker that appeared to take place just outside the area.
minutes later, Sterling shuffled into the visitors' box and steered the
ball back for Henderson, who swept a low, first-time shot past England
colleague Foster.- Cisse spares Newcastle -
Saturday, champions Manchester City will attempt to close to within two
points of leaders Chelsea when they visit Aston Villa.
Chelsea host Arsenal on Sunday, while second-place Southampton visit Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United tackle Everton.
striker Papiss Cisse prevented Newcastle United from slipping to a
third consecutive away defeat by scoring a brace as his side twice hit
back to draw 2-2 at Swansea City.
Swansea midfielder Gylfi
Sigurdsson set up goals for Wilfried Bony and Wayne Routledge early in
each half, but Cisse replied on each occasion to buy beleaguered
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew some breathing space.
striker Steven Fletcher scored his first goals of 2014 as Sunderland
belatedly registered their first win of the campaign with a 3-1 victory
at home to Stoke City.
Connor Wickham's fourth-minute header for
Sunderland was cancelled out by Charlie Adam's low strike in the 15th
minute, but Fletcher struck either side of half-time to send Gus Poyet's
side up to 11th place.
Substitute Ross Wallace scored a dramatic
96th-minute equaliser to earn Burnley a 2-2 draw at fellow promoted side
Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez teed up Jeffrey
Schlupp to put Leicester ahead and then restored the hosts' lead after
Michael Kightly had equalised in the 39th minute, but Wallace curled
home deep into stoppage time.