Liverpool held to 1-1 draw at West Brom in EPL

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 2, 2014 at 10:18 am •  Published: February 2, 2014

WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) — Liverpool missed a chance to strengthen its place in the Premier League's top four on Sunday when Kolo Toure gifted West Bromwich Albion an equalizer in a 1-1 draw.

Liverpool took the lead against the run of play when Luis Suarez set up Daniel Sturridge to poke the ball into the net in the 24th minute.

But the winning position was thrown away in the 67th when Toure's slack cross-field clearance went straight to Victor Anichebe, who leveled with a low shot from a central position.

"Sometimes in the past I might have switched off," Anichebe said. "But today I was ready, especially against Liverpool. I was there and I finished it."

The draw pushed West Brom a point clear of the relegation zone.

Liverpool is fourth, three points behind Chelsea, which is at leader Manchester City on Monday.

Sturridge's 50th career league goal — and his 24th in 30 games for Liverpool — in a disjointed first-half performance had put his team on course to retain a four-point cushion over Everton.

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