WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 21:  Jose Salomon Rondon of West Bromwich Albion scores his sides second goal during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool at The Hawthorns on April 21, 2018 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

4 Things We Learned From Liverpool's Late Collapse Against a Valiant West Brom

Liverpool squandered a two goal lead at the Hawthorns with 10 minutes remaining on Saturday as West Brom stunned the Champions League semi-finalists to secure a point in a 2-2 draw, and inject a much needed air of positivity into the relegation threatened club. 


Goals in either half from Danny Ings and Mohamed Salah appeared to have secured the Reds a comfortable three points on a sunny spring afternoon, but Albion struck back in equal measure with goals from Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon late on.


Here are four things we learned from the Hawthorns on Saturday...

4. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's Transformation Continues

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was forced to settle for a place on the bench for much of the encounter, such is his importance for Liverpool's clash against Roma, but it did not stop him from making his mark in the game despite being handed just 24 minutes.


The midfielder is clearly at home in the centre of the park, driving through the opposition at will and offering Liverpool a dynamism in midfield which they have been lacking for some time. 


The 24-year-old was key in setting up Mohamed Salah for the Reds' second of the afternoon after delivering a tantalising pass which had only one mans name on it, taking his seasons tally to five goals and seven assists - the most prolific campaign of his career to date.

3. There Is Some Fight in Albion Yet

It is likely to be too little too late, but West Brom's grit and determination in successive weeks has lifted the air of dread at the Hawthorns and shown there could be light at the end of the tunnel after all. 


Victory over Manchester United and a fighting spirit to claim a point from two goals down against Liverpool is no easy feat, and the dismissal of throwing in the towel despite their likely relegation is to be admired. 


Darren Moore has rejuvenated the Baggies and it's clear to see they are finally starting to enjoy playing football again with the leash having been unshackled as their fate is now out of their hands. 

2. Mohammed Salah Destined for Player of the Year?

31 Premier League goals. Joint top scorer in a 38 game Premier League season. Three games to go. 


The ceiling continues to rise for Mohamed Salah, although he may have already blown that to smithereens, and there is no telling where it will take him, or Liverpool, but it may just be on the top podium when the PFA Player of the Season is awarded on Sunday evening. 


The Egyptian was uncharacteristically off the pace in front of goal on Saturday as he searched for his 31st league goal, but a deft finish over the top of Ben Foster was all it took to see him stamp his authority on goal scoring charts both domestically and across Europe.  

1. Liverpool's Defensive Rotation Comes at a Price

Liverpool's defensive lapse in the final ten minutes proved costly and was a timely reminder of their inability to comfortably see out games, but it is not representative of the defensive improvement the Reds have made this season. 


Jurgen Klopp made three changes to his back four on Saturday, with their semi-final against Roma on Tuesday in mind, with both Alberto Moreno and Joe Gomez featuring from the off for the first time since March 6 and 17 respectively, and Ragnar Klavan making only his second league start since New Year's day. 


The Reds had kept eight clean sheets in their previous 12 games prior to their trip to the Hawthorns after playing a consistent back four, but the need for fresh legs ultimately came at a price of two points as the lack of game time and match sharpness led to a noticeable drop in quality as the game entered its final, and most crucial stage.