Football: Roberto Firmino on target as Liverpool strengthen their push for a top-four place

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates his team's win against West Bromwich Albion.
Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates his team's win against West Bromwich Albion. PHOTO: EPA

ENGLAND (REUTERS) - Liverpool reclaimed third spot in the Premier League after Roberto Firmino's header sealed a hard-fought 1-0 victory against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

West Brom created the best chances in a largely uneventful first half before Firmino nodded home Lucas' flick on to register his 11th league goal of the season just before the break.

The visitors could have extended their lead after half-time but James Milner blazed a glorious opportunity over the bar, and Divock Origi had a goal ruled out for offside.

Simon Mignolet made a crucial late save to deny Matt Phillips but as West Brom piled on the pressure in the closing stages, Alberto Moreno missed an open goal after Ben Foster had come up for a corner.

Liverpool have 66 points from 33 games, although they have played one more game than Manchester City who sit two points adrift in fourth.

West Brom, meanwhile, lie eighth with 44 points.