Despite only having 32% of of the game's possession, West Bromwich Albion battled admirably in the second half against a Liverpool side who looked on top form for the majority of the contest.
West Brom fans who made the trip to the north-west may feel slightly disappointed with their team's showing, as they did not see a shot on goal until Gareth McAuley's late consolation after a Chris Brunt set-piece.
The result leaves West Brom in 13th position in the Premier League table, with 10 points from their first nine games.
Here's how Tony Pulis' players rated in their 2-1 defeat at Anfield.
GK: Ben Foster (7/10) - West Brom would have conceded more than the two goals if it were not for the presence of Foster, who saved from Roberto Firmino and Dejan Lovren to deny almost certain goals.
West Brom's best performer, the erratic dealing of the pass that led to Liverpool's second goal was Foster's only justifiable criticism.
RB: Craig Dawson (6/10) - Dawson was at fault for the game's opener, as he was caught ball-watching whilst being dragged away from his marking of Firmino - allowing the Brazilian the space to pick out scorer Sadio Mane.
CB: Gareth McAuley (6/10) - Despite scoring West Brom's goal towards the end of the encounter, McAuley was part of a defence that struggled to cope with LIverpool's fluidity in attack, demonstrated by ending up on the ground, alongside Dawson, after being turned inside out by Philippe Coutinho's goal.
CB: Jonas Olsson (6/10) - Like McAuley, Olsson found defensive duties a tough task against the likes of Coutinho, Firmino, Mane and Adam Lallana.
LB: Allan Nyom (5/10) - The deadline day signing from Watford was placed out of position at left-back - and it showed. Nyom experienced a tricky 90 minutes trying to keep Nathaniel Clyne and Mane, amongst others, at bay.
DM: Claudio Yacob (4/10) - Yacob had a poor first half, including being booked and loose in possession, before being substituted at half-time for Chris Brunt (6/10), who made much more of an impact and was influential in West Brom's consolation goal.
DM: Darren Fletcher (6/10) - Fletcher looked a shadow of his former self - and below par from his usual self - as he failed to get West Brom's midfield going. His effort and professionalism can never be faulted though.
RM: Matt Phillips (5/10) - Played as a make-shift right-back, but not by design. Subbed for James Morrison (6/10) just after half-time, as West Brom tried to get a grasp on the game and see more of the ball.
LM: James McClean (5/10) - Failed to provide the forward line with any decent service and, like Phillips on the opposite flank, spent a large part of the game tracking Liverpool's runners from midfield and full-back areas. Replaced by forward Hal Robson-Kanu (6/10) just after the hour mark.
AM: Nacir Chadli (6/10) - West Brom's most talented player was not able to impact on the contest, as Liverpool's energy and pressing game prevented Chadli's team mates from providing the former Tottenham Hotspur player with the required service.
CF: Solomon Rondon (5/10) - Rondon struggled to have any impact on the game, despite being paired with Robson-Kanu in a two-man attack for the final third of the game.
Manager Tony Pullis would have hoped for more from his centre-forward, who didn't cause Liverpool's back line pair of Lovren and Joel Matip any major problems.
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