Reds End The Season With A Draw

Liverpool picked up a 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns in the final game of their Premier League season. With the league having ended on an average note, Jurgen Klopp will look to take his team to victory in the Europa League final on Wednesday night to secure Liverpool Champions League football next season.

A classy move by West Bromwich Albion was also on show as they installed 96 red seats at The Hawthorns with the names of those who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster. #YNWA
Image via mirror.co.uk: A wonderful tribute to the 96 from West Bromwich Albion

Jordon Ibe's Goal

Jordon Ibe netted his first Premier League goal for the Reds on Sunday afternoon and what a goal it was. Running from practically the halfway line the youngster set his sights on goal and with the West Brom defence backing off, worried to make an approach, Jordon kept his command weaving into the box and scoring the equaliser for Liverpool via a fantastic finish.

Ibe has clearly got talent but he's looked a little off the mark lately when he's featured and I honestly feel that it's been down to a lack of game time. It was nice to see him start today and also bag the goal, he thoroughly deserves it.

Danny Ings' Return and Martin Skrtel's Farewell?

Another positive of today was certainly the return of Danny Ings, he didn't get much chance to make an impression but after suffering a horrible injury it was just great to see him back on the pitch in a Liverpool shirt. That sight was something most Reds didn't expect to see this season. I really hope Ings is in Klopp's future plans, I slated him slightly when we signed him as he wasn't an ambitious enough transfer in my opinion but his efforts in the early games under Brendan Rodgers could not be questioned and I look forward to seeing him next season.

On the flip side of things, could we be saying farewell to Martin Skrtel? It seems that way.

Skrtel has suffered a lot of stick in recent seasons and I'm the first to admit that I wear rose tinted glasses when it comes to defenders. I've always loved Skrtel and he's won me a few quid off first/last goalscoring bets over the years, he's also the player I chose to get on the back of my shirt this season. There won't be many sadder to see him go than myself but whatever your thoughts on Martin, you can't knock what he's given to the club over eight years, a phenomenal service.

The League Season

On the whole, it's not been that brilliant has it? Weirdly, you sit there thinking, would the league position have been any worse under Brendan Rodgers had he seen the season out? Probably not. HOWEVER, Jurgen Klopp has injected a real passion into the side, an energy and style of play that clearly sets this team apart from the one Brendan had forged. After reaching the League Cup final and the Europa League final I think I'm willing to accept a slightly dodgy league season under our new German boss and I am massively excited to see what happens in the transfer window and more importantly for next season!

Stay tuned to The Liver Bird for the Sevilla preview on Tuesday!

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