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Andrew Robertson accepted Liverpool got it wrong against Sam Allardyce’s West Brom as they slipped up after Christmas.
Despite getting an eight-day break before taking on the relegation-threatened Baggies, the reigning champions were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield.
Liverpool dominated possession in the first period, with West Brom hardly getting near Alisson’s goal.
But the one-goal lead always looked precarious after the break, and the Baggies made their patience count.
Semi Ajayi popped up with a headed equaliser 10 minutes from time, and a late tip round the post from Sam Johnstone after a Roberto Firmino header was as close as Liverpool got to a winner.
"Once you start going slack you get what you deserve,” Robertson admitted after the game.
“They came here with a game plan, they were happy with one-nil at half-time.
“When you come up against a Sam Allardyce team they want to stay in it as long as they can and take the once chance they get. And they done that. They got what they deserved and we got what we deserved.
“First half was good, we dominated the ball, counter-press, counter-attacks, really good, created a lot of chances.
“Then second half it was as if we didn't want to do it again. Tried different things which wasn't working. We all went slack.
“I think every one of us made a mistake in the second half which can't happen.
“It's something we've got to learn from. Credit to West Brom for the way they played in second half.”
Liverpool will hope to bounce back on Wednesday and extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table when they take on Newcastle at St James’ Park.
Neighbours Everton, though, can go level on points with the Reds at the top if they beat Manchester City on Monday night (8pm).
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