West Bromwich players celebrate after scoring. Photograph: Stu Forster/EPA

Liverpool missed the chance to move five points clear at the top of the Premier League as West Bromwich Albion found a late equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw at Anfield.

The home team were utterly dominant in the first half, pinning West Brom back deep in their own half, and took an early lead through a chest trap and volley from Sadio Mane. Liverpool spurned several other chances either side of that goal and could have been out of sight at half-time.

They paid for it in the second half. Alisson produced an excellent save from Karlan Grant before Semi Ajayi headed in the equaliser with just eight minutes remaining. It was no less than West Brom deserved after a much-improved second half.

Liverpool are now three points ahead of Everton at the top of the table, while the draw keeps West Brom in 19th place in the table, four points away from safety.