Nigerian Player Scores First Premier league Goal To Deny Liverpool Win
Semi Ajayi is pleased to have scored his first English Premier League goal as West Bromwich Albion held reigning champions Liverpool to a 1-1 draw on Sunday evening.
In the keenly contested affair at Anfield, Sadio Mane gave Jurgen Klopp’s men a 12th minute lead thanks to a cool finish past goalkeeper Sam Johnstone after profiting from a fine assist from Joel Matip.
Despite dominating ball possession for a large part of the game, the hosts were unable to get more goals as Sam Allardyce’s team put up a strong defensive network.
However, the Baggies refused to go down without a fight as Nigeria international Ajayi levelled matters in the 82nd minute thanks to a Matheus Pereira cross.
In the process, he ended his wait for his maiden goal in England’s top-flight.
Remarkably, the 27-year-old’s effort ranks him behind only Liverpool’s Vigil van Dijk and Aaron Pierre (both nine) as defenders who have scored the most headed goals in England’ top four tiers since the commencement of the 2018-2019 campaign.
Buoyed by his goalscoring performance against the Klopp’s side, the former Rotherham United and Cardiff City man took to social media to celebrate his first strike in England’s premier club championship.
“First Premier League goal! God is great,” Ajayi wrote on Instagram.
In his assessment, West Brom’s boss Sam Allardyce was pleased seeing his players’ hard work pay off.
“I think that everyone has seen we showed a lot of resilience today to keep ourselves in the game and we kept trying to do the right things,” Allardyce told club website.
“Defensively, apart from the slip up for the goal we were excellent. I think a change of tactics about 30 minutes in, putting Grant up front gave us a bit more of an out ball rather than everybody just getting pegged back. It started to work a little bit by him holding it up and us getting in to Liverpool’s half. In the second half I think we expanded on that.”