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Andy Naylor and Brian Owen rate the Albion players in the 1-0 defeat by Livepool.

DAVID BUTTON 7: Can say he has not conceded in open play against the two Merseyside clubs. Dealt well with crosses and did what little was asked of him in terms of shot-stopping. Kicking could have been more accurate.

MARTIN MONTOYA 7: Spaniard handled Mane well. It wasn’t easy down the right, with the adventurous Robertson as well. Likes to get forward, which occasionally left Albion vulnerable.

SHANE DUFFY 7: Showed his defensive strengths, particularly in the air, with a determined display. Shame there were not more set pieces to be a threat at the other end.

LEWIS DUNK 8: The captain continued his consistently good form. Defensively strong and composed in tight areas with the ball at his feet around his own penalty area.

GAETAN BONG 7: Sound return to the starting line-up in place of the injured Bernardo. If it had been him one-on-one, not Gross, Salah may not have fashioned the crucial penalty.

PASCAL GROSS 6: Delivered a couple of decent curling crosses and had a shot blocked at 0-1. But his day will be recalled for the penalty – just when he appeared to have done a good job holding up Salah.

DALE STEPHENS 6: A central part of a very disciplined performance. Sometimes needed to shift the ball more quickly – not easy when passing lanes are blocked.

DAVY PROPPER 7: Probably not enough seen of his quality on the ball

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