And that's it! West Brom put Liverpool to the sword on the opening day of the new season. Jubilation for Steve Clarke as West Brom earn victory on the first day of the season for the first time since 1971! It's heartbreak for Brendan Rodgers, though, and the boss will have a very down dressing room on his hand. It's finished West Brom 3, Liverpool 0. I'm Ryan Gordon wishing you a great rest of your weekend. Cheers all!
A bit of pushing going on between Carroll and Olsson now, with the Reds striker eventually going into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
The Liverpool players look like they're only interested in hearing the full-time whistle now as they win possession in the middle of the field, but there's no real effort to get the ball up front, and the Baggies eventually win back possession.
The fourth official shows there will be three minutes of time added on now at the end.
The Baggies are more than happy to just hang on to the ball now, and the home fans are enjoying it thoroughly, cheering every successful pass, and there's been plenty of those.
The possession stats read 70% to West Brom now, which is a huge turnaround from the first-half, which the Reds dominated 60-40.
Borini is behind a Liverpool corner which is initially dealt with, while Steven Gerrard's attempted snap-shot is well blocked on the edge of the area.
The Reds are in real danger of going in further behind as they just don't seem to have an answer for the West Brom attack. This time, though, Reina is able to get to the ball ahead of Lukaka and does well to hold on.
Liverpool seem to have given up all hope as they allow Fortune to run at goal and get his shot off, but he can't keep his effort down and the ball fizzes well over.
Fortune is played clean through on goal, but Reina does well to thwart the player's shot from just inside the area.
Change for West Brom now as James Morrison makes way for Chris Brunt.
Liverpool should have scored now as Borini picks out Suarez with a delightful clipped pass, but the striker can't direct his header and the ball flies wide of the mark.
Lukaka is through on goal again but his shot is blocked and West Brom have a corner. The delivery is not very good though and the defence are able to deal with it.
Joe Cole is unable to continue following that earlier foul, and Andy Carroll comes on in his place.
It's a debut goal for Lukaka as the corner is initially dealt with, but the ball is played back in to the far post where the substitute is on hand to head home the hosts' third of the afternoon.
Fortune is all over the place at the moment, and he's just won the Baggies a corner following a 60-yard sprint which started in his own half.
Around 15 minutes to go here at the Hawthorns, and as it stands Steve Clarke will start his reign as manager with all three points.
Marc-Antoine Fortune is the latest player to be booked following a rash tackle on Joe Cole.
What a miss from West Brom! Lukaka wins possession out wide and breaks down the wing before squaring the ball to Gera, and although the striker is completely unmarked and has the entire goal to aim for, he can't keep his effort down and curls his shot well wide.
Penalty appeals from Liverpool now as Martin Kelly goes down inside the area, but the referee is not interested and waves play-on, eliciting a huge cheer from the home fans.
Brendan Rodgers has a look of deep concentration plastered across his face, but at the moment the boss is heading for defeat in his Premier League game in charge.
Another change, this time from Liverpool as Joe Cole is introduced at the expense of Lucas.
Shane Long's afternoon is over as he makes way for Romelu Lukaku.
Liverpool have a corner now which Foster tries to collect but ends up dripping the ball, but Suarez's snap shot is over the bar.
Liverpool really do have a mountain to climb now if they're to avoid defeat on the opening day of the new Premier League season.
Peter Odemwingie makes no mistake with his effort, smashing the ball into the very side of the goal.
Unbelievable scenes here at the Hawthorns, and West Brom have another penalty as Skrtel dwells in the area to allow Long to nip the ball off his feet, and the defender can only bundle the player to the ground inside the area.
You won't see a weaker penalty all season! Shane Long is the man to take the spot-kick, but he barely makes any contact with the ball which rolls into the arms of the grateful Pepe Reina. Shocking miss from the West Brom man it has to be said.
Rodgers forced into a change now, with Stewart Downing making way for Jamie Carragher.
Daniel Agger heads down the tunnel.
Liverpool are down to 10 men, and it's Daniel Agger the man who sees red for taking down Long from behind inside the area.
Lucas goes into the referee's notebook for tugging back on Morrison, who was flying down the wing with real purpose.
The hosts do finally win the ball off the opposition, but Reid's deep pass asks too much of Long and the ball goes out for a throw.
Liverpoll are enjoying all the possession here so far, and West Brom would do well to try and break up their rhythm.
Some intricate passing from the Reds now as they try probe their way through the defence, but Suarez's touch lets him down and Foster eventually clears.
Downing's looking lively in the early stages of the second-half, but his cross from out wide is poor and goes straight out for goal-kick.
Stewart Downing goes on a rampaging run through the middle of the park, but his final effort is well blocked and West Brom win back possession.
Steven Gerrard hands kicking duties over to Suarez, and he's not far away from finding the back of the net, but his fierce strike flies just wide of the angle.
No changes to tell you about at the break. Suarez, meanwhile, wins his side another free-kick in a really dangerous position.
We're back under way for the second-half.
But that's it for the opening 45 minutes. Join me after the break for the second-half.
It's Gerrard who takes it again, but the ball is to no one in particular, while Saurez's attempted shot is well blocked. His frustration is evident as he picks up a yellow card for arguing with the linesman.
A chance for Liverpool to draw level before the half-time whistle as Suarez is blocked off on the edge of the area.
Liverpool look shocked after that goal, and it's definitely not the way Brendan Rodgers would have liked his side to enter the break. Two minutes of added time is shown by the fourth official, of which we've already had one.
What a goal! The corner is cleared, but not far enough, and Zoltan Gera is on the edge of the area to control with his chest before unleashing a sweet curling volley which flies into the top corner of the goal with Reina well beaten.
Reid takes kicking responsibilities for this one, but his shot clips the wall on it's way through and they now have a corner.
Free-kick in an almost identical position up at the other end, and it's Liverpool's turn to sweat now. Johnson, by the way, picked up a yellow card for the foul.
It's Steven Gerrard who takes it, but the delivery is not very good and Foster is eventually able to snatch up the loose ball.
Free-kick in a really dangerous area for Liverpool now as Yacob brings down Gerrard...
Brilliant stuff from Suarez who plays some keepy-uppy on the edge of the area before slamming the ball inside, but Johnson's eventual shot is woeful and he blazes well over.
Suarez tries to play Allen in with a clever dinked pass, but the defence is on top of it and do well to clear.
Borini appears to have bitten his tongue during that collision, but he'll be fine to soldier on.
I lost count of how many passes Liverpool made in their latest move, but it all comes to nothing as Borini collides into the back of Gareth McAuley inside the area as the ball bounces out for a goal-kick.
West Brom are gifted a corner as Skrtel and Reina fail to communicate, but the delivery is too deep and the Reds defence eventually clear.
Brilliant from Glen Johnson who loses his man out wide before standing up a pin point cross for Suarez, but the striker, completely unmarked, can't get over the ball and heads well over from point-blank range.
A Baggies free-kick is too deep but Reid's eventually able to play the ball back in, but Olsson can't get any direction on his header and his effort loops well over the crossbar.
Decent play from the hosts now who attack through the middle before playing the ball out wide, but the Reds defence is well organised and they're eventually able to clear the ball up field.
Steven Gerrard's turn to play a pass straight out, and it's fortunate for West Brom that he did as the Reds were moving with real purpose there.
Really sloppy from Fabio Borini who just plays the ball straight out for a throw-in. Sarcastic cheers from the home fans for Liverpool's new signing.
Joe Allen and Mulumbu get involved in a bit of a scrap following a collision in the middle of the park, but the referee is quick to defuse the situation and play can continue.
Shane Long breaks into the area with real purpose, but the move is pulled back as he had been in an off-side position when the ball was played through.
Steven Gerrard has a go at Lucas for not releasing the ball quickly enough, with the skipper having strayed into an off-side position following another Liverpool attack.
Liverpool continue to hog possession, but the Baggies look dangerous when on the ball, although it's been the visitors who look more likely to score at the moment.
Mike Evans says: Come on you Reds! 3-0, all over them today. They nicked us last season taking our points, no chance now with BR! Thanks for a super show, all I have here in the sand to keep in touch with my home town team.
The Reds are really turning the screw here, and Glen Johnson's cross-come-shot is just inches away from going in at the far-post with Foster well beaten.
Brilliant from Suarez inside the area as he works his way past two defenders, but his eventual shot is a weak one and Foster won't be troubled by that.
Liverpool are seeing plenty of the ball here, but Stewart Downing has just conceded possession and the Baggies can break, but they run into a dead-end and eventually have to play the ball backwards.
Excellent build-up from the Reds now as Suarez and Johnson play a number of one-twos, with the former eventually poking the ball on to Gerrard at the edge of the area, but the skipper's shot is well blocked and West Brom can clear.
The resulting delivery is not very good though and Liverpool can break, but Suarez is off-side and play is brought back.
Up at the other end and the Baggies win a free-kick in a really dangerous position, but Steven Reid's attempted curler hits the wall and goes out for a corner.
Suarez shows some of his deadly abilities as he dinks his way past two defenders before unleashing a stinging drive, it's straight at Foster who punches well clear.
Shane Long hassles Skrtel down the wing and eventually robs the defender of the ball, but his attempted chip over the on-rushing Pepe Reina is just overhit and flies out for a goal-kick.
Luis Suarez goes in a bit too energetically as he tries to win the ball back, but he ends up conceding a foul in the middle of the park.
Steven Gerrard whips one into the West Brom area, but it's straight at Ben Foster who plucks the ball out of the air.
Martin Kelly tries to work something out wide for the Reds, but he's eventually crowded out of possession and the Baggies clear up field.
It's all West Brom in the opening stages here, and Liam Ridgewell has just had a pop at goal, but his shot was always rising and eventually flashed over the crossbar.
First piece of action of the game as Steven Reid manages to get his ball into the area, but there's no one in a West Brom shirt and the defence easily deals with it.
The 2012/13 Premier League season is up and running!
The players take to the field and the Hawthorns erupts in applause! Another season of Premier League football is almost upon us!
We're around five minutes away from the kick off now, and the two sets of players are about to be led out onto the park by referee Phil Dowd.
Calvin Rawstron says: Hi. All the best to Steve today and his west brom side but im a liverpool fan and i think Liverpool will win 3-1 suarez (2) and Borini (1) Come on Liverpool!!
Tony, all the way from Australia, gets his wish: Hi Ryan, Hope this goes on the live updates =) I think liverpool will start the season really strong and will be comftable winners 3-0 suarez 2 gerrard 1.
We've got our first caller, with Sophie Isaac saying: Liverpool fan and i think they will smash West Brom by 3-0, they look strong this season with their new manager and new players, i think they will end up in the top 3, Good Luck Boys!:D
Liverpool, meanwhile, hand a start Joe Cole, who has overcome a hamstring strain, while new signings Joe Allen and Fabio Borini go straight in the starting XI. Andy Carroll, though. will have to do with a place on the bench.
So, James Morrison and Jonas Olsson both shake off the knocks they picked up while on international duty to start for West Brom, but new signing Markus Rosenberg is still short of match fitness and sits this one out. New signings Ben Foster and Claudio Yacob make the starting XI, while fellow newcomers Yassine El Ghanassy and Romelu Lukaku are on the bench.
Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson, Lucas, Allen, Gerrard, Downing, Suarez, Borini Subs: Jones, Carroll, Cole, Henderson, Carragher, Adam, Shelvey
West Brom: Foster, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Morrison, Yacob, Mulumbu, Odemwingie, Long, Gera Subs: Myhill, El Ghanassy, Brunt, Jara Reyes, Lukaku, Dawson, Fortune
As promised, the teams...
The team sheets have just come across my desk, but why not first take the chance to get involved by emailing your thoughts or predictions to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll share them with all our readers.
Our friends at Sky Bet have made it even more interesting today, with the Baggies at 100/30 to claim the points, while victory for Liverpool is at 5/6. A draw on the opening day of the season is 13/5.
West Brom, meanwhile, finished the campaign in 10th, just five points behind today's opponents, and manager Steve Clarke will be hoping his side can get the new campaign up and running in style.
Liverpool were well below their best in the league last term, with Kenny Dalglish having led the side to eighth, their worst finish in the modern Premier League era. However, they now have Brendan Rodgers at the helm, with plenty of expectation hanging over the former Swansea boss.
The weeks of waiting have finally come to an end, and the business of top-flight football is back to delight. The Hawthorns is the venue for today's clash, with both sides looking to improve on their previous showings last season.
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, I'm Ryan Gordon and I'll be taking you through all the action as West Brom host Liverpool in the opening round of fixtures for the new Premier League season.