Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp left the touchline at The Hawthorns with three points and frayed nerves after Roberto Firmino scored the only goal against West Brom.
Firmino’s header from a James Milner set-piece in first-half stoppage time sealed a 1-0 win, with West Brom threatening sparingly before a late barrage in stoppage time.
Liverpool’s defence stood firm impressively in front of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, showing a resilience they have lacked at times this season.
But, having already racked up some terse tussles with Albion boss Tony Pulis during his time in the Premier League, Klopp found it impossible to relax.
“It is one of the most difficult places to come because in no game can you feel comfortable,” he told a post-match news conference.
“Somebody asked me which result would have kept me a little bit calmer in the last few minutes and I said only 4-0 after 86 minutes! Maybe then I would have felt okay, but now it’s done.
“With West Brom, it is not only set pieces, they have really good footballers on the pitch and if you’re a little bit less aggressive then immediately they use their threat around set-pieces to play football because you don’t want to go in with real challenges.
“That makes it really difficult, so you need to be at your highest concentration level – but we have been.”
Klopp: “This is one of the most difficult places. I would only be comfortable at 4-0 after 80 minutes!”
A hard-fought three points indeed. pic.twitter.com/QITiT9LvWp
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 16, 2017