West Brom dumped out of the FA Cup at Blackpool

The Baggies were lucky to survive until the shootout as their determined hosts enjoyed the better of it on a cold day by the sea.

Both sides created chances in busy first 45 minutes with Jerry Yates confidently tucking home before the break.

The visitors did haul themselves back into after the restart as Semi Ayjai nodded home.

However, they were unable to build on that the hosts continued to dominate with cup hotshot Gary Madine slotting them back in front.

Allardyce’s team were given a lifeline in the final minutes as Matheus Pereira tucked home from the spot.

But again they failed to grasp the nettle as Kyle Edwards missed a brilliant chance in extra time before penalty misses from Edwards, Pereira and Darnell Furlong sent Blackpool through.

Full Time at Bloomfield Road it’s Blackpool 2 West Brom 2 with the Seasiders winning it on penalties.

Liverpool close in on first transfer of summer

The left-back, who featured against Wolves in the Europa League last week, is set to be signed as much-needed cover for Andy Robertson.

Liverpool moved for the Greece international having walked away from their pursuit of Norwich’s Jamal Lewis after the Canaries set their asking price at double the initial £10million offer the Reds made to the relegated Premier League club.

It is understood Liverpool’s sporting director Michael Edwards met with Olympiacos general director Lina Souloukou at Molineux on Thursday to finalise a deal for the 24-year-old.

Tsimikas’ medical is set to take place over the next couple of days and while personal terms have yet to be agreed, the club are confident that will not be a sticking point ahead of him signing what is expected to be a five-year contract.

He will be Liverpool’s first signing of the summer, having seen centre-back Dejan Lovren leave in a £10.9million deal to Zenit St Petersburg and midfielder Adam Lallana join Brighton following the expiration of his contract.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp does not anticipate having a busy or big-spending transfer window but is looking to strengthen central defensive options and potentially his forward line.

Former Portsmouth. Middlesbrough and Bolton midfielder Gary O’Neil has been appointed as assistant coach of Liverpool’s U23s, joining the backroom team of Barry Lewtas who has stepped up from the under-18s this summer.