Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur all grabbed victories yesterday which put Jurgen Klopp’s men under pressure before their Sunday afternoon fixture against Bournemouth at Dean Court to stay in race for a Champions League spot. However, Liverpool could not keep hold of the pressure and suffered a shambolic 4-3 defeat despite taking two goals advantage twice into the game.
Teams have previously switched to ultra-defensive strategy to encounter Liverpool’s ‘gegenpressing’. But it was not similar against Bournemouth who never opted to sit deep and played positive football to produce an entertaining afternoon of Premier League football.
Liverpool missed the services of injured Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Joel Matip. Whereas, Bournemouth enjoyed a fitness boost ahead of the clash as custodian Artur Boruc was declared fit to start. But the return of the veteran was marred by an erroneous performance as his mistakes led Liverpool to score two successive goals within two minutes in the first half. Sadio Mane and Divock Origi earned a two goal advantage for the Merseysiders.
But there was a complete turn around in the second half since the introduction of Ryan Fraser who replaced injured Junior Stanislas for the Cherries. He earned a penalty with his first touch which was converted by Callum Wilson. Tt was Emre Can then who restored the two-goal lead with a stunning strike for the Reds. But Bournemouth never surrendered as they kept on pushing further up and a shaky back-line of Liverpool came under scrutiny. Ryan Fraser pulled one back from 16 yards at the 76th minute mark. Two minutes later, Cherries defender Steve Cook scored their third goal from Fraser’s cross.
Bournemouth were not content to settle with a draw and kept on pushing for a winning goal and they got one during added time when Nathan Ake tapped in from Loris Karius’ howler. Reds suffered their second defeat of the campaign following a 2-0 defeat against Burnley in the second gameweek thus ended their 15 match unbeaten streak in all competitions and dropped to third spot of the league table. This first ever victory over Liverpool takes Bournemouth to the top half of the table as they are now 10th with 18 points after the completion of gameweek 14.
Bournemouth vs Liverpool Lineups:
Bournemouth: Artun Boruc, Simon Francis, Steve Cook, Nathan Ake, Adam Smith, Dan Gosling (Benik Afobe 75′), Harry Arter, Junior Stanislas (Ryan Fraser 55′), Jack Wilshere, Joshua King (Jordon Ibe 46′), Callum Wilson.
Liverpool: Loris Karius, Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Lucas Leiva, James Milner, Emre Can, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Sadio Mane (Adam Lallana 69′), Divock Origi, Roberto Firmino.
Bournemouth vs Liverpool Highlights:
Bournemouth vs Liverpool Match Stats:
|Shots (On Target)||9(6)||9(4)|
|Fouls conceded (Bookings)||8(2)||15(2)|