Liverpool, having drawn last two Premier League encounters at Anfield, were slightly back-footed ahead of their trip to Dean Court in order to contest Bournemouth in a tricky away fixture.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United – three of their ‘top four’ rivals grabbed wins this gameweek, whereas Spurs defeat to leaders Manchester City allowed the Reds to get back in the fourth spot with a win versus the Cherries. The game was never meant to be a cakewalk for the visitors but the Reds completely turned this in their favor with a luxurious 4-0 win after a barren home outing against West Brom.
Liverpool were dominant from the very beginning and kept on combining well up front. Philippe Coutinho’s free-kick hit the woodwork, but the Brazilian scored a spectacular goal minute later. 1-0 scoreline has not worked well in favor of the Reds and they kept on pushing hard to find an insurance goal. The wait was not much longer as Roberto Firmino majestically kept the ball inside following a Coutinho corner and Dejan Lovren’s diving header ended up into the back of the net. The Cherries tried to hit back soon, however, were unfortunate as Jermain Defoe beat the Reds custodian Simon Mignolet but his strike hit the inside of the post and didn’t go in. It was Mohamed Salah’s turn who sensationally toyed with Charlie Daniels and showed amazing skills to make it 3-0 moments before the half-time whistle.
Bournemouth were thought to be more purposeful in the second-half but had no response to Liverpool’s attacking flair. Roberto Firmino scored a poacher’s goal with a diving header from Coutinho’s delivery and took the scoreline beyond the Cherries’ reach.
It could have been a dozen goals if the Egyptian’s first-time strike was not saved by Begovic in the first half and an impressive Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had not hit the woodwork. Danny Ings could have scored with his first touch following a late substitute appearance but only managed to hit outside of the post. The game thus finished 4-0 in favor of the Reds who now clinched the fourth spot ahead of their crucial outing against Arsenal at Emirates.
AFC Bournemouth vs Liverpool Lineups:
AFC Bournemouth: Asmir Begovic, Adam Smith, Simon Francis, Nathan Ake, Charlie Daniels (Simon Cook 56′), Jordon Ibe, Lewis Cook, Andrew Surman, Marc Pugh (Ryan Fraser 46′), Joshua King (Junior Stanislas 31′), Jermain Defoe.
Liverpool: Simon Mignolet, Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan, Andrew Robertson, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mohamed Salah (Adam Lallana 71′), Philippe Coutinho (Danny Ings 87′), Roberto Firmino (Dominic Solanke 76′).
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