Bournemouth 0-4 LIVERPOOL
Liverpool travelled to Bournemouth to continue their impressive away form that saw 4 goals and 3 points claimed. Although going unbeaten in home games recently, Liverpool had drawn in two successive appearances at Anfield, raising concerns with some of our own fans who clearly thought we should be winning the fixtures. Bournemouth are no stranger to draws against Liverpool either but here’s another win for you, Reds.
Jurgen Klopp likes to rotate his squad and he certainly rotated well enough for this fixture. We’d see Henderson return to being captain, even though Coutinho (who’d been captain in Hendo’s absence) also was in the starting 11 with him. There was Gini, Oxlade Chamberlain, Gomez in defence and Mignolet in goal. These changes will please some people who don’t like seeing those players rotated out occasionally. We can’t have them all the time but they were there for us today and it all worked out well.
Just how fast did things go well for us? Pretty quickly. Coutinho already had fired a free-kick against the post before the 20th minute came when he got the first goal of the game. The Brazilian came close to goal, drawing the Bournemouth goalkeeper off his line then carefully placing the ball into the net from a tight angle. Bournemouth 0-1 Liverpool.
6 minutes later, Dejan Lovren would put the risk of injury ahead of the need to provide Liverpool and our fans with a second goal.
Lovren would bravely throw himself towards the rising boot of a Bournemouth defender at close range so that he could score a diving header and make it Bournemouth 0-2 Liverpool.
Lovren’s had his fair share of critics this season but this goes a long way to proving that he’s not a total failure to them. He’s out there, trying his best. He almost got kicked in the head! A concussion or brain injury could seriously keep you out of the squad for a lengthy amount of time. He’s put his own potential removal due to injury at a lower priority than making sure Liverpool and our fans have their goal.
His bravery shows a commitment to the club and it’s fans and that he is determined to prove himself to them. Forget his mistakes and focus on his future, there’s more to come from Lovren yet. He’s earned my respect, for sure. Others may be more resistant to giving him a second chance but he won’t stop trying to prove himself right here.
As the 44th minute came about, Bournemouth were probably just looking to waste a little time and wait for the referee to blow for half time so that they could discuss how Liverpool had taken a two goal lead at their own stadium with their manager. Well, make that a three goal lead. Mohamed Salah would further increase his already impressive goalscoring record to make it Bournemouth 0-3 Liverpool.
20 goals in all competitions and 14 of them were Premier League goals, making him the current highest goalscorer in the whole division. That’s why he’s known as King (of Egypt) Salah.
The second half was still going to be important for Liverpool. Some sides have gone as much as 3 goals down, then come back to finish 3-3. So Liverpool had work to do yet if they were going to claim all three points. Too many draws lately, we deserved a win. The pressure was still high and we’d keep on going and eventually find a 4th goal that put the option for a 3-3 draw out of Bournemouth’s reach.
In the 66th minute, Coutinho was looking dangerous in attack and most fans would have been cheering him on to get his 2nd goal. Unselfishly, he’d not make the shot himself but instead would assist his Brazilian friend Firmino to score the match winning goal. Great teamwork, great finish.
Absolutely no reply for this. Bournemouth had been rather overwhelmed by Liverpool for most of the game and not even a single consolation goal would be scored by the home side. A comeback wasn’t an option.
Bournemouth 0-4 Liverpool would be the final result.
Man of the Match
Mohamed Salah is literally the 2017/2018 Premier League’s best goalscorer. That’s not an exaggeration, he has 14 Premier League goals this season and the next best record to that is Harry Kane with 12 goals. Our King Salah is making a name for himself. I think the last “King” we had was King Kenny (Dalglish), who we recently named one of the stands at Anfield after. We don’t take this title lightly, the fans are deadly serious about who’s royalty and who’s not. If it’s given to a player, it’s earned. We placed the crown on Salah’s head ourselves.
In this particular fixture, he’d play for 71 minutes and frequently pass the ball around with his teammates. Every time he pushed forward you wouldn’t know if he was going to assist his squad or go get himself a goal. He’d do both, actually. There’s no stopping him, even if you want to. Many of the already beaten defenders in the Premier League can attest to that. Keep your eye on him for more exciting football this season.
Arsenal V Liverpool will be the last game we have to play before Christmas Day arrives.
So, walk on with hope in your hearts and You’ll Never Walk Alone, Anfield Family.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.