LIVERPOOL 2-2 Bournemouth
Liverpool’s latest Premier League fixture ended with the home side only claiming a single point as Bournemouth managed to score a late goal and get a draw at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp has had unfortunate bad news regarding the fitness of some squad members. We still are starting games without key players including Henderson, Sturridge, Mané. Moving certain squad players around the team has helped – Lucas has gone directly into the starting 11s once more recently and is playing in his natural midfielder’s position even. Emre Can has also seen an increasing rate of inclusion compared with earlier in the season when pretty much the whole squad was fully fit and he was only substitute at best back then. Liverpool would do their best with a “weakened” squad and still not lose, though.
Bournemouth were not afraid and came out fighting at Anfield from the start of the game. An early lead would be taken by the visitors as Benik Afobe took advantage of a misdirected backpass from Wijnaldum to Mignolet that led directly to Afobe’s chance to score in just the 7th minute of the game. Liverpool 0-1 Bournemouth
Liverpool looked determined not to let their opponents get away with a 0-1 win though. We pushed hard for the rest of the 1st half to get a goal of our own as the game continued and it would arrive in the 40th minute when Coutinho managed to continue and improve upon his already impressive goalscoring record just before half time. Liverpool 1-1 Bournemouth
The 2nd half saw a continuation of how we had been doing just as Coutinho equalized. By the 59th minute, Liverpool had taken their opportunity to lead the game as Divock Origi scored a wonderful header. Wijnaldum had crossed over the assist, perhaps making up for his 1st half error which had ultimately led to Bournemouth’s 1st goal. Liverpool 2-1 Bournemouth. From losing to winning, Liverpool had turned the game around.
Liverpool didn’t exactly slip in form but we also didn’t end up “sealing the deal” – no more goals were scored by us and it gave Bournemouth a chance to claim a single point if we conceded 1 more goal. All they would have to do is score once, very late in the game and there was no coming back from it with little time until the Full Time whistle was blown. No coming back to win from that.
Josh King would be the player to grab an equalizer.
Mignolet did well enough to stop Harry Arter from scoring but the saved shot would rebound out to King and he would not fail to strike the ball from close range past Liverpool’s goalkeeper and into the net at Anfield.
Liverpool 2-2 Bournemouth
Man Of the Match
Divock Origi had only been started because Sadio Mané has just been added to the injury list however he shone as the biggest star on the pitch in this fixture. In a game when Coutinho had scored (yet again), the Belgian was doing well enough to even outshine the Brazilian. Origi’s goal was a beautifully acrobatic leap into the air and heading home accurately enough to make sure the ball would not miss it’s target or land in the goalkeeper’s hands. Very impressive. Even as we drew instead of winning, I enjoyed the game and was happy to have watched this beautiful football. Thank you, Origi.
Liverpool will face Stoke as they travel away from home for this Premier League fixture coming up.
[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.