Liverpool put their recent draws behind them as they recorded an emphatic 4-0 victory over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. Goals from Phillipe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren (!), Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino sent the Reds back into the top 4 in brilliant fashion.
It was a match that never really seemed in doubt. Right from the off Klopp’s team pressed the Cherries into submission with every player seemingly buying into the idea and working for the team. Our pressure payed off in the 20th minute when Coutinho got the ball from Andrew Robertson before weaving his way through 3 or 4 players before slotting into the left-hand corner. Lift off.
The rocket picking up speed when, just 6 minutes later, Firmino did brilliantly to not only keep in a cross that looked certain to be going out for a goal kick but also managing to hook the ball back across the box to Lovren who fired in a brilliant diving header. 2-0 and flying higher and higher.
There was a brief scare when Jermaine Defoe hit the post but the score became 3-0 just before half time when that man again, Mo Salah, came in from the right and strutted his way past every player in his path and firing into the bottom left corner. 20 goals in all competitions now for the Egyptian this season. £39 million seems to be the biggest bargain in recent Liverpool history.
The second half was a bit slower in the pace of it as Liverpool took their foot off the gas but, despite a few flurry of Bournemouth chances, extended their lead even further when Coutinho’s brilliant cross found the head of the equally brilliant Firmino who directed his header into past Artur Boruc and into the back of the net.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was awarded man of the match for an accomplished midfield display, Jordan Henderson had a very good game alongside goalscorer Lovren. The returning Adam Lallana, Dominic Solanke and Danny Ings also got a run out with the latter hitting the post as he looks to revive his Anfield career after numerous injuries. Sadio Mane didn’t even need to feature in this game which leaves him fresh and ready going into the busiest few weeks of the season.
This win was desperately needed after two disappointing results against Everton and West Brom, especially going into a difficult game against Arsenal on Friday. Onwards redmen!