Coming off the back of the 5-2 thrashing of Everton, Liverpool were looking to keep the elusive clean sheet and escape the south coast with all three points to keep pace at the top of the table.
There were seven(!) changes made to the side that beat Everton midweek. Alisson came back in for Adrian. Gomez replaced Alexander-Arnold at right-back, Henderson and Keita replaced Wijnaldum and Lallana, both of whom missed out through slight knocks, Oxlade-Chamberlain as well as Salah and Firmino replaced Shaqiri, Origi, and Mane in the front three.
The opening ten minutes were controlled by Liverpool. The Reds were pinning back Bournemouth’s midfield and back-line to their penalty area. The first real attack of the game came from Mo Salah who had a left-footed curler saved by Aaron Ramsdale. Getting closer, but it’s still 0-0.
Bournemouth’s first chance came from the former Liverpool man, Dominic Solanke. Solanke tries an effort at the near post, but it was deflected behind by Dejan Lovren for a corner. Nothing comes from the corner and it remains 0-0. A reminder to the Reds that Eddie Howe’s team always pose a threat. 20’ gone.
32’. A very big problem for Bournemouth as Nathan Ake pulls up after a challenge on Salah. It doesn’t look very good for the Dutch defender. Jack Simpson comes on for his first Premier League appearance of the season. Still 0-0.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Scores! A wonderful Jordan Henderson long ball drops to Oxlade-Chamberlain in the box who just passes the ball past Ramsdale. Questionable decision making by Ramsdale, but what a finish by the Ox. Liverpool take advantage with the absence of Ake and make Bournemouth pay. Finally, it’s 1-0 to the Reds with 35’ gone.
Trent Alexander-Arnold comes on to replace a what seems to be an injured Dejan Lovren. Joe Gomez slides into the centre of defence to replace the Croatian as Trent goes to his usual right flank. Trent makes an instant impact with a wonderful ball into the path of Firmino, but it’s well saved by Ramsdale down to his left. 1-0, with 40’ gone.
44’. Mo Salah plays a fantastic backheel into Naby Keita’s path who is clear on goal and pokes past Ramsdale. What a goal in the Guinean’s first Premier League start of the season. Well deserved by the way the first half has gone. 2-0.
A wonderful first half by the Reds with goals coming from the Ox and Keita. It was a rather comfortable half for the Reds, but patience was valuable as the goals took time. It’s 2-0 at the break.
No changes were made at the break for either side. Liverpool came back out from the break just as they finished the first half, all over Bournemouth. The Reds were controlling the run of play as the Cherries were trying to catch the Reds on the break when possible. Still 2-0.
Naby Keita plays an absolutely inch-perfect ball into the path of the marauding Mo Salah who just slides the ball past Ramsdale into the back of the net. Pure quality from both Keita and Salah. This one could get very ugly for the Cherries as it is now 3-0 and they look absolutely knackered. 54’ gone.
Eddie Howe makes a desperate change as he brings on Lewis Cook to replace Philip Billing with 59’ gone. Moments later, Callum Wilson pulls up with looks like another hamstring injury. A very tough afternoon for the Cherries, which looks like it could get a lot worse. Howe is doing everything he can to try and stop the waves of attack that are drowning the Cherries at the moment. The Reds are starting to run riot, and doing as they please.
As Liverpool seem to take the foot off the gas, Bournemouth play a ball to Diego Rico who then slides a ball across the face of goal and it’s turned into the back of the net. Luckily for the Reds, the flag is up on the near-side and Liverpool get off the hook on this one. Klopp’s men have to keep going. 3-0 with 66’ gone.
What a moment for Curtis Jones! He replaces Andy Robertson as Milner slides into left-back. The 18-year-old makes his first Premier League appearance of his career. A smart move by Klopp to give the youngster an opportunity and to get Robertson of without an injury. 3-0 with 76’ gone.
The last 15 minutes was all Liverpool. The Reds had all the time in the world to do as they pleased. The Cherries wanted the full-time whistle as soon as possible and it showed with their performance the last quarter of an hour. Jones had a volley soar over the bar; what a moment that would have been for the youngster. With the last kick of the game, Henderson had a wonderful free-kick saved by Ramsdale. Full Time 3-0.
Today we saw the old, exciting Liverpool that we have been accustomed to over the last several years. It was a great result over a struggling side in Bournemouth. There is still some concern over the health of Dejan Lvoren after he was subbed off in the first half with what looked like an injury. After 13 games in all competitions, the Reds were finally able to keep a clean sheet, which is pivotal moving forward.
Next up for Liverpool is a trip to Salzburg on Tuesday. It is the all important last matchday of the Champions League group stage. The Reds still need a result in Salzburg to qualify for the knock-out rounds.