Liverpool cruised to a 3-0 victory over AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday evening. The result takes the Reds 10 points clear of 5th placed Chelsea as they look to secure another season of Champions League football (as if us winning our 6th in Kyiv isn’t already going to do that). Goals from Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino (triple threat!) were enough to see off the Cherries who produced pretty much nothing throughout the game.
The game finished what has been one of the biggest weeks in Liverpool’s recent history as they reached the semi finals of the Champions League for the first time in a decade. Riding off this high I don’t think there were any Liverpool fans who thought there was even the slightest chance of us not winning here. We delivered accordingly.
Jurgen Klopp’s men dominated from the start with Mo Salah having an early chance from a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross which he prodded wide. The teenage right back had another phenomenal game on the back of his other two in the games against City. His delivery into the box is one of the best, if not the best, that we have.
The opener, in the 7th minute, came from a different source however. Suspended for the 2nd leg at the Etihad during the week but available again today. Jordan Henderson had a very solid performance which began with a brilliant cross into the head of Sadio Mane.
The Senegalese’s header was parried by Bournemouth keeper Asmir Begovic but it fell straight back at Mane’s feet and he made no mistake this time. With this goal, his 17th of the season, Mane (44) becomes the highest scoring Senagalese player in Premier League history surpassing Demba Ba (43).
There were many more chances for Liverpool to score for the rest of the first half with Salah having multiple opportunities to finally reach the 40 goal mark for the season. Half time came and went at 1-0 and the game looked to just be cruising along to a Liverpool win, by whatever margin.
The second goal came in the 69th minute when, again, Trent produced a brilliant cross into the box for the man of the moment (season) Mo Salah to head brilliantly over the keeper and into the net. The goal takes the Egyptian to 40 for the season in all competitions (only the third Liverpool player to ever achieve this landmark) and 30 in the league this season (something only 7 other players have done in a Premier League season). Just another record Salah can add to his growing resume.
The win was complete in the 90th minute when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was brilliant all match, drove forward with the ball and found Firmino on the left side of the box and the Brazilian finished well past Begovic for his 25th goal of the season. All three of Mane, Salah and Firmino scored today. The trio have 83 goals this season between them. Quite incredible figures.
Now we look to next weekend’s game away at all-but-relegated West Bromwich Albion for what will hopefully be another comfortable win on the way to a top 4 finish. See you then Redmen!