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Liverpool maintained their eleven point at the top of the Premier League with a 3-0 victory over Bournemouth at The Vitality Stadium.

Goals from Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah sufficed for the much changed European Champions who kept their first clean sheet in what feels like an age.

Jurgen Klopp made seven changes from the team that won the Merseyside derby midweek, with Salah, Oxlade Chamberlain, Keita, Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez, Alisson and Roberto Firmino all returning for the Reds.

Such a raft of changes was always going to engender a lack of fluency and the opening thirty minutes were quite unremarkable for both sides, with Salah shooting tamely at Ben Ramsdale the only talking point of any note.

Gradually, though, Liverpool were beginning to turn the screw and their pressure paid dividends on the 35 minute mark.

A weapon the Klopp’s team regularly used versus Everton was the long ball over the top of the defence, and this approach bore fruit again this afternoon.

Henderson, reminiscent of a quarter back picking out a wide receiver, floated a brilliant pass over the top of the retreating Bournemouth defence for Oxlade Chamberlain to touch in. Legitimate questions could be asked over Ramsdale’s positioning, but the pass and the reactions from Chamberlain — whose left wing berth had seen on the games periphery — were both of the highest calibre.

Now firmly in the box seat, with Keita — making his first Premier League start of the season — instrumental, Liverpool soon add a second. The Guinean linked wonderfully with Salah, receiving a back heel from the Egyptian in the box, before cooly, with the outside of his foot, firing past Ramsdale.

The half was going swimmingly for the league leaders, but the substitution of Dejan Lovren with what appeared to be an injury is a cause of concern, especially given the injuries to Joel Matip and Fabinho, the other centre half options.

Gomez, who was performing admirably at right back, switched to centre half and Trent Alexander Arnold slotted in at full back as Liverpool held their 2-0 lead at the break.

The 2-0 deficit took much of the life from the Cherries — who lost both Nathan Ake and Callum Wilson to hamstring injuries — and the Reds ran roughshod over the ravaged hosts.

Salah and Keita had been showing the signs of a nascent on pitch understanding and both Africans, in the mirror opposite of the second goal, once again linked up to supply a goal.

A wayward pass from substitute Jack Simpson fell to Keita and the Guinean gracefully slipped a pass behind the Bournemouth defence. The through ball was tuned perfectly to the movement of Salah and the Egyptian delicately slipped the ball past Ramsdale for the killer 3-0 goal.

The intensity of the game flatlined from there on in and the feeling was that the Anfield side could have added more goals to their tally if the mood had struck them.

Instead, with the key Salzburg Champions League game on the horizon, energy preservation was the call for the final 20 or second minutes.

Young academy product, Curtis Jones, was given his debut when he replaced Andrew Robertson, with the Scot earning a seldom enjoyed rest for the final 15 minutes.

Showing excellent ball retention, the still unbeaten Reds saw out the game with the foremost of comfort in a performance fitting of European Champions.

After an opening to the season that included many narrow wins, this was Liverpool at their best and the gulf in class between them and Eddie Howe’s men was gaping.

Going forward, Klopp will no doubt be pleased that Salah looked back to his best and that Keita showed all of the class that convinced the club to part with over 50M to seal his signature.

Liverpool team: Alisson, Gomez, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Keita, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Oxlade Chamberlain.

Substitutions: Alexander Arnold for Lovren, Jones for Robertson, Shaqiri for Oxlade Chamberlain.

Subs not used: Adrian, Elliott, Origi, Mane.

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Bournemouth 0-3 Liverpool: Watch extended highlights now

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Free video: Watch Naby Keita's classy finish against Bournemouth

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 19:00

Naby Keita bagged his first goal of the season with a classy one-two and finish at Bournemouth - and you can see the effort now in our free video.

Keita scored the second in Liverpool's 3-0 win at Vitality Stadium on Saturday as they maintained their lead at the Premier League summit.

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Free video: Watch Naby Keita's classy finish against Bournemouth

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Naby Keita bagged his first goal of the season with a classy one-two and finish at Bournemouth - and you can see the effort now in our free video.
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“They wanted to be really loud, but…” – Jurgen Klopp lauds Liverpool’s energy-saving tactics

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 18:51

Jurgen Klopp hailed a “professional and mature” performance after Liverpool continued their relentless march to a first title in 30 years with a comfortable 3-0 win at struggling Bournemouth.


Goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah in a devastating 19-minute spell either side of half-time saw the Reds make it 33 Premier League games unbeaten to move 11 points clear at the top of the table.

Bournemouth’s cause was not helped by a hamstring injury to key defender Nathan Ake moments before Oxlade-Chamberlain’s opener, while Cherries striker Callum Wilson limped off in the second half on a miserable afternoon for Eddie Howe’s out-of-form hosts.

With a commanding three-goal lead after 54 minutes, Klopp was afforded the luxury of not taking unnecessary risks as he negotiates a packed December fixture list and interest in five different competitions.

Asked if it was a perfect day, the Liverpool boss replied: “Yeah, it was, 100 percent.

“I really feel for [Howe] because you can lose against us, obviously that can happen, but losing Ake and Wilson in the same game is of course a major blow.

“We scored wonderful goals, we had more chances, did really well, were really uncomfortable to play [against].

“From 3-0 on we controlled the game absolutely and nothing really happened anymore.

“The players didn’t like it too much, they wanted to be really loud in these moments, but I didn’t want to see any unnecessary risk.

“It was maybe not the most exciting but necessary. It was an absolutely super performance, super individual performances and the team performance was just really mature and professional, just what we needed.”

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (#11) celebrates scoring the third goal with team-mates during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp made seven changes at the Vitality Stadium following the emphatic midweek Merseyside derby win.

The German opted to give Sadio Mane a well-earned rest on the bench, while Divock Origi was also given a breather following his heroics against Everton as the Reds cantered to a first clean sheet in 14 games, without conceding an attempt on target.

The only sour note on the south coast came when defender Dejan Lovren had to be replaced by Trent Alexander-Arnold in the 40th minute.

Klopp, who was also without Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana because of minor issues, does not believe the Croatian’s injury to be severe ahead of Tuesday’s crucial Champions League clash with Red Bull Salzburg.

“You don’t always know exactly but it looks not too serious, it looks like a bit of cramp,” Klopp said of Lovren.

“It’s similar to Gini Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana, not serious but serious enough to keep them out.

“We have two days to make sure that they can go again. I don’t know 100 percent.”

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Watch Jurgen Klopp’s post-match press conference – Bournemouth 0-3 Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 18:36

Jurgen Klopp praised his side for their maturity in controlling the lead as they surged to a 3-0 victory at Bournemouth on Saturday.

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The Reds were faced with a tough task at Dean Court until Nathan Ake’s hamstring injury late in the first half, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain breaking the deadlock soon after.

That set in motion a free-flowing performance from the visitors, with Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah adding to the goals and Liverpool settling for three points and a rare clean sheet.

Energy-preservation was a key topic for Klopp in his post-match press conference, as he praised his players for seeing the game out.

“We had so many games now we had to chase until the last second,” he told reporters at Dean Court.

“When you have this really rare comfortable situation when you’re 3-0 up you really should control the game.”

The manager also praised a number of individual performances, with Keita, Salah and Joe Gomez singled out, while he added that the key positive was “especially how we controlled it from midfield.”

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker celebrates with manager Jürgen Klopp after the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. Liverpool won 3-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A first clean sheet in 14 games, and over two months, was obviously a focus for the squad.

Klopp revealed: “For the boys the most-used word in the dressing room was ‘clean sheet, clean sheet, clean sheet’. The next game it would be useful!”

That next game is a Champions League decider at Salzburg on Tuesday night, but there is no indication yet whether Dejan Lovren will be fit to feature following his first-half injury.

However, Klopp was optimistic over his fitness, with the initial diagnosis being “a little cramp.”

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Klopp: Nearly a perfect day for Liverpool

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 18:35
Liverpool won 3-0 against Bournemouth in the Premier League to go 11 points clear at the top of the table By Charlotte Marsh at the Vitality Stadium

Last Updated: 07/12/19 6:51pm

2:50 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says that due to Bournemouth losing key players during the game their 3-0 win was more comfortable than anticipated Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says that due to Bournemouth losing key players during the game their 3-0 win was more comfortable than anticipated

Jurgen Klopp has called Liverpool's 3-0 win against Bournemouth "nearly a perfect day" while Eddie Howe was left to rue more injury losses.

It was an ultimately comfortable win for Liverpool, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah on the scoresheet and was only overshadowed by a first-half injury to Dejan Lovren.

The result has sent Liverpool 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League, and Klopp was impressed with how his side saw out the Vitality Stadium victory.

He said: "It wasn't easy, it was very difficult, the boys made a lot of good decisions and that's why it was a comfortable win, maybe more than we would have expected before the game, but Bournemouth were in a difficult situation, losing two key players, and then you get a feeling that it's not a Bournemouth day.

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"But we scored wonderful goals, had other big chances and the result is most important, but the performance was really good as well, especially in the second half when we were really professional and assured. That's what we have to be in the moment and it's not about being constantly exciting, it's about doing the right stuff. There were not a lot of difficult moments to defend, which is good and very important so nearly a perfect day.

"Always you don't know exactly but it [Lovren's injury] looks not too serious, it looks like a little cramp. He felt something, he told us, said he for sure could go to half-time, wanted to have treatment there and carry on, but we said no and stopped it there.

"That's the status quo, you have these kind of things in this moment of the season. It is similar to what Gini and Adam Lallana had - not serious but serious enough to keep them out. Now we have two days to make sure they can go again. That's what I think at the moment but I don't know 100 per cent."

Dejan Lovren came off in the first half with an injury, which slightly marred Liverpool's win Dejan Lovren came off in the first half with an injury, which slightly marred Liverpool's win Dejan Lovren came off in the first half with an injury, which slightly marred Liverpool's win

Liverpool remain unbeaten in the Premier League and kept their first clean sheet in 13 games, but a level-headed Klopp is only focusing on the football.

He added: "I can imagine it's [the run of form in the Premier League] is interesting for the people but to be honest with you, we don't think about it. Really, that's the truth.

Liverpool are yet to lose in the Premier League this season and are 11 points clear at the top of the table Liverpool are yet to lose in the Premier League this season and are 11 points clear at the top of the table Liverpool are yet to lose in the Premier League this season and are 11 points clear at the top of the table

"I'm always concerned before a game, making sure here and there we don't get any problems. I'm not flying inside, I don't have to keep myself down, it's really a job to do and the results are wonderful but the games are always very difficult and we respect that.

"If you see it game-by-game, it is always the same amount of being difficult because then you have to make sure you have a chance of winning the game, it's what we try, but we don't before games expect to win them, we just expect that it will be tough, we will have to work hard and that's what we do."

Howe: We never recovered from Ake injury 2:12 Eddie Howe believes Bournemouth 'never really recovered' after Nathan Ake's injury in their 4-0 home loss to Liverpool in the Premier League Eddie Howe believes Bournemouth 'never really recovered' after Nathan Ake's injury in their 4-0 home loss to Liverpool in the Premier League

Already struggling with a long injury list before Saturday's game, Bournemouth suffered two huge blows when Nathan Ake and Callum Wilson were taken off with unspecified knocks.

Liverpool scored a minute after Ake was substituted to condemn the hosts to a fifth successive Premier League defeat, and Howe admits Bournemouth were rocked by the two incidents.

"The game seemed to hinge on Nathan's injury," he said. "Up until that point, we had looked relatively solid, we were in the game, we were a threat at different moments but he gets his injury and we concede seconds later. It was a hammer blow, a double whammy with the injury and the goal and we never recovered.

"We're going to need players to win games - you don't win matches and get points in the Premier League without good players and we've got such a long injury list now that it's obviously a big concern for the future. We've got games coming up thick and fast and we can't let this run continue.

Nathan Ake was taken off after half an hour for Bournemouth Nathan Ake was taken off after half an hour for Bournemouth Nathan Ake was taken off after half an hour for Bournemouth

"I don't want to make the excuse that injuries are behind everything, but you look at the number we've got and the quality of the players that we're missing, I'm not sure there are many Premier League teams that could cope with that.

"It's probably the biggest challenge we've ever faced since we've come into the Premier League, which is saying something after what we had throw at us in our first season, but I think this will be our biggest challenge."

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put Liverpool ahead just a minute after Nathan Ake was substituted with injury Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put Liverpool ahead just a minute after Nathan Ake was substituted with injury Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put Liverpool ahead just a minute after Nathan Ake was substituted with injury

Bournemouth travel to Chelsea next weekend - who themselves were beaten 3-1 by Everton on Saturday - and Howe knows his team need something to kick start their form.

"In the difficult moments, that's where you need the mentality the most," he added. "We have to be very resolute at the moment and almost shut out the noise from the outside and concentrate on what we're doing. But with the amount of injuries we have behind the scenes, we're getting kicked when we're down and that's really tough for us.

"It feels like we need that lift from somewhere. The trouble is no one is going to give it to you at this level, you have to create that yourself. That is the challenge for us and feeling sorry for ourselves is no help, we can't have the emotion running through us.

"We're stretched but we still have to believe in the group we play and the players we have. I do, but it needs to show on the pitch."

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The best photos as Liverpool cruise past Bournemouth

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 18:23

A much rotated Liverpool made light work of a despondent Bournemouth, with the Reds cruising to a 3-0 victory on the south coast.


There’s nothing like a brisk walk along the seaside to wake you up on a cold afternoon, and that is exactly what Jurgen Klopp‘s men experienced Saturday afternoon.

It was a game in which Liverpool managed over 1000 touches of the ball, forcing their opponents into 35 clearances – absolute total dominance, the only surprise was that the scoreline wasn’t more than the three eventually reached.

However, it was the first time in nine Premier League games that the Reds have kept a clean sheet – more important than goals scored perhaps for Klopp, who mentioned the stat post-match.

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker celebrates with manager Jürgen Klopp after the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. Liverpool won 3-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

At the business end of the pitch, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain picked up his first goal of the league season after a neat pass from Jordan Henderson.

The Liverpool captain’s searching ball landed on Oxlade-Chamberlain’s toe and the midfielder poked it home.

 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

One soon became two, and it was from another rotated into the side – Naby Keita. A clever one-two with Salah saw the Guinean start and finish a move of real class, and of course, there were smiles all around.

 Liverpool's Naby Keita celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Naby Keita celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Naby Keita (L) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mate Mohamed Salah during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Keita then turned provider, for Mohamed Salah – who slipped in Liverpool’s third.

The Egyptian has now scored in all five of his Premier League games against Bournemouth (seven goals in total), the only side he’s got a 100 per cent record against in the competition.

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah scores the third goal during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (L) celebrates scoring the third goal with team-mate Virgil van Dijk during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (#11) celebrates scoring the third goal with team-mates during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool could have had plenty more if they wanted, instead the Reds just calmly stroked the ball around – making their hosts work hard to try and get at least one touch.

With the game all but won, Klopp gave a debut to Curtis Jones. The one time U9 now had a Premier League game under his young belt, and he didn’t look out of place. Almost grabbing a fourth, but his volley just cleared the Bournemouth bar.

 Liverpool's Curtis Jones celebrates after the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. Liverpool won 3-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The only sour note, an injury to Dejan Lovren in the first half – however, it looks to have been just a spot of cramp.

It was the perfect result prior to a tricky match midweek in Salzburg, a game the Reds must win (or at least draw) should they wish to make the Champions League round of 16.

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Bournemouth 0-3 Liverpool: Jürgen Klopp's reaction

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 18:05

Jürgen Klopp saluted a 'super performance' after Liverpool beat Bournemouth 3-0 at Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

Goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita in the latter stages of the first half were added to by Mohamed Salah’s clinical finish shortly after the restart on the south coast.

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A 15th victory from 16 Premier League outings this season lifts the Reds 11 points clear of second-placed Leicester City at the top of the table, with the Foxes in action on Sunday.

The win also extended Liverpool’s club-record unbeaten run in the division to 33 matches.

As well as offering an update on the condition of Dejan Lovren, who was substituted due to injury in the first half, Klopp spoke about the Reds’ display, Salah and clean sheets in his post-match press conference.

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On whether it was a ‘perfect’ day other than Lovren’s injury…

It was, 100 per cent. On the other hand side I feel for Eddie because you can lose against us obviously, that can happen, but then losing Ake and [Callum] Wilson [to injury] on a day like this [is difficult]. We scored wonderful goals, had more chances, did really well. We were really uncomfortable to play and from the 3-0 on, we controlled the game absolutely. Nothing really happened anymore, the players didn’t like it too much to be really loud in these moments. I didn’t want to see any unnecessary risks because when you lose the ball it’s not a problem in football but it’s not a time for players to chase constantly, players who run for a counter-attack, I didn’t want that. Maybe it was not the most exciting but it was necessary. Yeah, it was an absolutely super performance, super individual performances and the team performance was just really mature and professional. That’s what we needed today.

On the challenge of maintaining such high standards in the Premier League at such a busy time…

We had so many games which we had to chase until the last second because we were 1-0 down, it was 1-1 or whatever and now when you have this really rare, comfortable situation you should really control the game. We had it a couple of days ago [against Everton] when we were 4-1 up and made it exciting again with a bit of unnecessary lack of concentration I would say, so we had to work much harder than it would have been necessary to at 4-1. But that’s it, so we have to do different things to win football games and today this was the thing we had to do and the boys did it. How I said, wonderful individual performances, the obvious ones like Naby, who was great, Mo, absolutely strong. There were many really, really good players but then especially how we controlled it from midfield with Hendo and Millie, that helped a lot. Joe Gomez after a while out of the centre-half position looked then immediately really natural. All that helped and that’s what you need to win a football game.

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On the ‘bonus’ of Salah being back to full fitness…

Absolutely. It’s long ago that he got that knock but you carry things like this with you when have game after game after game. He looks now 100 per cent.

On registering a first clean sheet in 15 games…

I forgot how it feels, to be honest! It’s great, we should have them more often. It was the most-used word in the dressing room by the boys – ‘clean sheet, clean sheet, clean sheet’. Obviously everybody was desperate for that, now we have it so let’s have it more often. The next game where a clean sheet would be useful is already around the corner, against Salzburg on Tuesday. It feels good.

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Bournemouth 0-3 Liverpool: Jürgen Klopp's reaction

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 18:05
Jürgen Klopp saluted a 'super performance' after Liverpool beat Bournemouth 3-0 at Vitality Stadium on Saturday.
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Ox: Hendo was telling me to run - so I have to thank him!

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 18:04
Jordan Henderson's persistence paid off for the Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain strike that set Liverpool on course for a 3-0 victory at Bournemouth on Saturday.
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Dejan Lovren injury update

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 17:35

Jürgen Klopp doesn’t believe the issue that forced Dejan Lovren from the field during the first half of Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Bournemouth on Saturday is a serious one.

The defender was replaced by Trent Alexander-Arnold after 40 minutes at Vitality Stadium.

Lovren will continue to be assessed by the club’s medical team; however, Klopp explained the early indications suggest the injury isn’t cause for too much concern.

The manager also confirmed the knocks that ruled Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana out of the fixture are also deemed only minor.

Klopp told his post-match press conference: “Always you don’t know exactly but it looks not too serious, it looks like a little cramp. He felt something, he told us, said he for sure could go to half-time, wanted to have treatment there and carry on, but we said no and stopped it there.

“That’s the status quo, you have these kind of things in this moment of the season. It is similar to what Gini and Adam Lallana had – not serious but serious enough to keep them out.

“Now we have two days to make sure they can go again. That’s what I think at the moment but I don’t know 100 per cent.”

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Dejan Lovren injury update

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Jürgen Klopp doesn’t believe the issue that forced Dejan Lovren from the field during the first half of Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Bournemouth on Saturday is a serious one.
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Match report: Reds beat Bournemouth to go 11 points clear

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 16:55

Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to 11 points with a comprehensive 3-0 victory at Bournemouth.

Goals from returning trio Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah in a devastating 19-minute spell either side of half-time did the damage for the relentless Reds, who lengthened their club-record top-flight unbeaten streak to 33 matches.

Jürgen Klopp’s team have now amassed 46 points from a possible 48 in the division this season, with their cushion at the summit growing due to second-placed Leicester City not being in action until Sunday.

Curtis Jones made his Premier League debut as a 76th-minute substitute on a day where the only obvious negative was the enforced withdrawal of Dejan Lovren, who had to be replaced due to injury in the first half.

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Klopp made seven changes to his starting line-up, with Alisson Becker, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Roberto Firmino all coming in along with goalscorers Oxlade-Chamberlain, Keita and Salah.

Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana missed out due to minor knocks.

First half

Liverpool quickly settled into their rhythm, the visitors monopolising possession in the early stages by recycling the ball while seeking an opening.

Their first effort on goal arrived with seven minutes on the clock. Gomez found Salah with a clever pass inside, but the No.11’s attempted curler into the far top corner was fielded by Aaron Ramsdale.

The Reds’ front-foot approach was maintained throughout the first 20 minutes, but their final pass lacked incision as Bournemouth sat in with plenty of men behind the play.

A first foray forward of note by the hosts saw a shot by former Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke deflected wide by Lovren, before James Milner directed an attempt narrowly off target following a neat one-two with Salah.

Eddie Howe’s side appeared to gain confidence for a period and Virgil van Dijk’s perfectly-timed sliding tackle thwarted Solanke after Keita had been pick-pocketed by Ryan Fraser in midfield. 

Nathan Ake replicated his international teammate at the other end to dispossess Salah, who had latched onto Keita’s through-ball, but the centre-back hurt himself while doing so and had to be replaced.

And within a couple of minutes of that change, Liverpool had the lead, with Oxlade-Chamberlain’s stretching volley beating Ramsdale from Henderson’s marvellous raking pass.

Injury then induced another substitution, this time for the Reds as Lovren was withdrawn for Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Despite that disruption, the visitors subsequently shifted through the gears and deservedly doubled their advantage prior to the break when Keita collected an ingenious backheel by Salah and slotted in from close range.

Salah himself could have furthered Bournemouth’s pain in stoppage time, but the Egyptian failed to convert at the back post after Firmino had flicked on Alexander-Arnold’s corner.

Second half

The assurance that characterised Liverpool’s play in the closing stages of the first period was again in evidence immediately after the restart.

Ramsdale got down well to save a snap-shot volley by Keita, but the Bournemouth goalkeeper was beaten again nine minutes into half as the No.8 returned the favour for Salah.

Keita intercepted Jack Simpson’s wayward pass and slipped in his teammate, who duly dispatched a cool, clinical finish into the far bottom corner.

Ramsdale denied Salah - a goalscorer for the fifth game in succession versus the Cherries - when the forward ran onto Henderson’s pass and blasted at goal, but Liverpool continued applying pressure with a persistence that belied how comfortable the scoreline had become.

Jones nearly capped an impressive cameo with a goal, the young Scouser’s left-footed volley from 20 yards clearing the crossbar, but the Reds had already done more than enough in a consummate, dominant display.

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Match report: Reds beat Bournemouth to go 11 points clear

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 16:55
Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to 11 points with a comprehensive 3-0 victory at Bournemouth.
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Liverpool move 11 points clear

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 16:52
Report and free match highlights as Liverpool go 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League By Charlotte Marsh at the Vitality Stadium

Last Updated: 07/12/19 7:03pm

2:53 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Bournemouth in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Bournemouth in the Premier League

Liverpool surged 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League eased to a 3-0 win against Bournemouth, who lost Nathan Ake and Callum Wilson to injury.

Jurgen Klopp's side barely made it out of third gear at the Vitality Stadium, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (35) opened up the scoring just a minute after Ake - who had been Bournemouth's best defender until that point - to an apparent hamstring strain.

Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah combined for Liverpool's next two goals, with the former slotting home just before the break (44) before Salah produced a cool finish not long after the restart (54). Bournemouth suffered another injury blow 10 minutes later when Wilson also hobbled off, piling more misery onto their fifth successive league defeat.

For Liverpool though, they are now 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League and have kept their first clean sheet in 13 games. Bournemouth remain in 15th, but could slip further down the table with those around them playing over the next two days.

How Liverpool cruised to another win Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates after giving Liverpool the lead at the Vitality Stadium Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates after giving Liverpool the lead at the Vitality Stadium Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates after giving Liverpool the lead at the Vitality Stadium

It was a low-key start on the south coast, with Bournemouth having the first sights of goal. In the 20th minute, Ryan Fraser slipped in former Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke down the right, but his strike was put into the side of the net by the body of Dejan Lovren. Fraser was involved again a few minutes later, this time setting up Arnaut Groeneveld but he dragged his shot just wide of the far post.

But for all of their good early work at both ends, the game turned when Bournemouth suffered a massive injury blow just after the half-hour mark. Ake made a well-timed clearance ahead of Salah, but as he did so, looked to have pulled his hamstring. Liverpool eventually put the ball out of play so the medics could come on, and Ake was soon replaced by Jack Simpson.

Player ratings

Bournemouth: Ramsdale (5), Ake (6), Francis (7), Mepham (6), Rico (6), Fraser (6), Lerma (6), Biling (6), Groeneveld (6), Solanke (6), C Wilson (6).

Subs used: Simpson (5), Cook (5), Gosling (5).

Liverpool: Alisson (5), Gomez (7), Van Dijk (8), Lovren (6), Robertson (7), Henderson (7), Milner (7), Oxlade-Chamberlain (7), Keita (8), Firmino (7), Salah (8).

Subs used: Alexander-Arnold (7), Jones (6), Shaqiri (n/a).

Man of the match: Mohamed Salah.

A minute after Ake's departure, and Liverpool took the lead. A wonderful long pass from Jordan Henderson picked out the run of Oxlade-Chamberlain. Chris Mepham could not keep up with his pace and Aaron Ramsdale had come well off his line to try and put the Liverpool midfielder off, but his hesitation allowed Oxlade-Chamberlain to flick the ball past him.

From then, the game was Liverpool's and they added another just before the break. It was a wonderful attacking move as Keita picked out Salah at the top of the area. The Egypt forward held the ball up superbly with three defenders surrounding him before back heeling the ball into Keita's path. It was then an easy finish for Guinea international, who slotted home past Ramsdale.

  • Bournemouth made two changes, with Adam Smith (injured) and Harry Wilson (ineligible) dropping out and replaced by Simon Francis and Ryan Fraser.
  • Only four Liverpool players remained in the starting XI from their midweek Merseyside derby win - Dejan Lovren, Virgril van Dijk, Andy Robertson and James Milner. Among the seven changes, Alisson returned in goal while Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino came in to attack.

Nine minutes after the restart and Liverpool added their third. It was a terrible error from Simpson, with his pass landing into the path of Keita, allowing the Liverpool forward to drive towards the area. He slotted it in for Salah at the far post and with Ramsdale once again off his line, the forward was able to coolly slot into the far corner.

Bournemouth already had a number of first-team players out of action ahead of the game but their injury list added another name just after the hour mark, as a second key man had to be substituted. Wilson tried to run after a pass, with Trent Alexander-Arnold in pursuit, but pulled up with what looked like a strain. He was soon taken off and Dan Gosling came on.

Callum Wilson was substituted with an injury in the second half Callum Wilson was substituted with an injury in the second half Callum Wilson was substituted with an injury in the second half

The hosts did in fact have the ball in the net in the 66th minute, but it was ruled out for offside. It was a nice move from the hosts too as Jefferson Lerma fed Diego Rico down the left, with his subsequent cross turned home by Groeneveld, but the linesman's flag was up. It was the correct decision too with Rico massively offside in the build-up as Bournemouth's bad luck continued.

Liverpool had a few more chances as the game meandered to a conclusion, but should have added a fourth with the last kick of the game. The visitors were awarded a free kick in the final minute, with Henderson and Salah playing it short to one another before the Liverpool captain curled the ball goalwards, but a leaping save from Ramsdale acrobatically tipped it around the post.

What the managers said

Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp: "The boys made a lot of good decisions and that's why it was a comfortable win, maybe more than we would have expected before the game, but Bournemouth were in a difficult situation, losing two key players, and then you get a feeling that it's not a Bournemouth day.

"But we scored wonderful goals, had other big chances and the result is most important, but the performance was really good as well, especially in the second half when we were really professional and assured. That's what we have to be in the moment and it's not about being constantly exciting, it's about doing the right stuff. There were not a lot of difficult moments to defend, which is good and very important so nearly a perfect day."

2:50 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says that due to Bournemouth losing key players during the game their 3-0 win was more comfortable than anticipated. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says that due to Bournemouth losing key players during the game their 3-0 win was more comfortable than anticipated.

Bournemouth's Eddie Howe: "The game seemed to hinge on Nathan's injury. Up until that point, we had looked relatively solid, we were in the game, we were a threat at different moments but he gets his injury and we concede seconds later. It was a hammer blow, a double whammy with the injury and the goal and we never recovered.

"We're going to need players to win games - you don't win matches and get points in the Premier League without good players and we've got such a long injury list now that it's obviously a big concern for the future. We've got games coming up thick and fast and we can't let this run continue."

2:12 Eddie Howe believes Bournemouth 'never really recovered' after Nathan Ake's injury in their 4-0 home loss to Liverpool in the Premier League. Eddie Howe believes Bournemouth 'never really recovered' after Nathan Ake's injury in their 4-0 home loss to Liverpool in the Premier League. Man of the match - Mohamed Salah Mohamed Salah celebrates with team-mates after scoring Liverpool's third Mohamed Salah celebrates with team-mates after scoring Liverpool's third Mohamed Salah celebrates with team-mates after scoring Liverpool's third

This could have been either Salah or Keita after their superb attacking performances, but the Egypt forward just takes the accolade. He was rested in midweek and it clearly did him the world of good, looking dangerous every time he picked up the ball and showing off his trademark flare.

His attacking stats make for some impressive reading too. He had five shots, four of which were on target and one was a very well-taken goal from a man clearly enjoying his football in this special side. He also made four key passes, picking up an assist among those, which was a sensational back pass for Keita - it was almost instinctive.

Merson: These are the games that win the PL Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a minute after Nathan Ake went off injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a minute after Nathan Ake went off injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a minute after Nathan Ake went off injured

Analysis from Paul Merson on Soccer Saturday:

"These are the games that, for me, win you the Premier League.

"I know they're not in form but, they have a go, Bournemouth. You look and think, 'That's not the easiest game'. Liverpool made it look like an FA Cup third-round game against a League Two or a non-league team. That's no disrespect to Bournemouth but that's how Liverpool made them look; they were head and shoulders above - so, so comfortable.

"The Bournemouth goalkeeper's got to come for the first goal but Mo Salah played in second gear - he was outstanding. Jurgen Klopp's getting his changes right. I didn't think this Liverpool team had it in them, to rotate and not be weaker, but we've seen in these last few weeks that they can. The thing for me, too, is that this is not the Man City of last season. Liverpool just have to stay focused and I think it's theirs."

Opta stats
  • Bournemouth have become the first side to lose five consecutive top-flight meetings with Liverpool by a margin of three or more goals each time, having lost those five by a combined score of 17-0.
  • Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has scored more Premier League goals against Bournemouth (seven) than any other opponent, scoring in all five of his appearances against the Cherries in the competition.
  • Of the 19 outfield players to feature for Liverpool in the Premier League this season, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita were the 15th and 16th to score respectively; only in 2015-16 have they had more different scorers in a single Premier League campaign (17, excluding own goals).
What's next?

It's another tricky fixture for Bournemouth next weekend as they travel to Chelsea in the Premier League (kick-off 3pm). Liverpool face a crucial midweek trip to Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League (kick-off 5.55pm), needing a draw to see them into the last 16. They will then face struggling Watford in the Premier League on Saturday (kick-off 12.30pm).

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