Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain followed up another impressive personal display for Liverpool by insisting fans have not yet seen his best for the club.
The summer signing was an instrumental figure as Jürgen Klopp’s side claimed a handsome 4-0 win at Bournemouth on Sunday evening.
Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino got the goals but Oxlade-Chamberlain deservedly earned plaudits for his efforts from midfield too.
But asked after the match whether Reds fans are now seeing the Englishman at the top of his game, he pledged that there is more in his tank to look forward to.
“Not yet, definitely not yet,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Liverpoolfc.com.
“I feel like I’m settled in now, and I’m learning the ropes and my roles and responsibilities. That’s always the thing that’s hard to adapt to. Once you get comfortable with that, you can start to relax more.
“I’ve been doing better and it has been coming, but there’s definitely more to come from me. And I’ll be doing everything I can to bring that out.”
The manager described Liverpool’s performance on the south coast as ‘the full package’.
“We set the trap, win the ball high and then we go. And when we go, we know we can be devastating,” said Oxlade-Chamberlain.
“It’s nice to be a part of. It’s great that the attacking boys have been doing well. But I think you’ve got to give big credit to people like Dejan and Raggy at the back as well; when you dominate games you can always be caught on the counter, especially with people like Defoe up front and King in the first half, who are good at running in behind. They had to be really switched on and they did it all through the game.
“It’s what we needed, three points were crucial. We didn’t really mind how we got them today.
“It’s obviously nicer when you can do it with a big gap and a great performance. We did that. But, ultimately, we just needed the three points – that was crucial.”
The result lifted the Reds up to fourth in the Premier League table, with Oxlade-Chamberlain’s former club, Arsenal, next up in a heavyweight encounter on Friday night.
“It will be a special occasion for me, full of emotion I’m sure,” he added.
“We’re in good form and we’ll be going there full of confidence and looking for three points. I hope we can put together a good performance, fight all the way through the game and come out with the right result.”
Eddie Howe offered high praise for Liverpool after his Bournemouth side were humbled on home soil.
The Cherries were outclassed from start to finish as Jurgen Klopp's Reds produced another dominant away performance. Goals from Philippe Coutinho , Dejan Lovren, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool a 4-0 win which could have been even more emphatic.
Howe admitted he was “down” after seeing his side so soundly beaten, but was magnanimous in his assessment of the visitors.
“On today's evidence, they are very strong,” he said. “They've got obvious creative flair, pace in attack is always a big strength in any team and they have that in abundance.
“And they were solid defensively today, they coped with us very well. Most aspects of their game today were very strong, and when you compare them to the rest of the teams in this league they are certainly up there.”Read More Bournemouth vs Liverpool
Howe, of course, enjoyed one of his most memorable wins as Bournemouth boss in this fixture last season, his side fighting back from 3-1 down to win a thrilling match 4-3.
His mood here, though, was rather different.
“I think that's an understatement!” he said when asked if he was 'down' after the game. “It was difficult to take.
“There have not been many times since I was Bournemouth manager that I have felt like this after a match. I'm so disappointed, and wanted to give more to the supporters.Jurgen Klopp shakes hands with Eddie Howe (Image: (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images))
“It was a high-profile match, and we haven't performed. We all feel that responsibility. But when you're in football management, it happens. The key thing is how you respond.
“When you don't perform against the top sides, with the quality they have, then it is really difficult. Today we were below what we need to be, and Liverpool were very good. They have the players that can hurt you, and when you turn the ball over like we did, with their counter attacking threat, it is very difficult.”
He added: “I was up and down like a jack-in-the-box just trying to change something, to get a foothold in the match. We actually changed system a couple of times just to try and change the flow of the game, but it never helped us. We just never got going, and we have plenty to look at.”
Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden capped a brilliant year by winning the BBC Young Sports Personality award.
He helped England win the Under-17 World Cup and took the Golden Ball award for the tournament's best player.
Foden, 17, also made his senior debut for Manchester City and became the youngest Englishman to start a Champions League match.
He was on a final shortlist of three for the BBC award, with gymnast Ellie Downie and Para-skier Millie Knight.
"It meant everything," Foden said about being named the Under-17 World Cup's best player. "But I would like to thank my team-mates, without them it wouldn't have been possible."
The winner was announced during the Sports Personality show in Liverpool on Sunday.
Footballer Wayne Rooney, tennis player Andy Murray and swimmer Ellie Robinson are among former Young Personality winners.Foden scores England's fifth to seal U17 World Cup'The Stockport Iniesta'
Foden scored twice as England's youngsters came from behind to beat Spain 5-2 in October's Under-17 World Cup final in India.
He made his City debut as a substitute in the win over Feyenoord in November and broke records when he started in the Champions League loss to Shakhtar Donetsk the following month:
- Aged 17 years and 192 days, he was the youngest Englishman to start a Champions League match, beating the mark set by former Chelsea player Josh McEachran.
- He is the first player born in the year 2000 to start a match in Europe's top-level club competition.
- Nicknamed the 'Stockport Iniesta' after the Barcelona midfielder, he does not turn 18 until 28 May, 2018.
Jurgen Klopp hailed “a big step” for Andy Robertson as Liverpool put Bournemouth to the sword at the Vitality Stadium.
The left back was a stellar performer as the Reds ran riot on the South Coast. Robertson set up Philippe Coutinho's superbly-taken opener and delivered comfortably his most complete performance since joining the club in the summer, helping his side to a comprehensive 4-0 victory.
The Scotland international has had to wait for an extended run in the first team, playing second fiddle to Alberto Moreno for the most part this season.
But with the Spaniard injured, the 23-year-old is needed. Here, he didn't let his manager down.
“He has not had to wait, he has had to train and to learn,” Klopp said. “That is a different thing.
“Only because everybody is asking, it looks like he has to wait.
“He made a big step today. His first two games were good, but Robbo can do much better and he knows that.
“He has to gain rhythm, get more confident and today was a game where he really made a difference.
“The first pass he played from the back for, I think, Roberto? He couldn't get it, but that was the idea we worked on. The first goal I think is 40 per cent him, because without his run at the back of Phil things would be different, no?
“He did really well and we are happy for him.”Read More Bournemouth vs Liverpool
Klopp cut a satisfied figure at his post-match press conference, though he admitted that runaway leaders Manchester City would take some catching at the top of the table.
Of more concern, for the time being at least, is the race for the top four. Liverpool's win here puts them into the final Champions League spot, in the slipstream of Manchester United and Chelsea but with Arsenal, Tottenham and surprise package Burnley close behind.
Last season, Liverpool needed 76 points to finish in the top four, and Klopp was asked whether they would need a similar total this time around.
“I don't know, I don't have a crystal ball!” he said. “I don't even know how many points we needed last season. 76? I don't think it will be much lower.
“Everyone up there is still winning, so you need to carry on. But I don't know. A lot of teams are in good shape, but City win all the games so it will be difficult to get them.
“I have respect for them. They are not flying in this moment, but they are working hard for it. It is well deserved.Video Loading
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“If they struggle like nobody with Manchester City's quality has ever struggled before, then maybe someone will be there. But it doesn't look like it.
“But if I stopped working because I couldn't be the league champion, then I wouldn't be here. We have so many things to play for, and I am enjoying the season.
“It is so intense, so hard to get anything. But most of the time our football is really good to watch.
“We play next Friday against Arsenal – wow! That's a really hard one, but we look forward to it.”
Klopp's final question was on the importance of the forthcoming transfer window, though it was one he was not quick to engage with.
“All the transfer windows are or were important, there's no doubt about that,” he said.
“It depends on 'can you be busy or not?' or 'are you forced to be busy?' I have nothing to say about it, it is just another window.
“We have won football games with a completely different line-up. If a club is dependent on one player only, then you have real problems. We are not. I am happy with my squad, and have nothing to say about the transfer window.”
Илья Кутепов о поражении от «Ливерпуля»: «Мы же не могли встать все 11 человек в ворота. Но результат налицо»
Защитник «Спартака» Илья Кутепов объяснил причины поражения крупного поражения от «Ливерпуля» в Лиге чемпионов (0:7).
– Что произошло в Ливерпуле?
– Сложно сказать. Но вообще многие сильные команды проигрывали с таким счетом. Или близким к нему. Вспомните хотя бы полуфинал чемпионат мира-2014 между Бразилией и Германией. Это футбол, такое тоже бывает.
– Но неужели разница между «Спартаком» и «Ливерпулем» столь существенна?
– Не сказал бы. У нас была только одна задача – выиграть. И, конечно, мы немного раскрылись. Мы же не могли встать все 11 человек в ворота, и не пытаться атаковать. Но результат налицо.
– Спустя пару дней Каррера признался, что иногда такие поражения нужны команде.
– Возможно, он прав. На «Энфилде» был холодный душ. И мы правильно отреагировали на такое поражение, разгромив затем ЦСКА, – сказал Кутепов.
The Reds, as they have been on their travels of late, were in irresistible form on the South Coast. Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren and Mo Salah had them three goals to the good by half time, and Roberto Firmino's second-half header rounded off an impressive win.
The result lifts Liverpool to fourth in the Premier League table, with a trip to rivals Arsenal on the horizon this coming Friday.
Afterwards, Klopp was in buoyant mood as he examined his side's performance.
“I'm very satisfied as you can imagine,” he said. “It's a really tough place to come, and if you are not as concentrated and as focused as we were today then I think it's impossible to get something here.Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (L) celebrates with his players on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Bournemouth (Image: (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images))
“We were from the first second really spot on. I liked the mix up of being patient in some moments and really lively in others. We had very good organisation, our defensive approach and idea was good, and it worked out.
“We scored fantastic goals, and we controlled the game in the second half, were not really in trouble except for one chance. I am really happy with the full package we showed today.”
There were strong performances across the pitch from those in white, from Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan in defence, the excellent Jordan Henderson in midfield and the usual brilliance of Salah, Coutinho, Firmino and co in attack. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was named man of the match by Sky, but any one of seven players might have scooped the award.Read More Bournemouth vs Liverpool
“Today, I think we were difficult to play against,” Klopp remarked. “Otherwise, what we analysed, Bournemouth is a good team, good structure. I don't think the game today showed the real face of Bournemouth. But it showed what we can do and how we can cause them problems.
“We didn't see a lot of the things we normally see from Bournemouth, but that was the performance of my boys. We were really good, really ready defensively.
“For example, everyone knows what a fantastic footballer (Andrew) Surman is, but it was difficult for him to get the balls he usually gets. That's how it is, we had a defensive plan and it worked out.”Jurgen Klopp shows his appreciation to the fans at the end of the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool (Image: (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images))
The result means, remarkably, that Liverpool have scored 27 goals in their past seven away games, and have netted three or more in five consecutive matches on their travels for the first time since 1982.
Salah's goal was his 20th in all competitions, a milestone reached in just 26 matches. Only George Allan, in the 19 century, has managed it in fewer games.
“Yeah, right, but what would happen if he doesn't score from now on?” Klopp smiled. “That's still 20 for the season!
“I'm looking forward to him staying in this shape and continuing. He didn't score against West Brom, for example, and we might have needed him to more than we did today!Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates
“As a manager I don't like it if it is too much about Mo. He knows I respect him and I like him. I don't like the talk of the 'fab four', I don't think about it. I don't go home and think 'My God, how good is he?!” That's not how it works.
“Yes, he's a very important player for us, like the others. Just in the moment, it's easy for him to finish the situations. Hopefully it stays like this.
“But if it doesn't, then we have Sadio, Oxlade, Adam Lallana back. We need to bring it all together, play intensive football, not because we want to but because we have to. The period is so intense we will need all of the players.
“Today I am just happy that we got the three points.”
The Brazilian playmaker was defended by his team-mate following rumours of a potential January move to Camp Nou
Philippe Coutinho turned down the chance to commit his immediate future to Liverpool after scoring a fantastic goal in Sunday's 4-0 Premier League win at Bournemouth.
The Brazilian's dazzling solo effort broke the deadlock at the Vitality Stadium and he later recorded a pair of assists as Jurgen Klopp's men ran riot to move up to fourth place.
But, with Barcelona ready to rekindle their long-held interest in the playmaker , Coutinho would not be drawn on what his future holds when he spoke after the game.Related
"I always say the same thing, I try to enjoy the moment," Coutinho told Sky Sports. "I like to play football and I always try my best.
"It was a nice goal for me but the most important thing was Liverpool getting better and winning the game, so we're happy with the three points.
"Everyone enjoys playing, the manager changes it sometimes but everyone who is on the pitch can give their best and that's good for Liverpool."
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain defended Coutinho from being grilled about his future after pipping his team-mate to the television man-of-the-match award.
"Phil is doing well for us and he's so professional and gives his all for us," the England international said. "That's the most important thing and it's not fair to ask those sorts of questions.
"The four boys up front [Coutinho, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino] have been on fire recently. They're not bad!
"Everyone's a quality player and it's up to the rest of us to get in and among it. But with the squad rotation we have to keep performing."
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Oxlade-Chamberlain put in arguably his strongest performance since signing from Arsenal, but the versatile midfielder believes there is still more to come.
"I'm trying my best and I've definitely made strides forward," Oxlade-Chamberlain said. "I have areas to improve and I know that, but I'm trying to do the things the manager wants.
"I'm happy with the performance but you normally have to get a goal to get man of the match. We know Phil and Mo can come up with magic."
Coutinho shines, Henderson recovers & Cherries have no comeback: 5 talking points from Bournemouth 0-4 Liverpool
Liverpool continued their free-scoring away form with four fantastic goals and a clean sheet to boot.
Bournemouth 0-4 Liverpool
Goals: Coutinho 20′, Lovren 26′, Salah 44′, Firmino 66′
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December 17, 2017
In the previous game against West Brom the Brazilian schemer appeared to be forcing the issue, playing passes through channels which had already closed.
But down on the south coast he was able to force the issue in a different way.
Stepping up to take a free kick in the first-half he was inches away from opening the scoring as his neat curler hit the post.
He’s increasingly specialising in such set-piece situations, and can now execute them in a number of different ways thanks to the hours of training ground practice.
He wasn’t deterred by this misfortune, and eventually opened the scoring with a determined, skilful run down the left wing.
His touch to Andy Robertson was sublime, then on taking the return pass he weaved his way into the area—aided by the Scotsman’s overlapping run—before shooting low into the corner.
There was then a one-two with Mohamed Salah which should have produced a goal, but the Egyptian was thwarted by some good positioning from Asmir Begovic.
He did manage to add an assist later in the game, putting the ball on Roberto Firmino‘s head for the fourth.Bournemouth have no comeback
With Liverpool 3-0 up the TV preamble going into the second half pointed out that they have a habit of relinquishing such leads.
It was an attempt to keep the neutral interested, and a reference to the same fixture last December when Liverpool allowed their opposition to come back into the game having twice held two-goal leads.
When Jermaine Defoe hit the post in the first half it was a warning sign that this could be a case of history repeating.
But Liverpool limited their opponents to just one shot on target in the second half, and thanks to solid defensive play throughout the team they were able to keep a clean sheet.
There used to be an aspect of football where managers told their best attackers to conserve energy and not go running around the place unnecessarily.
This meant they were fresh, fully focused, and ready to make the utmost impact when they were presented with the ball in attacking areas.
This definitely doesn’t apply to Firmino, though, as he’s asked to defend from the front and regularly appears to be the Liverpool player doing the most running.
However, this doesn’t affect his touch or his decision making as much as might be expected, and he showed this here with an excellent assist and a well-taken goal.
On retrieving a high ball which looked destined to go out of play, he was able not only to keep it from crossing the line but also hook it into the danger area where Lovren bravely dived to head home the second.
Firmino was constantly making runs in attack as well as defence, always giving his team-mates an out-ball.
One such run grabbed him a goal of his own as he headed Coutinho’s lofted pass with all the anticipation and poaching ability of a seasoned centre-forward.Promising signs from Henderson in deep duo
After Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had been handed the Man of the Match award, the director returned to the TV studio where Graeme Souness was asked who he would have given it to.
He may have surprised a few people by suggesting that, though he enjoyed Oxlade-Chamberlain’s performance, he might have given the award to Jordan Henderson.
The Liverpool captain is regularly the subject of criticism, and damning stats routinely do the rounds on social media after his poor displays.
But as captain, and as a senior member of the squad, he needs to find his feet and find a role in the side where he’s at least not dragging the side down.
Today he operated alongside Georginio Wijnaldum in a midfield pair with Oxlade-Chamberlain ahead of him, and it seemed to bring out moments of the box-to-box midfielder of old.
There were encouraging signs: the odd interception, tackle, and pass, and though the ball-watching was still evident, it didn’t seem to matter as much.
While he may not have been worthy of the Man of the Match award as Souness suggested, there were certainly promising signs.
He made more passes than any player bar Lovren, and the pass accuracy of 90 per cent was close to what would be expected from a player in his position.Unbeaten rotation
Four games in 11 days will mean that Jurgen Klopp needs to rotate his squad to avoid the collapse which his side experienced last January, but the damage cause by these changes needs to be minimal for them to be worthwhile.
His side are 12 games unbeaten in all competitions despite some heavy rotation in recent weeks, and they now go into the Arsenal game on Friday with some fresh players, and some others who will be flying after this 4-0 win.
The full effect of this policy should come into play in the latter few months of the season, but in the short term its important to pile up the points over the Christmas period.
A win at the Emirates would go some way to justifying Klopp’s decisions in team selection of late.
The Reds got back to winning ways with a goal fest on the south coast, moving back up to fourth in the Premier League.
Bournemouth had no answer to Liverpool’s attack, and the scoreline could have been far greater in truth.
Speaking after the match, Klopp declared his contentment with both ends of the pitch and the points the Reds took from the Vitality Stadium.
“We were from the first second really spot on. I like the mix-up of being patient in some moments and very lively in others.
“We scored a fantastic first goal which I’d like to give 40 per cent of to Andrew Robertson, because if he does make the run in Phil [Coutinho]’s back then I think the situation is completely different.
“But of course it was fantastic from Phil.
“We controlled the game in the second half. We had a lot more [chances] than we scored so it’s pretty fair that they didn’t use the one [chance they had], which happened already against us this season.
“So I’m really happy about the full package we showed today, it was difficult so we’re really satisfied.”
Jürgen Klopp believes Liverpool delivered 'the full package' in their performance as they racked up a commanding 4-0 victory over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday.
The Reds swept their opponents aside on the south coast with a fine display as they raced into a three-goal lead inside the first half.
Philippe Coutinho’s majestic opener sent the visitors on their way before Dejan Lovren headed in a second. Mohamed Salah then claimed his 20th of the season with a sublime solo effort before the break.
Roberto Firmino completed the scoring in the second half with a glancing header to put the seal on a fine afternoon’s work for Liverpool and move them up to fourth in the Premier League table.
Read on for a summary of Klopp’s post-match press conference…
On his level of satisfaction with Liverpool’s performance…
Very, of course, how you can imagine. It’s a really tough place to come and if you are not as concentrated or as focused as we were today then I think it’s impossible to get something here. We were from the first second really, really spot-on. I liked the mix-up of being patient in different moments and being very lively in others. Very good organisation, defending, approach, idea and it worked out.
It was clear you cannot create chances minute by minute but we scored a fantastic first goal, which I would like to give 40 per cent to Andy Robertson because if he doesn’t make the run in Phil’s back then I think this version is completely different, but of course it was fantastic of Phil. Roberto forced the second goal, a fantastic third goal and even though it looked a little bit like offside a second ago when I saw it, a fantastic fourth goal.
We controlled the game in the second half, came not really in trouble. Bournemouth had only one real chance and of course, we had a lot more than we scored so I think it’s pretty fair that they didn’t use the one. That’s happened really often against us. So I am really happy about the full package we showed today. It was difficult so we are really satisfied.
On being back in the top four…
We couldn’t be higher – since this morning it was clear that if we win we are fourth, so yes I am happy about it but I didn’t think about it, to be honest.
On Robertson, who started his fourth consecutive Premier League game…
He didn’t have to wait, he had to train and to learn, that’s a different thing. Only because everyone is asking it looks like he has to wait. I’m happy about this, he made a big step today because the first two games were all good but Robbo can do much better and he knows that, but it’s normal [because] you have to gain rhythm and you need to get more confident. Today was a game when he really made the difference. The first pass he played in the back for Roberto, Roberto couldn’t get it but that was the idea and he did really well. He’s a fantastic football player so I am happy for him.
On Salah’s haul of 20 goals this season…
But what would happen if he would not score from now on? It’s still 20 after the season. I’m looking forward to it that he stays in that shape and still plays like this. He didn’t score against West Brom, for example, and we could have needed it much more in that game than today but things happen, I have no problem with it. He knows how much talk is always about Mo. He knows how much I respect and like him, but it’s not about the ‘Fab Four’ – I don’t like that name as well. I don’t go home and think ‘my God, what a player Mo Salah is, how good is he and all the others?’ That’s not how it works.
He is a very important player for us, like the others, but obviously for him it’s easier in the moment to finish the situations than the other players, and hopefully it stays like this for Mo, for example. Sadio, Oxlade, have big potential in this. Adam Lallana is back, so we need to bring altogether that we can play intensive football. Not because we want to play intensive football, only because the period is so intense that you have to cope with it, we have to deal with the situation. For that we need all the players and I am happy that today we got, even more importantly, the three points as well.
On his assessment of Bournemouth…
Very good. OK, today I think we were difficult to play, to be honest, but what we saw in the analysis was just good – well organised, clear structure and stuff like this. I really don’t think the game today was the real face of Bournemouth, but it showed what we can do and how we can cause Bournemouth problems. I don’t think you saw a lot of the normal things, the things you see normally in a game from Bournemouth. That was mainly because of the performance of my boys, it was really good. We were good in situations, everyone ready for defending. We had a defensive plan and it worked out, and that’s good.
On whether Manchester City can be caught by another side in the Premier League table…
I don’t know, I don’t have a crystal ball or whatever. It looks like. I have to say, [they have] all my respect. They fight for it. They are not flying in the moment, they really work hard for it and it’s deserved. They could have won all of their games and it’s not their fault they have so many points. If they struggle like maybe nobody has struggled before with the quality of Manchester City, then somebody should be there and use it – but I don’t see it in the moment. If I would have stopped working hard in the moment when I cannot be champion anymore in the league then I would not be here.
There is one team who can be it [champions] – sometimes the decision is a little bit earlier, sometimes a little bit later. We have so many things to play for and I enjoy the season in the moment. It is really hard, it is really intense, it is unbelievable how many points you will probably need at the end of the season to get anything. Most of the time we played our football, it is really nice to watch and successful. We play next Friday against Arsenal... wow. That’s a really hard one as well, but I’m looking forward to it.
On whether Liverpool will need 76 points again to finish in the top four…
I don’t think it will be much lower. Everybody is winning up there very often, so you need to carry on all the time and stay on track. I don’t know how many points. It doesn’t make it more likely when I say whatever, but a lot of teams are in a good shape – and City win all their games, so it’s difficult to get them.
On the importance of the forthcoming transfer window...
All the transfer windows are – or were – important, there is no doubt about that. But it depends whether you can be busy or not, or are you forced to be busy or not. That’s how it is. I have nothing to say about it, it’s just another window. We have won football games with a completely different line-up. If a club was dependent on one player, then you would really have problems. I am happy about my squad, but there is nothing to say about the transfer window.
Klopp’s men extended their unbeaten league streak to nine games under precious little pressure, getting back to winning ways after successive draws against Everton and West Brom and climbing into the top four as a result.
“I’m really pleased about pretty much everything because the start was serious like it should be,” Klopp told Sky Sports.
“We knew how Bournemouth can play if you let them – we saw in the last game against (Manchester) United, they had their moments – so we knew what can happen.
“How we defended these different situations and our tactical discipline was good.
“We scored a fantastic first goal… we could have scored more. We gave just the one chance, but that’s pretty much normal; I think really well deserved and I enjoyed the performance.”
“I like them all, that’s why they are at Liverpool. But we have to be consistently good because we are Liverpool – that’s what we have to learn.”
Having been unlucky to lose 1-0 at Old Trafford last time out, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe admitted his side had been thoroughly outclassed on this occasion.
“You have to look at yourself, you can’t look at the opposition,” he said. “We were flat today for whatever reason, we never got going.
“The whole game I don’t think we had a good feel about us today. We didn’t get our game going in a number of aspects.
“I’m surprised at what we’ve delivered today because we’re a lot better than that. I’d back us to come back from this.”