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Bournemouth 0-4 Liverpool

Dejan Lovren
Dejan Lovren's goal was his first for Liverpool since scoring in a 4-2 win over Crystal Palace in October 2016

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp challenged his side to become more consistent after watching them thrash Bournemouth to move up to fourth in the Premier League table.

Goals from Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino gave the Reds the win and took them above Burnley and Arsenal, although they are still 18 points behind leaders Manchester City.

This result came after Liverpool had only managed draws in their home matches against Everton and West Brom earlier this month.

"It was a very important win as we had two draws in the last two games and both of those games we should have won," said Klopp.

"We need to be really consistent, on track and show all the time who we are and that we are all together.

"I'm really pleased about pretty much everything because the start was serious like it should be. We really deserved it and I enjoyed the performance."

Coutinho, who had earlier hit the post with a free-kick, put the visitors ahead with a fine individual goal and Lovren headed in a second six minutes later.

Jermain Defoe hit the post for Bournemouth, but Salah made it 3-0 before half-time after an excellent jinking run.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also hit the woodwork before Firmino headed in from Coutinho's cross to seal the impressive win for Klopp's side.

The victory extends Liverpool's unbeaten run in all competitions to 12 matches, while Bournemouth have not won in six games.

Sensational Liverpool far too good for Bournemouth

Liverpool took only 20 minutes to break down Bournemouth, and it came from a piece of magic from Coutinho as he scored his fifth goal in as many games.

There looked to be little danger when the Brazilian collected the ball 35 yards out, close to the left touchline, but, with the Bournemouth defenders backtracking, Coutinho was allowed to run at the home defence, before he jinked inside a challenge and slotted the ball past Asmir Begovic.

It became two soon afterwards after some sloppy Bournemouth defending.

A corner from the left was flicked on by Georginio Wijnaldum, but the home defence stopped, thinking the ball was going out of play, and Firmino hooked the ball back into the danger zone for the unmarked Lovren to score with a diving header.

Philippe Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho scored one and made one of Liverpool's four goals

In this fixture last season, Bournemouth trailed 2-0 and 3-1 before winning 4-3, but there was no repeat this time around.

Salah got his 11th goal in 11 games, and his 20th of the season, with an excellent individual goal to kill the game off after only 44 minutes.

Firmino got the goal he deserved with a diving header for the fourth, although he had looked to be in an offside position when he met Coutinho's fine cross.

With the three points wrapped up, Klopp took the opportunity to give some playing time for England midfielder Adam Lallana, who came on for the last 19 minutes for only his second substitute appearance of the season after a thigh injury sustained in the summer.

Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah received a standing ovation when he was substituted after 71 minutes. He touched the ball 48 times, scored a fine individual goal, had an 80% pass success rate and also put in four crosses, more than any other player on the pitch.

Bournemouth's concerns increase

For Eddie Howe's Bournemouth, this was their sixth game without a victory and they remain 16th in the table, only one point above the relegation zone.

Since putting four past Huddersfield on 18 November, the Cherries have only scored four times in six games, and they will be concerned that Joshua King, who netted 17 times in 2016-17, went off injured after only 31 minutes.

Defoe had the best chance for the hosts when he was put through by substitute Junior Stanislas, but, with only goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to beat, the England international fired his shot against the foot of the post.

He also forced a fine second-half save from Mignolet, but the hosts' struggles in front of goal continue and no Bournemouth player has scored more than three Premier League goals in 2017-18.

It was also another disappointing home performance for a Bournemouth side who have only picked up eight points from their nine matches at the Vitality Stadium this season, with only bottom side Swansea picking up fewer points - seven - from their home games.

Jermain Defoe
Jermain Defoe hit the post for Bournemouth, and he has only scored three times in 15 Premier League games since rejoining them in the summer

Man of the match - Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Mohamed Salah
Salah became the first Liverpool player to score at least 20 league and cup goals in a single season since Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge both did so in 2013-14

Landmark for Salah - the stats

  • Bournemouth are winless in their last six league games (drawn three, lost three).
  • Mohamed Salah became the first Liverpool player to score 20 goals before Christmas since Ian Rush in 1986-87.
  • No side has scored more first-half Premier League goals this season than Liverpool's 19, although Manchester City have also scored 19 in the first half.
  • Bournemouth's 4-3 win in this fixture 12 months ago is their only triumph in 12 league and cup games against Liverpool (drawn three, lost eight).
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last nine games in the Premier League (won six, drawn three) - their best run since an 11-match streak ended in November 2016.
  • Jurgen Klopp has made 69 changes to Liverpool's starting line-up in this season's Premier League. Last season he only made a total of 54 changes to his starting side in the league all season.

'We left ourselves exposed' - what they said

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: "We have to look at ourselves before we look at the opposition. We were flat, we never got going and we can't turn the ball over like we did because it is very difficult to defend when the numbers are against us.

"We are aware our style can leave us vulnerable and we left ourselves exposed at times. We didn't get our game going and when you don't perform against the top teams, you're going to get punished so it was very disappointing for us."

On Bournemouth being in a relegation fight, Howe added: "It's going to be a tough challenge but I back us to come back strong from this. We're in the same position as always with a relegation fight, first year, second year, so we've been here before. We know we have to come through a tough Christmas schedule and come back stronger next year."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "I am really pleased about everything, the start was serious, we knew how they can play if you let them. We were disciplined, I like how we defended different situations, and our tactical discipline was good. You can't score all the time, all the games are hard. It was a fantastic first goal, and the third was world class.

"We could have scored more, but we didn't really give a lot away so it was well deserved and I enjoyed the performances."

Asked whether it was hard leaving players out, Klopp replied: "It's not hard, I am not here to celebrate my squad. I like them but against West Brom they didn't hit the target.

"I don't change my mind in three minutes, but we have to be consistently good because we are Liverpool. I am completely happy having these boys around, Adam Lallana came on and made a difference immediately, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain creates pressure. But still, I can only line 11 up."

What's next?

After playing Manchester United and now Liverpool, Bournemouth's tough run of fixtures continues with a Carabao Cup quarter-final tie at Chelsea on Wednesday, 20 December (19:45 GMT), before an away Premier League game at leaders Manchester City on Saturday, 23 December (15:00 GMT).

Liverpool's next two games both come in the Premier League. Firstly they play away at Arsenal on Friday, 22 December (19:45 GMT) before a home game against Swansea City on Boxing Day (17:30 GMT).

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 27Begovic
  • 15A Smith
  • 2Francis
  • 5AkéBooked at 10mins
  • 11DanielsSubstituted forS Cookat 56'minutes
  • 33Ibe
  • 16L Cook
  • 6Surman
  • 7PughSubstituted forFraserat 45'minutes
  • 17KingSubstituted forStanislasat 31'minutes
  • 18Defoe

Substitutes

  • 1Boruc
  • 3S Cook
  • 4Gosling
  • 8Arter
  • 9Afobe
  • 19Stanislas
  • 24Fraser

Liverpool

  • 22Mignolet
  • 12Gomez
  • 6Lovren
  • 17Klavan
  • 26Robertson
  • 21Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 14Henderson
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 11SalahSubstituted forLallanaat 71'minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 9FirminoSubstituted forSolankeat 76'minutes
  • 10CoutinhoSubstituted forIngsat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Karius
  • 7Milner
  • 19Mané
  • 20Lallana
  • 28Ings
  • 29Solanke
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
10,780

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home6
Away21
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home5
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Bournemouth 0, Liverpool 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bournemouth 0, Liverpool 4.

Attempt missed. Adam Lallana (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Dominic Solanke (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

Foul by Joseph Gomez (Liverpool).

Nathan Aké (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Danny Ings replaces Philippe Coutinho.

Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

Offside, Liverpool. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tries a through ball, but Joseph Gomez is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

Foul by Dominic Solanke (Liverpool).

Nathan Aké (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool).

Lewis Cook (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Dominic Solanke replaces Roberto Firmino.

Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Roberto Firmino with a cross.

Booking

Adam Lallana (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Adam Lallana (Liverpool).

Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Adam Lallana replaces Mohamed Salah.

Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.

Goal!

Goal! Bournemouth 0, Liverpool 4. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho with a cross.

Offside, Liverpool. Simon Mignolet tries a through ball, but Mohamed Salah is caught offside.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Andrew Robertson.

Attempt blocked. Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Smith.

Attempt saved. Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lewis Cook.

Foul by Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Steve Cook replaces Charlie Daniels because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jermain Defoe with a through ball.

Foul by Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Nathan Aké.

Offside, Liverpool. Georginio Wijnaldum tries a through ball, but Philippe Coutinho is caught offside.

Joseph Gomez (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City18171056124452
2Man Utd18132339122741
3Chelsea18122432141838
4Liverpool1897238201834
5Arsenal18103531201133
6Burnley189541612432
7Tottenham1894531181331
8Leicester187562726126
9Watford186482733-622
10Everton176472129-822
11Huddersfield186391630-1421
12Southampton184681724-718
13Brighton184681423-918
14Crystal Palace184591528-1317
15West Ham184591732-1517
16Bournemouth1844101524-916
17Stoke1844101939-2016
18Newcastle1843111627-1115
19West Brom182881324-1114
20Swansea173311922-1312
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