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Summary

  1. Benteke gives Liverpool win on home debut
  2. Coutinho was offside in build-up to winner
  3. Bournemouth playing the Reds for first time in league
  4. Click on audio icon for BBC Radio 5 live

Live Reporting

By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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Thank you and goodbye

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And now that we have heard from both managers we will leave it there. Thank you for joining us and for all your comments and votes.

So Liverpool win for the second time this season, but for Bournemouth it is another disappointment. Until next time, bye for now.

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Get Involved - Vote results are in

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We have been running a vote throughout the evening and we asked you who will be the top goalscorer in this season's Premier League.

And the result is an emphatic one. Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero picked up a huge 64.2% of the vote.

Next up were Christian Benteke (10.9%), Alexis Sanchez (5.6%), Romelu Lukaku (4.7%), Wayne Rooney (3.3%), Harry Kane (3%) and Diego Costa (2.8%). The rest (5.5%) went for the 'other' option.

Manager reaction - Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool 1-0 Bournemouth

More from Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers. He tells Sky Sports: "We said it would be a tough game. Defensively we were very good. Our play was better after the goal, I am very pleased.

"I haven't seen the replay, but it is a goal. The interpretation of offside changes every season, so it is difficult. If you are offside you are offside. 

"Christian Benteke gives us other options, his hold-up play was excellent. When the ball comes into the box he is a real threat and handful. He deserved his goal.

"I'm very pleased for the players, six points, two clean sheets and the team will grow. A glut of new players finding their feet."

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Manager reaction - Brendan Rodgers

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers on BBC Sport : "I am very confident Eddie will do well at Bournemouth and keep then in the league.

"I haven't seen their disallowed goal or ours and the most important thing is ours stood.

"Christian Benteke is bedding into a new team but you could see his threat."

How the table stands

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So Manchester City lead the way after two games, but Liverpool, despite only scoring two goals this season, are now third.

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Manager reaction - Eddie Howe

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Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe on BBC Sport:  It is tough to take but we have to. We are learning tough lessons, the margins for success are small. It will be character building.

"I didn't say a lot to the officials. They have a hard job but I will speak to then privately. I want feedback on the decisions."

Player reaction - Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth)

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Bournemouth defender Tommy Elphick, who had a goal disallowed, was unhappy the decision went against his side. He believes the officials also made an error in giving Christian Benteke's goal when Philippe Coutinho was in an offside position.

"It is really frustrating," Elphick tells Sky Sports. "I wouldn't like to be doing the referee's job. I got up ahead of him (Dejan Lovren), obviously you have to use your arms as leverage.

"But their goal was the real gut-wrencher. We pride ourselves on our back line. We have been briefed all summer about the offside rule. I was in the left-back position and could see across the line so it is really frustrating. Coutinho was past our line and tried to get the ball."

What's next?

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Both sides have their next matches away in London, with Bournemouth facing West Ham at Upton Park on Saturday, before Liverpool meet Arsenal at Emirates Stadium next Monday.

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Manager reaction - Eddie Howe

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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe on Sky Sports: "It is hugely frustrating. We were in the game, the big decisions have gone against us. The first was a goal by Tommy. If that is a free-kick then we will see free-kicks every time there is a corner.

"The new offside rule is a grey area. Under the new rules that is clearly offside. Our goalkeeper was affected by the player in front of him.

"We had a few chances tonight but the big positive is overall our performance. We know if we perform like that the results and goals will come. The players are winners and this is an experience we don't want to get used to.

"I am very proud of the performance and the players. You can't beat the decisions and the two big ones have cost us points. It is unforgiving."

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Christopher Nash: Refereeing costing us this game at the moment - Bournemouth were playing brilliant until the very dodgy goal.

MadForChrist: Bournemouth were robbed that goal shouldn't have stood but anyway kudos to Bournemouth they never made the game boring.

Eston Kimaswoch: On this, Liverpool are still so far off the mark, Top-four finish will be a miracle if not a mirage. BR has no game plan.

Paul Humphreys: Coutinho definitely offside, Liverpool not impressive at all, very lucky to have won both games. Should have lost 1-0 tonight.

Player reaction

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Christian Benteke on Sky Sports:  "A good debut for myself but the most important thing is the goal. The more important thing is the clean sheet."  

Player reaction

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Liverpool midfielder James Milner on Sky Sports:  "We know there is a lot of room for improvement, players have come in and it will take time. We can't ask for more than six points out of six.

"Philippe Coutinho has time to improve and he is a top player already. He is so difficult to mark.

"Arsenal next will be a tough match, they are a quality team."

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  • Was Coutinho offside?
  • Liverpool fans, two wins out of two – what have you been impressed with
  • Bournemouth fans – are you concerned?

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So played two, won two, goals scored two, goals conceded none. They made hard work of it at times, but it is a perfect, if uninspiring, start from Liverpool.

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Gee Em:  Ball movement is just too slow, and that looks like the plan from Rodgers. Benteke is a lot quicker than BR seems to think.

Spanish Super Cup latest

Barcelona 1-0 Athletic Bilbao (1-4 agg)

Over in Spain, Barcelona have finally managed to make a breakthrough in the Super Cup second leg againt Athletic Bilbao, Lionel Messi firing in just before the break from close range. 

Three more goals needed to level the tie. Is the comeback on? Follow the action in our dedicated live text commentary here.

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All you can say is good start for Liverpool. Two clean sheets, like Manchester United.

Mark LawrensonFormer Liverpool defender

FULL-TIME

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Liverpool do enough to take all three points. It was a great effort from Bournemouth but they just lacked that cutting edge to force an equaliser.

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Liverpool 1-0 Bournemouth

It was a dangerous position. But Liverpool completely mess it up. A training ground routine gone horribly wrong ends with James Milner shooting well off target.

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We said Moreno would tighten things up. But a jinking run to the edge of Bournemouth's penalty area is brought to a halt by Steve Cook's challenge. Free-kick. Dangerous position.

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HITS THE WOODWORK - Benteke (Liverpool)

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It should be game over. A low cross from the right wing, finds Christian Benteke in the penalty area. He scuffs his shot down into the ground and it bounces back up to hit the crossbar. The game is still alive. Just. Four minutes of injury time.

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There will be plenty of positives for Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe to take. But it is points that he wants. And time is running out.

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Liverpool 1-0 Bournemouth

Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne has a tester at goal. But slides it well wide. A rare attack from the hosts recently.

SUBSTITUTION

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Bournemouth continue to push for an equaliser. Dan Gosling comes on for Eunan O'Kane. Will the former Everton man break Liverpool hearts?

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The ball is on the top of the net, not in it. Lee Tomlin's header is just over as Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet flaps as a corner.

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Philippe Coutinho has been trying to make things happen all evening - look at the forward passes on the graphic below.

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He may not be Ibrahim's cup of tea (see 76 mins) but Philippe Coutinho gets a standing ovation from the home fans as he is withdrawn as Liverpool look to hold on to the three points.

Alberto Moreno is the man who has come on to tighten things up.

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Ten minutes left. Can Bournemouth get the equaliser their second-half play has deserved? One more change for the Cherries. Adam Smith comes on for Max Gradel, with Matt Ritchie moving to the left wing.

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If you are Bournemouth, you might as well throw another forward on. You might as well lose 2-0 going for a 1-1.

Mark LawrensonFormer Liverpool defender

YELLOW CARD - Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth)

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Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie is the next man cautioned. It is a clumsy, but not malicious, foul on Liverpool substitute Emre Can and Ritchie, who earlier hit the post, will have to be careful for the last 14 minutes. Bournemouth substitute Lee Tomlin then joins Ritchie in the book for pulling back Adam Lallana.

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Ibrahim Rashid: Coutiniho proving he is not world class has been abject all game liverpool will definitely not make top 4.

Ewan Clark: Liverpool don't look like they have anything special about them just lucking results at the moment.

David D: Even as a Liverpool fan, some of the decisions against Bournemouth have been very harsh.

You sure about that Ibrahim? Coutinho looks pretty impressive to me.

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Wonderful defending from Bournemouth's Charlie Daniels. A counter-attack sees Christian Benteke release Philippe Coutinho but the Brazilian's well-struck shot is bravely blocked by Daniels who threw himself in front of the ball.

Liverpool's Joe Gomez then gets his name taken and is yellow carded for a foul.

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Callum Wilson looks as though his legs have gone a little bit.

Mark LawrensonFormer Liverpool defender
Callum Wilson of Bournemouth
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'Get chalk on your boots son' - obviously the pre-match instruction to Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe - as his pass graphic shows below.

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Time for another Liverpool change and £29m signing Roberto Firmino, who was a late substitute in their win at Stoke last Sunday, is again given a bit of time to impress. Jordon Ibe is the man replaced.

The Anfield crowd gives a loud cheer as Firmino becomes the fifth man to make his home debut tonight. He has slotted in on the right wing, but looks to have freedom to move about.

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Naftal Haggai: Can't see Liverpool finishing in the top four though they will come close.

Saqib rao: Bournemouth are playing like they have been in the PL for a few good years- reminds me of when Swansea entered the PL stage.

Jarvis Whiteley: Bournemouth don't look like a team that have just got their first taste of the PL, too early to hope they stay up.

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Matt Ritchie's shoot-on-sight policy sees another shot take a deflection for a corner. Ritchie's inswinging corner is pushed to safety by Mignolet, who then holds the ball well from Charlie Daniels's fierce cross.

It is all Bournemouth at the moment.

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