Liverpool aimed to continue their dominance at the top of the Premier League when they visited Bournemouth on Saturday. They did so with an emphatic 3-0 win. After dominating the first half, the Reds found the breakthrough in the 35th minute when Jordan Henderson’s long-ball was tucked into goal by Alexander Oxlade-Chamberlain.
They got another at the 44th minute when a sweetly linked move between Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita allowed the latter to score on his first league start this season. Then Salah scored his customary goal at the Vitality Stadium, tucking in Keita’s brilliant pass into the goal at the 54th minute.
Liverpool dominated the game afterwards and strolled their way to an extremely comfortable win to go eleven points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Liverpool Player Ratings
Jurgen Klopp (7.0) –
Klopp has mastered the art of rotating his squad. Made a sensible decision playing Keita knowing the occasion and it paid off with his midfielder giving a brilliant performance. Got his tactics spot on as usual, urging his side forward after Ake was substituted knowing how vulnerable Bournemouth became.
Good on him to give young Curtis Jones his debut as well. But he’ll be a worried man after watching Lovren limp off, adding another injury to his side!
Alisson (6.0) –
Back into the team after missing the derby via suspension. Had little to do apart from passing the ball around. FINALLY gets his first clean-sheet of the season!
Joe Gomez (6.5) –
Not quite on Alexander-Arnold level, but Gomez’s been pretty spot on with his delivery. But defensively looking a bit wonky allowing Fraser outwit him. Booked for a sloppy error int he 39th minute. Settled down better when moved into a centre-back role and was much more composed with his defensive work afterwards.
Virgil van Dijk (7.0) –
Big Virg doesn’t look riled by Bournemouth’s dynamic striking duo at all. Makes a brilliant last-ditch tackle to avert disaster in the 29th minute. Van Dijk didn’t have that much to do thanks to Liverpool’s dominance, but lept into action whenever required to stamp his authority and get that clean-sheet!
Dejan Lovren (6.0) –
Lovren’s having to cover for the overlapping Gomez quite a lot today. Accompanied Van Dijk decently, but seemed to have tweaked something forcing him to be subbed before the half-time break.
Andy Robertson (6.5) –
Robertson has the opportunity to edge forward Alexander-Arnold in the assists charts and is driving forward with vigor to get his assist. Couldn’t get that unfortunately, but put in an energetic performance to neutralize Bournemouth’s threat through his side.
Jordan Henderson (7.5) –
Hendo’s looked very comfortable flinging the ball around the park in the first phase of the game. Put in an exceptional long-ball to put the goal on a plate for Ox. Nearly got a goal too in the dying stages, but his cunning free-kick was well saved.
The captain pulled the strings from deep, making necessary defensive contributions and making incisive forward passes. If he continues this, Fabinho won’t be missed much.
James Milner (7.0) –
This is the kind of games Milner’s thrives at. He’s making his presence felt in midfield, winning possession and driving Liverpool ahead. Tried a cheeky curler in the 25th minute which barely scraped past the net. Put in a typical efficient Milner kinda performance, working hard, creating chances and being a dynamic figure in midfield.
Naby Keita (8.0) –
Making his first league start of the season, Keita seems very eager to prove his ability to Klopp.
Despite being sloppy initially with some wayward passes which invited pressure, he grew in confidence and linked superbly with Salah before scoring a beautifully-created strike. Blasted another shot on goal at the 50th, only to see it saved. Picked out a stunning through-ball to feed Salah’s strike minutes later.
Keita reflected a very positive attitude with creative forward passes and linking well with Salah in particular. Proved why he must be picked more in this busy period with an efficient performance.
Alexander Oxlade-Chamberlain (7.0) –
Ox has a big role filling Mane’s shoes today. Looked bright with his movement early on. His persistent running was rewarded in the 35th when he superbly tracked and tucked in Henderson’s ball to score the opener. Involved in linking together creative moves and much brighter with his distribution. Did well to make sure Mane wasn’t missed.
Roberto Firmino (5.5) –
Firmino’s been completely boxed out by Bournemouth’s defenders during the first half-hour. Ake’s substitution seems to have freed him off, as he’s afforded a weak shot at goal in the 38th. Another strike minutes was later deflected wide. Had a relatively quiet game by his standards.
Mohamed Salah (8.5) –
Salah scored a hattrick here last year and has shown plenty of swagger after kick-off. Tried scooping a shot into the top corner at the 7th minute but saw it saved by Ramsdale. Played a delightful backheel to assist Keita’s strike. Then got his goal when Keita returned the favor, allowing him to score easily from close range.
Salah almost got his second in the 68th minute but his powerful shot was parried away. Terrorized Bournemouth with unpredictable movement and was raging with flair in the final third. Picking up steam at the right time.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (6.5) –
Almost immediately got an assist when his accurate pass for Firmino’s shot took a deflection out. Then he nearly got a goal at the 58th minute when left-footed attempt went wide. Effective as ever piling in crosses down the right and did his defensive duties well.
Curtis Jones (6.0) –
Handed his league debut by Klopp and worked hard to keep up the intensity. Almost got a goal late in the game too, but his strike went sailing over, unfortunately.
Xherdan Shaqiri (N/A) –
Added a bit of zing to the game in his short cameo.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Salah loves playing against Bournemouth and absolutely ran the show in attack. He oozed with confidence, playing a sensational assist for Keita before scoring his own goal in clinical fashion. He’s definitely the MOTM after this all-round brilliant act.