Liverpool back to the old routine against a non top-6 side

Against Bournemouth, Liverpool went back to the old routine against a non top-6 side. Whilst gaining 6 points from our local enemies Everton this season, we have only gained 1 point from Bournemouth.

Having fallen back to an early Afobe goal, Coutinho and Origi scored either side of half-time to ensure that maximum points were available. Sadly, much to Klopp’s disgust Joshua King scored a dramatic late equaliser for Bournemouth as Liverpool dropped two crucial points at Anfield.

Team selection

Jürgen Klopp made two changes to his starting line-up following the 3-1 win against Everton. Divock Origi was starting in place of Sadio Mane who is out with a knee injury and Ragnar Klavan came back into the side replacing Joel Matip in the starting eleven. The switch meant Lovren switching from LCB, where he has been so effective with Matip to RCB.

Mignolet; Clyne, Klavan, Lovren, Milner; Can, Lucas, Wijnaldum; Mané, Firmino, Coutinho.

Highlights

  • Liverpool 2-2 Bournemouth
  • Coutinho (40′ minutes), Origi (59′ minutes) Afobe (7′ minutes), King (87′ minutes)
  • Klopp takes responsibility for late Liverpool lapse at the end of the game.
  • Liverpool’s Champions League hopes dented.
  • Liverpool remain third in the table, two points ahead of fourth-placed Manchester City, who have a game in hand.

The game

Bournemouth shocked Anfield very early on as they took a surprise lead when Benik Afobe pounced on Georginio Wijnaldum’s poor back-pass before rounding Simon Mignolet to score, this was the Cherries first goal at Anfield since 1968!! Bournemouth again went close with a volley from Marc Pugh. King, who had gone close to making it 2-0 after a powerful run, was allowed to wiggle free inside the Liverpool box to plant the equaliser.

Just before half-time a lovely pass by Firmino allowed fellow Brazilian Coutinho to score with a very composed finish. Liverpool continued to push on to find the winning goal. An in-form Artur Boruc pushed Nathaniel Clyne’s swirling attempt onto the bar. How many times has the opposing goalkeeper been the man of the match? Seemingly always stepping up, providing yet another world class performance.

In the second half, thankfully Wijnaldum made up for his error to set up Origi to head Liverpool’s second. What a superb header it was, justifying his selection ahead of Sturridge.

Earlier in the season when we were leading against Bournemouth Klopp was moaned at for not reverting to a Plan-B and shutting up shop. His decision to not do so lead to Bournemouth’s famous 4-3 win.

This time Klopp reverted to three at the back when he brought Matip on for Coutinho to shore up the defence.

This time round, despite learning from the last meeting it didn’t work. Where King’s late equaliser sparked similar scenes of jubilation among Bournemouth’s fans as they secured a first-ever point at Anfield. Liverpool once again failed to register a win against a team from the bottom half of the table.

In fact whilst we were leading 2-1 were actually level on points with second-placed Tottenham, however the night finished very differently due to three very late goals Spurs beat Swansea 3-1 and we are now five points behind!

Coutinho was sick

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: “Philippe Coutinho felt sick at half-time. He vomited. It’s no joy when you have to take off the best player in this moment on the pitch, because he played really well.”

“The result is not what we wanted but it could have been worse, actually. We all know we have lost games like this in the season.”

In-consistent against weaker teams

Liverpool’s impressive record against the Premier League’s top six this season is well documented, where we are in fact unbeaten in ten games with five wins. However our last six league defeats have come against teams in the bottom half of the table.

Burnley, Bournemouth, Swansea City, Hull City and Leicester City have all beaten the Reds this season, while bottom club Sunderland have also held Liverpool.

This is something that Klopp will have to work on from now till the start of the new season – possibly with the introduction of new blood.

 

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