As it happened: LFC 3-0 Bournemouth

Premier League
Saturday 09 February 2019 - 3:00 pm
Anfield
Liverpool3
0Bournemouth
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⚽️ Mane24'
25'Rico
⚽️ Wijnaldum34'
38'Smith
⚽️ Salah48'
59'↔️ Ibe off, Solanke on
Matip62'
74'↔️ Lerma off, Mousset on
Wijnaldum off, Alexander-Arnold on ↔️77'
80'↔️ Rico off, Mepham on
Robertson86'
Mane off, Origi on ↔️87'
Firmino off, Sturridge on ↔️90'
Possession %
6535
Total Shots
2012
Shots on Target
92
Shots Blocked
55
Offside
12
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Liverpool return to Anfield for matchday 26 and a chance to go three points clear of current leaders Manchester City.

The reds have suffered a mini-blip in the past two games with two draws - firstly in the snow at Anfield v Leicester followed by another 1-1 draw away at West Ham United.

Man City's game v Everton was brought forward a few weeks and the Manchester club moved ahead of Liverpool on goal difference, having played one more game.

In the pre-match press conference Jurgen Klopp highlighted that the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum had all returned to training late in the week, but it remains to be seen if they are ready for a place in the side.

Follow the action with us here.

As it happened...

13:52 UK

Bournemouth remain without injured pair Callum Wilson and David Brooks, while Jefferson Lerma's ankle problem will be checked on ahead of kick off.

Dominic Solanke is likely to start against the reds - he signed in January, but loanee Nathaniel Clyne is ineligible.

13:59 UK
Bournemouth aiming high

A point for Bournemouth would take them above Everton into 9th and they could reach 8th this evening if they get all three points.

Liverpool need just a point to return to the top of the Premier League with both City and the reds having completed 26 matches.

Man City's goal difference is currently seven goals better than Liverpool's, however this gap has tightened dramatically in the past 10 games.

14:02 UK
Confirmed LFC Team

Wijnaldum back in the starting XI - Trent and Henderson back in matchday squad.  Shaqiri out with minor abdominal strain.

Liverpool: Alisson, Milner, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Keita, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Subs: Mignolet, Henderson, Sturridge, Lallana, Origi, Camacho, Alexander-Arnold.

14:10 UK
Bournemouth team news

Jordon Ibe in the side, but Dominic Solanke starts from the bench for Eddie Howe's team.

14:38 UK
Previously...

Liverpool have won the last three Premier League games against Bournemouth by 4-0, 3-0 and 4-0. 

But two seasons back the reds were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield.

Back in December for LFC's 4-0 victory at Bournemouth, James Milner was also at right back - in fact the starting line up was identical to today's except that Shaqiri started instead of Sadio Mane.

15:00 UK
KICK OFF

We're underway at Anfield!

15:03 UK

2' Lovely winter sunshine at Anfield.  Firmino has taken up a central position in the front three with Salah on the right.

Early chance for Bournemouth but stopped by Alisson.  Bournemouth with plenty of players forwards in these opening exchanges.

15:05 UK
Reds grafting

5' Liverpool seeing a lot of the ball in these early stages - plenty of gegenpressing for the reds in the Bournemouth half.

15:15 UK

15' Most of Liverpool's work surprisingly coming down the Milner side so far.

He's linking up well with Mo Salah who has had a chance.

Remains 0-0.

15:23 UK

23' Midway through the first half.  Plenty of effort from Liverpool but no breakthrough yet.

Bournemouth chancing their arm with some quick counter attacks too.

 

15:25 UK
GOAL

24' Cross deep into the area by James Milner and Sadio Mane nods that one in.

15:26 UK
Yellow card

25' Shortly after the restart Diego Rico is carded for a foul on Andy Robertson.

15:29 UK
Chance

28' Liverpool almost in again but Salah makes a bit of a mess of controlling that ball.

Diego Rico on a yellow now and Liverpool are causing him problems.

LFC corner goes back out for another reds cross in but Salah is stretching and can only fire it over the crossbar.

15:34 UK
Wonderful pass

33' Sublime ball played forward there by Joel Matip.  Roberto Firmino probably wasn't expecting it to be that good and he isn't ready to control it.

Opportunity.

15:35 UK
GOAL

34' GINI WIJNALDUM makes it two nil.

It's a beautiful ball by Robertson, great control in the area by Gini and then he flicks it over the keepers head.

Outstanding.

15:39 UK
Yellow

38' Bournemouth's Adam Smith yellow carded.  He was claiming for a foul in the area but it was a perfectly timed tackle by Andy Robertson.

He hauled himself off the ground and clattered straight into Sadio Mane.

Yellow card.

15:40 UK

15:45 UK

45' Another great chance for Liverpool - this time from Mo Salah and it's just tipped over by Artur Boric.

15:49 UK
HALF TIME

It's been a great half from Liverpool who look more like the team we now.

As it stands the reds are going 3 points clear at the top of the league, but another 45 minutes ahead.

Sadio Mane with his fourth consecutive goal in four consecutive PL games (a personal record for him) and Gini Wijnaldum with a clever finish.

HT: Liverpool 2-0 Bournemouth.

15:54 UK
HT Comments

from LFC Reds

'That was a boss first half that & a great response to what we’ve seen recently  ,theyve got about five in midfield but we aren’t giving them a minute on the ball,want us to keep at it second half,gini f**king brilliant.'

And

'All set up for us now. A slight concern  if they get the next goal but 2-0 up to Bournemouth at home should be job done. 

If we can get ourselves 3-0 up we can start resting players for midweek and calming the game down.'

16:03 UK
SECOND HALF

Back underway at Anfield.

16:06 UK
GOAL

48' BOOM! It's Mo Salah's turn to get on the scoresheet.

Wonderful worked move. Firmino backheels and Mo Salah slots it in.

3-0.

16:14 UK
20 up for Mo

That was Mo Salah's 20th goal of the season for Liverpool - 17 of them arriving in the league.

He is the first red since Suarez to score 20+ in consecutive seasons.

16:15 UK
Chance

58' Gini sets it up but Mane puts his header just wide of the goal.

Liverpool, well on top here.

16:16 UK
Bournemouth sub

59' Jordon Ibe goes off and on comes Dominic Solanke.

Warm applause from the Anfield crowd.

16:19 UK
Yellow card

61' An hour gone. Joel Matip there adjudged to have fouled Lerma while the reds had a corner.

Liverpool on top.

Joel Matip booked.  He's furious about it.

16:21 UK

16:32 UK
More attacking changes for Bournemouth

74' Lerma off and Mousset on for Bournemouth.  They've gone very attacking in the final period.

16:33 UK
Crossbar

76' Oooh! Mo Salah sees his effort hit the crossbar.  

Liverpool have had plenty of chances today.

16:34 UK
LFC SUB

77' Trent Alexander-Arnold is on and Gini Wijnaldum heads off.

16:36 UK

78' Good save by Alisson from Mousset.

Quick Liverpool counter-attack and Fraser takes the ball off Keita.

16:38 UK
Drilled over

80' Almost a birthday eve goal for Naby Keita - but he smashes it over the crossbar.

16:38 UK
Final Bournemouth sub

80' Mepham comes on for Diego Rico.

16:45 UK
LFC Sub

87' Sadio Mane is replaced by Divock Origi.

16:47 UK
Final LFC sub

90' Daniel Sturridge on for the final minutes - Roberto Fimino goes off.

16:49 UK

90+2' Solanke drills a shot wide for the visitors.  Right across the face of goal.  Good attempt.

16:53 UK
FULL TIME

Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth

Excellent performance from the redmen who after 26 games completed lead the Premier League by 3 points.

17:02 UK
Excellent result

Here's a look at the league table after the top two complete 26 games.



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