Bournemouth 1-2 Liverpool: Klopp rings the changes, Liverpool win again

Premier League
Sunday 17 April 2016 - 1:30 pm
Dean Court
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Liverpool won again in the early Sunday afternoon kick off on the South Coast.

Jurgen Klopp made 10 changes to the Liverpool side who beat Dortmund 4-3 on Thursday night - with only Roberto Firmino keeping his place in the starting XI.

Danny Ward was given a chance to show his ability in goal replacing Mignolet, and Lucas Leiva and Kolo Toure were named in central defence.  Ojo, Ibe, Randall, Brad Smith and Kevin Stewart were also named in the side.

Before kick off, the first Premier League game after the Hillsborough anniversary, Bournemouth presented a wreath in front of the Liverpool supporters at the Vitality Stadium.

The reds started brightly, Daniel Sturridge seeing an early chance saved.

Bournemouth settled in to the game as the reds were guilty of some unforced errors - wayward passes and even a thrown in given straight back to the home side.

The reds looked disjointed, understandably with so many changes in the side.

But by half time the reds had got themselves a 2-0 lead.  First Firmino with his 10th goal of the season.  A simple tap-in thanks to a Daniel Sturridge back heel.  And in first half injury time Sturridge doubled the lead.

Jordan Ibe's free kick perfectly placed and Sturridge on hand to power in the header.

Daniel Sturridge could have completed a hat-trick in the second half.  He saw one looping shot hit the post before a strike smashed against the crossbar in the final ten minutes.

In the reds goal Danny Ward was equipping himself well - catching crosses and reacting well to shots.

But Bournemouth grabbed a goal in the 3rd minute of injury time to give Liverpool a last minute of nerves. Joshua King firing in the strike for the Cherries.  The reds held on to grab the points.

Liverpool are now in a good bit of form whilst using a wide range of the squad and next up they face Everton in a rescheduled Merseyside derby.

Liverpool could move to within 2 points of 5th placed Man United on Wednesday night despite the United club having taken all 6 points away from the reds this season.  The gap to 4th however requires Liverpool to both be flawless in their final 6 games but also requires some serious stumbles from Man City and Arsenal.

With the added pressure now of a European semi final the reds best hope could be salvaging a top six finish which would ensure Europa League qualification at the least.

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