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Liverpool - Bournemouth
Premier League - 15 April 2018
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Liverpool cruise to yet another victory to complete the perfect week. Mo Salah grabbed his 40th goal of the season in emphatic style, with Mane and Firmino also registered on the score-sheet.
The Reds are now 10 points ahead of fifth-placed Chelsea.
Liverpool break and they work the ball to Robertson who spurns a chance to score his first of the season, screwing his effort wide from an acute angle.
- GoalRoberto FirminoLiverpool
Firmino, with his 25th goal of the season, grabs Liverpool's third of the match with a smart finish, shooting between the legs of Francis with the ball sneaking in at Begovic's near-post.
It's Liverpool's 300th goal under Klopp.
Oxlade-Chamberlain nearly caps an excellent performance with what would have been a sensational goal: he rifles a sweet effort at goal from 25 yards, but it drifts inches wide. Begovic was beaten.
The hosts are content to sit back and allow Bournemouth space to knock the ball around in the dying stages.
Bournemouth are enjoying their best spell of the evening, it's just a pity they left it so late.
- OffDejan LovrenLiverpool
- OnRagnar KlavanLiverpool
Liverpool sub: Lovren limps off the pitch. He is replaced by Ragnar Klavan with around six or seven minutes of normal time remaining.
Liverpool's clean-sheet is still in tact thanks to a good stop from Karius who got a strong hand to Gosling's volley from point-blank range.
Lovren is moving a little gingerly and may need to be replaced.
Bournemouth have five players in the home side's penalty to contest a cross but Lovren rises highest to make an excellent intervention.
- OffSadio ManéLiverpool
- OnJames MilnerLiverpool
Liverpool sub: James Milner replaces Mane.
The energetic Oxlade-Chamberlain drives through midfield and slips through Firmino. He rounds the goalkeeper but his shot is then blocked by Ake on the line.
- OffLewis CookBournemouth
- OnAndrew SurmanBournemouth
Bournemouth sub: A third and final change for the visitors as Cook is replaced by Andrew Surman.
Another goal this evening would be Liverpool's 300th under Klopp. Remarkable.
Mane almost grabs Liverpool's third. He rifles a shot from just outside the box, but it drifts inches wide of Begovic's post.
- OffJermain DefoeBournemouth
- OnCallum WilsonBournemouth
Bournemouth sub: Callum Wilson replaces Defoe.
That goal has ignited Anfield.
- GoalMohamed SalahLiverpool
Salah watches Alexander-Arnold's outrageous pass all of the way and then spectacularly cushions the ball over the head of Begovic. It's his 40th goal of the season and Liverpool's second of the evening.
Salah appears to be upended in the box by Ake... but Chris Kavanagh says no penalty. The Bournemouth defender appears to have nudged him in the back.
The game has gone a little stale, if I'm honest. Liverpool supporters trying to lift their heroes with some good old traditional singing.
Firmino and Salah link-up well, with the former trying to curl the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box. But it takes a deflection and drifts out for a corner.
Here comes Salah, driving forward at the retreating Bournemouth defence. It's a four-vs-four situation but the Egyptian selfishly goes alone and his shot from 20 yards is comfortably gathered by Begovic.
The longer the score-line remains 1-0 the more confident Bournemouth will grow that they can somehow grab a positive result this evening.
Liverpool enjoying a lot of possession now. They're playing at a much-slower tempo since the restart and seem to be waiting for the perfect moment to pick a hole in the visitors' defence.
- OffJordon IbeBournemouth
- OnLys MoussetBournemouth
BOURNEMOUTH SUB: Ibe is clapped off the pitch on his return to Anfield as he is replaced by Lys Mousset.
Van Dijk has been widely praised for his defensive performances of late and now he almost gets on the score-sheet! He connects sweetly with a shot from 25 yards but the ball dips as it nears goal which takes it just a whisker over the bar.
- Yellow cardAlex Oxlade-ChamberlainLiverpool
YELLOW CARD! Oxlade-Chamberlain is set up for a shot on the edge of the penalty box but takes a heavy touch and then commits a foul in a bid to retrieve possession.
Henderson was fortunate to escape a yellow card a moment ago after a heavy and late challenge on Defoe.
Bournemouth continue to withstand some heavy pressure.
It takes something special to stop Salah but Ake produces some expert defending to win the ball from the Egyptian, just as he was closing in on goal.
Liverpool's unusually high-line catches Daniels offside as the free-kick delivery is curled in.
Bournemouth have a free-kick and at least have the opportunity now of testing the home side's rear-guard...
A passage of lovely one-touch intricate passing from Liverpool in and around the Bournemouth comes to nothing.
There are no changes in personnel for Bournemouth but something has to change tactically: Defoe touched the ball just FOUR times in the first period.
- 2nd Half
We are underway in the second period.
- End of 1st Half
And there goes the whistle to signal the end of one of the most one-sided first half encounters you are likely to come across at this level, even if the score-line doesn't reflect Liverpool's dominance.
WIDE! Mane is left unmarked to meet Alexander-Arnold's cross but this time the Senegal international can't quite steer his header on target.
One minute of additional time to be played at the end of the first half.
There are strong appeals for handball from the Liverpool faithful as the ball strikes Francis in the penalty area. The referee signals play on.
Mane's cross is catching practice for Begovic. For all of Liverpool's dominance they are still only a single goal to the good, with half time fast approaching.
Liverpool are playing with a lovely shape, finding space in the wide areas on a frequent basis. They work it to Alexander-Arnold who searches for Firmino with an early cross but Bournemouth scramble clear.
Mane clips a delightful ball over the top which releases Salah but the Egyptian takes a heavy touch and Bournemouth survive.
Frustration for Bournemouth as a rare foray forward ends in disappointment as Defoe is flagged offside.
Mane makes a clever run in behind the Bournemouth defence but Salah can't quite pick him out, playing too much zip on his through-pass.
Liverpool have been quicker to the ball than their opponents. They are just two more goals away from 300 under Klopp's leadership.
Chamberlain unloads a shot from 25 yards which is deflected out for a corner. Begovic punches the resulting delivery clear.
The home supporters are in fine voice and their team are playing really well. It's good to be a Red right now.
Liverpool are in complete control of the match; it's almost been a perfect performance. One gripe is that they haven't added to the score-line.
Salah exchanges pass with Henderson and suddenly the Egyptian is through on goal! However, a last-ditch tackle stops him in his tracks, though Liverpool win the corner.
Karius and Lovren almost get in each other's way as they try to deal with a through-pass, but the Liverpool goalkeeper just about manages to clear.
Salah finds space between the Bournemouth defence and midfield. He tries to slip through Wijnaldum but overcooks the pass.
A delightful cross from Henderson picks out Robertson at the back post. The full-back heads it back across the face of goal but it only just evades Salah at the opposite post.
It's wave after wave of attack from Liverpool right now. They work it wide to Robertson who fizzes in a low cross but it's played too close to Begovic.
Salah pounces on a loose pass in Bournemouth's defence. He has the option of playing in Firmino but opts to shoot and curls the ball well over the bar.
Alexander-Arnold has been effective at full-back, constantly finding space on the channel and his deliveries haven't been half bad.
Bournemouth play a lovely corner routine but it comes to nothing as Fraser is flagged offside.
The corner delivery is worked to Mane who slices a shot wide from the edge of the penalty area.
A long ball searching for Mane has Bournemouth scrambling in defence, but they do enough to force him wide and concede a corner.
The referee spots an infringement as the corner is delivered and the chance is gone.
Better from Bournemouth as King forces the visitors' first corner.
Another great pass from Alexander-Arnold as he sets Salah on his way. The Egyptian's control is delightful which sets him up for the shot but Begovic is down quickly to make a comfortable stop.
Alexander-Arnold steps up to take the resulting free-kick and forces Begovic into a good save.
Ake takes one for the team, hauling down Chamberlain as Liverpool were on the verge of opening up the Bournemouth defence.
A delicious ball from Chamberlain releases Mane who takes a touch before shooting but Begovic is off his line quickly to make the save.
Wouldn't have counted anyway, as Mane was adjudged to be in an offside position. May have been level.
DID YOU KNOW?
Mohamed Salah is one goal away from becoming the eighth different player to score at least 30 goals in a single Premier League season. He would also be the first African to do so.
Bournemouth are firmly penned inside their own half and there's just no way out at the moment for Howe's side.
Liverpool have been dominant in the early stages and look hungry for more. Anfield isn't the easiest ground to play at when you have conceded so early.
A win for Liverpool would move them to within a point of second-placed Manchester United, and three ahead of Tottenham in fourth.
- GoalSadio ManéLiverpool
A lovely cross from Henderson picks out Mane, who glances a header at goal. Begovic does well to make the save, but he can only parry it into the path of Mane who scores with his second attempt.
Firmino forces Liverpool's first corner of the game after showing great strength to latch onto Chamberlain's forward-ball.
Salah unable to add to his 39 goals on this occasion, then. But who would bet against the Egyptian scoring this evening?
Well, he doesn't often miss from there. Alexander-Arnold bends a delightful ball across the Bournemouth defence but Salah pokes wide from close range.
The visitors are playing with a back-three this evening, a formation they have used against some of the other 'bigger' clubs in the Premier League this season.
- 1st Half
Liverpool get the game underway on a lovely spring evening at Anfield.
There are poignant scenes at Anfield where the supporters are singing 'You'll Never Walk Alone'. There will be a minute's applause now.
Liverpool will extend their unbeaten home record beyond 365 days if they manage defeat today. That's quite an achievement.
A reminder of today's starting line-ups as we approach kick-off...
Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Bournemouth: Begovic, Ake, Francis, S Cook, Daniels, Gosling, L Cook, Fraser, Ibe, King, Defoe.
Tomorrow marks the 29th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. There will be a minute's applause before kick-off to remember those who were killed.
It's a fine day for some football (and horse-racing!)
Liverpool have won three of their five previous Premier League meetings with Bournemouth (D1, L1), including a 4-0 victory in the reverse fixture in December.
As for Bournemouth, well they have won just once in five games, but Howe isn't worried about the team's poor form.
"I think it is always important not to panic during disappointing runs," he said.
"Moments when you are tested, people doubt whether it's style of play or philosophy; when people doubt that you have got to remain true to what you believe, what you know has brought you success before.
"I think players have responded again brilliantly in terms of their work ethic, attitude to their training which we have always spoke about.
"This is the highest importance which the players have delivered. We are pleased with the response but we know there is still work to do."
Klopp explains his strong team selection: "I don’t know if it’s a ‘statement’. We don’t think about things like that, we have to use the boys. We don’t have 25 players at the moment.
“Our life is Champions League qualification, constantly; either it’s the semi-final or the final, or it’s the competition for next year. So we cannot make a difference [between them].”
There are two changes for Bournemouth, with former Liverpool midfielder Jordon Ibe and Joshua King replacing Callum Wilson and Marc Pugh.
Confirmation of Mo Salah's nomination...
Klopp names a strong starting line-up, making just the one change from the Liverpool side which beat Manchester City 2-1 on Tuesday night. Jordan Henderson replaces James Milner in the midfield.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 18 Premier League home games (W11, D7), the longest current streak in the division, and the Reds' longest run since a 31-game sequence ended in 2009.
BOURNEMOUTH TEAM NEWS
Starting XI: Begovic, Ake, Francis, S Cook, Daniels, Gosling, L Cook, Fraser, Ibe, King, Defoe.
Subs: Boruc, Surman, Pugh, Wilson, Smith, Mousset, Simpson.
LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS
Starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Mignolet, Milner, Klavan, Moreno, Ings, Solanke, Woodburn.
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After clinching their place in the semi-final of the Champions League, Jurgen Klopp's side will be hoping to continue their celebrations with victory over the Cherries and cement their place in the top-four.