Liverpool Match Report
Liverpool remain unbeaten at Anfield in the league this season and on course for a top four spot at the end of the campaign.
Salah hits the magic 30
We shouldn’t even be suprised anymore. Salah is full of confidence and it’s showing. His header was sublime, showing amazing awareness of where the goalkeeper was positioned.
Mo Salah scores all types of goals. Breakaway goals based on speed, long-range strikes, goalmouth poaches, volleys, headers... you name it.
This is a guy who is reaching his peak. The only trouble is, the better he players, the more attention he covets. And we saw what happened when Barca came calling for Coutinho.
But let’s enjoy him while he’s here. It doesn’t matter how many times Kane acts like the kid in the playground embarassingly claiming every goal under the sun, Salah will take the Golden Boot.
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Oxlade-Chamberlain continues to flourish
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is really growing into a valuable player here at Liverpool. For me, he was head and shoulders above everyone else on the pitch at Anfield against Bournemouth.
He was full of energy, but he used it wisely. He displayed quality vision and is clearly taking Klopp’s advice in trying to make his mark on games and become the difference.
Just like Salah, the Ox is on top of his game and getting better each week. Credit for this improvement should also go to our German gaffer.
It was the perfect fixture for the Reds
You can’t underestimate how gruelling this past 10 days or so has been for the Reds. Two incredibly demanding Champions League ties sandwiching the Merseyside derby.
Ermerging from that fixture list unscathed was a great riposte to the critics who think that we don’t have the strength in depth to challenge for multiple trophies.
Playing Bournemouth at home, a team who have an admirable approach to each game, was ideal. The fact that the Cherries are probably safe from relegation meant that they lacked intensity.
What was Eddie Howe thinking?
I’m a big fan of Eddie Howe. He’s a young, progressive manager with a big future. But surely he got his approach wrong here.
Every time Liverpool have struggled at home this season, it’s been against a team who has defended deep and tried to spoil the game.
By attempting to play football at every opportunity, Bournemouth played right into Liverpool’s hands – hence the large amount of turnovers and overwhelming possession stats.
Sticking to your principles is highly commendable, but strategies need to be amended. I’m being slightly hypocritical here as I’ve slammed teams who’ve come to Anfield and wasted time after 10 minutes.
However, you can’t deny that the anti-football plan works a treat. It frustrates everyone, players, fans and the manager. The Cherries just weren’t nasty or direct enough. That’s why Defoe only touched the ball 3 times in the first half.
Things improved for Bournemouth when Callum Wilson came on, but it was too little, too late.
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