Middlesbrough 0-3 Liverpool
Premier League, Riverside Stadium
December 14, 2016
Lallana 30′ (assist – Clyne)
Origi 60′ (assist – Lallana)
Lallana 69′ (assist – Origi)
Having won just two of their last five games in all competitions, Liverpool travelled to Riverside Stadium on Wednesday night, a venue they had failed to secure victory at since 2002.
Taking on a Middlesbrough side hovering above the relegation zone, the Reds looked to put their poor form beside them and seal a win on Teesside, ahead of a tough run of fixtures for the rest of December.
- Mignolet replaces Karius, Matip out with ankle injury
- Lallana nets fifth goal of the season in first half
- Origi makes it five in five
- Lallana then adds a third before late substitution
- Alexander-Arnold comes on to make Premier League debut
- Liverpool record first league win since November 26
Wearing their luminous green kit once again, Liverpool came under early pressure from the home side’s forward line, with the pace of Adama Traore providing James Milner with a tough test in defence.
Mignolet was drawn into two saves within the first 25 minutes, holding onto Fabio’s long-range strike and, more impressively, Ben Gibson’s header, deflected off the shoulder of Georginio Wijnaldum inside the six-yard box.
Liverpool almost grabbed their second just before half-time, with Sadio Mane bursting free before hitting the post, while Divock Origi fired just wide on the rebound, leaving the travelling Reds to settle for a one-goal lead at the break.
Liverpool opted for a change in approach in the opening stages of the second half, launching the ball forward quickly for the likes of Mane and Origi to race onto.
Mane saw an early effort blocked in the penalty area, before Roberto Firmino headed wide, taking the ball away from the onrushing Lallana.
The Reds kept up the momentum as the half went on, and were rewarded with an excellent goal on 60 minutes, with Wijnaldum and Mane combining, before Lallana threaded Origi through for his fifth in as many games.
Origi then turned provider for Lallana less than 10 minutes later, curling a low cross in for the Englishman after some excellent work from Mane on the break, capping another fine team move.
TIA Man of the Match: Adam Lallana
Referee: Jon Moss
Middlesbrough: Valdes; Barragan, Chambers, Gibson, Fabio; Clayton (Leadbitter 56′), De Roon, Forshaw; Traore, Fischer (Downing 56′), Negredo (Rhodes 76′)
Subs not used: Guzan, Nsue, Bernardo, Nugent
Liverpool: Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner; Henderson, Lallana (Lucas 82′), Wijnaldum (Ejaria 87′); Mane, Firmino, Origi (Alexander-Arnold 90+1′)
Subs not used: Karius, Moreno, Stewart, Woodburn