Liverpool cruised to an impressive 4-0 win over Bournemouth, with four different goalscorers on target.
Bournemouth 0-4 Liverpool
Premier League, Dean Court
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Lovren 26′ (assist: Firmino)
Firmino 66′ (assist: Coutinho)
Jurgen Klopp made four changes to the team that drew with West Brom, with Simon Mignolet, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replacing Loris Karius, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Emre Can (suspended) and Sadio Mane.
After an even opening 10 minutes, Liverpool almost took the lead when Philippe Coutinho hit a sweetly-struck free-kick right on the edge of the box, his strike hit the inside of the post but didn’t go in.
The Brazilian though was on target 10 minutes later, producing a beautiful solo effort to make it 1-0. Coutinho exchanged passes with Andrew Robertson down the left, then cut inside past several defenders and placed his shot past Asmir Begovic at the near post.
Liverpool were in control, in a very similar manner to this match last season – where they threw away their lead to eventually lose 4-3 in the dying moments of the game.
Jermaine Defoe almost halved the advantage when he broke free before half-time, but his shot thankfully cannoned back off the post.
Superb interplay between Firmino, Coutinho and Salah almost saw the latter make it 3-0 just before half-time, but he was denied by Begovic.
The Egyptian was on the scoresheet for his 20th goal of the season moments later with a superb solo goal – the first Liverpool player to hit 20 goals in a season since Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez in 2013/14.
Salah cut in from the right, turning Charlie Daniel inside out, before cutting inside and placing a shot into the far bottom corner. Sensational. 3-0.
Mo Salah reaches 20 goals in a season for @LFC in the 4th quickest ever time by date (17th December) – only beaten by Ian Rush (8th November 1986), Roger Hunt (25th November 1961) and Hunt again (15th December 1965).
— Ged Rea (@ged0407) December 17, 2017
Half-time: Bournemouth 0-3 Liverpool
- Klopp makes 4 changes; Mignolet, Gomez, Henderson & Oxlade start
- Two goals in 5 minutes in first half for Reds
- Salah hits his 20th goal of the season
- Reds move up to fourth in league
Liverpool started the second half looking to ensure there wasn’t a collapse like this game last season, with the home side having brought on dangerman Ryan Fraser at the break.
It was almost 4-0 just before the hour, with Oxlade-Chamberlain producing a superb tackle and powerful run but his shot rattled off the post.
It was 4-0 on 66 minutes, with Firmino heading home Coutinho’s cross from the left. That made it 50 goals for Liverpool’s ‘fab four’ already this season.
TIA Man of the Match: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Referee: Andre Marriner
Next Match: Arsenal (away, Friday 22nd December)