Liverpool’s unbeaten run came to a spectacular end on the South coast as they threw away a 3-1 lead to lose 4-3 to Bournemouth.
It was a collapse which once again raised questions about Liverpool’s ability to cope with pressure when things start to go wrong and there’s no doubt that Jurgen Klopp will have been furious with how his team defended for the last fifteen minutes or so.
I’ve gone back and watched the game (which was fun!). Here are my takeaways:
1. Bournemouth’s approach of playing a high line was a recipe for disaster and Liverpool exploited it so well. Emre Can and Jordan Henderson played two very good balls in behind for Sadio Mane and Divock Origi to finish and put the Reds 2-0 up with two very good finishes.
2. Dejan Lovren has been keeping things fairly simple recently but he tried to be too clever in the build up to Bournemouth’s penalty. He tried to head the ball down to a teammate rather than putting it out. He has a habit of doing that kind of thing. He needs to just play to his strengths and clear his lines.
3. Emre Can scored a great goal arriving late, it was a beautiful finish from the edge of the box. His late arrivals on the edge of the box are a valuable weapon for Liverpool.
4. I’ve just praised Can, but no I’m going to be critical of him. In the build up to Bournemouth’s second goal, he needed to be more streetwise and take a yellow card for the team. Can really should foul Benik Afobe on the halfway line. Henderson couldn’t foul Ryan Fraser as he’d already been booked but Can should have stopped the game and took the card.
5. Loris Karius didn’t cover himself in glory either on this goal. He slips but get up quickly to his credit, but his attempt at a save is really poor. That shot should never have beaten him.
6. In the build up to the third Bournemouth goal, Origi has a shocker. As the ball is in the air, he makes a half-hearted attempt (at best) to get it and Jack Wilshere beats him. Origi is a big, strong man and that was really poor from him.
7. In the build up to the final goal, Lucas’ header from the long throw is a good one but Adam Lallana and Gini Wijnaldum didn’t do nearly enough to keep Jordon Ibe in the corner. He was able to find Steve Cook far too easily and he has too much time to shoot from distance.
8. Again the goalie has a shocker on the winning goal too. Not much else to say about that really. What’s disappointing is that it’s Nathan Ake who reacts to it while Henderson is seemingly flat-footed. He might not have been able to prevent the goal but he could have been better placed to at least try.