After a pair of disappointing home draws that felt like points lost, Liverpool bounced back emphatically on the South Coast. The Reds redeemed their top four credentials with a 0-4 dismantling of Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
From the opening whistle, Liverpool looked in the mood. Philippe Coutinho nearly put the Reds ahead with an early free-kick that had Asmir Begovich beaten but saw too much of the post to find the opposite side netting and careened wide of the mark.
By the 20th minute, Liverpool would strike with Coutinho weaving a magical run that beat three and slotted home a cool finish. In a vintage run from the little magician, he worked a clever one-two down the left flank, then cut inside and waited before delivering the ball into the back of the net.
Minutes later, Roberto Firmino saved a ball off the end line, putting it back centrally for Dejan Lovren’s diving header to double the Red’s lead. The home side’s effort to claw back into the contest remained until Josh King hobbled off the pitch and a Jermain Defoe shot was stymied by the post. After that, any spells from Bournemouth were essentially in vain.
Before the break, Mo Salah scored with another scintillating run and left-footed curler. Later, Roberto Firmino’s header saw all three Reds score yet again. Despite, last year’s capitulation on the same ground, the Reds would not be denied, even with Ryan Fraser’s second-half appearance.
Here are four findings from the match.