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5 Talking Points From Liverpool’s 3-0 Win vs Bournemouth

Liverpool eased past Bournemouth’s defence at will and came up with a convincing 3-0 win at Anfield on Saturday evening.

Sadio Mane opened the scoring by reacting quickest to the loose ball that came off Asmir Begovic’s save of his header.

The Reds created most of the chances in the first half, with Mohamed Salah and Oxlade-Chamberlain both coming close before the break.

Bournemouth rarely threatened after the interval before Liverpool took the game out of reach when Salah scored a looping header over Begovic to bag his 40th goal of the campaign.

In the stoppage time, Roberto Firmino collected a pass inside the box from Oxlade-Chamberlain, took a touch inside and steered home to round off a comfortable evening for the Reds.

Here are five talking points from the game.

No complacency

It generally happens after a high-octane Champions League victory. The emotions are high inside the dressing room, which could lead to complacency in the following game. However, that wasn’t the case on Saturday as Jurgen Klopp’s boys looked sharp, disciplined and meant business from the blow of the whistle.

The front three pressed high, the midfield worked in tandem, and the defence had a field day as Bournemouth rarely threatened the hosts. An early goal pushed Bournemouth backwards and had Liverpool taken their chances in the first half, the game could have ended right there.

Sadio Mane shines again

Sadio Mane opened the scoring and in reality, could have bagged a hat-trick by the time the opening goal came.

After a dry spell in February and March, the Senegalese was back to his lethal best, putting in a fine display against the Cherries. Mane has now contributed 9 goals and 7 assists in the Premier League, and has been involved in 17 goals across all competitions.

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s coming off age

Trent Alexander-Arnold put in another solid performance. He was defensively astute and fantastic in the attack, with his crossing abilities being a treat to watch.

His assist for Salah was exquisite; a cross from deep, inch perfect and right into the forward’s head. The quick right-back put in a fine display against Bournemouth and should he make the 23-man squad for the World Cup, it would be an immense achievement for him.

Salah scores his 40th goal of the season

Another game, another good day for Liverpool and another goal for Mohamed Salah.

His looping header to make 2-0 for Liverpool was his 40th goal of the season. The Egyptian became the first Liverpool player to hit the milestone since Ian Rush in 1987 and only the third Red ever.

Salah looked off the pace and strangely poor in front of goal but when the moment came, he seized it with both the hands.

Mohamed Salah

Top-four almost secured

With the win over Bournemouth, Liverpool reached 70 points – only a point shy of second-placed Manchester United, who play West Brom today.

Fifth-placed Chelsea trail us by 10 points with one game in hand but they need an immaculate last few games to trouble us now.

It wasn’t a full steam team effort but it was a spotless display that saw Liverpool continue in the top-four under Jurgen Klopp.

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Liverpool equal two more records after their impressive 2-0 win over Fulham



Mohamed Salah Liverpool

Liverpool don’t seem to be the same team from last season, despite boasting an unbeaten record in the Premier League.

The Reds beat Fulham 2-0 to make it 30 points from 12 games, and are just two behind Manchester City who lead the table.

Our attack hasn’t blitzed the opposition like last season, but the numbers suggest this has been an amazing start to the Premier League campaign.

Ian Doyle wrote for the Liverpool Echo about the latest game and claimed that we have matched our best points tally after 12 games.

Doyle further claimed that our goal difference of +18 was the best in terms of Premier League seasons.

Our attack might not be firing on all cylinders but our defence has been exceptional so far. Alisson kept yet another clean sheet on Sunday, and we also equalled the record for clean sheets from 1977-78 and 1978-79.

James Milner scores for Liverpool against Arsenal

In fact, our defence has been the reason why we have done so well this season. We barely seem to concede and Virgil van Dijk has been an exceptional purchase, alongside Alisson.

The pair combined well to start an attack against the Cottagers on Sunday. Van Dijk signalled Alisson to take a free-kick early, and that resulted in Mohamed Salah opening the scoring for the Reds.

The Reds haven’t been that great in the Champions League, and we need to ensure our qualification into the next round.

Read more: “Hopefully they can win the Premier League” – Former Liverpool star urges club to break Premier League duck

Liverpool play Watford after the international break and take on Paris Saint-Germain away a few days later.

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“I can’t believe it”, “Shocked” – Some Liverpool fans unsure about Mohamed Salah’s choice of T-shirt



Mohamed Salah Liverpool

Mohamed Salah is one of the biggest stars in football. The Egyptian has grown in stature since his move to Liverpool from AS Roma last season, and helped Liverpool to a Champions League final too.

The former Roma star is also one of the most recognisable faces in the world, and there have been murals, statues and paintings celebrating the success of the Liverpool attacker.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the player wants a bit of privacy and Salah tweeted an image of him travelling “incognito”.

The player wearing a Balaclava would not have been much of a problem, but many fans didn’t like his choice of shirt.

The Egyptian wore a “Project-Playboy” shirt and while we cannot say what his intentions were by sporting the shirt, some of the fans questioned his taste, while others some supported him.

Read more: Liverpool handed incredible home record after 2-0 win over Fulham

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“I want to help the team” – Liverpool star wants to continue helping team after impressive performance against Fulham



Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool

Xherdan Shaqiri isn’t concerned about how many goals he scores and wants to help Liverpool do well. The Swiss star started in our 2-0 win over Fulham and scored a wonderful volley after Mohamed Salah opened the scoring.

The 26-year-old was pleased with his finish and told Liverpool’s website:

“The [kind of] impact is not so important for me. I want to help the team.

“When it’s with a goal or assist, it’s always good for the team. I came in the summer to help this team go forward and make the process better.

“I’m very happy with my performances, I just have to keep going like this and train hard every day. I hope we keep going until the end like this.”

Although the former Stoke City star hasn’t started many games for Liverpool, the stats are pretty decent for the 26-year-old.

The attacker already has two goals and three assists from four starts, and his performances should put forward his case of starting more games.

The Swiss attacker was the cheapest transfer we made in the summer, but he looks a quality purchase now.

Read more: “Start him every match” – Some Liverpool fans want star to start every game after impressing against Fulham

Jurgen Klopp changed his formation to fit Shaqiri into the starting XI against Fulham. However, the Swiss star was the X Factor in our win over the Cottagers, and hopefully, he keeps getting the starts after the international break too.

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