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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 are the favourites” – Bayern Munich star backs Reds to beat the Bundesliga giants

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Latest Liverpool news: Joshua Kimmich claims Liverpool are favourites ahead of Champions League clash

Bayern Munich’s German international Joshua Kimmich has installed Liverpool as favourites ahead of the Champions League round of 16 clash against Bayern Munich.

The first leg takes place on Tuesday night at Anfield, and the German claims Bayern’s inconsistency and Liverpool’s form this season makes the English side the favourites (h/t Telegraph):

“Liverpool are the favourites.

“They have lost one league game all season and have let in only 15 goals. But when you look at us, we are not as consistent as before.”

Bayern have struggled a bit this season under new manager Niko Kovac and trail Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

The Reds have been supreme in the league losing just once but are tied on points at the top of the table with Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp making the difference for Liverpool

Kimmich was asked a range of questions by the Telegraph and the 24-year-old spoke about Jurgen Klopp possibly becoming the Germany boss in the future.

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp

The Bayern star claimed Klopp could coach any side in the world and was amazed regarding the connection the manager has with the fans and players.

“You can see how he pushes his players to another level. Every player is better with this coach.”

Klopp has had his run-ins with Bayern during his spell as Dortmund manager, and it will be interesting to see how we perform in the first leg on Tuesday.

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Liverpool haven’t played since defeating Bournemouth 3-0 and had a 10-day break to prepare for this clash. The Reds then play Manchester United at the weekend, and these two huge games should see the best out of the team.

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19-year-old Liverpool target emerges on arch-rivals Man United’s radar for the summer

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Joao Felix

Liverpool FC transfer news: Manchester United and PSG battle for Liverpool target Joao Felix

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Benfica’s starlet Joao Felix, according to the Mirror. However, there is a lot of interest in the 19-year-old, who has a release clause of £105million (h/t Mirror).

The report adds that Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are “locked” in a battle for Felix, who has been dubbed as the next Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Chelsea are also admirers of Europe’s rising talent, according to the report. Ronaldo has also been seen at Benfica games, and the Mirror adds that the youngster wants to play alongside the legend one day.

However, the report claims that Juventus are not in the running for the 19-year-old with PSG and Manchester United leading the race for his signature.

Liverpool's Ryan Kent

Ryan Kent

Liverpool have youngsters performing away on loan

Although the Reds could do with more senior attacking options to provide cover for Mohamed Salah and co, Liverpool have a few youngsters doing well on loan this season.

Felix would cost a bomb, according to the report, while the likes of Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent have done well at Derby County and Rangers respectively.

We also have Marko Grujic doing exceptionally well at Hertha Berlin, but it seems he will be loaned out for another year.

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Felix has a bright future ahead of him and it will be interesting to see if he switches from Benfica to another club in the summer window.

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Liverpool will reject any moves for this 26-year-old star as they aren’t a “selling club” any more

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Liverpool know they can reject offers for Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah has been linked with a move to Juventus with the Italian club paying £44m and sending Paulo Dybala the other way, according to reports (h/t Express).

The Egyptian has been in excellent form since signing from AS Roma, however, the Express adds that Liverpool will reject any bid for the 26-year-old.

The report adds that Liverpool are not seen as a selling club any more and Jurgen Klopp has transformed the club into a final destination for players.

Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Salah all signed new deals in recent months and will remain at the club till 2023, according to the Express.

Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson

Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson

A financial expert further weighed in on the matter and highlighted the club’s recent profits too (h/t Express):

“Liverpool are no longer a selling club. After posting profits of £125m they can resist any offers.”

Anfield is home

This is a welcome change when compared to earlier seasons where our top players went off to other clubs.

Philippe Coutinho was the most recent example as he left the Reds for Barcelona, but he did create a bit of a scene before leaving Anfield.

Luis Suarez was another player that swapped the Reds for the Catalan club while we lost the likes of Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso too for various reasons.

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The Reds are possibly in the best health as a club on and off the field during the Premier League era, and hopefully, all this translates into some form of success with a trophy coming home.

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