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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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“It’ll be the first time in my life!”: This Liverpool star will be rooting for Man United in the game against Man City

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Latest Liverpool news: James Milner to support Man United against City?

Liverpool star James Milner will become a Manchester United fan for the first time on Wednesday when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side take on Manchester City in the Premier League. (h/t the Daily Mail)

Born in Leeds, he won two titles in his five-year stay at Manchester City and could soon become a Liverpool legend. Hence, it’s tough to see the 33-year-old cheer for the Red Devils in the upcoming Manchester derby.

United could do a favour for Liverpool on Wednesday by stopping Manchester City, who are two points adrift of the league leaders, although they have played a game less.

James Milner Liverpool

That extra game is against United at Old Trafford on Wednesday and if Solskjaer’s side manage to even eke out a draw, Liverpool will have their destiny back in their hands before their final hurdle against Huddersfield, Newcastle and Wolves.

“It’ll be the first time in my life!” Milner replied when asked if he was comfortable watching United win the derby against City, reports the Daily Mail.

“I don’t watch (games like these), to be honest. It’s a bit of a waste of energy, isn’t it, willing the ball into the goal and things like that. I can’t do anything about it.

“Maybe I’ll put my phone away for a couple of hours and check it after. Maybe I’ll go and grab some food or whatever. There are three games left. United will be a challenge for City, but it’s the old cliché – any game is tough in the Premier League no matter who you play.”

Given United players’ confidence are at rock bottom following the Everton thrashing, it looks tough to see them stop City. We cannot expect a favour from our rivals, who themselves are eyeing a top-four finish.

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Klopp’s men have to win their last three games and hope City drop points in any of their last four games.

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Former Ireland striker urges Liverpool to make transfer move for 26-year-old PL hitman

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Tony Cascarino tips Jurgen Klopp to sign Zaha

Liverpool could be set to sign Crystal Palace star in the upcoming summer transfer window.

This is the opinion of former Ireland striker Tony Cascarino who has backed the Reds to sign Wilfried Zaha following his comments. (h/t The Daily Mirror)

Wilfried Zaha, 26, shone in Crystal Palace’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. He scored the Eagles’ second goal of the game and was a constant pest to Arsenal’s backline who simply couldn’t cope with his pace and smart movement.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Tony Cascarino spoke about the Ivorian winger and his recent comments about wanting to play in the Champions League. He also spotted something that suggests Jurgen Klopp could make a move for the Crystal Palace star in the summer.

“Well, all of the top-six now are playing attack-minded football,” Cascarino told talkSPORT. (h/t The Daily Mirror)

“Liverpool played Palace last year and I went to the game and Jurgen Klopp was consistently on Alexander-Arnold about Wilf Zaha, you could see it from the sideline.

“I kept thinking after that game, Klopp really does respect Zaha as a player and he knows how dangerous he is. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him at Liverpool, but he could do a job for any of the top-six.”

Do Liverpool need Zaha?

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Zaha is seen as one of the best players playing outside the so-called ‘big six’ teams in the league. He has successfully managed to revive his career at Palace after enduring a torrid spell with Manchester United.

At Liverpool, I don’t see him getting regular opportunities under Klopp. Sadio Mane is an undoubted starter in the team and he operates from the left flank, which is basically Zaha’s position at Selhurst Park.

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Even if Klopp feels like buying an attacking player in the summer, his focus should be on bringing an out-and-out number 9.

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Liverpool enter three-way tussle with PL rivals for this 21-year-old defensive beast

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Liverpool keen on Ajax’s Noussair Mazraoui

Liverpool are set to battle it out with rivals Manchester United and Arsenal for the signature of Ajax starlet Noussair Mazraoui, reports Spanish outlet Marca. (h/t Sport Witness)

Noussair Mazraoui, 21, has established himself as one of the mainstays of Erik ten Hag’s hugely-impressive Ajax side that has knocked out the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus in the Champions League to advance to the semi-finals of the competition this season.

A graduate of the hugely famed Ajax academy, the Dutch-born Moroccan has shown a lot of maturity this season, even though he made his first-team debut last term. The 21-year-old defender has supplied four goals and as many assists in all competitions, thus attracting the attention of some of Europe’s top clubs, including the aforementioned Premier League trio.

Noussair Mazraoui will be a good fit at Anfield

Noussair Mazraoui has shown that not only can he perform in the Eredivisie, but also on the bigger stage, i.e. the Champions League. His performances this season certainly belie his age and all credit to Ten Hag for showing immense faith in the young Moroccan.

Liverpool certainly can do well with the signing of Mazraoui. Trent Alexander-Arnold has been a regular fixture at right-back for the Reds since the last two seasons.

Alexander-Arnold has battled it out with James Milner at right-back but with the former England international turning 33 this year and Joe Gomez preferred in central defence, our academy graduate needs solid competition from next season.

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That’s where the signing of Mazraoui would make sense for the Reds. Not only will the 21-year-old compete with Alexander-Arnold for the right-back spot but also will add depth to our squad. Thus, we need to beat the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal for the Ajax starlet’s signature.

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