Full Time: Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth
Liverpool kept the pressure on Manchester United with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Bournemouth. The win puts them within touching distance of second place in the Premier League.
Sadio Mane opened the scoring after just seven minutes before Mohamed Salah made it 2-0 with a deft header from Alexander-Arnold’s cross.
Roberto Firmino put the icing on the cake with a good finish in the injury time as Jurgen Klopp’s boys saw off the Cherries.
Liverpool Player ratings
Loris Karius – 6/10
Karius was a mere spectator this evening before he made a great reaction save to keep his clean sheet intact.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 9/10
Alexander-Arnold was excellent, bombarded up and down the right-hand side with so much ease and poise. His deliveries were crisp and he created one for Salah to score. A top display!
Virgil van Dijk – 7/10
He had a field day as Bournemouth hardly threatened. Strong and commanding in the air, the Dutchman was present to head away all the dangers that came their way.
Dejan Lovren – 8/10
Another top performance from Lovren. He denied any space for Jermain Defoe to excel. He was forced off after picking up a knock late on.
Andrew Robertson – 8/10
Robertson has made the left-back slot his own. He kept the nippy Ryan Fraser at bay and was always eager to get forward and help the attack.
Jordan Henderson – 8/10
Put in a fantastic cross for Mane’s opener. Dominated the midfield with his wide range of passing abilities. Covered a lot of ground and made some good tackles.
Gini Wijnaldum – 7/10
Wijnaldum started in an advanced role and kept the Reds on the front-foot with his energy and gusto. He also helped out defensively whenever required.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 8/10
Chamberlain put in a great shift against Bournemouth. He made some lung-busting runs early on to set the tempo of the game. He worked tirelessly and made some crunching tackles; the only thing missing was a goal to his name.
Mohamed Salah – 8/10
Salah was uncharacteristically sloppy in front of goal but struck a truly brilliant header to grab his 40th goal of the season in all competitions.
Sadio Mane – 8/10
Mane slammed home the opening goal at the second attempt and was a constant threat to Bournemouth.
Roberto Firminio – 8/10
Led the attack with his usual energy and his hard work paid off late in the stoppage time when he scored Liverpool’s third.
James Milner – 6/10
Came on for a 13-minute cameo.
Ragnar Klavan – N/A
Good to see him back.
Dominic Solanke – N/A
Barely had a touch to make an impact.
Liverpool equal two more records after their impressive 2-0 win over Fulham
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.
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.
Liverpool play Watford after the international break and take on Paris Saint-Germain away a few days later.
“I can’t believe it”, “Shocked” – Some Liverpool fans unsure about Mohamed Salah’s choice of T-shirt
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”.
Travelling incognito.😀 pic.twitter.com/1Ys7bx6AUg
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) November 12, 2018
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.
Salah charging pic.twitter.com/qpRFwau1Tm
— Engr.Faris 🇸🇦 (@Mustache_O) November 12, 2018
— Stuart Maxwell (@cobblerstu) November 12, 2018
— شحات عمران (@gnsPHNmRt71XgdA) November 12, 2018
Be careful mo
— Nathan Astin (@nathastin) November 12, 2018
Try going Rambo next time😂cheers for the pic 🙏 pic.twitter.com/FUFoTVGVcX
— Nav nagra (@Navnagra4) November 12, 2018
Is that Playboy t shirt or another rabbit symbol
— Mohamed Salah Bastawy (@bastawy_salah) November 12, 2018
Playboy ya Salah pic.twitter.com/uAxT1ZYUth
— Abdelrahman mohamed (@Abdelra32371181) November 12, 2018
Mo Salah wearing playboy tees huhhh💉💉💉💉
— _ (@MB_86_) November 12, 2018
Not mo salah mo play boy
I can’t believe it
— husseinbawaked (@husseinbawaked) November 12, 2018
— Lemo (@sugarllemo) November 12, 2018
“I want to help the team” – Liverpool star wants to continue helping team after impressive performance against Fulham
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.
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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