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Bournemouth 4-3 Liverpool: Soiled sheets and the walk of shame

ThisIsAnfield.com - вс, 12/04/2016 - 21:30

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They eventually succumbed on twenty minutes, when Can’s great cross found Mane through on goal. He shrugged off the defender, Nathan Ake and slipped it past the on rushing Artur Boruc. It was no more than Liverpool deserved and you could only see all three points returning to Anfield at this point.

As if to rub Bournemouth’s noses in it the Reds went two up just a couple of minutes later. The Reds won the ball in the middle of the park and Henderson’s pass was inch perfect. Artur Boruc again gambled and lost, as Origi’s pace left him red-faced. Divock clipped the ball around him, but seemed to take himself too wide to capitalise.

Divock Origi scores from an impossible angle against Bournemouth - 4 December 2016 (PA Images)

Defenders were rushing back and the angle looked way too acute, but the lad shrugged off his earlier miss and slammed the ball into the net. This was all too easy and I’m already writing a eulogy in my head, about how Liverpool had once again risen to the challenge set them by their rivals. I even had a great quote by Shankly about pressure to use. I’ll have to mothball that one for later.

Liverpool had been brilliant up to this point and saw out the rest of the half, despite a let off as Firmino appeared to foul a Bournemouth player in the box. This was a warning sign. Liverpool could and should have put the game beyond Bournemouth.

Instead, as they walked off the pitch two goals to the good and with nearly all the possession, you couldn’t help but agree with Alan Smith in commentary. 2-0 is a dangerous scoreline.

So it proved to be. Eddie Howe’s men were always going to improve. They were after all the home side and their support was never going to let them roll over. They’d also given Arsenal a game last week, so the Liverpool should have been switched on to the dangers.

The Cherries’ manager made a change, bringing on former Red Jordan Ibe and I must admit to feeling a pang of nerves. Ibe had huge potential at Liverpool and, while I can understand us cashing in, I have always felt that decision will come back to bite us one day. As it happened it wasn’t the former Red that did the damage, it was Howe’s other substitution, Ryan Fraser.

He was only on the pitch two minutes and he won a penalty. Having been solid for the last three games, Liverpool’s defence just crumbled. Milner’s lunge upended Fraser and he could have no complaints as the referee pointed to the spot. Up stepped Callum Wilson to send Loris Karius the wrong way. 1-2, game on.

The Reds have been pegged back before this season. We have rightly praised them for not capitulating, taking this as a sign of a new found resilience. When, on 64 minutes, the Reds restored their two goal advantage it looked like normal service had resumed.

Liverpool's Adam Lallana (centre) is substituted on for Liverpool's Sadio Mane (right) by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (left) during the Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth. 2016. (Picture by Adam Davy PA Wire/PA Images)

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Sadio Mane, who simply refused to give up the fight, made his way into the home side’s penalty area. Facing a wall of defenders he passed it to Emre Can who was 20 yards from goal. He unleashed a right footed shot that sent the away support into fits of ecstasy. That should have been it.

Since they lost to Burnley in the league, Liverpool have been relentless. They haven’t always been without flaws, but they have never been outfought. Klopp has instilled a mental strength in his charges this season. It has helped them, on occasion, get through games where they were perhaps a little sub-par. Today it deserted them at a time when they were in complete control.

Pundits have latched onto Liverpool’s “defensive woes” almost from day one this season. It’s become a cliche and an easy go to line for many. In reality, if you take out the five conceded in the first two games against Arsenal and Burnley, the Reds were averaging less than a goal a game prior to today.

However, they were easy prey to a Bournemouth side who refused to lie down. Liverpool almost added a fourth when a Milner corner looked to have been carried over the line by Boruc. The computer said no!

The the Reds defence seemed to go missing for the rest of the game. The injury to Matip appears to be a costly one and underlines his importance to the side. We can only hope it’s not serious. In the 74th minute Bournemouth once more halved the deficit and it was the substitute Fraser again, finishing brilliantly from the edge of the box on 76 minutes. Karius should have done better though.

With fifteen minutes to go, the game could have gone either way. Liverpool should have got hold of it as they have so many times this season and saw it out. Instead the home side seemed to smell blood and continued to press. The Reds’ back-line has been solid in recent weeks, against Bournemouth it appeared to be made of straw and a leveller seemed depressingly inevitable.

Liverpool's Loris Karius looks on dejected after his mistake gives Bournemouth's their fourth goal during the Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium, London. Picture date December 4th, 2016 Pic David Klein/Sportimage via PA Images

It took barely a minute to arrive. Liverpool failed to deal with a free kick and Wilshere, anonymous in the first half, whipped the ball into the box. Steve Cook, a centre back, controlled it with all the guile of a seasoned forward and volleyed it into the back of the net. Disaster. Liverpool almost went back in front through first Origi and then Lallana, but both squandered their chances.

Dropping two points from a winning position is always hard to bear. To drop three is unforgivable and that’s exactly what Liverpool did.

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With the game seemingly over, the fourth official somehow found five minutes of additional time. Klopp looked flummoxed, but not as perplexed as he would do three minutes later.

Cook, now re-born after his mistake against the Gunners last week, unleashed a fierce drive straight at the keeper. Karius spilled the ball and Nathan Ake couldn’t believe his luck as he tapped home the winner.

Liverpool, having made a mess of their clean sheets, were facing an almighty walk of shame back to the dressing room. The travelling Kop were looking at a miserable journey back to Liverpool and all of us face an awful wait for the next game. The Reds once again have been presented with another challenge to their title credentials.

The last time they tasted such a humiliating defeat, against Burnley, they went on a 15 game unbeaten run. That’s what genuine contenders do. All great teams suffer set-backs. The great Reds’ sides of old did and the likes of Chelsea and City have this season. What marks a team out as genuine contenders, is their ability to shrug it off and make up for any slip ups, by punishing the next side they meet.

That’s what Klopp’s Liverpool must do now. My advice to all of you is to do what I’m going to do; get drunk, forget it happened and move on to the next game. Win that, the one after, then the next one and this will just be another hiccup on the road to glory.

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Jurgen Klopp “not angry” after his side “lost momentum” in defeat at Bournemouth

ThisIsAnfield.com - вс, 12/04/2016 - 20:30
on 04.12.2016

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp refused to blow his top at his players after they twice relinquished two-goal leads to lose a seven-goal thriller at Bournemouth.

The Reds seemed to be cruising at half-time courtesy of goals from Sadio Mane and Divock Origi, and were 3-1 up midway through the second half, before three goals in the final 15 minutes saw the hosts run out 4-3 winners.

Klopp, who was admonished by referee Robert Madley in the second half, was barking orders in his usual fashion and also stormed out of his technical area to berate Mane at one point.

But, after his side fell to just a second league defeat of the campaign, he insisted he was satisfied with his players’ effort. “I’m not angry,” he said.

“I was angry during the game a few times, but I saw that my boys didn’t want to do the wrong thing, but they did and lost the momentum in the game, and it’s not simple to come back.

“That’s why you have to keep momentum all the time you can. I cannot change it. So why should I be angry?”

Callum Wilson pulled one back from the spot after substitute Ryan Fraser was brought down, but Emre Can restored the two-goal cushion soon after, only for the impressive Fraser to strike his maiden Premier League goal and then cross for Simon Cook to level with a well-taken effort.

And there was more to come in stoppage time as Chelsea loanee Nathan Ake bundled home a winner for Eddie Howe’s side to prevent Liverpool closing to within a point of Ake’s parent club at the top of the table.

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Klopp continued: “The guys just weren’t clear enough in the game. We couldn’t influence the referee’s decision on the penalty. We could have seen a few situations differently, a player could have been sent off for a second yellow card for holding (Roberto) Firmino – but we have to accept that happens.”

Explaining his conversation with the referee and fourth official Stuart Attwell, Klopp added: “I was not happy about the penalty decision.

“It was not possible for me to do absolutely nothing. What I did was obviously too much. So I got a green card, before the yellow card, so I didn’t do it again.

“At first I said it wasn’t a penalty. And then Sadio shot the ball up into the stand, and I tried to tell him to play football again. I left my technical area, that’s all. He (Madley) told me not to do it again.”

AFC Bournemouth's Steve Cook (second left) celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game during the Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth. 2016. (Picture by Adam Davy PA Wire/PA Images)

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For Bournemouth, this was a first victory over Liverpool in their history, and took the Cherries into the top half of the standings.

A 3-1 defeat at Arsenal last week meant Howe could not celebrate his 300th game as Bournemouth manager, but his 301st match at the helm is one that will live long in the 39-year-old’s memory.

“I don’t think I’ll ever forget this one,” he said. “It was a real contrast of emotions. Right up there with the Everton game last year where we were really poor for the first part and came back for a point (a 3-3 draw).

“At half-time we were in real trouble. Liverpool were excellent. We weren’t very good. So that makes the comeback all the more impressive.

“After promotion, we never wanted to lose our togetherness, never-say-never attitude and commitment which got us into the Premier League.

“Money can harm that, but this is evidence we’ve maintained that spirit and, if anything, harnessed it. That bodes well.”

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Video: Jurgen Klopp post-match press conference – Bournemouth 4-3 Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - вс, 12/04/2016 - 20:16

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp addressed the media at Dean Court on Sunday afternoon, following his side’s 4-3 collapse away to Bournemouth.

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Goals from Sadio Mane, Divock Origi and Emre Can didn’t prove enough for the Reds, with a brittle defensive display allowing Eddie Howe’s side to claw back for an unlikely victory.

Klopp was decidedly calm despite the manner of his side’s defeat, defending their performance and, following a late error from the goalkeeper, particularly that of Loris Karius.

“I’m not angry. I was angry a few times in the game, when I still had influence. We didn’t want to do the wrong thing,” he argued.

“You have to keep momentum. I tried to help, but now it’s happened I can’t change it.

“Maybe it shows something, but when you lose there are good things. We have no attitude problem. No one is born a winner, you have to learn it.”

Karius came under considerable criticism from Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher after the German spilled a shot into the path of Nathan Ake to gift Bournemouth the winner in stoppage time.

But Klopp kept up his backing of the 23-year-old, saying “I’m sure somebody has criticised Jamie Carragher in his career.”

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“The last goal was not a lucky situation for goalkeeper,” he added. “Loris would have made a really decent save, this says nothing about him.”

This loss saw the Reds’ unbeaten run end after 15 games, with their next opportunity to recapture their form coming at home to West Ham United on December 11.

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Jürgen Klopp's verdict on Bournemouth defeat

LiverpoolFC TV - вс, 12/04/2016 - 19:58
Jürgen Klopp reflected on his side's character, the performance of Loris Karius and more in his post-match press conference following Liverpool's 4-3 defeat to Bournemouth.
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Jürgen Klopp's verdict on Bournemouth defeat

LiverpoolFC.TV - вс, 12/04/2016 - 19:58

Jürgen Klopp reflected on his side's character, the performance of Loris Karius and more in his post-match press conference following Liverpool's 4-3 defeat to Bournemouth.

Read on for a full transcript.

On losing the game…

What can I say? In all our good moments it was pretty clear who were the better side today. I think it was obvious Bournemouth wanted to press high and early, and had no chance for it. We played really good football and were quicker in all our decisions. We wanted to mix up our passes a little bit, short build-up and then direction because Bournemouth are a team that try to press. We had Divock Origi up front and Sadio Mane, who we can use in these situations – which we did twice very well. 2-0 up but then already we didn’t play too well and I didn’t like it too much. I told the boys at half-time that the first half was perfect preparation for the second half because we already showed that at 2-0 the game is not done. We were too static in our passing, kept the ball too long in the wrong moments and then passing too late, [so] the guy who concedes the pass is under pressure. Everything changed – not because the boys wanted [it to] only because they did it because they lost a little bit of concentration. But still, 2-0 at half-time, it was clear something can happen. The penalty, of course, changed the game a little bit. We scored the third one, a wonderful goal, and then it happened quite quickly again. We opened the door, but Bournemouth had to run through and they did it. Of course I’m not happy with the result. There were not a lot of moments where Bournemouth could get confidence, but when there was the moment they were immediately there. The atmosphere was really good. Eddie was on fire – even after 3-3 he pushed the boys up. We had our chance and then they scored the goal. It’s a wonderful story if you’re not on the wrong side. Today we were on the wrong side. That’s what we have to accept. We have to learn from it and we will do, for sure. Then everything will be good again. But in this moment it doesn’t feel like this, of course.

On being more philosophical than angry…

I’m not angry. During the game, I was angry a few times, when I still had influence on it. I saw in the moment that it’s not that you really want to do the wrong thing – I know my boys well enough – only you do it and it’s a little bit too late and you lose the momentum in the game. It’s not too simple to come back. That’s why you have to keep the momentum all the time or as long as you can. That’s where I tried to help. But now it has happened, I cannot change it anymore so why should I be angry? The guys didn’t want to lose, I saw it. They worked hard enough. But we were not clear enough in the right moments and a few things in the game we had no influence on. The penalty was, of course, very important. On the other hand, there was a situation where there was a clear foul on Roberto or Divock – holding, second yellow card, thank you. Without our influence, there could have been a few situations differently, and then we are on the better side with the same game. But we need to accept that there’s no coincidence that it happened today. We had a big impact on the result on the good side and on the bad side. That’s it.

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On whether the result raises any concerns over his side’s character…

No. We have no attitude problem. We have no character problem. Nobody is born as a winner; it’s not in the first few months of your life that you are a winner, you need to learn it. We came from position nine last year and there was a lot of criticism, a manager change, blah, blah, blah, and now we try to be much better. In all these ways, it’s always clear something like this can happen. You don’t like it, but you know it already before – but when it happens, it still feels bad. I would say you know about the problems in life, it’s easier to handle them – I knew that it could happen, now it has happened and now we have to deal with it.

On whether he was concerned by Karius’ performance…

No. If you made mistakes, you get criticised – that’s the life and there is absolutely no problem. If you have quality, you will get stronger from it. I respect and accept everything you will say about us today and if you want to say we are blind, silly, not good enough, whatever, do it. It has no influence on what I think about my team. You can write it, you can read it, and then we go on. That’s all. Of course we made mistakes today. If we don’t finish, if we miss chances, [does it mean] we don’t have good strikers? No, we have good strikers. The last goal [Nathan Ake’s] was not the most lucky situation for a goalkeeper. If Loris had made a real, decent save, I would have wished for it but it says nothing about him as a goalkeeper. It only happened and now we go on. 

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Matip missed, Mane and Origi positive, subs lacking – 5 Talking points from Bournemouth 4–3 Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - вс, 12/04/2016 - 19:34

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Game Management Missing in Embarrassing Collapse

AFC Bournemouth's Steve Cook (second left) celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game during the Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth. 2016. (Picture by Adam Davy PA Wire/PA Images)

Earning impressive dominance in the contest following an excellent first-half display, the second period was all about retaining control, showing a strong mentality and managing the game as needed.

All the Reds needed to do was continue at the same intensity and with the same composure, but Liverpool went to pieces in shambolic fashion, familiarly collapsing under pressure to inexplicably surrender a two-goal.

A nightmare header from Dejan Lovren set the tone for nerves to creep in, with Milner having to lunge and giving a penalty away for fouling Fraser. From then on, despite Can restoring a two-goal lead, Liverpool were visibly rattled and lost all organisation.

Composure went out the window as the Reds made Fraser look Lionel Messi in his attempts at leading the fight-back for the home side, and Klopp’s men failed to shut down or deal with a routine cross in the box, despite having plenty of bodies back, from which Steve Cook fired home.

The Reds have made a habit of shooting themselves in the foot in recent years and this trait proved costly once again as ground was surrendered.

Mane Returning To Form but Injury Presents Concern

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane in action against AC Milan during the International Champions Cup 2016 game on day ten of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Levi's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

One positive, before the shambolic collapse, was a better display from Mane, but that he was withdrawn early through injury presents a huge concern for Klopp.

The Senegalese international has been in quieter form in recent weeks, but he looked a lot closer to rediscovering the level of performance that saw him make a blistering start to life at Anfield – claiming a goal and assist.

The timing of his run and the clinical nature of his finish to open the scoring was more the Mane we saw early on in the season, and his work for Can’s strike – driving at the Cherries’ defence, taking players on and laying the ball perfectly into the German’s path despite being off balance, was excellent.

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Replaced by Adam Lallana with the Reds’ 3-1 ahead, the lack of attacking threat posed by Klopp’s men thereafter was obvious after his exit, showing the importance he carries for this team.

Klopp will hope the injury proves nothing serious as it would be a monumental blow, with Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge out already, at a crucial time.

Joel Matip Sorely Missed

 Liverpool's Joel Matip arrives ahead of the Football League Cup 2nd Round match against Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Concern arose before kick-off as news of the absence of the imperious Joel Matip due to an ankle injury spread.

Worry over how the Reds would cope surfaced, and understandably so given Klopp’s side have not lost with the Cameroonian in the team this season.

And in an embarrassing collapse, those fears were brutally realised, leaving almost everyone pointing to the scale of the absence of the towering centre-back as Lovren and Lucas – oddly preferred to specialist back-up Ragnar Klavan – failed to deputise.

The air of composure Matip brings to defending situations was sorely missed, as was his aerial dominance as Bournemouth delivered balls into the box searching for a comeback – as seen for their third goal.

Lovren clearly struggled without the stability of his usual partner by his side, and the Reds back four went to pieces without Matip’s ability to organise and marshall the defence.

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Origi Taking His Opportunity

Liverpool's Divock Origi scores his side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth. 2016. (Picture by Adam Davy PA Wire/PA Images)

Another positive aspect from a dreadful afternoon, despite his alarming second period tail-off, was another goal for Origi who continues to take the chance handed to him.

Since injury to Coutinho presented the Belgian with the chance he’s waited for, he’s not looked back, instantly hitting the ground running in hugely impressive fashion.

A fantastic finish from a near-impossible angle after rounding Artur Boruc gave the Reds a magnificent second goal, with this strike being Origi’s third goal in as many games and his seventh in his last eight starts.

The striker has recently earned plaudits from Klopp for showing patience to wait for his chance as well as his application on Melwood’s training pitches, and this work is paying off.

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Klopp’s Impact From The Bench Limited

Liverpool's Adam Lallana (centre) is substituted on for Liverpool's Sadio Mane (right) by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (left) during the Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth. 2016. (Picture by Adam Davy PA Wire/PA Images)

As the game developed and Liverpool lost their way, inspiration from the bench was needed to stem the flow of the growing threat posed by Bournemouth in search of a comeback.

But missing some key men, leaving options depleted, Klopp had precious little to call upon to turn the tide back in Liverpool’s favour – with Lallana the only real candidate to enter, as he did for Mane after 69 minutes.

While understandable not to turn to young trio Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ovie Ejaria or Ben Woodburn in such situation, the lack of trust in defensive alternatives Klavan and Alberto Moreno who sat unused when Liverpool were hanging on spoke volumes.

It was only the second time this season that Klopp has not utilised all three substitutes at his disposal, highlighting the lack of genuine options to change and manage the game here.

By contrast, Eddie Howe changed the game with the introduction of Fraser, as well as the power added by Benif Afobe.

With injuries mounting up and a tough period to negotiate over and after Christmas, Klopp could find himself being more active than initially anticipated in the January window.

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Bournemouth 4-3 Liverpool: Player Ratings

ThisIsAnfield.com - вс, 12/04/2016 - 19:09

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Nathaniel Clyne – 7

Clyne pressed high up the pitch from the full back position as Liverpool dominated the opening exchanges.

In attack he played in a couple of good crosses, one of which put the ball on a plate for Origi to score, but somehow the Belgian missed.

Of Liverpool’s starting eleven, Clyne boasted the highest pass completion rate with 89%

Lucas Leiva – 6

Demonstrated a good range of passing at centre back, even if some of his more advanced through balls didn’t come off.

The Brazilian regularly roamed forward with the ball, attempting to replicate Matip’s role in the side.

Defensively though he struggled to form a partnership with Lovren as they failed to control the Bournemouth attackers, and looked susceptible to any runners from midfield.

Dejan Lovren – 4

Didn’t have much to do in the first half, but it was his poor clearing header which led to the concession of a penalty in the second period.

He should have dealt with Wilson in the build up to Bournemouth’s second goal, and needlessly gave away the free kick which put the opposition in a good position to score their third.

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His poor display was rounded off when he lost the battle with Afobe, allowing the striker through on goal but was saved by Karius.

James Milner – 6

The midfielder turned left back looks to be improving positionally in the role he’s been given this season, but he blighted an otherwise good performance in both attack and defence by giving away a soft penalty in the second half.

He made a couple of important tackles throughout the game though, and it was an good performance other than his clumsy foul in the area.

Jordan Henderson – 6

It was Henderson’s low, searching pass which set up Origi for Liverpool’s second goal.

He played a neat little first-time pass to Firmino in the second half, and generally looked to be more forward thinking with his play.

Bournemouth were regularly able to run into the area he should occupy defensively, but the captain’s engine means he’s often able to get back to recover.

He should, however, have done better for Bournemouth’s second goal as Ryan Fraser scored from the position he should be patrolling on the edge of the area.

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The defence was exposed to often, and Henderson’s midfield organisation and positional play in defence played a part in this.

AFC Bournemouth's Steve Cook (second left) celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game during the Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth. 2016. (Picture by Adam Davy PA Wire/PA Images)

Emre Can – 8

Played the ball forward for Mane for the first goal, utilising his team-mates pace with a ranging pass behind the opposition defence.

He battled well in midfield, emerging as Liverpool’s top tackler with four tackles.

He should have been more defensively aware in the second half, especially after his excellent goal had put Liverpool ahead by three goals to one.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7

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After playing against Leeds in the position usually occupied by Philippe Coutinho, Wijnaldum was given the task of taking Adam Lallana‘s role in the side.

He showed some neat touches in the first half, and regularly got forward to join the striker.

He could also be seen tracking back to win the ball, and filled Lallana’s position much better than he did Coutinho’s.

He may not have got himself on the scoresheet, and he didn’t get any assists, but he was still one of Liverpool’s better players on the day.

Sadio Mane – 7

Began the game with a few sloppy touches, but showed that pace can always be a threat regardless of form.

All it needed was one touch on Can’s pass to knock the ball past Artur Boruc and open the scoring.

He had a hand in the third goal and returned the favour for Can, dribbling down the right into the area before pulling the ball back for his team-mate to score.

The game summed up Mane’s whole season in one match. He was brilliant at times, but sloppy and careless on other occasions.

Divock Origi – 7

Liverpool's Divock Origi scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium, London. Picture date December 4th, 2016 Pic David Klein/Sportimage via PA Images

Should have scored from Clyne’s cross with just ten minutes gone. Chose to go with his right foot when he should have used his left to tap in.

More than made up for this later on in the half by rounding Boruc and scoring from a near-impossible angle.

The finish was made even more difficult by the fact that the shot would naturally curl away from goal, and it needed to be hit off the ground to avoid covering defenders.

Almost won the game for his side in the final minutes, when a great first touch gave him the chance to steer the ball home on the turn, but his effort went just over.

Roberto Firmino – 5

The Brazilian forward struggled to get into the game, and will be disappointed with his lack of impact in a game where he could have made the difference.

He had one left-footed effort which sailed over, and despite dropping deep to get the ball, he rarely received the return pass.

He was also very lucky not to give away a penalty when he fouled Nathan Ake in the box following a corner.

Substitutes

Adam Lallana (Mane 68′) – 6

Liverpool's Adam Lallana (centre) is substituted on for Liverpool's Sadio Mane (right) by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (left) during the Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth. 2016. (Picture by Adam Davy PA Wire/PA Images)

Not as involved on the right as he normally is from his preferred attacking midfield position through the middle.

Linked up play when he had the chance, and managed to get a shot off in injury time but it sailed wide.

Jurgen Klopp – 6

Playing Lucas in place of Matip at centre back worked in attack, but the Cameroonian centre back’s absence left the Liverpool defence exposed.

With Mamadou Sakho on his way out of the club, another centre back of Matip’s caliber should be the top of Klopp’s list come January (*cough* Virgil Van Dijk *cough*)

The midfield set-up used here didn’t offer a flailing defence much support, and there was regularly a big gap between the two centre backs and the midfield, and Henderson.

Klopp’s use of Wijnaldum in Lallana’s role worked, but the introduction of Lallana on the right wing in the second half didn’t add much to the play.

He made no other substitutions in the game, which is a rare for the German manager – only the second time this season he’s not used all three subs. This is perhaps a hint that he’ll need to dip into the transfer market for multiple players come January.

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“Champions would have won that game” – Liverpool fans react to dramatic 4-3 defeat at Bournemouth

ThisIsAnfield.com - вс, 12/04/2016 - 18:45
on 04.12.2016

Liverpool’s 15 match unbeaten run ended in dramatic fashion, losing 4-3 after being 2-0 and 3-1 up against Bournemouth.

Adam Lallana returned to the squad but wasn’t named in the starting XI as Joel Matip also missed out through injury.

Divock Origi retained his place in the side after scoring against Sunderland and Leeds United And scored a sensational goal in the first half.

Sadio Mane broke the deadlock after just 20 minutes following a period of Liverpool domination.

Origi scored just minutes later but Bournemouth got themselves back into the game when Callum Wilson netted from the penalty spot early in the second half.

Liverpool bounced back through Emre Can but a late goal from Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake sealed a hugely disappointing 4-3 loss for Jurgen Klopp‘s side.

Here are some of the reactions from Liverpool fans throughout the game:

Matip’s injury came as a shock and fans were a little anxious to see Lucas lineup in defence – thoughts that later came to the fore as the defence crumbled late on:

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Not having Matip will be a big miss today but I'm sure we'll pull through! #LFC

— Liverbird TV (@Liverbird_tv) December 4, 2016

No Matip or Coutinho – two of our best players so far this season. Today will say a lot about how serious we are this year.

— – (@_lfcleanne) December 4, 2016

Mane opened the scoring after 20 minutes and Origi netted another stunning goal just moments later and Liverpool looked in control:

Liverpool's Divock Origi scores his side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth. 2016. (Picture by Adam Davy PA Wire/PA Images)

The second half though saw Milner concede a penalty after 55 minutes – with fans criticising Dejan Lovren for his mistake in the lead up:

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For me that penalty is down to Lovren not clearing his header away. Milner made the foul but Lovren caused the situation

— KopJaffer©? (@KopJaffer_LFC) December 4, 2016

Poor by Milner for the penalty but what was Lovren at , shocking piece of defending #LFC

— clifford o brien (@lfcob) December 4, 2016

What the hell happened to Lovren second half? Completely lost his head.

— Tom McMahon (@TomMc_Sports) December 4, 2016

A late goal from Nathan Ake eventually snatched victory for Bournemouth, with Karius’ role in the goal certainly questionable:

@LFC This is excactly whats not supposed to happen in defence when we are 2 ahead

— Dennis Rusten (@DennisRusten) December 4, 2016

I maintain that Karius had been improving of late but second half today he extremely poor. Massive test for him to come back from it. #LFC

— Sam Drury (@SamDrury11) December 4, 2016

Get the feeling there that the Bournemouth players were told to expect our keeper to spill any shots

— Brian Durand (@BrianDurand56) December 4, 2016

Fans were devastated at full-time after they suffered a hugely disappointing defeat:

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Too many injuries and team has collapsed. Will be a fight to finish top four. This isn't good enough. Need to buy some players #lfc #YNWA

— Per Ove Ravatsås (@ravatsaas) December 4, 2016

For that reason we will win nothing with this squad until we have the depth to overcome injuries #LFC

— Pedro J. Salazar C. (@ppedrossalazar) December 4, 2016

Hats off to Bournemouth. Never gave up and were brilliant last 20 minutes. Days like this happen, unfortunately. Must bounce back now.

— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) December 4, 2016

Today was a chance to prove we could perform without Matip & Coutinho. A test well and truly failed.

— – (@_lfcleanne) December 4, 2016

We've just been beaten after a 15 match unbeaten streak. Of course we can win the league. Of course we can finish in the top 4. Jesus christ

— Steven Halliwell (@Ste_Halliwell11) December 4, 2016

That was a shambles. No one was ready to fight. Not blaming one player but Karius must do a lot better.

— Paul Grech (@paul_grech) December 4, 2016

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Photos: Reds undone by Cherries fightback

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Liverpool suffered their first Premier League defeat since the second game of the season as they lost 4-3 to Bournemouth on Sunday.
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Photos: Reds undone by Cherries fightback

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Liverpool suffered their first Premier League defeat since the second game of the season as they lost 4-3 to Bournemouth on Sunday.

The Reds twice held a two-goal lead but were ultimately undone by a spirited comeback from Eddie Howe's side at the Vitality Stadium.

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Match photos: Reds undone by Cherries fightback

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Match photos: Reds undone by Cherries fightback

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Liverpool their first Premier League defeat since the second game of the season as they lost 4-3 to Bournemouth on Sunday.

The Reds twice held a two-goal lead but were ultimately undone by a spirited comeback from Eddie Howe's side at the Vitality Stadium.

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Match report: Liverpool beaten by Bournemouth comeback

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Liverpool were beaten for only the second time in the Premier League this season as a Bournemouth comeback inflicted a 4-3 defeat at Vitality Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
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Match report: Liverpool beaten by Bournemouth comeback

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Liverpool were beaten for only the second time in the Premier League this season as a Bournemouth comeback inflicted a 4-3 defeat at Vitality Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

First-half strikes from Sadio Mane and Divock Origi gave Jürgen Klopp’s side control of the contest at the break, but the hosts fought back after the interval.

A Callum Wilson penalty early in the second period first gave hope of a comeback for the Cherries, only for Emre Can’s delightful finish to restore a two-goal cushion.

But substitute Ryan Fraser scored one and then set up Steve Cook to slam a leveller beyond Loris Karius, before Nathan Ake forced home a fourth in stoppage-time.

The key points…

  • Mane and Origi struck goals within two minutes in first half
  • Wilson’s penalty halved Bournemouth deficit shortly after break
  • Can curler put Liverpool two goals to the good again
  • Fraser, Cook and Ake stunned the visitors late on

The team news…

Klopp made two changes to the starting line-up that began Liverpool’s previous Premier League game, with Lucas Leiva and Origi replacing Joel Matip and Philippe Coutinho – who were ruled out due to ankle injuries.

Adam Lallana was fit enough to be among the substitutes, while young trio Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ovie Ejaria and Ben Woodburn were also on the bench.

The first half…

Liverpool should have taken the lead with the first opportunity of the match.

After a period of methodical passing by both teams, a sudden quickening of the pace in the 10th minute saw Jordan Henderson find Nathaniel Clyne in space on the right but the full-back’s perfect low cross into the middle was completely miscued by the unmarked Origi.

There was little other goalmouth action to speak of during the opening 20 minutes – but it was at that point in the contest when Klopp’s men landed a double blow on their hosts.

Can’s looping knock into the left channel appeared relatively harmless until Mane beat Ake to the ball, held off the Bournemouth defender and prodded a finish underneath Artur Boruc as he rushed from goal.

The lead was doubled within two minutes courtesy of Origi’s third strike in as many games.

Mane was involved again, winning back possession and feeding Henderson, who immediately spotted a chance to spin a pass in behind the home defence for the Belgian to run onto.

Boruc scampered from his net but Origi was first to the ball on the right hand side and, after gliding around the ‘keeper, swerved an outstanding shot into the far corner for 2-0.

Liverpool were in control but the Cherries continued to play and threatened to reduce their arrears on several occasions before half-time.

First, Junior Stanislas released Joshua King inside the area for a cross-shot that was blocked out by a combination of Karius and Dejan Lovren at the near post.

Then they had vociferous appeals for a penalty – as Ake tumbled under a challenge from Roberto Firmino – turned down and the score remained unchanged at the break.

The second half…

Former Reds winger Jordon Ibe entered the action at the outset of the second period and Eddie Howe was forced into another change early in the half when Stanislas picked up an injury. Fraser came on.

And the substitute instantly won his side a penalty on 56 minutes, drawing a foul from James Milner in the box as he tried to surge towards goal.

Up stepped Wilson from 12 yards and the Bournemouth striker coolly sent Karius the wrong way with his low spot-kick to the left.

The home side’s hopes of mounting a significant comeback soon appeared to be extinguished, however, thanks to an emphatically precise finish from Can after Mane made ground in Cherries territory and pulled a pass back to the German.

Lallana completed his return from injury as a substitute midway through the period, replacing goalscorer Mane, who appeared to have picked up a knock himself.

Karius was called into action to tip over a drive from the lively Fraser, but the sub set up a tense finale on 76 minutes when he exchanged passes with Wilson and found the bottom corner after a fortuitous bounce.

And it was then his cross moments later which found Cook inside the area, the defender controlling, turning and clipping home an unstoppable equaliser at a now raucous Vitality Stadium.

Karius got his body in the way of a blast from Benik Afobe to prevent the hosts from going in front, while Origi swept one over in stoppage-time.

It was Bournemouth who found the winner, though, as a shot from the left was fumbled by Karius and Ake seized upon the rebound to convert.

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Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs. Bournemouth: Lallana on bench, Origi leads attack

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Adam Lallana has returned from injury to take his place on the Liverpool bench against his former side, Bournemouth, on Sunday afternoon.

The Reds look to continue their fine run of form with a trip to the south coast to take on Eddie Howe’s impressive Bournemouth side, buoyed by the inclusion of Lallana.

The 28-year-old missed Liverpool’s recent clashes with Southampton, Sunderland and Leeds United with a groin injury, but returned to training on Thursday and has been passed fit to join the substitutes.

Jurgen Klopp has made six changes to the side that won 2-0 at home to Leeds on Tuesday night, with Loris Karius among those to reclaim his place, taking his position between the sticks.

Nathaniel Clyne, Lucas Leiva, Dejan Lovren and James Milner start ahead of Karius in defence, with Ragnar Klavan dropping to the bench.

Joel Matip misses out, with the centre-back having suffered a minor ankle injury.

In midfield, Jordan Henderson joins Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum, as Klopp perseveres with his 4-3-3 system.

With both Philippe Coutinho (ankle) and Daniel Sturridge (calf) injured, Divock Origi leads the line in attack, having scored the opening goals against both Sunderland and Leeds.

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The Belgian is given experienced support, with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino set to take up their places out wide, showcasing the strength in Klopp’s squad.

Joining Mignolet, Klavan and Lallana on the substitutes’ bench are Alberto Moreno, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ovie Ejaria and Ben Woodburn.

Bournemouth: Boruc; Francis, Cook, Ake, Smith; Arter, Gosling, Wilshere; King, Stanlisas, Wilson

Substitutes: Federici, Smith, Mings, Fraser, Pugh, Ibe, Afobe

Liverpool: Karius; Clyne, Lucas, Lovren, Milner; Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum; Mane, Firmino, Origi

Substitutes: Mignolet, Klavan, Moreno, Alexander-Arnold, Lallana, Ejaria, Woodburn

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Team news: Lucas and Origi in to face Bournemouth

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Team news: Lucas and Origi in to face Bournemouth

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Lucas Leiva and Divock Origi are in the Liverpool line-up to face Bournemouth this afternoon.

The pair replace Joel Matip and Philippe Coutinho – both sidelined with ankle injuries – respectively from the side that started last time out in the Premier League, against Sunderland at Anfield.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ovie Ejaria and Ben Woodburn are among the substitutes at Vitality Stadium after their contributions to the EFL Cup win over Leeds United in midweek.

Adam Lallana is also fit to take a place on the bench.

Liverpool team: Karius, Clyne, Lovren, Lucas, Milner, Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum, Mane, Firmino, Origi.

Substitutes: Mignolet, Klavan, Moreno, Alexander-Arnold, Ejaria, Lallana, Woodburn.

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