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What's on: This week's LFC community events

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 12/08/2019 - 11:00

Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.

For more information on these activities, and the work of the two organisations, follow @LFCFoundation and @Red_Neighbours on Twitter or click here.

Monday December 9

Open Goals

Springfield Park and Garden – 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)

Kicks

Walton Hall Park – 7pm-8pm (age 11-17)

Kicks Inclusion

Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 6pm-7pm (age 8-12) and 7pm-8pm (13+)

Kicks Female session

Woodchurch Sports Complex, Wirral – 6pm-7pm (13+)

Table Tennis Club

Anfield Sports & Community Centre 6pm-7pm (open age)

Tuesday December 10

Open Goals

Bowersdale Park (Seaforth) (meet at Bowersdale Resource Centre) – 5pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)

Kicks Female session

Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 5pm-6pm (age 13+)

Kicks

Toxteth Firefit Hub – 5:30pm-7:30pm (age 11-19)

Adlam Park, Fazakerley – 5pm-7pm

Kicks Inclusion

Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 6pm-7pm (age 8-16) and 7pm-8pm (age 17+)

Red Neighbours Walking Football

Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 3pm-4pm (50+)

Junior Netball
Anfield Sports & Community Centre (indoor) – 5pm-6pm (age 7- 12)

Wednesday December 11

Mini Kicks

Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 4pm-5pm (age 4-6)

Open Goals

Crosby in Coronation Park (meet at Alchemy Crosby Youth & Community Centre) – 4.30pm-5.30pm (age 5+ and parents)

Kicks

Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 5pm-6pm (age 7-12) and 6pm-7pm (age 13-16)

Female session

Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 5pm-6pm (age 5-7)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre (Cruyff pitch) – 5pm-6pm (age 8-13)

Kicks Inclusion

Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 6pm-7pm (age 8+)

Multi-sports - Badminton

Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 6pm-8pm

Thursday December 12

Open Goals

Jubilee Sports Bank, Kensington – 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)

Kicks

Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 8pm-10pm (age 11-17)

Wavertree Sports Park – 5pm-6pm (age 8-13) and 6pm-7pm (age 14-17)

Gateacre High School – 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)

Military Veterans

Netherton Goals – 5:45pm-7pm

Kicks Inclusion

Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 6pm-7pm (age 5-7) and 7pm-8pm (age 8+)

Keep Fit

Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 7pm-8pm

Friday December 13

Red Neighbours Walking Football

Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 11am-12pm

Red Neighbours Walking Netball

Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 11.30am-12.30pm

Open Goals

Rice Lane Recreation Ground – 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)

Kicks

Wavertree Sports Park – 6pm-8pm (age 14-19)

Croxteth Health and Wellbeing Centre – 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)

Netherton Activity Centre – 6pm-7pm (age 8-11) and 7pm-8pm (age 12-17)

Kirkby Leisure Centre – 5pm-6pm (age 8-13) and 6pm-7pm (age 14-19)

Kicks Inclusion

Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 6pm-7pm (age 8-16) and 7pm-8pm (age 17+)

Saturday December 14

Kicks Inclusion

Woodchurch Sports Complex, Wirral – 10:30am-1:00pm

Open Goals

Stanley Park (meet at Isla Gladstone) – 11am-1pm (age 5+ and parents)

Newsham Park – 11am-12.30pm (age 5+ and parents)

Norris Green Park (meet by playground) – 1.30pm-3.30pm (age 5+ and parents)

Crown Park, Edge Hill – 1pm-2.30pm (age 5+ and parents)

Garston Park – 3pm-5pm (age 5+ and parents)

Sunday December 15

Open Goals  

Birkenhead Park – 11am-1pm (age 5+ and parents)

Walton Hall Park – 12:30am-2.30pm (age 5+ and parents)

Belle Vale Park – 1pm-3pm (age 5+ and parents)

Doric Park – 11am-12.30pm (age 5+ and parents)

Victoria Park – 1:30pm-3:30pm (age 5+ and parents)

Military Veterans

The Academy, Kirkby – 2.45pm-4.30pm

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‘I forgot how it feels’ – Klopp eager for more clean sheets after Bournemouth shutout

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 12/08/2019 - 10:33

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool’s first clean sheet in 14 games created a buzz in the dressing room and has challenged his players to repeat the trick to reach the Champions League knockout stages.


The in-form Reds ruthlessly tightened their grip on top spot by making it 33 Premier League games unbeaten with Saturday’s convincing 3-0 success at struggling Bournemouth.

Goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah earned another important victory, which was built on the club’s first shutout since September 28.

European champions Liverpool must on Tuesday avoid defeat at RB Leipzig to guarantee progress to the Champions League last 16 and manager Klopp is eager for another solid defensive display.

“I forgot actually how it feels, to be honest. It’s great, we should have that more often,” Klopp said of not conceding.

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk (L) celebrates with team-mate Joe Gomez after the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. Liverpool won 3-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“For the boys, that was the most used word in the dressing room when I came in, ‘clean sheet, clean sheet, clean sheet’.

“Obviously everybody was desperate for that and now we have it, so let’s have it more often.

“The next game where a clean sheet would be useful is already around the corner, against Salzburg on Tuesday. It feels good.”

The clean sheet coincided with first-choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker’s return from a one-match suspension, although he did not have a save to make against a team which has now suffered five successive defeats and sits a point above the drop zone.

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Happy Bodhi Day from Liverpool FC

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 12/08/2019 - 10:00

Liverpool Football Club would like to say 'Happy Bodhi Day' to all our Buddhist supporters celebrating today.

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Happy Bodhi Day from Liverpool FC

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 12/08/2019 - 10:00
Liverpool Football Club would like to say 'Happy Bodhi Day' to all our Buddhist supporters celebrating today.
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Keita “class” as “imperious” Reds show invincibles traits – Media on Bournemouth 0-3 Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 12/08/2019 - 09:04

The media were impressed by how Liverpool cruised to a 3-0 win at Bournemouth and praised Jurgen Klopp’s rotation and Naby Keita’s performance.


Klopp’s Red Machine churned out a 15th win in 16 league games to further extend the lead at the top of the Premier League table.

Another slick attacking display saw three excellent goals scored, as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah ensured the three points returned to Merseyside.

This is what the media made of a routine victory at Dean Court.

Reporters were impressed with how Liverpool made victory so routine…

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (#11) celebrates scoring the third goal with team-mates during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The BBC’s Emma Sanders assessed that the routine nature of the win was most welcome after some nervy victories, and thinks the “dominance” of the display will have pleased Klopp:

Saturday’s victory at the Vitality was so routine – though the early loss of Ake to injury weakened an already struggling Bournemouth back four.

But the Reds played with a swagger and a dominance which would have surely pleased manager Jurgen Klopp greatly.

The Telegraph’s Jim White wrote a comical line on how Liverpool were so comfortable that Klopp’s side could have played in slippers:

As the rest of the Premier League huffs and puffs in their wash, they are not so much marching on as embarking on a Christmas cruise.

Because this was not just another win for Jurgen Klopp’s points-gathering machine, at times it was so comfortable it appeared as if his players were wearing slippers.

ESPN’s James Capps thought winning with a rotated team was the perfect type of victory ahead of the vital Champions League clash against Salzburg:

With a crucial Champions League game against FC Salzburg just three days away, a simple win with an under-strength team was just the ticket.

Meanwhile, the Mirror’s John Cross is seeing signs that Liverpool can become the new “invincibles”, noting how the Reds’ “air of superiority” makes them look unbeatable:

But every time they go to a ground, they arrive with a wonderful belief that they will not be beaten. When Arsenal did it in 2004 under Arsene Wenger, teams would say they were beaten before kick-off such was their air of superiority.

This Liverpool team has the same feel. You actually cannot see them losing this season. With that sort of confidence, you cannot see anyone beating them. Because they’re beaten before kick-off.

Members of the media were once again full of praise for Klopp’s squad management…

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates after the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. Liverpool won 3-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Capps was impressed with how Liverpool maintained the performance level despite another batch of changes being made:

Despite Jurgen Klopp opting to rest the likes of Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold, this was an imperious performance that was full of quality.

Writing for Goal.com, Neil Jones thinks Liverpool’s performance level has improved as a direct result of Klopp freshening up his starting XI:

It didn’t affect Liverpool. If anything, they looked better than they have in recent weeks.

[…]

Those that came in looked like they’d been playing every week.

The Mirror’s Neil Moxley explained how the competitiveness in the squad for starting XI places is spurring the Reds on and helping maintain the performance level:

To be honest, at this stage of the season Klopp can rotate a roulette wheel with the squad numbers and use a game of chance to choose his starting XI – and the result will still be the same.

[…]

As far as the players are concerned, they know also in that dressing-room that should their standards drop off, that they will not be immune to the axe.

 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Cross commented on how the “unshakeable belief” Klopp has in his squad has rubbed off on the players:

But the loudest was “The Reds Are Top Of the League” and surely nothing can stop them now because they go into every game with unshakeable belief that they will win.

It’s a wonderful feeling to have and should carry them to their first title in 30 years.

Discussing the players who have benefitted from Klopp’s approach, the Guardian’s Ben Fisher noted how Salah looks “reinvigorated”, which inspired the Egyptian to act as the architect behind the win:

An irresistible performance by a reinvigorated Mohamed Salah, who Klopp declared is again firing at 100%, proved the catalyst as Liverpool extended their unbeaten league record to 33 games.

The media applauded another excellent squad effort, singling out Keita in particular…

 Liverpool's Naby Keita (L) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mate Mohamed Salah during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jones praised the way the whole squad is contributing currently, and provided some great numbers of the goal share so far this season:

Both Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita decorated their performances with goals, smartly-taken ones too.

Liverpool have now had 16 different goalscorers in the Premier League this season. The club record, set in 1911-12 and 2015-16, is 17.

Cross waxed-lyrical on Keita’s performance, assessing that it was an exciting demonstration of the “player Liverpool hoped they were signing”:

But perhaps most impressive was Naby Keita as he really took his chance with Fabinho currently out injured.

Keita has struggled at times to fulfil expectations since joining Liverpool but, on this evidence, he is ready to seize his opportunity. A goal, assist and bags of energy. This was the player Liverpool hoped they were signing.

The Liverpool Echo’s Ian Doyle wrote how Keita “oozed class” and showed the different dimension he adds to the midfield:

Keita oozed class, his touch confident from the start, gliding across the Vitality Stadium turf and always looking to move possession forward.

[…]

The Guinean has always offered a different dimension to the midfield. The problem has been a lack of fitness and self-belief to justify his talent. This outing surely bolstered both.

 Liverpool's Curtis Jones during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Echo colleague Theo Squires thought it was a performance boasting plenty of promise and stated that the No.8 now needs to build on it to launch his Anfield career:

With a goal and an assist under his belt, he’ll return to Merseyside happy, guaranteed a hug from his manager and with fans satisfied to see the Naby Keita they believed their club were signing.

[…]

But, by taking a step in the right direction, it could prove to be a decisive one. Now player, manager and fans alike will all be hoping it isn’t just a case of Keita’s latest false dawn.

Finally, the Mail’s Daniel Matthews thought Curtis Jones’ late cameo was a real positive and a nice added bonus for Klopp on a great afternoon:

Their march goes on and the performances of Keita – in his first start of the season – and substitute Curtis Jones will give Klopp particularly satisfaction.

As their to-do list continues to pile up, he will need every member of his squad if they are to make this early advantage count.

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Press on Bournemouth 0-3 Liverpool: 'Naby Keita catches the eye'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 12/08/2019 - 09:00

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah were on the mark as Liverpool won 3-0 at Bournemouth on Saturday.

Jürgen Klopp's charges increased their club-record top-flight unbeaten streak to 33 matches.

Here is what the media made of the victory...

Theo Squires, Liverpool Echo

Keita provided a timely reminder of why he creates such excitement and intrigue among the Reds fanbase as Jürgen Klopp handed him his first Premier League start of the season. From the early moments Keita caught the eye, storming around the pitch, demanding the ball, spreading it to teammates and charging at the Cherries’ defence. And there was almost a sigh of relief when he opened his account for the season, playing the ball in to Salah’s feet before carrying on his run and finishing well from the Egyptian’s stupendous backheel. Keita then returned the favour in the second half, picking up a loose ball in midfield before bursting forward and threading through an inch-perfect through ball. His Bundesliga trademark. With a goal and an assist under his belt, he’ll return to Merseyside happy.

Neil Jones, Goal.com

It doesn’t matter which players Klopp plugs in at the moment, the result is the same. The Premier League leaders march on. Is anyone going to stop them this time? Bournemouth couldn’t. Eddie Howe’s side were not in the same league here. They’ve lost their last five now, but rarely can they have been so thoroughly outclassed. They couldn’t get near Liverpool. June, July, August, September, October and November have been pretty kind to the Reds, and December has started nicely too. The challenges come and the challenges go. Bournemouth were dismissed as Everton were in midweek. That’s 15 wins from 16 now, and 33 league games unbeaten. Both Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita decorated their performances with goals, smartly-taken ones too. Liverpool have now had 16 different goalscorers in the Premier League this season. The club record, set in 1911-12 and 2015-16, is 17. The clean sheet will please the manager. It is only the third Liverpool have managed in the league all season, and their first since September. Rarely was it threatened.

Neil Moxley, Mirror

Twelve matches in 35 days between the last day of November and the first Saturday of the New Year means Klopp has had little choice but to dip into his selection box. And just like in the midweek Merseyside derby triumph over Everton, those who have been left on the outside, looking in, served up a treat. Such is the confidence in the system and each other that this is as near as dammit to the principle of ‘Total football’ as you can get. Klopp needs an alternative to Mane? Oxlade-Chamberlain fills the void. And guess who struck the opening goal? Keita, like Wijnaldum, has a bit of everything. Available, athletic, busy and capable from time to time of weighing in with the odd goal. Although the matches are coming as thick and fast as the Arctic snow, the Reds showed at the Vitality Stadium they have the resources to cope. That has to open up all kinds of possibilities. And if they can reach the home straight without key injuries, who knows what they might achieve.

Ed Elliot, Independent

Premier League leaders Liverpool moved 11 points clear after extending their unbeaten run to 33 top-flight games with a dominant 3-0 success at struggling Bournemouth. Salah's 10th goal of the season early in the second period sealed the three points as the European champions continued their seemingly relentless march towards a first title in 30 years. Liverpool’s commanding lead allowed Klopp to hand a Premier League debut to 18-year-old midfielder Curtis Jones and give Sadio Mane a well-earned rest on the bench. The visitors were content to wind the clock down rather than go full throttle for more goals and convincingly held on for a welcome first clean sheet in 14 games in all competitions.

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

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Press on Bournemouth 0-3 Liverpool: 'Naby Keita catches the eye'

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 12/08/2019 - 09:00
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah were on the mark as Liverpool won 3-0 at Bournemouth on Saturday.
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Jones’ dream debut & Reds’ seaside joy after “another big win on the road”

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 12/08/2019 - 08:00

There was plenty to celebrate for Liverpool players as they scored three and kept a clean sheet at Bournemouth on Saturday.


The Reds made the trip to the south coast with a 15th league win firmly in their sights, where they came up against a Bournemouth outfit without a win in their last four.

And while Jurgen Klopp’s side have been one for the dramatics in recent weeks, the Reds instead cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory this time around as the decision to rotate the side again reaped its rewards.

The boss made seven changes to the side who clinched an emphatic 5-2 win over Everton last time out.

And both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita took the chance to shine as they each finished off two stunning passages of play to see the Reds take a two goal advantage into the break.

The Reds would continue to flex their muscles in the second half and inflict further misery on the Cherries, as Mohamed Salah found the scoresheet for the fifth consecutive time against the hosts as Liverpool successfully shut up shop to notch a rare clean sheet and another three points.

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson, wearingf a rainbow coloured armband, during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

For Jordan Henderson, who spoke to LFCTV after the final whistle, it was a win which the team walked away from “delighted” as they shone both offensively and defensively:

“It was a professional performance and a very solid performance. Overall, we are delighted with that.

“Offensively, I thought we were very good, we kept the ball for large periods of the game and we defended really well as well, so overall we are really pleased.”

Similarly, Oxlade-Chamberlain lauded the Reds’ “professional” performance and revealed how deep the desire was from the team was to control the game and walk away with a clean sheet.

 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Andy Robertson and James Milner led the charge as Liverpool squeezed Bournemouth into submission and made it “difficult” for the hosts to find a way back into proceedings:

“Robbo and Millie were probably shouting at me for the last 30 minutes to just make sure we keep the clean sheet…to make sure we kept it tight and be professional and not getting carried away going forward all the time.

“So, like Hendo said, it was really professional from start to finish really and I think it was probably the main thing we needed to improve on.

“In weeks gone by, we have gone 2-0 up and we just haven’t controlled the game well enough and we’ve made it difficult.

“Today, we learned from that and it was a really professional performance and some really top performances from all the boys.”

After the game, players swiftly took to Instagram to share their joy at picking up another three points to take their tally to 46 after 16 games.

For Curtis Jones, it was also an afternoon which saw his dream come true as he made his Premier League debut – a moment which left him both “proud” and thankful:

Andy Robertson was not shy to hide that he and the team ‘love a day out to the seaside’, while Trent Alexander-Arnold commended Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal and subsequent celebration:

It was a “solid” and “strong” performance rightfully worth celebrating for Milner and Henderson:

The opening goal scorers in Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita, similarly, lavished praise on their teammates as “another big win on the road” was secured:

And for Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, the first clean sheet in 14 games was duly celebrated as they quickly turned their attention to the crucial European tie with Salzburg on Tuesday:

The Reds’ 15th win of the campaign stretches their unbeaten run in the league to 33 games, a result which increases their lead over Man City to 14 points and 11 over Leicester – who play on Sunday.

Klopp’s men, however, will now turn their attention to Champions League action where Liverpool can secure their place in the last 16 with a win or draw at Salzburg.

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Pick up your LFC Women's programme v West Ham

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 12/08/2019 - 08:00

Liverpool FC Women take on Matt Beard's West Ham United Women in a Barclays FA Women's Super League fixture at Prenton Park on Sunday, with kick-off set for 2pm GMT.

Hot on the heels of the record-breaking game against Everton at Anfield, the Reds will be aiming to repeat last season's wins over the Irons.

The official matchday magazine is a great souvenir for the occasion and packed full of great content.

Inside, we hear from attacker Kirsty Linnett who discusses her new role as a number 10 and why the team are convinced they will soon start putting wins on the board.

Forward Ashley Hodson offers an insight into her teammates while midfielder Rhiannon Roberts shares her musical tastes.

Manager Vicky Jepson offers her thoughts in her regular column while captain Sophie Bradley-Auckland also looks ahead to the game in her skipper's notes.

There is a great pull-out poster of forward Niamh Charles who reached 50 appearances for the club in last weekend's match at Manchester City, all the latest news from around the Reds' training base, the lowdown on our visitors from London plus all the facts and stats to keep you in the know.

So make sure you pick up your copy of the official matchday programme at Tranmere on Sunday, priced £3.

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Bournemouth 0-3 Liverpool: Six talking points

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 12/08/2019 - 08:00
Liverpool chalked up a 15th win in 16 Premier League games with a controlled performance to beat Bournemouth 3-0 on Saturday.
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Liverpool FC Women take on Matt Beard's West Ham United Women in a Barclays FA Women's Super League fixture at Prenton Park on Sunday, with kick-off set for 2pm GMT.
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Brilliant Liverpool Batter BournemouthBournemouth Vs Liverpool Preview - Reds must keep pedal to the...

Anfield Index.com - Sun, 12/08/2019 - 06:15

Liverpool maintained their eleven point at the top of the Premier League with a 3-0 victory over Bournemouth at The Vitality Stadium.

Goals from Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah sufficed for the much changed European Champions who kept their first clean sheet in what feels like an age.

Jurgen Klopp made seven changes from the team that won the Merseyside derby midweek, with Salah, Oxlade Chamberlain, Keita, Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez, Alisson and Roberto Firmino all returning for the Reds.

Such a raft of changes was always going to engender a lack of fluency and the opening thirty minutes were quite unremarkable for both sides, with Salah shooting tamely at Ben Ramsdale the only talking point of any note.

Gradually, though, Liverpool were beginning to turn the screw and their pressure paid dividends on the 35 minute mark.

A weapon the Klopp’s team regularly used versus Everton was the long ball over the top of the defence, and this approach bore fruit again this afternoon.

Henderson, reminiscent of a quarter back picking out a wide receiver, floated a brilliant pass over the top of the retreating Bournemouth defence for Oxlade Chamberlain to touch in. Legitimate questions could be asked over Ramsdale’s positioning, but the pass and the reactions from Chamberlain — whose left wing berth had seen on the games periphery — were both of the highest calibre.

Now firmly in the box seat, with Keita — making his first Premier League start of the season — instrumental, Liverpool soon add a second. The Guinean linked wonderfully with Salah, receiving a back heel from the Egyptian in the box, before cooly, with the outside of his foot, firing past Ramsdale.

The half was going swimmingly for the league leaders, but the substitution of Dejan Lovren with what appeared to be an injury is a cause of concern, especially given the injuries to Joel Matip and Fabinho, the other centre half options.

Gomez, who was performing admirably at right back, switched to centre half and Trent Alexander Arnold slotted in at full back as Liverpool held their 2-0 lead at the break.

The 2-0 deficit took much of the life from the Cherries — who lost both Nathan Ake and Callum Wilson to hamstring injuries — and the Reds ran roughshod over the ravaged hosts.

Salah and Keita had been showing the signs of a nascent on pitch understanding and both Africans, in the mirror opposite of the second goal, once again linked up to supply a goal.

A wayward pass from substitute Jack Simpson fell to Keita and the Guinean gracefully slipped a pass behind the Bournemouth defence. The through ball was tuned perfectly to the movement of Salah and the Egyptian delicately slipped the ball past Ramsdale for the killer 3-0 goal.

The intensity of the game flatlined from there on in and the feeling was that the Anfield side could have added more goals to their tally if the mood had struck them.

Instead, with the key Salzburg Champions League game on the horizon, energy preservation was the call for the final 20 or second minutes.

Young academy product, Curtis Jones, was given his debut when he replaced Andrew Robertson, with the Scot earning a seldom enjoyed rest for the final 15 minutes.

Showing excellent ball retention, the still unbeaten Reds saw out the game with the foremost of comfort in a performance fitting of European Champions.

After an opening to the season that included many narrow wins, this was Liverpool at their best and the gulf in class between them and Eddie Howe’s men was gaping.

Going forward, Klopp will no doubt be pleased that Salah looked back to his best and that Keita showed all of the class that convinced the club to part with over 50M to seal his signature.

Liverpool team: Alisson, Gomez, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Keita, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Oxlade Chamberlain.

Substitutions: Alexander Arnold for Lovren, Jones for Robertson, Shaqiri for Oxlade Chamberlain.

Subs not used: Adrian, Elliott, Origi, Mane.

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Bournemouth 0-3 Liverpool: Watch extended highlights now

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 23:59
Watch extended highlights and exclusive reaction from Liverpool's 3-0 win at Bournemouth on LFCTV GO now.
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Bournemouth 0-3 Liverpool: Watch extended highlights now

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Free video: Watch Naby Keita's classy finish against Bournemouth

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 19:00

Naby Keita bagged his first goal of the season with a classy one-two and finish at Bournemouth - and you can see the effort now in our free video.

Keita scored the second in Liverpool's 3-0 win at Vitality Stadium on Saturday as they maintained their lead at the Premier League summit.

Take a look at the midfielder's clever one-two with Mohamed Salah and subsequent goal in the clip above.

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Free video: Watch Naby Keita's classy finish against Bournemouth

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 19:00
Naby Keita bagged his first goal of the season with a classy one-two and finish at Bournemouth - and you can see the effort now in our free video.
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“They wanted to be really loud, but…” – Jurgen Klopp lauds Liverpool’s energy-saving tactics

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 18:51

Jurgen Klopp hailed a “professional and mature” performance after Liverpool continued their relentless march to a first title in 30 years with a comfortable 3-0 win at struggling Bournemouth.


Goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah in a devastating 19-minute spell either side of half-time saw the Reds make it 33 Premier League games unbeaten to move 11 points clear at the top of the table.

Bournemouth’s cause was not helped by a hamstring injury to key defender Nathan Ake moments before Oxlade-Chamberlain’s opener, while Cherries striker Callum Wilson limped off in the second half on a miserable afternoon for Eddie Howe’s out-of-form hosts.

With a commanding three-goal lead after 54 minutes, Klopp was afforded the luxury of not taking unnecessary risks as he negotiates a packed December fixture list and interest in five different competitions.

Asked if it was a perfect day, the Liverpool boss replied: “Yeah, it was, 100 percent.

“I really feel for [Howe] because you can lose against us, obviously that can happen, but losing Ake and Wilson in the same game is of course a major blow.

“We scored wonderful goals, we had more chances, did really well, were really uncomfortable to play [against].

“From 3-0 on we controlled the game absolutely and nothing really happened anymore.

“The players didn’t like it too much, they wanted to be really loud in these moments, but I didn’t want to see any unnecessary risk.

“It was maybe not the most exciting but necessary. It was an absolutely super performance, super individual performances and the team performance was just really mature and professional, just what we needed.”

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (#11) celebrates scoring the third goal with team-mates during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp made seven changes at the Vitality Stadium following the emphatic midweek Merseyside derby win.

The German opted to give Sadio Mane a well-earned rest on the bench, while Divock Origi was also given a breather following his heroics against Everton as the Reds cantered to a first clean sheet in 14 games, without conceding an attempt on target.

The only sour note on the south coast came when defender Dejan Lovren had to be replaced by Trent Alexander-Arnold in the 40th minute.

Klopp, who was also without Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana because of minor issues, does not believe the Croatian’s injury to be severe ahead of Tuesday’s crucial Champions League clash with Red Bull Salzburg.

“You don’t always know exactly but it looks not too serious, it looks like a bit of cramp,” Klopp said of Lovren.

“It’s similar to Gini Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana, not serious but serious enough to keep them out.

“We have two days to make sure that they can go again. I don’t know 100 percent.”

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Watch Jurgen Klopp’s post-match press conference – Bournemouth 0-3 Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 18:36

Jurgen Klopp praised his side for their maturity in controlling the lead as they surged to a 3-0 victory at Bournemouth on Saturday.

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The Reds were faced with a tough task at Dean Court until Nathan Ake’s hamstring injury late in the first half, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain breaking the deadlock soon after.

That set in motion a free-flowing performance from the visitors, with Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah adding to the goals and Liverpool settling for three points and a rare clean sheet.

Energy-preservation was a key topic for Klopp in his post-match press conference, as he praised his players for seeing the game out.

“We had so many games now we had to chase until the last second,” he told reporters at Dean Court.

“When you have this really rare comfortable situation when you’re 3-0 up you really should control the game.”

The manager also praised a number of individual performances, with Keita, Salah and Joe Gomez singled out, while he added that the key positive was “especially how we controlled it from midfield.”

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker celebrates with manager Jürgen Klopp after the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. Liverpool won 3-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A first clean sheet in 14 games, and over two months, was obviously a focus for the squad.

Klopp revealed: “For the boys the most-used word in the dressing room was ‘clean sheet, clean sheet, clean sheet’. The next game it would be useful!”

That next game is a Champions League decider at Salzburg on Tuesday night, but there is no indication yet whether Dejan Lovren will be fit to feature following his first-half injury.

However, Klopp was optimistic over his fitness, with the initial diagnosis being “a little cramp.”

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Klopp: Nearly a perfect day for Liverpool

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 18:35
Liverpool won 3-0 against Bournemouth in the Premier League to go 11 points clear at the top of the table By Charlotte Marsh at the Vitality Stadium

Last Updated: 07/12/19 6:51pm

2:50 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says that due to Bournemouth losing key players during the game their 3-0 win was more comfortable than anticipated Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says that due to Bournemouth losing key players during the game their 3-0 win was more comfortable than anticipated

Jurgen Klopp has called Liverpool's 3-0 win against Bournemouth "nearly a perfect day" while Eddie Howe was left to rue more injury losses.

It was an ultimately comfortable win for Liverpool, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah on the scoresheet and was only overshadowed by a first-half injury to Dejan Lovren.

The result has sent Liverpool 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League, and Klopp was impressed with how his side saw out the Vitality Stadium victory.

He said: "It wasn't easy, it was very difficult, the boys made a lot of good decisions and that's why it was a comfortable win, maybe more than we would have expected before the game, but Bournemouth were in a difficult situation, losing two key players, and then you get a feeling that it's not a Bournemouth day.

2:53 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Bournemouth in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Bournemouth in the Premier League

"But we scored wonderful goals, had other big chances and the result is most important, but the performance was really good as well, especially in the second half when we were really professional and assured. That's what we have to be in the moment and it's not about being constantly exciting, it's about doing the right stuff. There were not a lot of difficult moments to defend, which is good and very important so nearly a perfect day.

"Always you don't know exactly but it [Lovren's injury] looks not too serious, it looks like a little cramp. He felt something, he told us, said he for sure could go to half-time, wanted to have treatment there and carry on, but we said no and stopped it there.

"That's the status quo, you have these kind of things in this moment of the season. It is similar to what Gini and Adam Lallana had - not serious but serious enough to keep them out. Now we have two days to make sure they can go again. That's what I think at the moment but I don't know 100 per cent."

Dejan Lovren came off in the first half with an injury, which slightly marred Liverpool's win Dejan Lovren came off in the first half with an injury, which slightly marred Liverpool's win Dejan Lovren came off in the first half with an injury, which slightly marred Liverpool's win

Liverpool remain unbeaten in the Premier League and kept their first clean sheet in 13 games, but a level-headed Klopp is only focusing on the football.

He added: "I can imagine it's [the run of form in the Premier League] is interesting for the people but to be honest with you, we don't think about it. Really, that's the truth.

Liverpool are yet to lose in the Premier League this season and are 11 points clear at the top of the table Liverpool are yet to lose in the Premier League this season and are 11 points clear at the top of the table Liverpool are yet to lose in the Premier League this season and are 11 points clear at the top of the table

"I'm always concerned before a game, making sure here and there we don't get any problems. I'm not flying inside, I don't have to keep myself down, it's really a job to do and the results are wonderful but the games are always very difficult and we respect that.

"If you see it game-by-game, it is always the same amount of being difficult because then you have to make sure you have a chance of winning the game, it's what we try, but we don't before games expect to win them, we just expect that it will be tough, we will have to work hard and that's what we do."

Howe: We never recovered from Ake injury 2:12 Eddie Howe believes Bournemouth 'never really recovered' after Nathan Ake's injury in their 4-0 home loss to Liverpool in the Premier League Eddie Howe believes Bournemouth 'never really recovered' after Nathan Ake's injury in their 4-0 home loss to Liverpool in the Premier League

Already struggling with a long injury list before Saturday's game, Bournemouth suffered two huge blows when Nathan Ake and Callum Wilson were taken off with unspecified knocks.

Liverpool scored a minute after Ake was substituted to condemn the hosts to a fifth successive Premier League defeat, and Howe admits Bournemouth were rocked by the two incidents.

"The game seemed to hinge on Nathan's injury," he said. "Up until that point, we had looked relatively solid, we were in the game, we were a threat at different moments but he gets his injury and we concede seconds later. It was a hammer blow, a double whammy with the injury and the goal and we never recovered.

"We're going to need players to win games - you don't win matches and get points in the Premier League without good players and we've got such a long injury list now that it's obviously a big concern for the future. We've got games coming up thick and fast and we can't let this run continue.

Nathan Ake was taken off after half an hour for Bournemouth Nathan Ake was taken off after half an hour for Bournemouth Nathan Ake was taken off after half an hour for Bournemouth

"I don't want to make the excuse that injuries are behind everything, but you look at the number we've got and the quality of the players that we're missing, I'm not sure there are many Premier League teams that could cope with that.

"It's probably the biggest challenge we've ever faced since we've come into the Premier League, which is saying something after what we had throw at us in our first season, but I think this will be our biggest challenge."

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put Liverpool ahead just a minute after Nathan Ake was substituted with injury Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put Liverpool ahead just a minute after Nathan Ake was substituted with injury Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put Liverpool ahead just a minute after Nathan Ake was substituted with injury

Bournemouth travel to Chelsea next weekend - who themselves were beaten 3-1 by Everton on Saturday - and Howe knows his team need something to kick start their form.

"In the difficult moments, that's where you need the mentality the most," he added. "We have to be very resolute at the moment and almost shut out the noise from the outside and concentrate on what we're doing. But with the amount of injuries we have behind the scenes, we're getting kicked when we're down and that's really tough for us.

"It feels like we need that lift from somewhere. The trouble is no one is going to give it to you at this level, you have to create that yourself. That is the challenge for us and feeling sorry for ourselves is no help, we can't have the emotion running through us.

"We're stretched but we still have to believe in the group we play and the players we have. I do, but it needs to show on the pitch."

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