Liverpool backed up their incredible Europa League midweek comeback with a 2-1 win over AFC Bournemouth.
Jurgen Klopp made ten changes to the side that stunned Dortmund at Anfield but an unfamiliar like-up was still too much for Bournemouth.
Roberto Firmino tapped home the first just before the break after Artur Boruc palmed Daniel Sturridge’s cheeky backheel into his path. And Sturridge then doubled the lead moments later, heading home Jordon Ibe’s free kick.
Transfers
Real Madrid and Liverpool to battle for £35m Phillips - Paper Round
12 HOURS AGO
Liverpool had their chances to kill the game with Sturridge twice hitting the woodwork before a superb Josh King strike set up a grandstand finish.
Steve Cook almost grabbed a dramatic point with a late header but Liverpool held out for a deserved three points.

Liverpool's Brad Smith in action with Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie

Image credit: Reuters

TALKING POINT

Liverpool show strength in depth. Ten changes from the midweek team didn’t hurt Liverpool for once, who recorded only their second victory in the league having played in Europe.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) Set up the opener with a lovely backheel and scored a well taken second. Twice hit the woodwork so could easily have had a hat-trick.

Daniel Sturridge celebrates with team mates after scoring the second goal for Liverpool

Image credit: Reuters

PLAYER RATINGS

Bournemouth: Boruc 5, Francis 6, Elphick 6, Cook 7, Daniels 6, Ritchie 7, Gosling 6, Surman 6, Stanislas 6, Gradel 6, King 7. SUBS: Pugh 7, Grabban 6, Wilson 6.
Liverpool: Ward 7, Randall 6, Toure 6, Lucas 6, Smith 6, Allen 8, Stewart 6, Ibe 6, Ojo 7, Firmino 7, Sturridge 8. SUBS: Sakho 6, Lallana 6, Origi 6.
MATCHCAST: FULL STATS, TWEETS AND COMMENTARY

KEY MOMENTS

41’ – GOAL! AFC Bournemouth 0-1 Liverpool: A lovely backheel in the box from Sturridge is saved by Boruc straight at the feet of Firmino and he taps home.
45’ – GOAL! AFC Bournemouth 0-2 Liverpool: Ibe floats a free kick onto the head of Sturridge and he heads accurately into the far corner.
52’ – POST! Sturridge dinks the ball over Boruc from Allen’s pass but it flicks the outside of the post.
81’ – SAVE! A great one-handed effort from debutant Ward to palm away Grabban’s header.
82’ – BAR! A lovely turn and shot from Sturridge but the angle of post and bar keeps him out.
90+3’ – GOAL! Josh King fires in from the edge of the box with a terrific half volley into the corner.

Joshua King scores the first goal for Bournemouth

Image credit: Reuters

KEY STATS

Liverpool have now won away at 50 different grounds in the Premier League, more than any other side.

Roberto Firmino has been involved in 12 goals in his last 11 Premier League games (8 goals, 4 assists).

Daniel Sturridge has scored in each of his last three away Premier League games.

Josh King has scored four goals in his last six Premier League games for Bournemouth.

Liverpool have never lost to Bournemouth in any competition (W7 D2).
Opta
Premier League
Liverpool pick apart Brentford to go second
YESTERDAY AT 13:14
Football
Arsenal thrive after Granit Xhaka's inspirational dismissal - The Warm-Up
14/01/2022 AT 08:58