Info

Competition
Premier League
Date
14 April 2018
Game week
34
Kick-off
18:30
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
3 - 0
Venue
Anfield (Liverpool)
Attendance
52959

Goals

S. Mané (G) 7'
1 - 0
Mohamed Salah (G) 69' (assist by: T. Alexander-Arnold)
2 - 0
Roberto Firmino (G) 90' (assist by: A. Oxlade-Chamberlain)
3 - 0

Commentary

Minute   Description
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Mohamed Salah became the first African player to score 30 Premier League goals in a season, and Sadio Mane became the highest-scoring Senegalese player in Premier League history, as Liverpool's three-headed monster in attack all get in on the act as they cruise to a comfortable victory over Bournemouth.
90'+2 FULL-TIME: LIVERPOOL 3-0 BOURNEMOUTH.
90'+1 Liverpool's final change sees Firmino give way for Dominic Solanke.
90' Oxlade-Chamberlain provides the assist.
ONE MORE FOR GOOD MEASURE! The icing on the cake for Liverpool as Firmino guides a terrific finish through the legs of Steve Cook and in at the near post! It's a full blown party at Anfield.
89' There doesn't figure to be all that much time added on at the end of this match, with few stoppages in the second half aside from the substitutions.
85' Into the final five minutes now and both sides appear content with moving on from this match. Up next for Liverpool is a trip to West Brom, before they host Roma a few days later, while Bournemouth's task doesn't get much easier as they return home next weekend to host Manchester United.
83' A second Liverpool change sees Ragnar Klavan replace Lovren in defence.
81' MASSIVE CHANCE! Bournemouth could have made things real interesting there as Gosling has a clear sight at goal from 10 yards but can't beat a diving Karius! That's a terrific stop from the Liverpool keeper!
79' With the game close to over, Bournemouth are finally starting to show some intent in attack. Where was this all match? They're in a position where they have the luxury to take chances and have an honest go at it tonight, but they played scared against this fearsome Liverpool attack and this is their reward.
77' Sadio Mane walks off the pitch to a thunderous applause from the Anfield faithful, replaced by James Milner for the final 13 minutes.
76' OFFSIDE! Bournemouth have the ball in the back of the net through Wilson, but the striker was quite clearly offside when that ball as played in for him over the top, to the point where Karius stopped playing.
75' CLEARED OFF THE LINE! A close-call for Bournemouth as Firmino is sent through on goal and does everything right, out-waiting Begovic, cutting inside around a defender and getting a shot off, but his finish just lacked the pace as Ake was able to get back and clear that off the line!
73' Bournemouth's final change sees Lewis Cook replaced by Andrew Surman.
70' Bournemouth's second change sees Callum Wilson replace Defoe.
69' That was an equally stunning delivery from Alexander-Arnold, who provides the assist.
GOAL NUMBER 30 FOR MOHAMED SALAH! A beautiful finish from the winger who cushions a delicious header over Begovic, on the end of a long ball from Alexander-Arnold! He's the first African player to score 30 goals in a Premier League season!
66' PENALTY APPEALS DENIED! Salah gives chase to a long ball over the top and goes to ground in a heap following what looked like a bit of a shove from Ake, but the referee waves play on. It was a good decision as well, with the replay proving there wasn't a whole lot in that.
64' Much of the same here with Liverpool milking the clock down in possession. They lull Bournemouth into a false sense of security before a switch of play leads to a shooting chance for Salah, but an important block denies him again.
60' The tempo in this second half hasn't matched that of the first, with Liverpool content with taking a slower approach in possession. Bournemouth have also taken the necessary precautions, packing the defence to try and combat the high-flying approach adopted by the Reds in the opening 45 minutes.
58' Lys Mousset comes on as Eddie Howe makes his first change of the night, with Ibe the one replaced.
56' Liverpool camped out still in attack, working the ball around patiently on the fringes of the penalty area. Craving a bit of excitement, Van Dijk hammers a venomous effort at goal from 30 yards and doesn't miss by much as is lifts just over the bar! What a hit from the centre-half.
54' Oxlade-Chamberlain arrives late and catches the follow-through of Ibe rather dangerously, which sees him into the book. That's one yellow for each team now.
50' Bournemouth desperately need to make some changes here. They managed just one shot in the first half, their lowest in a Premier League game since October against Chelsea (also one), while Defoe had just three touches (one of them coming from the kick-off after Liverpool's goal).
48' Like lightning, Liverpool come roaring out of the gate, eager to add to their lead. They're pushing forward at every opportunity, with pace, and are having success passing their way through the Bournemouth defence, kept out only by a couple of timely, if not slightly unlucky, deflections.
46' The second half is underway... no changes for either side at the break.
One-way traffic in the first half as Sadio Mane's early goal has Liverpool leading 1-0 at the break, and Bournemouth are lucky it isn't more. It's been pure domination from the Reds, who are showing no signs of a hangover from their Champions League victory in midweek.
45'+1 HALF-TIME: LIVERPOOL 1-0 BOURNEMOUTH.
45' There will be just one minute added on at the end of this first half.
43' The average position of every Liverpool outfield player, with the exception of Van Dijk and Lovren, has been in the attacking half. Defoe is the only one that can claim that for Bournemouth, and not by very wide of a margin either.
39' Liverpool are having no trouble in transition, getting the ball into the final third at will. They've been camped out in attack in this first half and have been a bit unlucky not to get a second. Bournemouth are doing their best just to get this into half-time where they will try and regroup.
37' Brief sign of life from Bournemouth's attack as they manage a rare foray forward, but it all fizzles out as Defoe is flagged for offside. This first half has been a walk in the park for the Liverpool defence.
35' To put Liverpool's dominance in this first half into context, they have enjoyed 65 per cent possession, and have already registered nine attempts at goal (five from inside the box), compared to just one for Bournemouth (none from inside the box and none on target).
33' DEFLECTED BEHIND! A wonderfully worked move from the Reds sees Oxlade-Chamberlain teed up for a strike from just over 20 yards, but a crucial deflection sees it behind for a corner at the near post!
29' CLOSE! Robertson meets a cross at the far post and sends a looping header back across the face of goal, but no one can get on the end of it! Play continues and Henderson is fouled close to 30 yards out, but Salah's subsequent free-kick is unable to find a team-mate.
27' Bournemouth need to find a way to keep the ball better when they win it back. They're struggling to generate anything in possession, spending precious little time in attack. Liverpool are having their way in the first half.
25' LIFTED OVER! Salah is hungry for a goal of his own, cutting inside on his left and choosing to shoot instead of lay it off, but lifts his strike over the bar! You wouldn't want to bet against him scoring today with the appetite he has.
23' After today, Liverpool's remaining four Premier League matches are against West Brom (away), Stoke, Chelsea (away) and Brighton. With the exception of Chelsea, though Antonio Conte's side have been struggling, it's a fairly easy route to the end of the season, which should allow them to comfortably secure a top-four finish while not taking away focus from their Champions League goal.
21' This is resembling a training ground routine for Liverpool, who are mounting attack after attack. Bournemouth have had little success trying to keep the ball and provide respite for their defence.
19' STAT: Mohamed Salah is just one goal away from becoming the eighth different player to score 30+ goals in a single Premier League season – he’d also be the first African to do so.
17' IMPORTANT SAVE! Salah is hunting down a landmark goal this evening, and he comes close to getting it here on the end of a probing run, but his strike from 20 yards is too close to Begovic who is able to make the save.
15' Ake goes into the book as he blocks the path of Oxlade-Chamberlain rather cynically to stop a threatening break from Liverpool. The centre-half took one for the team there.
13' Given what Liverpool did to Manchester City in their Champions League tie, one has to wonder what position the Reds might be in right now in the Premier League has they started the season with Van Dijk on the roster. They've been close to unbeatable since his arrival in January.
11' Liverpool appear to have a hunger for goals today - and when has that not been the case for them this season, really? Another lovely move from Mane down the left leads to a crossing chance, but Bournemouth deal with the threat, and now the visitors are enjoying a bit of their own possession in the attacking half.
9' STAT: There have been 19 goals scored in the five previous Premier League meetings between these sides, at an average of 3.8 per game.
7' THERE'S THE OPENER! Henderson clips a delightful ball in for Mane, left unmarked in the centre. His initial header is stopped by Begovic, but the keeper can do nothing to deny Mane on the rebound, as he gives Liverpool a deserved early lead.
5' It's all Liverpool early on, bossing possession and pushing the pace as they show no signs of a hangover from their Champions League success. Anfield is booming and this looks like it could be another attacking clinic from the Reds if Bournemouth aren't careful.
3' INCHES WIDE! A blistering start from Liverpool as Alexander-Arnold bends a delicious ball in from the right to pick out the run of Salah from 40 yards, and the winger directs a first-time effort beyond Begovic, but it drifts agonisingly wide of the near post! He doesn't miss many of those.
1' AND THEY'RE OFF! Liverpool in red as they get the match underway, defending the Kop end, with Bournemouth in light blue.
Eddie Howe also makes one change from the draw with Crystal Palace, awarding Jordon Ibe with a start against his former side, replacing Marc Pugh who is included amongst the substitutes.
Jurgen Klopp surprisingly makes just one change from Tuesday's Champions League victory in Manchester, with the suspended Jordan Henderson returning to the side at the expense of James Milner, who drops to the bench.
SUBS: Pugh, Surman, Simpson, Smith, Wilson, Mousset, Boruc.
BOURNEMOUTH (4-4-2): Begovic; Francis, S. Cook, Ake, Daniels; Fraser, Gosling, L. Cook, Ibe; King, Defoe.
SUBS: Moreno, Solanke, Milner, Woodburn, Klavan, Mignolet, Ings.
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Mane, Firmino.
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
Three points at Anfield would take Eddie Howe’s side over the 40-point mark, as they look sure to be playing Premier League football again next season. In fact, a top-10 finish is still well within their grasp.
That could work in favour of Bournemouth, whose visit to Anfield was hardly high on Liverpool’s priority list this week. Could the distraction of the Champions League help the Cherries pick up a famous win?
Securing a top-four berth is still a priority for the Reds, but that’s looking close to a given at this point, meaning their last five league games are really nothing more than a formality – tune-ups for their run at Champions League glory.
Liverpool come into this match on a high, fresh off securing a semi-final berth in the Champions League at the expense of Premier League leaders Manchester City, as Anfield will likely take on a celebratory atmosphere this evening.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of this Premier League match as Liverpool welcome Bournemouth to Anfield!

Lineups

R
A
A
1
L. Karius
2
S. Francis
3
S. Cook
4
V. van Dijk
4
D. Gosling
5
G. Wijnaldum
5
N. Aké
6
D. Lovren
9
Roberto Firmino
11
Mohamed Salah
11
C. Daniels
14
J. Henderson
16
L. Cook
17
J. King
18
J. Defoe
19
S. Mané
21
A. Oxlade-Chamberlain
24
R. Fraser
26
A. Robertson
27
A. Begović
33
J. Ibe
66
T. Alexander-Arnold
31
13
6
7
17
29
C
C
C
C

Substitutes

Additional info

Referee
C. Kavanagh
Assistants
L. Betts
Fourth official
R. Madley

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Match Stats

Liverpool AFC Bournemouth
55 Attacks (Dangerous) 24
7 Corners 5
7 Fouls 9
13 Free Kicks 11
2 Goal Kicks 14
4 Offsides 4
1 Shots (blocked) 2
11 Shots (off target) 4
4 Shots (on target) 1
0 Shots (woodwork) 0
14 Throw Ins 17

Regular Season

# Team MP D P
134+7390
234+3974
335+4371
434+3568
534+2563
634+2057
735+353
835-1445
934+244
1034-841
1135-1738
1235-1838
1334-1536
1435-1835
1534-2135
1634-2735
1734-2433
1834-2029
1935-3329
2035-2525

Anfield

Name:
Anfield 
City:
Liverpool 
Capacity:
54074