Full-time: Liverpool 1-0 Bournemouth

  • Tommy Elphick sees an early goal controversially ruled out for a foul on Dejan Lovren
  • Christian Benteke nets on his home debut for Liverpool but Philippe Coutinho should have been given offside
  • Brendan Rodgers' side maintain their 100% start to the 2015/16 season
  • Bournemouth still searching for their first Premier League point after consecutive 1-0 defeats
Christian Benteke
Christian Benteke scored his 50th goal in English football but question marks surrounded two big decisions made by the officials at Anfield Getty

Far from a convincing performance for Liverpool, but it's difficult to criticise two consecutive victories and clean sheets when you consider the hapless way Rodgers' side finished last season.

As for Bournemouth, they will feel rightfully aggrieved to have been on the receiving end of two hugely controversial decisions but they did more than enough tonight to suggest they can cut it at this level. If they can be a touch more clinical in the final third, survival certainly does not seem out of reach at this albeit early stage of the campaign.

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Liverpool 1-0 Bournemouth


If that was a clean connection from Benteke, he would almost certainly be celebrating a brace. However, the ball appeared to bounce up off the turf after leaving his boot and that gave it the momentum to crash against the woodwork.

Cook yellow carded for bringing down Moreno just outside the penalty area but Liverpool fail to take advantage of the free-kick after a quite woeful effort from Milner.


A perfect opportunity for Benteke to grab his second goal and wrap up the points for Liverpool goes begging as he diverts Clyne's accurate cross onto the crossbar. Lallana's follow-up is well over.

Four minutes of added time signalled by the fourth official.


One final throw of the dice from Howe as Gosling comes on for O'Kane. Another header from Tomlin is comfortably taken by Mignolet after a throw-in was flicked on by Wilson.


Another sniff of goal from a corner for the Cherries but Tomlin's header loops onto the roof of the net.


Skrtel is generally considered as a tough centre-back, but he has just been sent crashing to the turf after taking O'Kane's strike straight to the face. He immediately returns to his feet, but will have been momentarily dazed by that.

Five minutes left to play and Bournemouth are still asking questions of this Liverpool defence.


Just before that Bournemouth change, Gradel delivered an enticing corner that Cook looked to steer towards the back post but headed a little too hard and the ball drifts harmlessly wide.


A second substitution for Bournemouth, with former Tottenham defender Adam Smith entering the fray in place of Gradel.

Rodgers also makes a change, replacing Coutinho with Alberto Moreno.


A brief flurry of cautions continues as Tomlin is shown a yellow card for bringing down Lallana from behind.


A booking apiece as Ritchie follows Gomez into the referee's notebook after illegally halting a surging run through the middle from Can.


Bournemouth's defending has been determined tonight and not long after Surman produces a good block to deny Lallana, Daniels gets his body in the way of Coutinho's volley after the latter was set up following a break from Benteke.

15 minutes plus stoppage time remaining at Anfield.


Ibe is the man to go off as Firmino is brought on as a substitute for the second week in succession. The former Hoffenheim playmaker did not have too much time to make an impact at Stoke, but has a few more minutes to prove his quality here.


Another forward foray from the impressive left-back Daniels ends with a snapshot that is easily held by Mignolet.

Liverpool are then somewhat fortunate to be awarded a free-kick in a strong position for handball but Coutinho's effort cannons into the wall.

Firmino getting ready to come on.


Ritchie has been hugely influential for Bournemouth since joining from Swindon in 2013, scoring 15 goals and laying on several assists last term. He is beginning to have a real impact tonight, too.

The gifted winger feeds Wilson with a pass. He then proceeds to nutmeg Lovren, but O'Kane cannot quite get the ball out of his feet to test Mignolet and the danger is gone.


A real chance for Bournemouth as Ritchie's fizzing volley from the right clips the post and goes wide. Lee Tomlin introduced in place of King for his Bournemouth and Premier League bow.


Not quite sure what the problem was there for Henderson, but Rodgers will be hoping that it isn't too serious. A tough introduction for Can as he immediately comes off second best from a tussle with King.

The German midfielder looked to take an accidental boot to the head and also appears to have hurt his shoulder.


The rapid Ibe is looking to create problems down Bournemouth's left-hand side but his wayward shot is well wide.

An early change for Liverpool as Henderson signals to the bench over an injury and is swiftly replaced by Emre Can.


Ritchie has begun the second 45 in positive fashion and cuts inside to curl an effort over the bar just moments after his low drive was held by Mignolet.


The second half is upon us and neither side have made any alterations at the break.


Bournemouth will be at pains to play the role of the plucky underdog robbed by the usual speculative refereeing calls made away to a bigger club, but it's difficult not to feel sorry for them here.

Referee Pawson was very well-placed to rule out Elphick's early header, but Lovren will know he was somewhat fortunate to have gotten that decision given in his favour.

Benteke will be delighted to have marked his home debut for Liverpool with his 50th goal in English football, meanwhile, but under the latest changes to the offside laws Coutinho should certainly have been flagged for offside.



Liverpool 1-0 Bournemouth


Bournemouth are labouring somewhat now and an excellent opportunity for Liverpool to go in at the break with a 2-0 advantage is spurned by Coutinho.

After receiving possession from Clyne, the Brazilian's attempted pass is deflected back into his path but his subsequent shot lacks composure and goes wide of Boruc's right-hand post.


Five minutes until half-time and Liverpool continue to push for a second goal as Lallana's shot is diverted behind by Cook.