Bournemouth 0-4 Liverpool

  • Bournemouth battered by Liverpool at the Vitality Stadium as Reds run riot without Sadio Mane.
  • Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring with a wonderful solo strike.
  • Dejan Lovren doubled the lead with a brave header before Mohamed Salah made it three with a brilliant, unstoppable effort.
  • Roberto Firmino added another in the second half with a fine header from a Coutinho cross.

Full-time: Bournemouth 0-4 Liverpool

It certainly wasn't the thriller of last year, but Liverpool will be elated to come away from the south coast with three points with only three quarters of the Fab Four in action.

Sadio Mane had the afternoon off as Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino put Bournemouth to the sword - with a little help from Dejan Lovren - as Eddie Howe's men floundered in the mess they helped create.

Bournemouth are now one point off the drop zone, with Manchester City to come, while Liverpool are sitting pretty in the top four as they prepare to face Arsenal.



Bournemouth fans leaving in their droves as we enter stoppage time at the Vitality Stadium. Their side have been woeful at both ends of the pitch, and have been made to pay by an intent but profligate Liverpool, who could have had six or seven.


Ings almost makes an immediate impact as Lallana finds him in space in the area. The forward, ravaged horribly by injury in recent years, could only find the side netting.


Final change for Liverpool now - Coutinho, who just flashed an effort past Begovic's post, has been replaced by Ings, another former Bournemouth star.


Robertson just threatened to break the match out of the lull phase it inevitably entered, but the Scotsman's burst was dealt with by Bournemouth.

Coutinho then receives the ball in a dangerous area and finds Oxlade-Chamberlain out wide, but the former Arsenal man's drive only troubles the weary fans behind the goal.


Second substitution for Liverpool, as Firmino makes way for Solanke, who will hope to notch his first goal for the Reds against a defence that isn't exactly the meanest.


Lallana's first involvement? A late tackle on Ibe and a booking for his troubles.

Bournemouth now have a free-kick in a dangerous area, but it's cleared easily.


A hugely encouraging substitution for Liverpool, as Adam Lallana comes on in place of Mohamed Salah, who now has 20 goals already this season.


Robertson lays the ball off to Coutinho, who looks up and places the ball plum on Firmino's head. Liverpool did not have to work hard for that at all.


GOAL! Bournemouth 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino)


Surman inexplicably gives the ball away in his own area but Liverpool try to overcomplicate things in search of the perfect goal.

That is until Firmino scores, of course.


Bournemouth win a corner, but it doesn't beat the first man. Mignolet then tries to spring a counterattack as Salah and Coutinho charge, but the official incorrectly rules for offside.


It's Oxlade-Chamberlain turn to try and find the net, but his efforts hits the post, not the back of the net.

At the other end, Defoe's smart shot is saved by Mignolet as the Cherries look to lay a glove on their visitors.


Bournemouth's final change has been made, with Cook coming on for the injured Daniels.

Salah looks to exploit his new opponent Ake, who has been shifted to left-back in Daniels' absence, but he ends up running the ball out of play.


A miscommunication between Begovic and Francis almost gifts Firmino with an open goal, but the Brazilian can't make the most of the mishap.


A blunder from Ake almost presents Salah with a chance to make it four but the ball didn't fall kindly for the Egyptian.

Liverpool come again through Coutinho, but his through ball is cut out by Ake.


Second half now underway. Bournemouth have made a change - Fraser has come on for Pugh.


Not bad that, in fairness.


Can anyone stop Mohamed Salah?



Half-time: Bournemouth 0-3 Liverpool

All too easy for Jurgen Klopp's side, as Bournemouth are booed off at half-time. Coutinho, Lovren and Salah have ended the contest before half-time, as the Cherries pay for their naivety and the Reds reap their deserved rewards.


That man, again.

Oxlade-Chamberlain feeds Salah, who dances in and out of Daniels, takes a touch to better his angle, and plunders his umpteenth goal of the campaign. That surely ends the match as a contest, before half-time.


GOAL! Bournemouth 0-3 Liverpool (Salah)


Another big chance for Bournemouth goes begging as Daniels' cutback is miskicked by Stanislas.

At the other end, a marvellous one-two between Salah and Coutinho cuts Bournemouth apart, but Begovic stays strong and keeps the score at 2-0.


A major let-off for Liverpool!

Defoe merely wanders through the heart of the Reds defence, is found easily, but his shot cannons back off the inside of the post. Where was Klavan? You'd expect a man of Defoe's calibre to bury such an opportunity, but it's still 2-0.