Liverpool 3-1 Bournemouth: Jurgen Klopp’s Reds get their first win of the season thanks to goals from Luis Diaz, Mo Salah and Diogo Jota… but Alexis Mac Allister is controversially SENT OFF on an Anfield debut to forget
- Bournemouth took the lead inside three minutes through Antoine Semenyo
- But Liverpool struck back with goals by Luis Diaz, Mo Salah and Diogo Jota
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At times Liverpool attacked like the formidable unit that thrashed Bournemouth 9-0 in this fixture a year ago. At other moments, they looked like a pub team that had never played together before. If Jurgen Klopp likes the phrase ‘organised chaos’, this was more simply just chaos.
They were a goal down after just three minutes and survived a number of other scares after a mixture of disjointed and calamitous defending and bizarrely never really settled into the match until Alexis Mac Allister was shown a straight red card in the second half.
Seconds after that decision, they were 3-1 up and the game was out of sight for Bournemouth. If the Cherries had a bit more about them at both ends early on, they could have punished Liverpool and this would have been a different story.
All of Liverpool’s front three in Luis Diaz, Mo Salah and Diogo Jota scored in what was a convincing offensive performance, but questions still remain over their defensive credibility after another shoddy showing, with gaping gaps present all over their back line.
So while Klopp will leave with more questions than answers in the defensive department, one thing is for sure based on two matches: Liverpool’s matches will be an enjoyable, end-to-end watch for neutrals this season.
Liverpool came from behind against Bournemouth to claim their first league win of the season
The visitors Bournemouth took a shocking lead inside three minutes through Antoine Semenyo
Luis Diaz got Liverpool on level terms with an acrobatic finish inside the box after 28 minutes
Mohamed Salah’s penalty was saved in the 36th minute but he converted the rebound
They had a lucky escape after just two minutes when Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold combined for an almighty mix-up in their own penalty area, allowing Jaidon Anthony to roll the ball into an empty net only to be pulled back for an earlier offside.
Bournemouth fans’ premature celebrations had barely stopped by the time their team next punished Liverpool’s sloppy play and scored again. This time there was no offside flag to bail out Alexander-Arnold, who was robbed off possession after a poor pass from Virgil Van Dijk.
Former Liverpool man Dominic Solanke seized the ball in the area and then Antoine Semenyo finished with a good finish past a helpless Alisson. Minute’s later, the goalkeeper was yellow carded for taking a heavy touch and needing to foul Anthony. It summed up a shoddy start.
There was a heart-warming moment after 26 minutes as all four corners of the ground rose to their feet to give a minute’s applause in memory of Michael Jones, the 26-year-old Everton fan who tragically lost his life in an incident at Bramley Moore Dock on Monday.
And Anfield stayed on its feet as the minute ended with Diaz pulling Liverpool back level, after they had established a foothold in the game at last. Jota made a decisive dart into the Bournemouth box and squared for Diaz, who scored with an acrobatic finish.
Eight minutes later they were ahead, after Dominik Szoboszlai was adjudged to have been fouled in the penalty area by Joe Rothwell. It was a harsh decision but Salah did not care and stepped up to take it. His shot was saved well by Neto but the Egyptian fired in the rebound.
Liverpool settled somewhat in the second half but were rocked just before the hour mark when World Cup winner Mac Allister was shown a straight red card by referee Thomas Bramall for a high foot on Ryan Christie. Like the penalty decision, a sending off was the wrong call.
A wave of anxiety spread around Anfield and one wondered if Andoni Iraola’s Cherries side would make a late push for an equaliser but, if anything, it was Liverpool who seemed to bizarrely benefit, as Japanese midfielder Wataru Endo came on for his debut.
Klopp’s men doubled their advantage minutes after the Argentine’s dismissal, as Jota found space in the box and scored past Neto for 3-1. The Portuguese forward had a quiet afternoon at Chelsea last week but this was a stellar performance.
Saying that, though, Jota could have added another minutes after his goal, and Salah and Szoboszlai also had sights of goal. After one of the worst first 15 minutes of the Klopp era, his team could have ended up winning by five or six goals. It summed up a strange game.
Diogo Jota scored from close range after Diaz’s shot was initially saved by Neto
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