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  • David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Liverpool 2-1 Bournemouth

Wow. As Jurgen might say. Wow. It wasn't perfect, there were many, many 'oh shit!' moments, when Bournemouth almost got through again, but we did it.


Jurgen said, straight after the match, that it was a good display. It really wasn't, but it was better than the last 3-4 against a team that made more of a go of it.


Their first goal shouldn't have stood, at all, following a blatant shove on Joe Gomez. But Liverpool recovered to go into the break 2-1 ahead.


Both sides had their chances, with Bournemouth having their best chance cleared off the line by James Milner, whilst Nathan Ake crossed from an offside position to an offside team mate (which Liverpool cleared), before offside was correctly given.


A few gilt-edged chances for ourselves to finish it off passed us by, before the game - thankfully - closed and the points were won.


Liverpool now need just 9 points to clinch the club's first title in 30 years, with 9 games remaining to bring home number 19. But firstly, all thoughts turn to Atletico Madrid at Anfield on Wednesday night.

Adrian - A couple of shaky saves preceded a great, strong, two-fisted punch that led to a counter attack. But overall had his nervy moments. Will hopefully have gained confidence from the win and a couple of matches back in. It'll be the biggest game of his career on Wednesday at Anfield. 5

Trent Alexander-Arnold - He wasn't good, Trent. His delivery was off, his defending was shoddy and his tracking was practically non-existent. He looked leggy throughout, as if the season has finally caught up with him. Just hope he puts in a good display on Wednesday. 6

Virgil Van Dijk - His recent form has been rather rocky, and today was no different. Found himself bullied a few times by Callum Wilson, albeit illegally, on most of those occasions but he hasn't looked as strong and dominant for weeks. 6

Joe Gomez - Easily our most competent defender today. Thankfully kept his nerve and looked the most likely to move the ball out from the back quickly. Will be crucial for us in mid-week. 7

James Milner - First game back after missing a few due to injury and was head and shoulders above his team mates. He really turned up today. Not in teams of his forward play from full-back, which was actually pretty decent, but mostly in terms of his leadership and his pure grit. Scrapped, tackled, ran and shouted. Made a late clearance off the line that confirmed his man of the match award. 9 Man of the Match

Fabinho - A much better display than mid-week. Helped him having Gini Wijnaldum in there with him. Got another full 90 minutes and the win and improvement will have boosted his confidence somewhat. 6

Gini Wijnaldum - Glad to see him back. The midfield was far from it's best but he improved it exponentially from mid-week. Did a lot of good work out on the flanks and around the box, tracking back well too. 7

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Always a very willing runner and he scraps and likes a tackle but he was off the pace again. Couldn't quite get a foot on the ball and make a big impact. Is one of many choices to potentially start against Atleti. 6

Sadio Mane - Much like a few of his team mates, this was a much better showing than during the week. He got his goal, looked more threatening and gave Bournemouth plenty to worry about on the break. That final ball was often lacking though. Better, though. 7

Mo Salah - A better display than recently, although his quality seems to desert him when he's trying to pick out a team mate. His goal was superb, after a poor pull back from Mane, and slotted it into the bottom corner to equalise. 7

Roberto Firmino - So poor. Even his work rate wasn't quite there. Had two good chances but couldn't take either. Sparked into life for about 20 seconds in the 2nd half but couldn't maintain it. 5

Subs:


Adam Lallana - Did what Adam Lallana does and helped see out the 3 points. 6


Divock Origi - Came on, had a chance to lay on a chance, should've crossed. Didn't. Then fell over. Big Div. N/A


 

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