• David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth

That's more like it.


After a couple of really disappointing draws against easily beatable opposition in Leicester and West Ham, the Reds returned to winning ways against Eddie Howe's team.


The result itself was great but it was definitely the manner of the win that will have buoyed Jurgen Klopp and fans as well.


Onto the player ratings.


Alisson - Had little to do - again - but was great in distributing the ball quickly when required and saved the Reds early on when Bournemouth threatened for the first and only time. 7


James Milner - Still didn't look quite right in this position but looked more solid and got forward more knowing he had the cover from midfield and with Mo chasing back from the right side. Good ball in for the side's first goal. 6


Joel Matip - As in the 2 disappointing draws lately, Matip was again our standout defender today. Looked comfortable and relaxed and starting to step out of defence very confidently. 8


Virgil Van Dijk - Looked more comfortably than he has since his mystery illness and he and Matip seem to be forging a good partnership. Whoever becomes his permanent partner in Joe's absence it's good to know there's are partnerships there with both Matip and Lovren. 7


Andrew Robertson - Back to his marauding best and ably supportive as an attacking option too when the Reds were on the front foot. Nice assist as well. 7


Fabinho - As with Matip, his great recent form continued and he was a stand out again. He does what a lot of defensive/holding midfielders don't or can't do - he has a magnificent range of passing and now as the confidence to show it. Will be a key figure for the run in over the next 12 Premier League games. 9 Man of the Match


Gini Wijnaldum - What a pure joy to have Gini back. At the start of the season, we were wondering whether he'd be 5th or 6th choice from the bench. Now he's made himself almost undroppable. He and Fabinho offer such quality and footballing intelligence that, together they are a world class pairing. Oh, and what about that sodding goal? 8


Naby Keita - Are we starting to see the gradual ascendance of Naby Keita? It certainly feels like it. The first time since he joined the club that he's played 3 successive matches from the start and he's beginning to deliver. Sure, he didn't score or set any goals up, but he was crucial to all three and his range of passing is starting to become apparent. First time he's managed 90 minutes in the league all season, by my recollection too. He's just approaching some form at the right time, particularly with the Champions League back in 10 days. 7


Sadio Mane - If you had to pick one forward player that's maintained top form all season, it'd be Mane. He'd been superb, even when he wasn't scoring and if it wasn't for his persistence and goals then we'd be worse off in recent games. Once again, opened the scoring and started us on the way to 3 points today. 8


Mo Salah - The Egyptian King added to his tally for the season, and as many outlets already stated, he's hit 20 goals in 2 consecutive seasons. A feat not match since Luis Suarez. His goal today came at the end of a magnificent move involving a defence-splitting pass from Keita which saw Bobby Firmino back-heel into the path of Salah who took a touch and side-footed it home. One of the goals of the season too! 8


Roberto Firmino - Bobby was back to being his most 'Bobby' today, and capped it all of with a saucy back-heel into Salah's path to finish the match on the 48th minute. Great to have him back up top. If we keep the front three as they were today, we're on for a great few months. 8


Substitutions:

Trent Alexander-Arnold - Good to have him back and that extra pace and energy down the right really showed as he tore into Bournemouth's defence a few times, probably should've scored at the fourth. 6


Divock Origi - Not much time to do a lot but did a little bit of running. N/A


Daniel Sturridge - Not really on long enough to make an impact today. N/A




 
 

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