Liverpool is changing formation in every match and keep winning at the end and comfortably too, like today against Bournemouth. If this is any indication, Reds are clear winner of Premier League this time, with more than 60% of the match still to complete. No wonder, they had a convincing win against Bournemouth 3-0.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, one of seven changes for the Reds from previous outing, opened the scoring. Naby Keita made it 2-0 before the half-time, slotting in with the outside of his foot after Mohamed Salah set him up with a sublime backheel. Keita then turned provider for Salah as Liverpool eased to victory.
It extends Liverpool’s club record unbeaten run to 33 league games and they have won 15 of 16 Premier League matches this season.
The Cherries have now lost five consecutive matches and were dealt more bad news when Nathan Ake and Callum Wilson were both forced off with injuries either side of half-time.
There is an air of invincibility about Liverpool this season, as they continue to chase their first league title in 30 years. Saturday’s victory at the Vitality was so routine – though the early loss of Ake to injury weakened an already struggling Bournemouth back four. But the Reds played with a swagger and a dominance which would have surely pleased manager Jurgen Klopp greatly.
They picked up their first clean sheet in 14 games and found new Premier League goalscorers in Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita – the 15th and 16th players to score in the competition for Liverpool this season.
Going into the match, Klopp said “being top at Christmas is not important”, but with a crucial Champions League game against Red Bull Salzburg coming up on Tuesday, the fact Liverpool have such a commanding lead over their domestic rivals at this stage means he has been able to rotate players to keep them fresh.
Sadio Mane, the orchestrator of Liverpool’s 5-2 Merseyside derby victory over Everton on Wednesday, was an unused substitute alongside centre-forward Divock Origi, while 18-year-old Curtis Jones came on for his Premier League debut.
All in all, it was a successful afternoon for Liverpool, who just keep getting the job done.
- Premier League
- Tottenham vs Burnley: Spurs look like a different side, win 5-0
- Liverpool vs Bournemouth: Liverpool look like champion this time, win 3-0
- Man United vs Man City: James, Rashford and Martial shine in United win
- La Liga
- Barcelona vs Mallorca: Messi scored a hat-trick as Barcelona win 5-2
- Real Madrid vs Espanyol: 10 men Real beat Espanyol 2-0
- Atletico vs Villarreal: ‘Toothless’ Atletico at 7th place in table
- Serie A
- Inter vs Roma: Conte slammed San Siro jeers after draw
- Juventus vs Lazio: 10 men Juventus lost to Lazio 1-3
- Bayern vs Mönchengladbach: Bayern conceded the lead to lose 1-2
- Dortmund vs Fortuna: BVB destroyed Dusseldoft 5-0
- Ligue 1
- PSG vs Montpellier: Neymar inspired late comeback, as PSG win 3-1