Reds see off high-flying Cherries
Posted: 8 December 2018 Time: 03:09 pm
Liverpool temporarily moved to the top of the Premier League table after defeating Bournemouth 4-0, with a hat-trick from Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool gave James Milner his 500th Premier League appearance, while looking to keep the pressure on the runaway leaders Manchester City.
A dangerously looking free-kick from them early on nearly sparked the opener, but Nathan Ake did well to deflect Xherdan Shaqiri’s effort on to the wall.
Winger Josh King was then shortly able to force his way past a few bodies before taking a shot at goal, but the end outcome thereof missed the target of Alisson Becker’s goal on 21 minutes.
Liverpool went in front on 24 minutes when Roberto Firmino’s shot was palmed back into play by Asmir Begovic to allow for an easy tap-in by Mohammed Salah.
A corner from Fraser Foster fell to Ake at the back post, but the latter somehow struggled to get his shot away let alone on target.
In the second half, Liverpool went further in front when Salah broke ahead to find the bottom corner in bottom low fashion.
Bournemouth nearly pulled one back straight from going further behind, but Ake was unable to get on the end of a cross from Daniels.
That proved their undoing as the Reds surged further forward and duly increased their tally. Andrew Robertson’s teasing ball across the face of goal led Ashley Cook to guide into his own net.
It was proving to be a case of chalk and cheese, with the visitors running the show completely despite the resistance from the Cherries in trying to shake up their stall.
Further misery struck though and it was Salah completing his treble when he burst forward before displaying sterling footwork in finishing past Begovic.
With Bournemouth well and truly beaten, the Reds march on to keep the pressure and pursuit for their first-ever Premier League title in full swing while remaining unbeaten as well.