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Liverpool v AFC Bournemouth Live Commentary, 07/03/2020

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Mohamed Salah (24)
S. Mané (33)
C. Wilson (9)


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Klopp's men are now 25 points clear of Manchester City after playing two games more than the reigning champions, who they can dethrone with just three more wins. Before heading to Everton next weekend, Liverpool first have the small matter of a Champions League last-16 second leg against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. As for Bournemouth, they host Crystal Palace in their next outing a week today.
Liverpool beat Bournemouth 2-1 to make it 22 Premier League wins in a row at Anfield, the longest such winning run in English top-flight history. Salah and Mane scored in the space of eight first-half minutes after Wilson had controversially given the visitors an early lead. Mane hit the crossbar in the second half, but Bournemouth also came close to scoring as Fraser's shot was blocked on the line by Milner.
90' + 3' Liverpool are happy to keep the ball near the corner flag as we enter the third of four added minutes.
D. Origi
Roberto Firmino
90' + 2' Firmino, who has had another disappointing game today, is replaced by Origi late on.
C. Wilson
Yellow Card
AFC Bournemouth
90' + 2' Wilson is cautioned for a foul on Milner.
90' + 1' FIRMINO BLASTS OVER! Salah cuts the ball back for Firmino, who fires high over the crossbar unmarked from right in front of goal. That was Liverpool's big chance to kill off the match.
90' LATE CHANCE! A chipped free-kick from the right is only half cleared by Milner. Liverpool's defence step up and Ake is slotted in down the left. He opts against shooting and instead squares for Wilson, who trod on the ball and is unable to convert from a few yards. He may have been offside, though.
89' Incredibly, Billing is back on the pitch. He can barely walk but Bournemouth do at least have all 11 players on the field for the remaining minutes.
88' Mane tries to chase down a pass over the top. He is sent crashing to the floor by Stacey, but there is not enough contact for the referee to award a foul. Could well have been a tight call as to whether it was inside the area, too.
86' Billing is barely able to walk as he makes his way to the sidelines but, with Bournemouth having already used all three substitutes, he is desperate to come back on.
A. Lallana
A. Oxlade-Chamberlain
84' Lallana replaces Oxlade-Chamberlain as Klopp turns to his bench for the first time today.
83' Solanke knees team-mate Billing in the hip area and the Bournemouth midfielder is in a lot of pain. The physios are quickly on.
82' Oxlade-Chamberlain drags a shot wide from close to 30 yards out. It may be his last involvement in the match as Lallana is about to come on.
D. Gosling
J. Lerma
AFC Bournemouth
80' Howe brings on Gosling for Lerma in his third and final change of the contest.
79' Liverpool have looked a lot more dangerous over the last five minutes or so, twice coming close to scoring through Mane and Salah. There is still just the one goal in it, however, and that perhaps explains why Klopp is so reluctant to turn to his bench.
77' SAVE! Oxlade-Chamberlain feeds the ball into the feet of Salah and the Egypt international tries beating Ramsdale at his near post. The Bournemouth keeper gets down to his left to help the shot behind.
75' OFF THE BAR! Mane's sweetly-struck shot from around 25 yards out crashes back off the crossbar. It has plenty of curl on it but not enough to find the top-right corner.
74' SHOT! The ball bounces around in the Bournemouth box and Firmino does well to bring it under control. The angle is against him but he drills a shot across the face of goal - that is as close as the hosts have come in this second half.
72' With less than 20 minutes to go here, Liverpool are struggling to kill off the match. Klopp still has all three subs available to make should he wish.
70' Salah is penalised for handball and Bournemouth have a free-kick 40 yards from goal. Fraser crosses it towards the back post, where three or four of his team-mates are waiting to meet it. However, at least two of them are offside.
D. Solanke
J. Stanislas
AFC Bournemouth
68' Former Liverpool striker Solanke comes on for Stanislas in Bournemouth's second change.
67' SAVE! Van Dijk gets away from Simpson for a free header from Alexander-Arnold's corner. The centre-back does not really get any power behind it and Ramsdale makes a fairly routine save.
66' Milner's corner is half-cleared by Ake and Alexander-Arnold's shot from the edge of the box is blocked.
65' Liverpool have not got going at all in the second half and they were so nearly made to pay by Bournemouth. Milner, who cleared Fraser's shot off the line, sees a clipped free-kick easily dealt with up the other end.
63' Milner and Adrian do just about enough between them to prevent Ake from heading in Stanislas' left-sided cross.
62' OFF THE LINE! Talk about a wake-up call! Fraser lifts the ball over Adrian, who is bailed out by Milner. The makeshift left-back rushes back and acrobatically clears off the line.
61' Salah exchanges passes with Oxlade-Chamberlain but his chipped pass into the box rolls straight out of play for a goal-kick. Liverpool are struggling to get any real rhythm to their play.
60' Klopp may well be tempted to turn to his bench as we reach the hour mark at Anfield. The Reds face a huge Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid in midweek and a few of their key men could do with a breather.
58' Bournemouth are reluctant to get forward when they do have possession of the ball. Liverpool, likewise, are not really offering a great deal in the final third.
56' Liverpool have yet to create anything of note in the second half, despite dominating possession. You would not bet against the visitors scoring again, so a 2-1 lead may not be enough for the Premier League leaders.
54' Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 54 Premier League home games (W44 D10), with the Reds winning the last 21 in a row. Victory here will set a new outright record for most consecutive home wins in English top-flight history.
52' Fraser has Wilson for support to his left but is unable to find him with the cross, instead blasting the ball straight at Milner.
50' Van Dijk uses his strength to stop Wilson getting around him. Adrian takes over by calmly playing the ball out from the back.
49' Oxlade-Chamberlain's long-range shot hits Ake. Liverpool have started this second half well as they seek a third goal that would surely kill off the match.
48' A Liverpool corner early in the second half is cleared by Billing. The follow-up cross is also half-cleared and Bournemouth survive a penalty scare when the ball hits Simpson on the arm.
46' RESTART! Liverpool get us back up and running at Anfield. Neither side have made any changes at the interval.
Bournemouth looked dangerous whenever they got at Liverpool in the first half and this game is far from over at the midway point. Howe is without Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson today, but Surridge and ex-Reds striker Solanke are possible options from the bench. As for the hosts, they have the likes of Origi, Lallana and Minamino among their subs.
Liverpool recover from a goal down to lead Bournemouth 2-1 at half-time. Wilson gave the visitors the lead with a tap-in after nine minutes, the goal allowed to stand despite the striker's shove on Gomez in the build-up. Klopp's men hit back, however, profiting from a couple of errors to first level up through Salah and then take the lead through Mane.
45' + 3' Billing carries the ball forward and links up with Smith and Fraser in the final third. Fraser's cross goes behind off Alexander-Arnold for a corner, which is cleared away by Milner at the near post.
45' + 1' Four minutes have been added on at the end of an entertaining first half at Anfield.
45' Liverpool are playing an incredibly high line. Bournemouth turn over possession and Smith goes long towards Wilson, but Adrian reads the danger and is quickly off his line.
43' Fraser stands up the cross but it is slightly out of Billing's reach, bringing an end to a dangerous Bournemouth attack.
42' Liverpool have gone off the boil slightly since scoring their second goal. Klopp's men have done well to turn this game around, but they still have work to do if they are to get over the line and make it 22 home league wins in a row.
40' That was yet more unconvincing goalkeeping from stand-in Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian. Bournemouth need to test him more often in the second half.
39' SAVE! Bournemouth get at Liverpool for the first time in a while. Stanislas goes it alone as he cuts inside on his right and tests Adrian with a powerful drive. The Liverpool keeper parries it behind for a corner.
37' CHANCE! Salah floats the ball into the box and Milner watches it all the way. He is unable to make clean contact with his volley, however, and Ramsdale has a pretty straightforward save to make.
35' It is the first time Liverpool have taken the lead in a match for three matches. Klopp's men have been dominant since falling behind and look good value to add more goals to their tally from this point on.
V. van Dijk
33' Bournemouth attempted to counter but ended up leaving themselves completely open. A simple pass from Van Dijk had Mane through on goal with just Ramsdale to beat.
S. Mané
33' GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL!!!! LIVERPOOL 2-1 BOURNEMOUTH!!! Just like that, Liverpool turn a one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead! The visitors are again punished for some sloppy play as a misplaced pass is pounced on by Van Dijk, who plays Mane clean through on goal. Mane keeps his composure to clinically finish past Ramsdale.
31' The visitors are holding on now. Oxlade-Chamberlain pulls the trigger from range and his deflected shot very nearly falls into the path of Firmino. Howe's side could do with the half-time whistle.
29' Liverpool are bombarding their opponents' box now as they seek a second goal. Ake gets something to the ball before compatriot Van Dijk and the corner comes to little.
27' Simpson does well to block Alexander-Arnold's cross before Mane can tap in from a yard out. That will make him feel a little better after his error in the build-up to Liverpool's equaliser.
Mohamed Salah
24' GOOOOAAAAAALLLLL!!!!! LIVERPOOL 1-1 BOURNEMOUTH!!! Bournemouth substitute Simpson gives away possession and it proves costly as Salah levels up. The chance to score looks to have gone as Mane's pass is behind Salah, but the Egypt international cuts inside, shoots through the legs of Lerma and finds the bottom-right corner.
S. Mané
24' Mane's pass to Salah was poor, but it did not matter as his team-mate kept his cool inside the box to find the net.
23' Wijnaldum is the latest player to go down after being caught in the face by Ake. Unlike Steve Cook a few minutes ago, the Liverpool midfielder is fine to continue.
21' Callum Wilson's opener was the first Premier League goal Bournemouth have scored against Liverpool since April 2017, ending a run of 17 consecutive goals scored by the Reds in this fixture.
J. Simpson
S. Cook
AFC Bournemouth
19' Steve Cook is unable to continue. Simpson is brought on in his place with less than a quarter of the game played.
18' Bournemouth skipper Steve Cook was hurt when clearing the ball and is in need of some treatment.
17' GOOD SAVE! Firmino is played in on goal by an impressive deep pass from Alexander-Arnold. He gets some power behind his shot but Ramsdale is equal to it and Steve Cook gets to the rebound first.
15' NEARLY A SECOND! Mane loses Ake and the centre-back gets to a cross ahead of Van Dijk. The header is on target and Adrian is needed to make an important save, helping the ball onto the crossbar. Liverpool are all over the place at the back!
13' The atmosphere has gone very flat around Anfield following that early opener for Bournemouth. It is not the first time Klopp's men have fallen behind during their long unbeaten home run - how will they respond on this occasion?
11' GOAL STANDS! A somewhat controversial, one, this, as the Bournemouth goal is allowed to stand following a lengthy VAR check. Wilson pushed Gomez in the back in the build-up to his goal, but the officials feel it was a fair challenge.
J. Lerma
AFC Bournemouth
9' Lerma offered Billing an option on the overlap and he did well to square to an onside Wilson alongside him.
C. Wilson
AFC Bournemouth
9' GOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!! LIVERPOOL 0-1 BOURNEMOUTH!!! Mane's cross is cleared and Bournemouth hit their opponents on the counter. Wilson nudges Gomez in the back and plays the ball across to Billing, who slots in Lerma on the overlap. He in turn squares it for Wilson to tap in from close range. It will go to a VAR check for Wilson's nudge on Gomez...
8' Bournemouth sweeper keeper Ramsdale is again quickly off his line to beat Salah to the ball.
7' Salah and Firmino drift out to the right and exchange passes. It is eventually worked to Alexander-Arnold, who chips a good cross into the six-yard box. Steve Cook heads behind but the offside flag goes up, anyway.
5' The visitors have nine of their 10 outfield players behind the ball as they look to frustrate Liverpool. A cross into the box from the right is dealt with.
4' Liverpool are bossing possession in the early stages. Van Dijk has played a few long passes already in the first four minutes or so, but the hosts have not really got the ball under control in the final third just yet.
2' Ramsdale is quickly off his line to get to Van Dijk's long pass ahead of Salah. It has been a fast start from the home side.
1' KICK-OFF! Bournemouth, aiming to become the first side in 22 attempts to take Premier League points off Liverpool at Anfield, get us up and running on Merseyside!
The teams are coming out onto the pitch at Anfield, with kick-off just moments away.
Liverpool have won their last five Premier League meetings with Bournemouth by an aggregate score of 17-0. In all competitions, today's visitors have won just one of their 16 matches against the Reds - a 4-3 victory in December 2016 at the Vitality Stadium.
Bournemouth show just one change from their draw with Chelsea last weekend - Stanislas coming in for the injured Joshua King alongside Callum Wilson and Fraser in attack. Harry Wilson is not included in the hosts' matchday squad due to the terms of his loan agreement from Liverpool. Elsewhere, Stacey and Smith will continue to operate in the full-back positions.
Klopp has made six changes on the back of the FA Cup fifth-round defeat to Chelsea in midweek. Andy Robertson is not included in today's squad due to a knock, meaning he will miss a league game for the first time this season. The experienced and versatile Milner comes into the side at left-back, while elsewhere Salah, Firmino, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wijnaldum and Alexander-Arnold all return. As confirmed on the eve of the game, Alisson is absent through injury, so Adrian will continue in goal for the next two matches.
Subs: Andrew Surman, Dominic Solanke, Artur Boruc, Diego Rico, Sam Surridge, Dan Gosling, Jack Simpson.
BOURNEMOUTH XI (4-3-3): Aaron Ramsdale; Jack Stacey, Steve Cook (c), Nathan Ake, Adam Smith; Philip Billing, Jefferson Lerma, Lewis Cook; Junior Stanislas, Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser.
Subs: Divock Origi, Joel Matip, Naby Keita, Adam Lallana, Takumi Minamino, Andy Lonergan, Neco Williams.
LIVERPOOL XI (4-3-3): Adrian; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, James Milner (c); Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.
Bournemouth earned a 2-2 draw against Chelsea last time out, but that is the only point they have collected from the last nine on offer. Eddie Howe's charges have lost their last five away league matches and occupy the final relegation spot, level on points with Watford and West Ham directly above them.
Liverpool hold a 22-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the table, albeit having played a game more than the reigning champions, and are on course to break a number of records en route to their first Premier League crown. Jurgen Klopp's men have lost three of their last four matches in all competitions, however, including a shock 3-0 loss at Watford last weekend to end their hopes of going the entire league campaign unbeaten.
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