Mohamed Salah was on target once again as Liverpool FC notched up a convincing 3:0 win over Bournemouth. The Reds showed absolute dominance against the hapless Cherries with all three of their attacking players managing to find the back of the net.
The win helps Liverpool maintain their pursuit of second-placed Manchester United, with the Merseyside giants trailing their Premier League arch-rivals by just one point. Bournemouth, on the other hand, could run the risk of being overtaken by Brighton, should the Seagulls manage to register a victory in their next game.
Here are the Liverpool players rated and slated in their win over Bournemouth.
Loris Karius (7.5/10): A decent outing for the German keeper, who maintained his form in between the sticks. Pulled out a stunning save to deny Gosling during the final phase of the game. The former Mainz keeper has now kept three clean sheets in his last five Premier League matches!
Trent-Alexander Arnold (8.5/10): His excellent pass from the right flank found Mohamed Salah, who turned in Liverpool’s second of the night. The youngster also showed terrific tenacity and skill to constantly trouble the opposition on the right-hand side. A great outing for the 19-year-old!
Dejan Lovren (7.5/10): Played well alongside Virgil Van Dijk in central defence. The former Southampton defender made some decent tackles, especially in the first half. That being said, however, Liverpool fans will hope that his substitution in the 82nd minute of the game, won’t prove to be a blow for the defender.
Virgil Van Dijk (7.5/10): Was commanding as ever, in the centre of the defence. Aside from completely nullifying the threat of Jermaine Defoe, Van Dijk also showed terrific resilience and class in order to preserve Liverpool’s clean sheet.
Andrew Robertson (7.5/10): Although not as impressive as Trent-Alexander Arnold on the other flank, Andrew Robertson was decent in the left-back position. The Scot often helped out Liverpool in the attacking phases and was, overall, a good outlet out wide.
Jordan Henderson (9/10): The English international was absolutely sensational in the middle of the park. He gelled well with his teammates, even in the final third, which made him a real force in midfield. He even pulled off a backheel tonight!
Georginio Wijnaldum (8/10): An all-round display from the Dutch-international, who served as a great midfield outlet for the home side. His ability to transfer the ball from attack to defence helped Liverpool assert their dominance over the opposition.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: (8/10): One of the better players on the night, Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain definitely deserved a goal for his industrious effort throughout the course of the game. The former Arsenal starlet just looks better and better with each passing game.
Mohamed Salah (8/10): The Egyptian wizard was surprisingly out of touch in front of goal this evening, missing a plethora of great chances. He did, however, manage to score his 40th in all competitions later in the second half, becoming the first Premier League player to achieve that feat since Cristiano Ronaldo.
Roberto Firmino (9.5/10): By far the most impressive Liverpool player on the night, Roberto Firmino’s industrious performance helped Liverpool seal the deal against a hapless Bournemouth side. The Brazilian showed incredible flair and tenacity and was rightly rewarded with a goal in the final minutes of the game to cap off a truly amazing display.
Sadio Mane (8.5/10): Slammed home the opener within the first ten minutes, which paved way for Liverpool to dominate their opposition throughout the rest of the game. Although the Senegalese did appear to be a lot less effective in the second half.
James Milner (NA): Came on for Sadio Mane, who looked a bit jaded. Milner helped Liverpool solidify their dominance over their opposition with some great tackling in the middle of the park.
Ragnar Klavan (NA): Replaced Dejan Lovren in the 82nd minute to help preserve Liverpool’s two-goal advantage.
Dominic Solanke (NA): Was brought on for the excellent Roberto Firmino in the final minute of the game.