Liverpool successfully maintained the momentum with the second win in as many games. Christian Benteke scored the winner on his Anfield debut just as Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez have before him.
Brendan Rodgers frustrated fans with his teams selection showing that he hasn’t changed from last season. He hinted that the defence would remain the same and there was merit in this logic but leaving Adam Lallana is just illogical. The Englishman endured a torrid time of things against Stoke City and when he was replaced with Emre Can it did a world of good. The general consensus before the game was that Can and Firmino would replace Ibe and Lallana, I suppose not.
Liverpool started the game in possession and it did them no good because in a matter of minutes they were behind. Thank goodness it was disallowed for a foul on Dejan Lovren. If the goal hadn’t been ruled out I would’ve have been all over the poor goalkeeping from Mignolet as the header was straight down the middle and bounced. The Belgian really should have done better with it.
The first twenty minutes were very open with end-to-end football. As the game grew Coutinho began to become more and more involved with his best moment of the half coming when he picked out Ibe with a forty yard pass after nutmegging Andrew Surman.
In the 25th minute Jordan Henderson picked out Christian Benteke with a cross to set the Belgian up for his first Liverpool goal. The goal was his 50th in the Premier League after his record at Aston Villa being 49 goals in 101 appearances. In all fairness the goal should have been given for offside due to the new rule implemented at the beginning of the season. The rule states that if a player in an offside position makes a move for the ball and does not interrupt play it is still offside. Philippe Coutinho was lazily strolling back when the ball was fired in and stretched out a leg putting off Boruc in goal.
Soon after the goal Henderson, who was in the thick of things in the first half, came close with whipped shot from 25 yards. Bournemouth managed to get back into the game with Surman getting things ticking for the newly promoted side. The number 6 in midfield recorded 99 passes last weekend in their 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa.
The second half got off to a start with Bournemouth kicking off. It wasn’t until the 50th minute that anything notable happened with Coutinho coming close with a low drive. Jordan Henderson was subbed off with a worrying looking injury and was replaced by Emre Can.
In the 61st minute Jordon Ibe was substituted for Roberto Firmino. Coutinho had a volley blocked after being fed by Benteke who broke away from the defence. The diminutive Brazilian was later substituted as a result of match fitness and on came on Alberto Moreno who has been out of favour. I a m really astonished as to how the speedy Spaniard was so involved in the space of ten minutes. He had a great run and won a free kick in a dangerous position after beating two defenders in a footrace no-one would bet on him losing.
Benteke had a glorious opportunity to put the game to bed in the 89th minute after Nathaniel Clyne delivered a great ball and the Belgian could do more than volley the ball into the ground and onto the post. It wasn’t to be but despite some nervy moments the game ended 1-0 to the Reds. That means it’s six points from six and and third on the log with two clean sheets out of two.
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