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Liverpool clean sheet against Bournemouth vital going forward

Saturday saw yet another routine victory for the Reds. Jürgen Klopp’s men pasted Eddie Howe’s struggling South Coast side 3-0 at Dean Court. It was an impressive performance from the Anfield outfit for many reasons, however, there was one key stat that mattered more than any other. Liverpool kept a clean sheet against Bournemouth.

Liverpool finally kept a clean sheet when they faced Bournemouth at the weekend. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

The Reds shut out the opposition for the first time in 14 games. Considering that this time last year Liverpool were one of the most miserly defences in Europe, it is startling that they went so many games in a row conceding.

Liverpool may not have been keeping clean sheets but they have still been winning with regularity. Napoli and Manchester United are the only sides to take points off Jürgen Klopp this season.

However, there have been a number of late winners – perhaps none more dramatic than the last minute double against Aston Villa.

If the Reds want to solidify their title challenge then they need to stop conceding goals. There are only so many times that you can score in the last minute of a game.

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Liverpool keeping a clean sheet against Bournemouth shows that Jürgen Klopp’s men have turned a corner. This is likely down to finally having a settled defence again.

At the start of the season we saw the back five chopped and changed. Injuries to Joel Matip and Alisson Becker prevented the Reds from ever being able to play a regular back five, this has been remedied now – we are finally settled at the back. Having said that, Dejan Lovren did have to come off before half time.

We can expect the Reds to carry on shutting out the opposition throughout December – if they do then this month could end the title race as a contest.

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