This weekend saw Liverpool batter Bournemouth 3-0 at Dean Court. Jürgen Klopp‘s Reds travelled to the South Coast high on a midweek Merseyside Derby thrashing of Everton. The struggling Cherries side were given no reprieve from their poor form. Despite it being a routine victory, Liverpool desperately needed the emphatic win over Bournemouth.
This December is going to be a manic one for the Reds. We will be playing a game pretty much every three days until January. That is an absurd amount of football.
Such an incredible amount of games will call for rotation. In midweek the gaffer made five changes, shocking fans and pundits alike with his team selection. It worked: the Reds ran out comfortable 5-2 winners over the Toffees.
The Reds rotated again against Bournemouth, this time running out 3-0 winners. The two results showed that we have strength in depth and that the gaffer is getting his rotation right at a critical point in the season.
With so many games to play, to be able to rotate effectively – without looking toothless up front nor disjointed at the back – is a vital trait for any title chasing side.
Not only did these wins serve to highlight the tactical nouse of the gaffer, they showed that our fringe players are still hungry to perform for the side.
Xherdan Shaqiri had managed just 14 minutes before he scored against Everton. Naby Keita hadn’t started a Premier League game all season before he scored and assisted against Bournemouth.
The emphatic Liverpool win over Bournemouth showed that we needn’t worry about our manic winter schedule, Klopp has his rotation nailed and the squad players are chomping at the bit to impress.