Bournemouth vs Liverpool match report
Liverpool booked their place in the Carabao Cup Quarter Finals, with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium
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Despite the terrible weather, and a spirited Bournemouth display, Darwin Nunez's wonder strike was enough to see Liverpool over the line, as the Reds winning run continued.
With all the changes made by both sides, it was little surprise that the game took time to settle. Add to that the terrible conditions as Storm Ciaran rolled in, and both teams took a while to create chances. When they did come, a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping meant the score remained nil-nil until the half hour mark.
Then, on 31 minutes, Liverpool produced the break through. After a short period of pressure, a Liverpool corner was only half cleared to Elliott, who took a long shot from outside the area. The ball glanced off Gakpo towards the goal, where Bournemouth keeper Radu made the save, but Gakpo was alert to pounce on the rebound to put the Reds ahead.
Unsurprisingly, Liverpool took control of the rest of the first half, but couldn't find a second goal, and the half ended 1-0 to Liverpool.
Into the second half, and Liverpool started slowly, allowing Bournemouth to take control of the game. The Reds were playing a dangerous game, trying to pass out from the back, but a combination of the weather conditions and sloppy passes, allowed Bournemoth to put us under pressure. Indeed, it took until the 54th minute before Liverpool really threatened for the first time in the second half - and that attack came from a quick break after a Bournemouth corner.
As the half progressed, it was Bournemouth who continued to press, with Matip and Gomez both clearing off the line to protect Liverpool's lead. It was little surprise then, when Klopp made three changes on 60 minutes. Nunez, Mac Allister and Alexander-Arnold came on, with Jones, Endo and Elliott making way.
Despite the changes, Liverpool continued to struggle, with Kelleher having to make several good saves. Then, after another sloppy period of play resulted in a Bournemouth corner, Bournemouth got the goal their play deserved, as Kluivert scored with a free header from the corner.
In the next 10 minutes, Bournemouth were all over the Reds, and had several great chances to take the lead. Thankfully, just when Liverpool needed someone to step up, Darwin Nunez did just that. As Liverpool looked to break, Alexander-Arnold played a long ball out to Nunez. Despite a poor first touch, the Uruguay turned inside Mepham onto his right foot and hit a stunning curling effort into the far top corner.
The goal was the cue for Bournemouth to make changes of their own, as they looked to their big target men to cause trouble in the swirling conditions. Indeed, as the game became stretched, both sides had chances to score as the clock ticked towards 90 minutes. Thankfully Liverpool held on for the win, booking their place in the quarter finals in the process.
Liverpool : Kelleher, Tsimikas, Matip, Quahsah, Gomez, Elliott, Endo, Jones, Salah, Gakpo, Szoboszlai
AFC Bournemouth : Radu, Kerkez, Zabarnyi, Mepham, Smith, Billing, Scott, Kluivert, Christie, Semenyo, Solanke
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