Report: Reds return to top with Anfield win over Bournemouth

Liverpool reclaimed top spot in the Premier League table with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

Sadio Mane scored for a fourth consecutive game to put the Reds in front midway through the first half when he glanced in a header from 10 yards before Georginio Wijnaldum netted with a deft lobbed finish soon after.

Mohamed Salah grabbed the game’s third and final goal, finishing smartly from Roberto Firmino’s clever backheel moments after the re-start.

The result takes the Reds three points clear at the division’s summit, having now contested the same number of fixtures as second-placed Manchester City.

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The Liverpool FC excuse creeping into Premier League title talk that simply doesn’t add up

It continues to be a terrific title race between Manchester City and Liverpool but Jurgen Klopp’s are not the ‘little horse’ some want to portray them as.

It is in the hands of Jurgen Klopp’s men, who will win the title if they win all of their games and may not need to given Pep Guardiola does not expect a flawless finish from his side.

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However, attempts this week to use City’s bench at Everton with Liverpool’s at West Ham to paint the title race as a David and Goliath story are simply and laughably wrong.

Why Liverpool and Man City should be cut some slack in the title race

In the latest football money league published by the finance firm Deloitte last month, 14 of the wealthiest 30 clubs on Earth are in England.’

Even Brighton make it in at 29th, only two-and a half seasons since they ended a 34-year absence from the top flight.

West Ham, who held Liverpool 1-1 on Monday night and sparked an inquest into whether they are supposedly turning into chokers, are 20th. Leicester City, against whom Klopp’s side drew five days earlier, are 22nd.’

It is simply not feasible to expect any team to steam-roller its way through every match in a league which is so rich and powerful all the way down to its bottom three.’

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  • Date: 2019-02-08T08:30:00Z
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Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Reds Reclaim Top Spot With Cherries Win

Georginio Wijnaldum doubled their lead ten minutes later with a sumptuous finish, delicately lifting the ball over goalkeeper Artur Boruc’s head. It was only his second goal of the season, with his other strike coming in the 2-1 win over Tottenham last September.

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They wrapped up the three points just minutes into the second half as Mohamed Salah finished off a swift team move to make it 3-0, netting his’20th goal of the season and’becoming the first Liverpool player to score 20 in back to back seasons since Luis Suarez.

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After back to back league draws, ‘Liverpool needed to respond after title challengers Manchester City went top after beating Everton. With the pressure once again mounted on Jurgen Klopp’s side, the Reds produced a class performance at Anfield as they were at their very best.

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  • Date: 2019-02-09 16:57:54 UTC
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Liverpool 3 Bournemouth 0: Mane, Wijnaldum and Salah fire Reds back to the top

Sadio’Mane scored for the fourth consecutive top-flight match in the 24th minute, after which point Jurgen’Klopp’s side kicked into top gear to banish the memory of their’lacklustre’back-to-back draws against Leicester City and West Ham.’

Mane opened the scoring in both of those games as well, but fabulously worked goals from the returning Georginio Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah ensured there was no chance of another wobble.’

Manchester City will return to the summit on goal difference if they beat Chelsea on Sunday. Such fine margins being at play mean Klopp might have liked to see a few more added to their tally’as his team cut Bournemouth apart at will.’

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