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    Bournemouth 4-3 Liverpool Match Report


    Bournemouth pulled off one of the greatest comeback wins in the Premier League era to beat an in-form Liverpool side for the first time in the club's history.

    Nathan Ake's 93rd minute winner completed the most unlikely of victories for Eddie Howe's side who had been outplayed for large spells of the match and also trailed 3-1 with only 15 minutes remaining.

    Goals from Sadio Mane and Divock Origi had given The Reds a deserved 2-0 lead at the interval and they retained their two-goal advantage when Emre Can scored midway through the second-half.

    Any comeback at that stage looked improbable but Ryan Fraser set-up a grandstand finish to halve the visitors' lead and Steve Cook wiped out that advantage when he scored with only 12 minutes remaining.



    Liverpool had been hopeful of narrowing the gap on leaders Chelsea to a single point after the 2015 champions beat Manchester City 3-1 on Saturday to open up a four-point lead at the top of the table.

    Jurgen Klopp's side needed to achieve that objective without the services of Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Joel Matip due to injury but they were boosted by Roberto Firmino's return to fitness following a calf problem.

    Bournemouth recalled Artur Boruc to their starting line-up after he missed the previous two games with a back injury but both Charlie Daniels (hip) and Andrew Surman (hamstring) remained on the sidelines.

    The Cherries were very much second-best in a first-half which was dominated by the visitors, with Divock Origi missing the first clear-cut opportunity of the game when he was unable to turn home Nathaniel Clyne's low cross from six yards.

    The Reds didn't have to wait long for their territorial advantage to be reflected on the scoreline, however, as Mane latched onto Emre Can's lofted through-ball and shook off the challenge of Ake before coolly slotting past Boruc.



    The 18-time champions doubled their lead two minutes later when Jordan Henderson's pass put Origi in the clear before the Belgian rounded Boruc and side-footed the ball home from an improbable angle.

    While Liverpool thoroughly deserved their two-goal lead, The Cherries rallied 10 minutes before half-time when Josh King tried to squeeze the ball past Loris Karius at the near-post but the German goalkeeper parried the ball wide.

    Bournemouth were then unfortunate not to have been awarded a penalty from the resulting corner as Nathan Ake was caught by the outstretched knee of Firmino but referee Robert Madley waved away the home side's protestations.

    The Cherries were dealt another setback shortly after the break when Junior Stanislas, who was already carrying a knock prior to the match, appeared to twist his right angle following a challenge by Henderson and was replaced by Ryan Fraser.

    The Scot, however, made an instant impact after being introduced to the fold and he touched the ball past Milner inside the area before being tripped by the former Manchester City player to win his side a penalty.



    Callum Wilson coolly converted from 12 yards for the second successive week to give his side hope of completing a comeback that had seemed unlikely, although the home team's form had improved after the break.

    That optimism was dampened within less than 10 minutes as Emre Can curled the ball into the top right-hand corner from 20 yards to restore Liverpool's two-goal cushion and temporarily derail the Bournemouth fightback.

    The Cherries, though, seemed undeterred by their latest setback and Ryan Fraser once again caused problems in the Liverpool penalty area by popping up unmarked but his left-footed strike was tipped over the bar by Karius.

    For all Bournemouth's improvement after the break, they nearly found themselves 4-1 behind when Artur Boruc appeared to carry the ball over the goal-line, from Milner's corner, but goal-line technology saved the Pole's blushes by the narrowest of margins.

    The home side, perhaps inspired by their narrow escape, raised their intensity in the final 15 minutes and this was most evident when a devastating counter-attack led to Callum Wilson pulling the ball back for Fraser to curl the ball past Karius into the bottom-corner.



    Fraser was once again involved two minutes later when his right-wing cross was expertly controlled by Steve Cook, whose swivel and drilled strike from 12 yards found the bottom corner of the net to complete an unlikely comeback.

    Liverpool's resistance was then tested further when substitute Benik Afobe got the better of Dejan Lovren and Lucas Leiva before he rifled an effort towards goal that was met by a outstanding reaction save from Karius.

    Despite having to fight against the tide of momentum, the away side nearly took the lead in the 90th minute when Origi's turn and strike, from substitute Lallana's corner, narrowly evaded Boruc's crossbar by a matter of inches.

    Just as it looked as though the match would replicate the 3-3 draw at The Vitality Stadium last season between Bournemouth and Liverpool's Merseyside rivals Everton, there was still time for further late drama.

    Steve Cook's long-range strike was only parried by Karius and Nathan Ake was on hand to scramble the ball over the line to crown what was surely the greatest comeback in the club's 117-year history with a 93th minute winner.



    The victory was a reward for Bournemouth's never-say-die attitude on an afternoon where they faced several set-backs, as well as an in-form team, but their belief and fighting qualities came out on top.

    The enforced substitution of Ryan Fraser for Junior Stanislas provided the turning point in the game as the Scot injected new vigour into the Bournemouth attack and had a hand in three of the Bournemouth goals.

    Ake's winner sparked jubilant scenes at the Vitality Stadium as The Cherries celebrated a first win over Liverpool in 10 attempts and the victory moves them up to 10th place in the table after 14 games.

    Despite having 60 per cent of the possession, Liverpool were left reeling from a first defeat in all competitions since August 20 but it was their second-half capitulation after leading 3-1 that will be most worrying for the club's supporters.

    Klopp's side had no resistance to the swing of momentum that occurred in the final quarter of the game and caved under a barrage of pressure that had built-up long before Nathan Ake bundled the ball home in the 93rd minute.



    There will also be questions marks raised about the form of Loris Karius, who lacked assurance throughout the afternoon and could have done more to prevent both the second and fourth of the Bournemouth goals.

    The only bright spot on what was an otherwise miserable day for Liverpool, who dropped to third in the table following Arsenal's win over West Ham on Saturday, was the second-half return of Adam Lallana after nearly three weeks out with a groin injury.

    The Reds return to Premier League action on Sunday afternoon when they entertain the struggling Hammers at Anfield, while Bournemouth travel to Turf Moor on Saturday to play 15th place Burnley.
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