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    Bournemouth 0-4 Liverpool Match Report


    Liverpool moved back into the Premier League's top-four by producing yet another emphatic away performance to ease past the challenge of Bournemouth.

    Jurgen Klopp's side, who had recently drawn successive matches against Everton and West Brom, were back to their clinical best and suffered no repeat of last season's shock defeat at the Vitality Stadium.

    First-half goals from Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren and Mohamed Salah gave the visitors a 3-0 lead at half-time, while Roberto Firmino scored after the break to end any hopes of a similar comeback to which Bournemouth enjoyed in the fixture last season.

    Liverpool began the match brightly and should have taken the lead after 10 minutes, with Coutinho clipping a delicate free-kick against the frame of the goal and then shooting narrowly wide seconds later.

    Salah was displaying the same rich vein of form that has seen him score 20 goals for club and country this season, and he could have increased his tally further when he glided past Charlie Daniels before curling an effort over the crossbar.

    It was no surprise when Liverpool went on to take a 20th minute lead, with Philippe Coutinho scoring a virtuoso goal after receiving the ball over 40 yards from goal.

    The Brazilian playmaker weaved past the challenges of Simon Francis and Lewis Cook before catching Asmir Begovic out with an unerring finish from 15 yards that arrowed in the bottom left-hand corner.

    Liverpool then almost doubled their lead when Firmino's toe-poke was blocked by Francis on its way inside the far-post, but there was nothing the home side could do to prevent the all-important second goal from the resulting corner.

    As Coutinho's deflected set-piece was heading harmlessly out of play, Firmino somehow managed to hook the ball back inside the six-yard box and the grateful Lovren headed home from three yards out.

    Bournemouth created little throughout the match but they should have halved their arrears five minutes before the break, with Jermain Defoe rifling the ball against the post after his run was picked out by Junior Stanislas' clever pass.

    Liverpool then came on strong towards the end of the half but Salah, whose give-and-go with Coutinho presented himself with the chance to score from a close-range volley, found his attempt smothered by Begovic. 

    Salah was not to be denied minutes later, however, as he jinked past the challenges of Daniels and Nathan Ake before steering the ball into the bottom left-hand corner to give his team a 3-0 half-time lead.

    The Reds continued their dominance after the break and could have scored a fourth goal when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's marauding run inside the Bournemouth penalty area ended with an effort that struck the outside of the post.

    The Cherries briefly rallied on the hour-mark, with Defoe once again looking the home side's most likely player to score but his strike, which was heading inside the far-post, was comfortably pushed away by Simon Mignolet.

    Any faint hopes of an even unlikelier comeback to the one which Eddie Howe's side enjoyed against Liverpool a year ago were firmly dashed when Firmino scored his 13th goal of the season.

    Coutinho's pinpoint cross picked-out the run of his teammate, who appeared to be marginally off side when the ball was played, and the Brazilian duly guided his header into the bottom left-hand corner.

    The Reds had chances to make the scoreline even more emphatic in the time that remained but Dominic Solanke's long-range strike was saved by Begovic and fellow substitute Adam Lallana headed over the crossbar from the rebound.

    The victory, which extended Liverpool's unbeaten run in the Premier League to nine matches, enabled them to leapfrog Arsenal into fourth-place, with The Gunners initially edging Klopp's side into fifth following a 1-0 win over Newcastle.

    Friday night's encounter at the Emirates Stadium between the two teams will determine who will be in the top-four at Christmas, with Liverpool only needing a point to achieve that accolade.

    Bournemouth, meanwhile, drop two places in the table from 14th to 16th as they approach a tricky festive period, which includes fixtures against Manchester City, West Ham and Everton.

    Howe's side, who are only a point ahead of third-bottom Newcastle, will be looking to end City's 16-match winning run in the Premier League when the two teams meet at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
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