Bournemouth v Liverpool: Live matchday blog
Liverpool returned to action this afternoon as they beat AFC Bournemouth 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium in the Barclays Premier League.
Scroll down to recap the day's action and follow the links below for more extensive coverage from the south coast.
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We'll be back on Wednesday morning with build-up to the small matter of a Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield.
See you then.
Midnight: Watch the action on LFCTV GO
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great win today! #lfc https://t.co/6oyzNCW0Xc— sheyi_ojo (Sheyi Ojo) 17th Apr 15:32
"I am really, really pleased for the boys and how they played today. I told the boys you can play football because if it doesn't work, they can blame me and not you. We really tried to enjoy the game and that's what they did."
Here's what that result has done for Liverpool's position in the Barclays Premier League table...
It has finished at the Vitality Stadium and Liverpool hold off a late surge by Bournemouth to claim three points from an entertaining encounter on the south coast, Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge the goalscorers.
Goal for Bournemouth - Josh King uses his strength to control a long punt forward, hold off Lucas Leiva and swipe a low shot into the bottom left corner from 20 yards.
More good work by Daniel Sturridge in search of his second and Liverpool's third, eluding two defenders to create space for a curling shot that drifts just over the crossbar.
And now Daniel Sturridge smashes a shot against the upright at the other end, following some outstanding footwork by the No.15 inside the box.
Another top save by Danny Ward, who springs across his goalline to claw away a downward header from Lewis Grabban. Brilliant stuff.
For Liverpool - Divock Origi and Adam Lallana replace Roberto Firmino and Jordon Ibe.
For Bournemouth - Callum Wilson is on for Matt Ritchie.
The home team are mounting pressure now and again Danny Ward has to deny Josh King, staying tall to palm away the forward's shot as Mamadou Sakho slid in.
First switch by Jürgen Klopp - Mamadou Sakho comes on for Kolo Toure.
Josh King makes ground along the right side and moves around Lucas Leiva to send a blast towards goal - Danny Ward gets firm hands behind it to preserve his clean sheet.
Another penalty shout by Bournemouth as Kolo Toure appears to prevent Lewis Grabban from taking the ball past him with his hand. Nothing given by the referee.
Marc Pugh replaces Max Gradel for the hosts.
A brief injury scare for Kolo Toure, who takes a moment to recover after chasing back to clear a Bournemouth cross from the left. But the Ivorian continues on.
So unlucky! Joe Allen's pass gets Daniel Sturridge clear and, with the goalkeeper approaching, he deftly dinks a shot up and over - but eventually against the foot of the far post. Looked like a certain third, but it remains 2-0.
Almost a third for Liverpool as Artur Boruc spills a corner and Roberto Firmino sends an instant drive wide of the left post.
There has been a change by the home side - Lewis Grabban is on for Junior Stanislas.
The Cherries get the game back underway.
Here are your half-time stats from the Vitality Stadium...
Firmino scores... and celebrates
And there's the whistle for half-time - those late goals from Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge have Jürgen Klopp's side in control after 45 minutes.
It's two for Liverpool and this time Daniel Sturridge is on target himself, rising to meet Jordon Ibe's free-kick into area and plant a diagonal header firmly past the goalkeeper.
GOAL!! Daniel Sturridge!!
Liverpool break the deadlock just before half-time through Roberto Firmino, who is in the right place for a tap-in after Artur Boruc could only push out an impudent back-heel effort by Daniel Sturridge.
GOAL!! Roberto Firmino!!
Match images from the Vitality Stadium
A reaction stop by Artur Boruc denies Daniel Sturridge a fortunate finish - Steve Cook's challenge ricocheted off the striker and goalwards.
Liverpool respond through some lovely Sheyi Ojo footwork, who shimmies into the area but sees a shot blocked by Steve Cook. The Cherries No.3 then gets in the way of Connor Randall's follow-up too.
Now Bournemouth forge the best chance of the game so far, Tommy Elphick glancing a header into the grateful hands of Danny Ward from Matt Ritchie's inviting delivery into the six-yard box.
It has been a good start by the hosts and now Matt Ritchie drags a shot wide of the right post after cutting inside from the wing at the end of a neat passing exchange centred around Andrew Surman.
Josh King claims for a penalty as he tumbles under pressure from Lucas Leiva inside the area - but the referee is uninterested.
Good recovery defending by Brad Smith keeps Bournemouth at bay along the Liverpool left flank, before Steve Cook heads over the bar at the back post from a subsequent set-piece routine.
An early opening for Daniel Sturridge as Roberto Firmino's pressing at the edge of the area sees the ball spin to the striker, whose clipped left-footer is too close to the goalkeeper.
The visitors kick off at the Vitality Stadium. Come on, Liverpool!
A touching tribute from Bournemouth before the action begins - Tommy Elphick and Lucas Leiva carry a floral tribute to the 96 to the visiting Liverpool supporters as 'You'll Never Walk Alone' is played inside the stadium.
The two teams are just lining up in the tunnel, waiting to emerge, with today's skipper - Lucas Leiva - ready to lead out the Reds. We're minutes away from kick-off...
A reminder that for every game, you can use our Opta chalkboard to analyse how the contest is unfolding...
Watch the sprinklers, boss!
TEAM NEWS: Junior Stanislas returns to the #afcb starting line-up for #BOULIV: https://t.co/vJmQUfbphR https://t.co/eLEzRtJLXP— afcbournemouth (AFC Bournemouth 🍒) 17th Apr 11:30
Team news: Ward makes debut, Lucas captain
Liverpool: Ward, Randall, Toure, Lucas, Smith, Stewart, Allen, Ojo, Ibe, Firmino, Sturridge.
Substitutes: Mignolet, Flanagan, Sakho, Milner, Lallana, Coutinho, Origi.
30 minutes until team news
We'll have the confirmed Liverpool starting XI and substitutes before anyone else, at 12.30pm BST.
The scene on the south coast
Remember we mentioned it was the perfect conditions for football...?
Flowers laid at the Vitality Stadium containing the words of 'You'll Never Walk Alone', in memory of the 96 fans who lost their lives at the Hillsborough disaster on April 15, 1989.
Hello, stats fans...
- Only Leicester, Tottenham and Arsenal have won more away league games than Liverpool this season
- Sheyi Ojo made his professional league debut against Bournemouth, with Wigan Athletic, in February 2015
- The Cherries have conceded 27 goals at home in the Premier League so far
The tale of the tape...
These two sides have met twice already this season - each ending in a 1-0 victory for the Reds at Anfield. Here's the statistics from the Barclays Premier League meeting back in August...
Daniel Sturridge exclusive
The striker was in great form when he sat down with Liverpoolfc.com this week for an extended interview.
Today's piece includes his take on the foundations that can be laid in the remainder of the season and why he sets 'realistic' personal targets.
You know the drill, click the picture to read more.
All-important weather update
Here it is, weather update fans...
A bright morning in Bournemouth, with the temperature slowly rising and likely to reach 10 degrees by kick-off. Perfect for football, some might say.
Happy to help.
Boss on chances, changes and Bournemouth
At his pre-match press conference, the manager was understandably inundated with questions about Thursday's win over Borussia Dortmund - however, he was keen to focus on today's game.
There may be changes to the starting XI, but only with three points in mind, according to the German. Click the picture to read his thoughts on this one.
Any supporters travelling to today's game by road should allow extra time for their journey due to work being carried out on the northern part of the A338. Click here for more information.
Matchday! ⚽️ @afcbournemouth v #LFC 📍 Dean Court 🏆 @premierleague 👻 lfc 📺 @LFCTV: 12:30 BST ⌚️ Kick-off: 13:30 BST https://t.co/7nYccbq2lg— LFC (Liverpool FC) 17th Apr 07:01
Welcome to game No.54 of Liverpool's dramatic season - a trip south to take on Bournemouth in the Barclays Premier League.
I know what you're thinking... it couldn't possibly be more thrilling than Thursday night? Well, you never know with Jürgen Klopp's team.
Either way, we'll be bringing you all of the pre-match build-up, live game coverage and reaction from the Vitality Stadium throughout the day.