Liverpool v Bournemouth: Live matchday blog
Liverpool moved to within nine points of becoming Premier League champions after goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane gave them a hard-fought 2-1 win over Bournemouth at Anfield.
Henderson and Robertson fitness latest
Jürgen Klopp issued a positive fitness update regarding Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson during his post-match press conference, with the former set to return to full training tomorrow.
Both, therefore, could be in contention for the midweek Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid at Anfield.
Klopp said: “What I hear, it should be possible [for them to be available for Atletico]. If we then do it, I don’t know.
“Robbo should not be a problem; he only missed today pretty much.
“He finished the session yesterday and afterwards felt something, but it was then nothing in the end.
“Hendo was out, I don’t know exactly in this moment, but I think he will train tomorrow. If that looks good, I have to make a decision.
“For sure [it will be good to have him back] and some others as well.”
WHAT A MAN! https://t.co/Sz8QOOv6BK— andrewrobertso5 (Andy Robertson) 7th Mar 15:40
Salah and Milner reaction: 'We showed our mentality to win'
Mohamed Salah and James Milner cited Liverpool’s mentality as a key factor behind today's battling win.
“Yeah that’s something good, honestly,” Salah told BT Sport, when asked about his stunning scoring record against the Cherries (eight goals in six games).
“I always love to score and help the team to get the points and today we showed our personality after [going] 1-0 down, so we had to react to that and I think we did well and we got the result.
“We need to keep going for the next three games and the rest of the season.”
Milner, meanwhile, stated: “It never is [straightforward] - I don’t think any Premier League game is easy to win. It’s a boring thing to say but it’s true, especially when we’ve had a couple of performances that weren’t at our level,” the captain stated.
“Again today we weren’t at our best, but many teams would have crumbled after a couple of poor results, plenty of things going on outside the ground with people saying this and that and many teams might have crumbled at one down but we didn’t.
“We stayed calm and when you’ve got the boys up front, how clinical they are, you’ve always got a chance.”
Pure class ❤️ Today's @carlsberg Man of the Match, @JamesMilner 👏 https://t.co/UuNY2sCRSj— LFC (Liverpool FC (at 🏠)) 7th Mar 15:27
That full-time feeling 😁 https://t.co/s5fdQ3dvjL— LFC (Liverpool FC (at 🏠)) 7th Mar 14:47
WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW 22 consecutive home league wins - a new top-flight record. ❤️ Anfield ❤️ https://t.co/xRJAUk7g0o— LFC (Liverpool FC (at 🏠)) 7th Mar 14:26
The story of the afternoon, as told by Opta stats...
Liverpool 2-1 Bournemouth
Liverpool are just nine points away from claiming the Premier League title after a hard-fought victory over Bournemouth saw them return to winning ways.
Callum Wilson had given the visitors a shock early lead, but Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane struck before the break to see off the Cherries' challenge.
It's Liverpool's 22nd consecutive win at Anfield in the league - a top-flight record.
Origi is on for Firmino for the final moments.
Firmino blazes over the bar from 10 yards out after Lallana left Salah's cross for him.
Billing has a knock and Bournemouth are down to 10 men for the moment having used all of their substitutes.
Adam Lallana replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Milner delivers into the six-yard box and Ake clears it over his own bar.
Salah slides one towards the bottom corner. Ramsdale flicks it behind.
Off the post!
Mane lets fly with an incredible curling effort from 25 yards that cannons against the woodwork.
Firmino flashes a half-volley right across the face of goal. Mane can't get a touch at the back post.
Ex-Red Dominic Solanke comes on for Junior Stanislas.
Reds fans taking the game in at #LFCWorld Delhi this afternoon.
Van Dijk plants a header goalwards from Alexander-Arnold's corner, but Ramsdale collects.
What a clearance by James Milner to ensure Liverpool remain in the lead.
Fraser escapes behind the Liverpool defence and lobs the bouncing ball over Adrian's head; however, the captain gets back to spectacularly clear off the line.
Fraser has a shot blocked by Milner's legs on the edge of the area.
Off we go again...
Liverpool re-start the contest.
Here's how Opta rated the opening half at Anfield...
Liverpool 2-1 Bournemouth
The Reds go into the break with the advantage at Anfield - but they needed to come from behind in order to obtain it.
Callum Wilson tapped Bournemouth into the lead after eight minutes, with the hosts wanting a foul for a challenge on Joe Gomez.
Nevertheless, Mohamed Salah drew Liverpool level before Sadio Mane steered them in front.
27 - Since the start of last season, both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané have scored a Premier League-high 27 goals i… https://t.co/Jyx6KBH5RM— OptaJoe (OptaJoe) 7th Mar 13:11
Four minutes to be added on...
Stanislas burns down the left before cutting inside onto the edge of the area and shooting.
Adrian punches it behind.
Salah slings a cross-field ball towards the back post, where Milner is unmarked.
He side-foots goalwards, but he can't get enough purchase on it to beat Ramsdale.
GOAL!!! SADIO MANE!!!
The Reds are in front - and Van Dijk claims himself an assist as he wins possession back in midfield and slides a pass through for Mane.
The No.10 keeps his cool in the one-on-one and dispatches beyond Ramsdale.
2-1 to the hosts.
@MoSalah is the first @LFC player since @themichaelowen in 2002-03 to score 20 goals for the club in a third successive season - all comps.— ged0407 (Ged Rea) 7th Mar 13:00
1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ Games 7️⃣0️⃣ Goals @MoSalah in the @premierleague 👑 https://t.co/9iadQtiemd— LFC (Liverpool FC (at 🏠)) 7th Mar 13:01
Simpson has to clear from right in front of his own goal line as Alexander-Arnold drills in a dangerous low ball.
GOAL! MOHAMED SALAH!
Liverpool are level!
Mane seizes upon a heavy touch by Simpson and charges into the box before squaring for Salah.
It's a little bit behind the Egyptian, so he takes a touch, steadies himself and slips a reverse shot inside the near post.
1-1. Game on.
Bournemouth are forced into an early change.
Cook needs to leave the field with a knock, so he's replaced by Simpson.
Firmino darts into space to meet Alexander-Arnold's pass.
He sweeps towards goal first time, but Ramsdale makes a block.
It's so close to being 2-0 to Bournemouth as Ake bullets a header goalwards from a corner.
Adrian reacts well to push it onto the crossbar and over.
Goal for Bournemouth - Callum Wilson
Liverpool are behind at Anfield.
Wilson nudges Gomez off the ball, for which the Reds want a foul.
Play is allowed to continue and Billing plays a reverse ball for Lerma, who squares for Wilson to tap in at the back post.
The home side are not happy, but a VAR check allows it to stand and it's 1-0 to the Cherries.
Liverpool open up Bournemouth for the first time as Alexander-Arnold collects Oxlade-Chamberlain's pass and crosses into the middle.
Cook heads it over his own crossbar, but the flag is raised anyway.
And we're off...
Bournemouth get us under way at Anfield.
Come on you Reds.
The teams are out and You'll Never Walk Alone is being bellowed with gusto.
💯👑 https://t.co/pnODIhHTeJ— LFC (Liverpool FC (at 🏠)) 7th Mar 11:49
All set in the dressing room
Here's how Opta expect the two teams to shape up...
In the building 😁 🔜 #LIVBOU https://t.co/aBMb7J6xF5— LFC (Liverpool FC (at 🏠)) 7th Mar 11:41
Andy Robertson update
Andy Robertson was left out of the squad for today's game as a precaution and will be fit for the Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid, explained Jürgen Klopp.
Asked whether Robertson is not involved this afternoon because of rotation or a fitness issue, Klopp told BT Sport: "Something in between.
"He would have started today but then he felt [something] slightly. But it's all good, it will be fine for Wednesday. But not for today.
"So we didn't want to have him on the bench and see Robbo and think, 'Maybe we can bring you [on].' It wouldn't make sense today. That's the reason and he will be fine."
📝 TEAM NEWS 📝 🔺 King out with hamstring injury 🔺 Stanislas comes in out wide 🔺 Team unchanged elsewhere Here'… https://t.co/JKCDZ7fN4I— afcbournemouth (AFC Bournemouth) 7th Mar 11:30
James Milner returns to the starting line-up for Liverpool and the teamsheet also confirms Adrian's place in goal, replacing the injured Alisson Becker.
Naby Keita is among the substitutes after recovering from a knock.
Liverpool: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Milner, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Lonergan, Keita, Minamino, Lallana, Origi, Matip, Williams.
Time for #LFCWorld Delhi to get underway! Enjoy the event and game, Reds! 🙌 https://t.co/KhyzidEpUp— LFC (Liverpool FC (at 🏠)) 7th Mar 11:14
Adrian takes care of the media duties ahead of kick-off...
Last time at Anfield
The Reds battled from behind to beat West Ham United 3-2 on their last home outing...
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'An interesting match-up'
"Bournemouth's strength will be through the counter-attacking prowess of Joshua King and Ryan Fraser," explained Sam Davis in our view from the opposition feature.
"I can see us playing five in midfield for this one so it would be hoped that we can try to combat the quality that Liverpool have in the middle of the park.
"If we can get the ball out wide very early, then Fraser and King have a good chance to cause some damage down each of the flanks - but they will need to put in the hard yards, as Liverpool's strength is also through their wide defenders, so it will be an interesting match-up."
We're back to Anfield 🔥🔥 ¡Vamos! #YNWA #TheKop #WeNeedYouYouNeedUs #ADR13N 💪🏻🔴 https://t.co/tWFRZQd6SF— AdriSanMiguel (Adrián San Miguel) 7th Mar 10:34
Liverpool's @MoSalah has scored in all 5️⃣ of his #PL appearances against AFC Bournemouth, netting 7️⃣ goals in tot… https://t.co/FJFBZoZ3S8— premierleague (Premier League) 7th Mar 09:45
Bring the noise tomorrow Reds! 💪🏻 #YNWA https://t.co/6z07eROUuA— JHenderson (Jordan Henderson) 6th Mar 18:33
Sadio x Mo x Bobby ⚽️🔥 A look back at a superb performance against tomorrow's visitors from 2018 👌 https://t.co/zr9T8zb3JE— LFC (Liverpool FC) 6th Mar 20:02
What is your favourite goal against @afcbournemouth of recent times? Vote now in our @StanChart Matchday LIVE poll 👇— LFC (Liverpool FC (at 🏠)) 7th Mar 09:56
Let’s get inside the ground early today and all play our part. We have 50 new wavers and will need as many people t… https://t.co/6MO21oS8Pd— SpionKop1906 (Spion Kop 1906) 7th Mar 09:44
Saturday morning at Anfield. https://t.co/Dq32prxgnC— James_Carroll84 (James Carroll) 7th Mar 10:02
The big news ahead of today's fixture is that Alisson Becker is not available for this game, or next week's Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid, due to a muscle injury.
Adrian is therefore set to continue in goal for the Reds after starting at Chelsea in midweek.
Naby Keita has been in training in the build-up, though Jordan Henderson and Xherdan Shaqiri remain sidelined.
Bournemouth could call on Lloyd Kelly but Harry Wilson is ineligible to play against his parent club.
Tale of the tape
Explore the numbers underpinning each side's Premier League season so far...
If you’re at #Anfield for the game against @afcbournemouth today, please don’t forget your Foodbank donations.… https://t.co/rsClSxpHEu— Red_Neighbours (Red Neighbours) 7th Mar 08:01
Memorable strikes, a clean sheet and a BIG performance 💪 When we met @afcbournemouth earlier this season ⚽️ https://t.co/E9BxSuSHbj— LFC (Liverpool FC) 6th Mar 12:15
The manager's view
Catch up with Jürgen Klopp's thoughts ahead of this encounter with our full coverage of his pre-match press conference via YouTube...
Did you know?
Liverpool could set a new record for consecutive home wins in the English top flight today.
Victory over Bournemouth would represent their 22nd in a row at Anfield and create a new benchmark after they equalled the previous best, achieved by the Reds under Bill Shankly.
Every angle of @GWijnaldum's stunning finish against @afcbournemouth last season 🤩🔴 https://t.co/C8LcIBxrOL— LFC (Liverpool FC (at 🏠)) 6th Mar 18:33
How it stands
A reminder of the lay of the land at the top of the Premier League. With Manchester City not in action until Sunday, the Reds could move 25 points ahead by beating the Cherries this afternoon.
🔴 MATCHDAY 🔴 Home. Passion. Belief. Atmosphere. READY 👊 #ThisMeansMore https://t.co/9DTlFAW0BV— LFC (Liverpool FC) 7th Mar 07:18
Back at Anfield
Hello and welcome to our live matchday blog as Liverpool return to Anfield for a Premier League clash with Bournemouth at 12.30pm GMT.
The Reds are looking to bounce back from consecutive away defeats and consolidate their lead at the summit.
Stick with us to follow how it all unfolds.