Goals: Bournemouth – Liverpool – Played on 03/11/ 2023
Liverpool returned to the spiral of negative results, falling to Bournemouth, with a clean goal, on Saturday evening, in the opening of the twenty-seventh round of the English Premier League.
Philip Billing scored the only goal of the match in the 28th minute.
And Liverpool became vulnerable to losing fifth place, after its balance was frozen at 42 points in fifth place, by a point against sixth Newcastle, while Bournemouth raised its balance to 24 points in sixteenth place temporarily.
Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp relied on the 4-3-3 method of play, as Ibrahima Konati played alongside Virgil Van Dyck deep in the back line, with the support of the full-backs Trent Alexander Arnold and Andy Robertson, and Fabinho played the role of the pivot player, and Stefan Paisic and Harvey Elliott moved in front of him. , behind the attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Cody Jacobo, and Darwin Nunez.
For his part, Bournemouth coach Gary O’Neill resorted to the 4-4-1-1 method of play, where the back line consisted of Adam Smith, Jack Stephens, Marcus Senesi, and Lloyd Kelly, and Jefferson Lerma was stationed with Philip Billing in the middle of the field, with the support of the invaders, Dango Ouattara. and Jadon Anthony, while Joe Rothwell moved around striker Dominic Solanke.
The first serious chance of the match came in the fifth m inute when Jakobo received a ball from Elliott to pass it to Salah, but the latter shot recklessly, and goalkeeper Neto picked up his attempt.
A minute later, right-back Alexander Arnold took a corner kick, and Van Dyck’s head reached it, who followed it out of the goalkeeper’s reach, but Lerma also headed it away from the goal line.
The referee canceled a goal scored by Jakobo for offside in the 13th minute, then the next minutes passed quietly until the hosts managed to open the scoring in the 28th minute when Ouattara van Dyck passed before passing in front of the goal to Billing, who followed it up with one touch in the net.
Liverpool struggled to pose a threat to the Bournemouth goal and waited until the 41st minute, when the referee awarded him a free kick, which Robertson executed towards the penalty area, to be followed by Van Dyck’s header next to the near post.
Bournemouth came close to scoring a second goal in the 41st minute, when a cross from Smith reached Sensi, who skillfully controlled the ball, before passing it to Solanki, who shot from a narrow-angle over the goal.
Liverpool made a substitution between half-time, through which Diogo Jota entered instead of Elliott, and the Portuguese international launched the ball in a counterattack, past defender Smith, before firing a shot that was ably saved by the goalkeeper in the 49th minute.
Billing executed a free kick for Bournemouth towards the far post, Sensi threw himself in front of it, but his attempt passed near the post in the 60th minute.
The referee awarded a penalty kick in favor of Liverpool, after a touch of a hand on Smith when he tried to block Jota’s header, and Salah executed the ball, but he toppled it by the goal in the 69th minute.
Liverpool seemed confused after missing the penalty kick, and also struggled a lot to block Bournemouth’s counterattacks, and Anthony broke out from the left, before passing to substitute Christie, who shot from a narrow-angle, but goalkeeper Alisson Becker blocked the ball in the 83rd minute.