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AFC Bournemouth 0-4 Liverpool: 5 Talking Points

Sumedh Pande
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Liverpool found their marauding stride against Bournemouth

Score: AFC Bournemouth 0-4 Liverpool

Goal scorers: Philippe Coutinho 20', Dejan Lovren 26', Mohammad Salah 44', Roberto Firmino 66' 

Liverpool returned to winning ways with a thumping 4-0 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. Three points against the Cherries meant that Liverpool are back among the Champions League spots whereas the loss has left Bournemouth just one point above the relegation zone. 

Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring for Liverpool with a brilliant solo run. Dejan Lovren doubled the lead with a brave header while Mohammad Salah capped his customary goal in every game to give the Reds a 3-0 halftime lead. Roberto Firmino put the icing on the cake and ended any hopes of a come back for the home side. 

Without wasting further time, let's head right into the 5 talking points that emerged from Liverpool's humbling of Bournemouth: 

#5 Jordan Henderson's redemption night 

AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool - Premier League
Henderson delivered a captain's performance

After being rested against Everton the other week, a lot had been said about Henderson's absence in the starting lineup. Jurgen Klopp had to defend his team's captain in his press conferences to remind his captain's influence on the team. The midfielder failed to impress against the Baggies (so did the entire team) but got on the act against Bournemouth. 

Last night, Henderson looked energetic and started the game brilliantly. His passing was imperious and he often took one touch less than usual to move the proceedings forward. Playing alongside Georginio Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Henderson got more opportunities to move forward and showed his true qualities of a box to box midfielder. 

Henderson made the second most passes by a Liverpool player and had a 90% passing accuracy. This performance will give his confidence a world of good as Liverpool need its senior players to put their foot down and take control of the situation when needed.

Jordan Henderson is one of them and though he has not done that effectively on a consistent basis, his performance against Bournemouth can be taken as a fine start.

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Sumedh Pande
An avid Premier League watcher with specialization in transfer news and post match analysis. Follow European and Indian football with minute attention with one eye on the world of cricket.
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