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EPL 2016/17: Liverpool 2-2 Bournemouth, 5 Talking Points

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Modified 06 Apr 2017
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#2 Afobe and King prove to be a menace

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 05: Joshua King of AFC Bournemouth (L) celebrates scoring his sides second goal with his AFC Bournemouth team mates during the Premier League match between Liverpool and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on April 5, 2017 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Benik Afobe and Joshua King scored the goals for Bournemouth

Bournemouth started the match on the back foot as Liverpool made a quick start and Firmino took an early crack at goal. However, former Arsenal youth player Benik Afobe constantly pressed the Liverpool defence at every opportunity and this led to some risky footwork from Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet as the Cherries striker closed in on him.

His persistence paid off as he pounced on a poor back pass from Georginio Wijnaldum and tucked it away to put Bournemouth in front and underlined Liverpool’s sloppiness when playing against lower league opposition. This was Wijnaldum’s second error leading to goal after committing another error against Leicester City in February.

Ragnar Klavan, who came in for Joel Matip, was dodgy for most of the first-half, as was most of the team. He was outmuscled and outrun by Josh King, whose shot on the run went just wide of the goal.

After Liverpool had a sustained spell of control in the second-half and scored as well, King equalised for the Cherries late into the game by turning away from Klavan from a tight spot and buried the ball into the net. Both Afobe and King had a good game as their constant pressure and persistence fetched Bournemouth a point.

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Published 06 Apr 2017, 08:38 IST
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