A controversial winner from Christian Benteke was enough for Liverpool to seal back to back victories in the opening two matches of English Premier League 2015-16. This was Liverpool’s first match of the season at Anfield.
A.F.C. Bournemouth played their first ever away match in Premier League at Anfield and the atmosphere was amazing.
Liverpool was unchanged from the side that faced stoke City on the opening game-week.
Here are the lineups from both teams:
Liverpool Starting XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Skrtel, Gomez, Henderson, Milner, Coutinho, Lallana, Ibe, Benteke
Liverpool Subs: Bogdan, Toure, Firmino, Moreno, Can, Origi, Ings
Bournemouth Starting XI: Boruc, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie, O’Kane, Surman, Gradel, King, Wilson.
Bournemouth Subs: Federici, Smith, Distin, Mings, Gosling, Pugh, Tomlin.
Bournemouth started the match very positively and Liverpool looked clueless on occasions.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe saw a Tommy Elphick effort from a corner disallowed after five minutes as the referee saw the defender fouling Dejan Lovren. Elphick rose above Dejan Lovren to head home from a corner, but the Bournemouth captain was deemed to have impeded the Croatian defender in climbing for the ball, prompting referee Craig Pawson to award Liverpool a free-kick.
The disallowed goal was the start of controversies as Liverpool took a lead in the match thanks to another controversial decision.
Starting from an offside position, Philippe Coutinho had made an unsuccessful bid to connect with the ball delivered by Jordan Henderson before it reached new signing Christian Benteke, which appeared to influence the decision-making of Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc.
Under new rules introduced for the 2015-16 season, Coutinho should have been flagged for offside, but the goal was allowed to stand.
Bournemouth had good spells in the match few times with Matt Ritchie looking dangerous with powerful long shots, one of those denied by the outside of the post.
The biggest blow to Liverpool was just after half time as captain Jordan Henderson was taken off due to a knock as Emre Can replaced him.
Roberto Firmino And Alberto Moreno were also introduced later in the match. Alberto Moreno had a brilliant run in the dying minutes of the game but was fouled.
Liverpool was lucky to get all the three points which make them sit at a third position on the table after Manchester City and Leicester City.
But luck won’t be enough next week fo them as they travel to London to face mighty Arsenal.
Here are the highlights of the match: