Liverpool return to top four with rout of Bournemouth

Mohamed Salah

GETTY Liverpool were toothless in front of goal against West Brom yesterday

He said: "He's a Liverpool player right now and he's doing really well for us".

Liverpool put in a brilliant performance at the Vitality Stadium as goals from Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino helped them back into the top four ahead of their trip to the Emirates to face Arsenal on Friday night.

The Reds were looking to end a two-game winless run in the Premier League following successive stalemates with Everton and West Brom at Anfield.

"The front four have been on fire ..."

United's former West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku scored his 15th goal of the season in the 27th minute by heading home Marcus Rashford's left-wing cross. "But after their goal we controlled the game again".

Coutinho's goal was the highlight. If they struggle, like maybe nobody with their quality has struggled before, then someone should be there to use it, but I don't see it.

Lovren made it 2-0 with a diving header from close range after Rorberto Firmino flicked the ball back into the Bournemouth 18-yard box. The Brazilian raced down the left and used teammate Andrew Robertson as a decoy before cutting inside past two players and squeezing a shot inside the post to make it 1-0 after 20 minutes. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Ings also struck the post for the visitors in the second half.

Klopp's energetic side had been dominant but eased off before half-time and Bournemouth - who lost Josh King to injury in the 31st minute - would have punished them had Jermain Defoe's 39th-minute effort not come back off the post.

"I'm not here to celebrate my squad", he added.

"I think we deserved the win".

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said his players "were well off it". "We were flat today for whatever reason, we never got going".

Liverpool's victory was so effortless as to render the final 15 minutes devoid of nearly any intensity, and this above all will prove Howe's chief concern amid demoralising defeat. "But we have to be consistently good because we are Liverpool - that's what we have to learn".

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