Liverpool showcased their title credentials with a commanding 4-0 victory over Bournemouth, extending their lead at the top of the Premier League to five points. Despite the absence of key players like Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jurgen Klopp’s side demonstrated their depth and attacking prowess.
In a tightly contested first half, Bournemouth pressed energetically, earning three early corners and making Liverpool uncomfortable. However, Liverpool’s long-ball tactics, orchestrated by Ibrahima Konate, Alexis Mac Allister, and Virgil Van Dijk, eventually shifted the momentum.
The breakthrough came in the 49th minute when Darwin Nunez finished off a slick passing move, scoring his first of two goals. Diogo Jota then took center stage, providing a brilliant second-half display with two clinical finishes in the 70th and 79th minutes.
Jurgen Klopp’s impactful substitution, Cody Gakpo, played a crucial role in setting up Jota for the second goal. Bournemouth faced additional challenges when Max Aarons limped off with a hamstring injury, leaving them with 10 men.
Despite the absence of Salah, currently at the Africa Cup of Nations, Liverpool’s attacking duo of Nunez and Jota showcased their goal-scoring prowess, each contributing two goals. This victory solidifies Liverpool’s position at the top of the league, five points clear of second-placed Manchester City, who have a game in hand.
Klopp’s side is now on a 14-game unbeaten league run and continues to thrive on multiple fronts, with the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Fulham on the horizon. The comprehensive win against Bournemouth reaffirms Liverpool’s determination to clinch the Premier League title this season, despite facing challenges and weathering storms both on and off the pitch.