After a relatively poor period of form, which saw them lose their position at the top of the table, Liverpool were hoping to bounce back against a Bournemouth side who had recently seen off top four hopefuls Chelsea 4-0.
And boy did they bounce.
Sadio Mane opened the scoring in the 24th minute with his fourth consecutive goal before Georginio Wijnaldum marked his return with a delightful lob (34) and talisman Mohamed Salah completed the victory with a trademark left-footed finish after a silky assist from Roberto Firmino (48).
Plaudits were deservedly out for Georginio Wijnaldum who showed just why the squad had been missing him all this time.
His audacious lobbed effort from close range will easily go down as one of the most watchable goals of Liverpool’s season, and his dynamic efforts in the centre of midfield filled the void that Klopp had evidently found so hard to replace.
However, as good as Wijnaldum was, we should also recognise the tremendous work from unsung hero midfield rock Fabinho.
The Brazilian (now rated at £36m by Transfermarkt) was absolutely everywhere at the weekend, operating in his more natural defensive midfield role after spending some time in defence, and showed exactly why Liverpool invested in him in the first place.
His distribution was near perfect, displaying an array of short and long passes, allowing for his side to fluidly transition from defence into attack, and his ability to predict and breakup Bournemouth’s offensive movements was admirable.
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