In a dominant display, Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to five points with a 4-0 victory over Bournemouth. Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez each scored twice, showcasing Liverpool’s attacking prowess.
Nunez opened the scoring in the 49th minute, finishing off a slick Liverpool move. Jota added a second with an assist from substitute Cody Gakpo, and then scored a clinical third. Nunez sealed the win in stoppage time, converting Joe Gomez’s cross.
Liverpool’s impressive performance, despite missing key players like Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Dominik Szoboszlai, highlighted their title-winning potential. However, the victory was marred by a potential injury to Curtis Jones.
Meanwhile, Salah, who is recovering from a back problem sustained in the Africa Cup of Nations, may return to Liverpool for rehabilitation, according to Jurgen Klopp. The extent of Salah’s return is uncertain, but Klopp mentioned the possibility of Salah rejoining Egypt if fit and the team reaches the AFCON final.
Liverpool’s triumph over Bournemouth was part of a successful run without Salah, emphasizing the team’s depth and resilience. The absence of high-profile players did not hinder their performance, with Nunez and Jota stepping up. As Liverpool heads into the EFL Cup semi-final against Fulham with a 2-1 advantage, captain Virgil van Dijk remains cautiously optimistic about the season’s outcome.
Despite Bournemouth’s recent fine form, they were outclassed by Liverpool, with Dominic Solanke unable to make a significant impact. Liverpool’s defensive duo of Van Dijk and Konate controlled the game, limiting Bournemouth’s chances. The Cherries finished the match with 10 men as Max Aarons suffered a hamstring injury. Bournemouth manager Andoni Iraola acknowledged the loss of Aarons as a setback but recognized the team’s progress under his leadership.
Liverpool’s convincing win over Bournemouth, led by standout performances from Jota and Nunez, underscores their strength and depth in the pursuit of the Premier League title. The team’s ability to perform well without key players bodes well for their aspirations, while Bournemouth remains optimistic about their development under manager Iraola despite the defeat.