In what felt like a low key affair in the build up to the game, Liverpool easily got the job done against Bournemouth today. At almost no point in the game did anything other than a home win look on the cards, and a routine three points proved inevitable.
Unsurprisingly, it was a pleasing day for Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp.
“The boys did fantastic”, Klopp told BT Sport, as reported by BBC Sport. “It was a brilliant game. Bournemouth are confident and usually play more football than they could today because our pressing was outstanding.
“We scored fantastic goals, although it took a bit too long for the second but we second fantastic goals. The last 10-15 minutes was intense but it was the perfect manner to play this game.
“There were a few pieces of football that were really good. We gave one or two chances away in the final few minutes and if you give one away it could be a different game. But mostly we controlled it and did really well”.
Klopp was happy to praise a number of players. The manager “really liked Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s performance”, saying that he “looks like a proper midfield player, using his speed and skill in the right moments”.
Furthermore, Liverpool’s young right back was in for praise. “What a week for Trent Alexander-Arnold”, the manager added. “Not long ago he needed a rest after a Premier League game. But now Joe Gomez is out he’s playing every game”
Ultimately, the game proved “a good performance, and very, very, very, very important after an outstanding week”.
Liverpool’s captain Jordan Henderson was also happy with the day’s work, saying that the team “knew Bournemouth would make it difficult”, but he was pleased that “we could have had a few more in the first half”.
“I thought we dominated the game”.
This was always to be a game nobody will remember in three years’ time. The real test will come soon against Roma, but it’s always excellent to see that the side can put in professional days like this.