EPL: Liverpool recovers to beat Bournemouth
LIVERPOOL: Liverpool recovered from consecutive losses and conceding the opening goal on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Bournemouth move on to three wins to finish a 30-year wait for the Premier league Title.
Callum Wilson's controversial first game sent shock waves around Anfield after a series of three losses in four games in all competitions.
However, the prolific duo of Mohamed Salah & Sadio Mane quickly turned the game around & a heroic goal-line clearance from James Milner in the second half he secured the victory to open an advantage of 25 points at the top of the table.
Jurgen Klopp's decision to make seven changes for Tuesday's 2-0 defeat at Chelsea in the FA Cup had been questioned as Liverpool lost the chance to build some momentum heading into a big week.
Atletico Madrid visit fortress Anfield in the Champions League on Tuesday hoping to defend a 1-0 first leg lead & despite the enormity of that clash, Klopp only rested Andy Robertson although first-choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker was also sidelined by a hip injury.
The spread of coronavirus could have a big impact on the Reds' title celebrations in the weeks to come with the possibility of games being played behind closed doors. But the abandonment of the normal pre-match ritual of handshakes was the only disruption to the Premier league calendar this weekend.
Liverpool 's dip in form has coincided with a lack of clean sheets for Klopp's men after a run of 10 in 11 league games between early December & mid-February.
The hosts' baseline was violated again after only nine minutes, although Klopp was furious that VAR did not intervene to reject the goal.
Joe Gomez was knocked off balance by Wilson to start the move & the Bournemouth striker then had the simple task of tapping home Jefferson Lerma's cross.
The defeat leaves the cherries still in the last three. They were left to regret without having an even brighter start when substitute goalkeeper Adrian turned Nathan Ake's powerful header.
Bournemouth played a large part in their own downfall & settled Liverpool 's nerves when substitute Jack Simpson gifted possession to Mane in a dangerous position. Despite a poor pass from the Senegalese, Salah steered the ball into the bottom corner to mark his 100th Premier league appearance for the club in style.
Eight minutes later, Liverpool led when Bournemouth again gave the ball away cheaply. Virgil van Dijk released Mane in behind & he kept his cool to slot into the far corner.
The elected champion still needed a brilliant authorization from Milner to secure all three points as he ran back to clear Ryan Fraser's balloon over the stranded Adrian in the hour.
Wilson & Ake also passed up a huge chance to level in the final minute.
However, Liverpool could easily have had more goals themselves. Mane curled a brilliant long-range effort off the bar & Roberto Firmino fired over with a glorious chance for his first league goal at Anfield this season.