Liverpool put four past Bournemouth

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 19 Dec 2017 10:50:42



PHILIPPE Coutinho and Mohamed Salah scored fine individual goals as Liverpool moved back into the top four of the Premier League with a ruthless 4-0 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
Coutinho opened the scoring in the 20th minute by slaloming through the right-hand side of Bournemouth’s defence and finding the bottom corner with a composed finish.

Dejan Lovren doubled the lead with a close-range diving header six minutes later and Salah made it 3-0 a minute before half-time by skipping past fullback Charlie Daniels in the right channel and beating goalkeeper Asmir Begovic with a neat left-foot shot.

Coutinho crossed for fellow Brazilian Roberto Firmino to head Liverpool’s fourth in the 66th minute. Salah’s goal was his 20th this season in all competitions and put him two clear of Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane at the top of the Premier League scoring charts on 14.

Liverpool are now unbeaten in nine league matches and have moved up to fourth in the standings, one point ahead of Arsenal, who drop to fifth. Bournemouth have not won in six games in the league and remain 16th, one point above the relegation zone.
“I’m really pleased about pretty much everything,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said. “We knew how Bournemouth can play football if you let them. Our tactical discipline was good.

“We scored a fantastic first goal, forced the second goal, scored a world-class third goal and then the fourth was a fantastic cross and a fantastic header. It was really well-deserved and I enjoyed it.”
Liverpool dominated the match and would have won by a greater margin had Coutinho not seen an 11th-minute free-kick hit the inside of the post and rebound across goal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Ings also struck the post for the visitors in the second half.

West Brom sign Hegazi on permanent deal
WEST Bromwich Albion have made defender Ahmed Hegazi’s loan move from Egyptian side Al Ahly into a permanent deal, keeping him at the Hawthorns until 2022, the Premier League club announced on Monday.
The 26-year-old, who joined West Brom in July, has started in all 18 of their league games this season and has scored one goal—the winner in the season opener against Bournemouth.

“I am very happy with the Club and very happy to be part of this group of players,” Egypt international Hegazi told the club’s website (
“I know the results are not what we would want at the moment. But there is great spirit here and I am sure that we will turn the results in our favour before long.”
West Brom are winless in 16 league games and second bottom with 14 points after two wins, eight draws and eight defeats. They travel to 17th-placed Stoke City on Saturday.