Liverpool set English record after beating Bournemouth at Anfield

Jack Simpson of Bournemouth battles with Mohamed Salah of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on March 7, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Liverpool took another significant step towards winning the Premier League title and bounced back from consecutive defeats by beating Bournemouth 2-1 at Anfield. 

The struggling visitors stunned the home fans when Callum Wilson opened the scoring after just nine minutes, profiting from VAR’s decision not to penalise him for an apparent push on Joe Gomez.

Mohamed Salah calmed the growing nerves, however, when he latched onto Sadio Mane’s pass, twisted onto his left foot and fired inside Aaron Ramsdale’s near post. Mane, himself, got the winner just past the half hour mark when he seized onto Virgil van Dijk’s slide rule pass and sent an unerring finish into the far corner.

Liverpool survived some nervy moments in the second half, most notably when James Milner was forced into making a desperate goalline clearance from Ryan Fraser’s lob, but the victory represented a 22nd consecutive league win at Anfield, an all-time English top-flight record.

Reacting to setting a new benchmark which was previously held by the Liverpool team managed by the legendary Bob Paisley, current Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said: “We will never compare that with fella. “We didn’t think about the number before the game but after we can. It’s special, but we have to fight hard.”Having surrendered their 44-game unbeaten Premier League run at Watford last weekend, before crashing out of the FA Cup in midweek following a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea, Klopp was delighted his side ended a mini-slump by holding on against Bournemouth.

Liverpool will now concentrate on overturning a 1-0 deficit in their Champions League last 16 tie against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday and Klopp was pleased to see his team exhibit their battling qualities ahead of the visit of Diego Simeone’s side to Anfield.

“I know what the boys are able to do, but I am not the one that is playing, they are,” he said. “We have said before, confidence is not something that you get, put in your pocket and keep for the rest of your life. It comes and goes. “You need that feeling where things work out. “You have to fight hard, that’s always the main thing to do, but we have 82 points now, which is really nice. We have to carry on fighting. Give everyone a proper fight and that’s what we did today.”

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