Written By Kieran Green from the Vitality stadium (@kierlfc12)
Liverpool maintained their unbeaten start in the Premier League after easing to a 3-0 away win against a hapless Bournemouth.
Eddie Howe’s side lost Nathan Ake to injury during the first half and never recovered, looking very sloppy without the towering presence of their Dutch centre half.
Immediately after the injured Ake had been taken off, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring following some great work from Jordan Henderson to pick out his fellow England international.
A Liverpool side that had been heavily rotated by Jurgen Klopp looked relaxed on the ball, and added to their lead just before half time, with Keita slotting away after a dazzling flick from Mohamed Salah split The Cherries makeshift back line.
The away side came out just as strong in a much more exciting second half, with Bournemouth midfielders Lerma and Billing unable to keep up with the pace of the flourishing Reds.
Liverpool predictably added a third, with Keita turning creator to assist Salah for his 63rd Premier League goal. The Egyptian forward now has more goals against Bournemouth than any other PL opposition.
Things just seemed to get worse for the goal-shy Cherries, as Callum Wilson was forced off with an injury ten minutes after Salah had effectively ended the tie.
Despite clean sheets being something of a rarity for Liverpool this season, Klopp’s men controlled the game with confidence and never looked like conceding, with their opponents having been incredibly off the pace from the beginning.
Xherdan Shaqiri and youngster Curtis Jones were introduced to the fray late on, with Sadio Mane and Divock Origi instead rested for upcoming ties in what looks to be a chaotic Christmas period for the Reds.
As the final whistle sounded, Bournemouth’s players trudged off hopelessly, having been given an absolute schooling from the Premier League leaders.
Bournemouth had barely threatened from the first whistle, with the two injuries proving to be a huge catalyst for Liverpool’s absolute dominant today.
The uninspired Cherries are now five games without victory, and look to bounce back against Chelsea next weekend at Stamford Bridge, where they must find their goal scoring touch once more.
Liverpool now turn their attention to their European clash with RB Salzburg in Austria on Wednesday, before beginning a hectic run of fixtures that sees them play three games within a week, culminating in their participation in the Fifa Club World Cup in Qatar.