Liverpool sweep aside Bournemouth to reclaim top spot

Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League with a composed display at Anfield that sent Bournemouth to an eighth successive away defeat

Mohammad Salah

Liverpool regained the initiative in the Premier League title race as they moved three points clear of Manchester City with a 3-0 win over Bournemouth at Anfield.

City had started the day top of the pile on goal difference but Jurgen Klopp’s men put on a masterclass of attacking football to ease back to the summit.

Sadio Mane netted for the fourth game running and Georginio Wijnaldum lobbed home a delicious second before Mohamed Salah finished sweetly after a sensational assist by Roberto Firmino.

It was a timely response from Liverpool who had been held to back-to-back draws in the Premier League to allow City back into the hunt. Manchester City can, however, move back level on points with the Reds with a win over Chelsea on Sunday.

Bournemouth made a decent start and Ryan Fraser’s effort tested Alisson inside four minutes, but Liverpool were soon in their stride. James Milner provided the ammunition down the right on 24 minutes, delivering a fantastic ball that was thumped home by Mane.

Salah fluffed his lines three minutes later from Wijnaldum’s square ball but it was soon to be 2-0. Liverpool’s midfield general, Wijnaldum, burst into the box and produced a marvellous finish to lob an effort over Cherries ‘keeper Artur Boruc and into the far corner.

Bournemouth were finished off just after the break when Firmino produced one of the assists of the season to spot Salah in his wing-mirrors. The Egyptian seized upon the perfect flick and curled a fantastic effort into the corner for his 17th Premier League goal of the season.