Liverpool vs Bournemouth – Premier League LIVE: Latest score and updates

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Liverpool return to Premier League action this evening following their European exploits earlier this week.

With their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League secured, attention now turns to consolidating their place in the top four. That means seeing off the challenge of Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth, who have all but guaranteed their Premier League status.

Joel Matip, Emre Can and Adam Lallana are all unavailable for the hosts while Bournemouth will be without defender Adam Smith.

Live Updates

74′ – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain plays Roberto Firmino in on goal but, with only the goalkeeper to beat, the Brazilian dithers on the ball after sitting Asmir Begovic down and his shot at goal is eventually blocked.

 

That should’ve been a third goal for the Reds.

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Sadio Mane dribbles with the ball for Liverpool

 

70′ – Chance!

 

Sadio Mane almost adds a third for Liverpool but his left-footed strike from distance skids just wide of the diving Asmir Begovic’s goal.

GOAL!

GOAL! Liverpool 2-0 Bournemouth (Salah, 69)

Is there anything this lad can’t do?

 

Trent Alexander-Arnold delivers an incredible cross into the box for Mo Salah, who, with his back towards goal, diverts a looping header over the diving Asmir Begovic and into the back of the net.

 

Superb.

67′ – Liverpool appeal for a penalty after Mo Salah goes down in the box following a push by Nathan Ake but the referee, like in the first half, waves play on. 

 

There was certainly contact there but the amount of contact perhaps wasn’t enough to warrant the award of a spot-kick.

62′ – Trent Alexander-Arnold wins the ball back deep inside the Liverpool half and sparks a counter-attack, which ends abruptly when Mo Salah sends a tame shot from distance straight at Asmir Begovic.

 

The Egyptian hasn’t been at his clinical best today, it’s fair to say.

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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and his assistant Jason Tindall watch on from the sidelines

 

58′ – Lys Mousset replaces Jordon Ibe for Bournemouth.

56′ – Virgil van Dijk connects sweetly with a strike from distance but the ball is always rising and flies a good couple of feet over Asmir Begovic’s crossbar.

YELLOW CARD

54′ – Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is booked for a late challenge on Jordon Ibe.

51′ – Fairly slow start to this second half. Liverpool are still enjoying the lion’s share of possession and Bournemouth are going to have to show a little more adventure if they are to get something out of the game.

46′ – We are back underway at Anfield.

Half-time – Liverpool 1-0 Bournemouth

The referee brings an extremely one-sided opening period to a close and Liverpool lead at the break through Sadio Mane’s early opener.

 

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Sadio Mane shoots at goal for Liverpool

 

45′ – We’ll have a minimum of on added minute at the end of this first half.

44′ – Penalty appeal!

 

The hosts want a penalty for handball against Simon Francis but referee Chris Kavanagh waves play on and replays suggest he’s made the right decision.

41′ – Trent Alexander-Arnold’s final ball is so good. He’s delivered a couple of superb crosses already today and might’ve had an assist or two to his name on another afternoon.

35′ – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain lets fly after picking the ball up 25 yards from goal but Steve Cook again makes a good block and the ball bounces behind for a corner, which comes to nothing for the hosts.

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Sadio Mane wheels away after scoring Liverpool’s opener

 

31′ – Liverpool go close again as Mo Salah exchanges a neat one-two with Jordan Henderson on the edge of the box before getting a shot away. Bournemouth defender Steve Cook makes a good challenge though and the ball balloons over the crossbar.

25′ – It looks like Mo Salah’s left his shooting boots at home (he’ll definitely score now I’ve said that).

 

The Egyptian squares up Nathan Ake on the edge of the box before letting fly from 20 yards but his effort is poor and the ball sails well over Asmir Begovic’s crossbar.

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Preview

What time does it start?

The game kicks off 17:30 on Saturday 14 April at Anfield.

Where can I watch it?

The game will be broadcast on BT Sport 1. Live coverage starts at 17:00.

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Liverpool head into the clash on a high (Getty)

Form:

Liverpool: WDWWWL

AFC Bournemouth: DDWLDD

Head to head:

AFC Bournemouth 0-4 Liverpool, Premier League, December 2017

Liverpool 2-2 AFC Bournemouth, Premier League, April 2017

AFC Bournemouth 4-3 Liverpool, Premier League, December 2016

Odds:

Liverpool to win: 2/9

Draw: 5/1

Bournemouth to win: 11/1

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