Bournemouth vs Liverpool result, highlights and analysis as Mohamed Salah misses penalty in shock defeat
Bournemouth provided a significant boost to their Premier League survival hopes and dented Liverpool’s top-four aspirations with a 1-0 win at the Vitality Stadium.
Philip Billing’s first-half goal capped a committed performance from Gary O’Neil’s men, though they were given a major helping hand when Mohamed Salah missed a second-half penalty.
Victory moved the hosts off the foot of the table and out of the relegation zone, while their opponents missed a chance to leapfrog Tottenham into fourth.
The Reds’ showing came as a particular shock a week on from their 7-0 demolition of Manchester United and proved that there are plenty of twists and turns to come in the race for Champions League qualification.
Liverpool’s biggest problem exposed again
Liverpool had recently brought themselves back into the top-four conversation thanks to a five-game unbeaten run in the Premier League.
But it says everything that three of the four wins claimed during that sequence of results came while playing at Anfield.
Klopp’s men have still won just three league away games all season, a woeful record extended by losing to the team propping up the division today.
The inconsistency of Tottenham and Newcastle United means their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League are far from over, of course, but they will surely have to show some improvement on the road.
Reds’ penalty jinx continues
Liverpool had somehow gone 33 Premier League games without winning a penalty prior to John Brooks pointing to the spot in the second half of this game.
That is a remarkable record for a team who spends so much time in the opposition box, though they were somewhat fortunate to get this one thanks to Adam Smith’s flailing arm inadvertently meeting the ball.
However, that decision did not mark an end to the Reds’ spot-kick pain, with Salah subsequently shanking uncharacteristically wide to let the hosts off the hook.
Perhaps the Egyptian was simply out of practice from the spot, but the wait for a successful Liverpool penalty is destined to go on.
Bournemouth back in the fight
Every time a new team has fallen to the bottom of the Premier League, there has been a temptation to suggest that their hopes of survival are over.
But in winning here, Bournemouth showed the folly of that thinking, and proved that there are plenty of teams above them who should be looking over their shoulders.
Now, just six points separate the club’s new bottom team, Southampton, and Crystal Palace way up in 12th place.
No side between that pair should feel like they are safe from the threat of relegation this season.
Bournemouth vs. Liverpool as it happened, highlights
FINAL: Bournemouth 1-0 Liverpool
FULLTIME: The whistle sounds and the Vitality Stadium absolutely erupts. That’s a huge three points for Bournemouth in their bid to stave off relegation.
90th min (+4): Gakpo lets a ball bounce over his shoulder and gets a powerful effort away, but it’s just over the bar.
90th min: Five minutes to be added on.
87th min: A final roll of the dice for Liverpool, with Fabio Carvalho replacing Stefan Bajcetic.
80th min: Changes for Bournemouth as Fredericks, Cook and Semenyo replace Lerma, Smith and Solanke.
Can the Cherries see this out and claim a massive three points?
75th min: Solanke rolls Konate and the Frenchman can only bring him down to receive a deserved booking.
69th min: MISS! Mohamed Salah to take…. WELL WIDE!
What a let-off for Bournemouth, the Egyptian has absolutely shanked that one. It remains 1-0.