Wow, what a performance and what a result, just what we needed before the Arsenal game to give the boys a much needed confidence boost.
First things first, I was happy enough with the starting 11. In particular I thought it was a good decision to leave Mane out. Mane is one of our best players obviously but he has been sh*te the last couple of games, sitting this one out will probably do him a world of good.
From minute one we completely bossed them. Our players must have been relieved that they were up against a footballing side today and not aload of yard dogs who sit behind the ball and hoof it. I have a lot of respect for Bournemouth and Howe but we are just on a completely different level to them and there was only ever going to be one winner.
The football was a lot better today. We passed it forward more and we were much quicker too. We looked lethal on the counter, lightning at times. We looked so much quicker and sharper than Bournemouth so maybe all of this rotation is starting to pay off.
Mignolet - had next to nothing to do. Only real chance I can remember Bournemouth having was when Defoe was put clean through. Fortunately he hit the post.
Gomez - I'll have to watch the replays again but I'm pretty sure he was at fault for the Defoe chance. He was out of position to begin with and then he played him on side. That's going from my memory. We were lucky to get away with it but apart from that I don't rememeber him putting a foot wrong and he played well.
Klavan - another great game from rag. The past month or so he has gone about his business very quietly and he has been superb for us in my opinion.
Lovren - he also played very well and it was great to see him get on the score sheet with a very brave diving header. It came shortly after the ref had gave a foul against him for winning the ball by the corner flag with a great slide tackle - bollocks decision from the ref and had Bournemouth scored from if dejan would have got slaughtered like he did in the Derby. Well played lad.
Robertson - much better today after a quiet game in midweek. Defended great and was always giving an option out wide.
Henderson - prepare yourselves. Are you all ready? Ok.....I actually thought he played very well today and he was a contender for motm. Straight away minute 1 he's looking forward with the ball. Within the first 5-10 mins he must have started three or four chances off for us and put Bournemouth on the back foot releasing our front three with good passes. He too defended well and covered a lot of ground today. Couldn't fault him. Excellent performance.
Wijnaldum - it was a typical Gini performance where he does a lot of work that goes unnoticed, even if it's just positioning himself so the opposition can't play through us.
Ox - he has come on leaps and bounds now. Full of confidence and it was another good performance from him. It looked to me like he was playing for a shirt next week against Arsenal. That tackle he did in the second half where he raced towards ibe, slides in and wins the ball, takes one or two on and then gets his shot off was just superb. He was unlucky with a couple of other chances too.
Coutinho - motm because of his world class quality. Breaks the deadlock with an amazing solo goal taking the piss out of half their team, hits the bar with a free kick, crosses the ball for firminos goal to make it 4-0. He's just a magician I love watching him play football.
Salah - he is just a menace. Doesn't give the opposition a minutes peace. He's so quick, he can dribble and he can score. Brilliant again today.
Firmino - again, a typical bobby performance, tracked back and won the ball for us constantly, great bit of play to keep the all in for lovrens header and he even got on the score sheet with a great header of his own.
It was a fantastic win today and it was one of those games where everybody played well. It was a brilliant team performance.
Well done reds, excellent win.