A shorthanded Liverpool squad convincingly secured a 4-0 win against Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon.
Despite missing key players like Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold, Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota stepped up admirably, collectively scoring four goals in the second half. This impressive victory propels Liverpool five points ahead of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
In a windy encounter on the English south coast on Sunday, both teams faced challenges from the blustering wind and employed a fierce pressing strategy in a cautious and evenly matched first half. The first shot of the game came after 19 minutes, highlighting the challenging conditions.
Despite the persistent wind, Liverpool took control of the match in the second half. Bournemouth’s aggressive pressing backfired within four minutes of the restart.
A quick counter-attack initiated by Ibrahima Konate’s long ball found Curtis Jones, who then set up Jota. Nunez, previously compared unfavorably to Andy Carroll, calmly found the bottom corner, silencing the home fans.
In the 70th minute, Liverpool once again exploited Bournemouth with a direct ball. Nunez, overcoming Illia Zabarnyi’s challenge, played the ball for Cody Gakpo, who then delivered a precise pass to Jota. Despite a narrow angle, Jota skillfully struck the ball into the net off Neto’s near post.
Jota had a momentary lapse when he missed Conor Bradley’s cutback but quickly recovered, connecting with the loose ball and firing a crisp shot beyond Neto.
Nunez sealed his brace in stoppage time, taking advantage of Bournemouth being reduced to ten men due to Max Aarons’ injury. Nunez demonstrated composure, controlling a brilliant half-volley inside the far post.