Bournemouth, March 11: After losing 9-0 at Liverpool earlier this season, Bournemouth got some payback in the Premier League on Saturday.
Bournemouth halted Liverpool’s recent momentum with a 1-0 home win to boost their hopes of staving off relegation and deal a blow to the visitors’ hopes of earning a top-four spot.
Philip Billing scored the only goal in the 28th minute after being teed up in the box by Dango Ouattara and Bournemouth managed to contain a Liverpool attack that had looked rampant in a stunning 7-0 win over Manchester United last weekend.
Mohamed Salah missed a penalty for Liverpool in the 70th, sending his effort wide of the goal, while Virgil van Dijk had an early header cleared off the line. But it was a surprisingly tame performance from a Liverpool team that had looked like they were finally getting back to their best after four wins and a draw in its last five games.
That run that had seen Jurgen Klopp’s team move up to fifth place in the standings after a dismal first half of the season, and a win over Bournemouth would have put Liverpool above fourth-place Tottenham on goal difference ahead of Spurs’ game at Nottingham Forest later.
Bournemouth started the day in last place but the win lifted them provisionally up to 16th in the tight battle against relegation. The team was coming off a 3-2 loss at leader Arsenal last weekend, when they led 2-0 but conceded the last goal in the seventh minute of stoppage time, but seemed to have shaken off both that defeat and the 9-0 drubbing at Anfield in August — which equalled the biggest winning margin in Premier League history.
Liverpool forward Cody Gakpo had the team’s last chance for an equalizer in stoppage time but missed the target after a long ball into the box from goalkeeper Alisson.
It was only Bournemouth’s second league win in their last 10 games. (AP)