Last night brought some much needed relief to Liverpool Football Club. After suffering back to back humiliations in recent weeks, being knocked out of UEFA Champions League, pressure was sky high on Brendan Rodgers. However, after a superb win in the Capital One Cup, the Merseyside Club showed some glimpses of last season as well. It was a scintillating 3-1 victory over championship side Bournemouth and it was well deserved as well.
Here are 3 things which we learned from Bournemouth 1-3 Liverpool.
Sterling looks Brilliant as a Centre Forward:
It was the 2nd time in a row where Brendan Rodgers opted to go with Raheem Sterling as his main man upfront. And after missing several glorious chances against Manchester United on Sunday, the young English Winger took his chances this time. Sterling has a superb match in which he run riot over the Cherries defense. His 2 goals helped Liverpool to manage an easy victory. His off the ball movement was brilliant as usual. So with his pace and agility, if he can continue his current form, Raheem Sterling can be a lethal striker for Liverpool in the coming years.
Defensive Woes Persists:
In a match against second tier side Bournemouth, the defense of Liverpool looks shaky as usual. This match could have given us an altogether different outcome had the Cherries striker Wilson took his chance in the 3rd minute. Brad Jones, who was selected for out of form Simon Mignolet looks rusty as well. The Aussie Goalie played a huge part in Bournemouth’s only goal committing a howler in the process. Dejan Lovren who made his high money move from Southampton to Liverpool in the summer once again had a pretty poor match. So going into a tough fixture against Arsenal, Brendan Rodgers needs to sort his defensive woes otherwise it could be yet another defeat for the Merseyside Club.
Markovic deserves Starting XI spot:
Since after making his move in summer, Lazar Markovic has suffered intense criticism for not living up to its high price tag. The 20 year old Serbian is now playing back that criticism a bit with some really good showings. And last night was his best 90 minutes on the pitch for the Merseyside Club. After playing a huge part in Liverpool’s opener, he then scored an impressive goal for himself. So Liverpool, who are having trouble with selecting appropriate offensive players this season, should give him a chance against Wenger’s Arsenal to play for full 90 minutes.
Full Time: Bournemouth – Liverpool: 1-3
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