Liverpool put on a second-half clinic to see off Bournemouth in emphatic style, hitting the Cherries for four in Sunday’s late-afternoon kick-off.
The Reds had a difficult first-half, struggling to create anything of note as Bournemouth searched for an opener down the other end.
However, Liverpool quickly turned it on after the break, with Darwin Nunez finishing off a delightful team goal to break the deadlock four minutes into the second half.
Diogo Jota then bagged a clinical brace to give the visitors daylight, before Nunez added to his tally to tie the bow on a superb evening at the Vitality Stadium.
A game that threatened to pose Liverpool an array of problems, Jurgen Klopp’s men were instead able to cruise to victory, extending the Reds’ lead at the top of the table to five points.
Here are five talking points from the contest.
Diogo Jota’s finishing masterclass
Diogo Jota may well be the best finisher at this club.
After a tepid first half, he burst into life after the break, slotting through Darwin Nunez for the opener before bagging not one but two of his own to put the game out of sight.
Both goals were exquisitely taken, firing one into each bottom-corner of Neto’s goal, leaving the Brazilian with no chance.
Today really showed what Jota brings to this team. He can go from being anonymous on the pitch to the difference-maker, having that ability to pop up when you need him most and find a finish.
Alexis Mac Allister shines in the six
Alexis Mac Allister has been forced to operate in the six this season – a role he’s done alright for himself in, considering its far from his natural position.
However, from today’s performance, you would’ve thought he’d been playing as a deep-lying midfielder for decades.
Mac Allister was far and away the best Reds player on the pitch in a drab first half, showing off his passing range and skill while also getting constantly stuck into the challenge.
He continued his fine performance after the break, dictating the play and helping preserve Liverpool’s lead.
A real asset to this team.
More abysmal officiating
Brace for PGMOL apology.
Liverpool were once again victims of an egregious refereeing decision as Justin Kluivert escaped a clear red card in the first half.
Kluivert sunk his studs into the shin of Luis Diaz – a clear red card offence according to the rule book – but the challenge was somehow waved away without caution or any apparent review from VAR.
The Dutch son-of-Patrick was one of Bournemouth’s key threats throughout the 90 minutes – and if he’d scored and impacted the result of the game, it would’ve been a bitter pill to swallow, knowing that he shouldn’t have been on the pitch.
Decent league debut for Conor Bradley
Conor Bradley will be happy with his first Premier League appearance in a Reds shirt.
The youngster, who became the first ever Northern Irishman to play for Liverpool in the league, was defensively sound, always keen to get stuck into the challenge.
However, he was also a threat going forward, having two major opportunities to bag a debut goal.
An encouraging display from a player that could well be the catalyst that moves Trent Alexander-Arnold into midfield on a permanent basis.
Konate ankle trouble
The one potential downside of the afternoon.
Ibrahima Konate looked to be in some discomfort deep into stoppage time after a collision left him holding his ankle.
It looked like he might have twisted it when tussling for the ball – and while he was able to get up and walk/limp it off, he really had no other option, with all of Liverpool’s subs used.
Let’s hope this doesn’t bring about another spell on the sidelines for Konate, who has been so strong this season.