Liverpool faced off against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium earlier tonight as they looked to secure a good result on the road in the EFL Cup. The Reds made a decent start to the game and scored the opening goal in the 31st minute when Cody Gakpo found the back of the net. Jurgen Klopp‘s men went into the half-time break with a 1-0 advantage.
Justin Kluivert equalised for the home team in the 64th minute. However, Darwin Nunez restored Liverpool’s lead just six minutes later. The contest finished with the Merseyside club securing a narrow 2-1 win on the road.
Let’s take a look at how each Liverpool player performed during the clash against the Cherries.
GK: Caoimhin Kelleher – 7.5/10
Kelleher made a handful of solid saves at the back and did well to limit the opposition from scoring more than once tonight.
RB: Joe Gomez – 6.5/10
He kept a good shape at the back and made one impressive run with the ball.
CB: Joel Matip – 7/10
Matip gave a good account of himself on the defensive end of the field and was a decent presence on the ball.
CB: Jarrell Quansah – 7/10
He cleared his lines when needed and made two good runs with the ball.
LB: Kostas Tsimikas – 6.5/10
Tsimikas performed his defensive duties well but made just one key chance going forward.
CM: Harvey Elliott – 7/10
The English talent was a positive influence at both ends of the field.
CM: Wataru Endo – 6.5/10
He anchored the midfield well and made one driving run with the ball.
CM: Curtis Jones – 6.5/10
Jones earned the ball back twice and was a decent presence in the opponent’s half.
RW: Mohamed Salah – 7/10
He was a constant menace in the final third but there was no goal for him.
ST: Cody Gakpo – 8/10
The Dutch attacker was not shy of having a strike at goal and managed to score the opener in the 31st minute.
LW: Dominik Szoboszlai – 6/10
He worked his socks off but lacked quality in front of the Bournemouth goal.
ST: Darwin Nunez – 7.5/10
Nunez came off the bench and won the game for Liverpool in the 70th minute.
CM: Alexis Mac Allister – 6/10
He added some energy to Klopp’s midfield.
RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7/10
Alexander-Arnold came on and picked up an assist.
CM: Ryan Gravenberch – 6/10
He had a couple of strikes at goal.
ST: Diogo Jota – 6/10
Jota made one good chance in the final third.