“Klopp Upset: Díaz Lucky, Liverpool’s Easy Decision”

Liverpool forward Diogo Jota made a big impact against Bournemouth in the continued absence of Mohamed Salah. Meanwhile, Luis Diaz was lucky to escape injury.

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Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth // Two goals each from Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez in the second half against Bournemouth helped Liverpool beat Andreoni Ireola’s side. This moved them five points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Since Liverpool played hard in the first half, a goal-filled second 45 minutes seemed unlikely. But Jota helped break the pattern of play by producing a number of decisive touches which left Bournemouth stopper Neto in the nick of time.

Jurgen Klopp was unhappy with his team’s early performance, but Liverpool recovered from a poor performance at the beginning and end of the first half, with Alisson Becker ultimately left with little to do between the sticks. Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate kept the in-form Dominic Solanke quiet and the hosts had little hope of scoring.

Here are three moments picked by Liverpool.com from the Reds’ 4-0 win over Bournemouth. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City now sit five points behind the Reds, although the Etihad side have a game in hand.

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Diogo Jota is a sensational footballer. Liverpool needed a breakthrough, it was the Portugal striker who assisted the opener and he then scored two goals with a brilliant finish.

Of course, Nunez deserves credit for his two goals too, and others played their parts too, including Alexis McAllister, who was excellent, but it was Jota whose contribution stood above the rest. His ability to score goals out of nowhere and remain calm under pressure to deliver the perfect pass is invaluable.

Even when Mohamed Salah returns from representing Egypt at AFCON, the situation will still be the same. As Liverpool attempt to win a quadruple this season, Jota will need to stay fit – not something he always manages to do – as this is the Reds’ best chance to really make progress on all fronts .

When Salah returns, Jota will need to be in the line-up as regularly as possible. It was the latest proof of why team selection decisions should be easy for the foreseeable future. It was Jota’s first start since injury but it certainly didn’t look like it.

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This was not Harvey Elliott’s best performance to date. With Dominic Szoboszlai soon to return from injury, this was the England U21 international’s chance to make his mark on the team, but that didn’t exactly happen.

Elliott will have more opportunities from the start – and he has proven extremely useful as an impact option – but he is a bit lost here. Possession was wasted on a few isolated occasions and their attacking play did not have its usual rhythm.

There is nothing to worry about but Liverpool will aim to improve in midweek against his former team Fulham. It remains to be seen whether Szoboszlai has returned in that time frame, but Ryan Gravenberch is faring no better at the moment as his progress at Anfield continues to be slow.

The challenge on Luis Diaz, which was swiftly checked and cleared by VAR, Paul Tierney, was a poor challenge. The Colombian forward was hit by Justin Kluivert, but officials ruled that the tackle, which left the stud on the Liverpool man’s shin, did not merit a red card. He was lucky to escape injury.

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Due to the foul not being decided in real time, on-field referee Andy Madley could not award a yellow. Jurgen Klopp was absolutely furious at the fourth official, Graham Scott, on several occasions, but it was he who caused the most anger.

You only have to compare Kluivert’s tackles to Spurs’s Curtis Jones to see why people are so frustrated with the implementation of technology. Ultimately, you can argue the case for red or non-red either way on occasion, but this is where sustainability becomes an issue. This is a problem that no technology can fix.

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