Liverpool ended a tough run of games with a convincing win at home to Bournemouth, thanks to goals from their much lauded front three.
Sadio Mane opened the scoring in the first half, with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino joining the party in the second. Anfield was in a celebratory mood thanks to Liverpool’s exploits in Europe, where they face Roma in the semi-finals of the Champions League later this month.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes that there’s no reason the opposition he faced here can’t go on to win it.
“Without a doubt, I think they can win [the Champions League]. I think, having beat Manchester City, they can go into every game believing they can do it.”
Mane’s goal came from a well-delivered Jordan Henderson cross but Salah’s header, which he nodded over Asmir Begovic, came from an even better delivery from 19-year-old right back Trent Alexander-Arnold.
“I think we have all seen him grow, all together.” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp of his young full back.
“You see the games, you see the performances. Because [Nathaniel] Clyne was injured, he was one of two options we had. We never thought about bringing in another full back.
“It was an outstanding cross for the goal.”
Firmino rounded off a perfect week for Liverpool with the third and the win made their position in the top four a little more comfortable.
Bournemouth struggled to get into the game and though his side sit 11th in the table, Howe insists they are not out of trouble yet.
“Everything is to play for. As I’ve said all along, we’re in a relegation battle until we’re safe,” he said.
“The players are aware and there will be no let-up from our side with a massive game [against Manchester United] coming up.”
The Bournemouth boss believes Saturday’s opposition have improved since last season and believes they are one of the best sides in the division and in Europe.
“This was a difficult game, full credit to Liverpool,” he added.
“Comparing them to last season, they have really improved and grown as a team. They’ve shown that in the Premier League and Champions League. They are a very tough team to play against.”
His side host Manchester United on Wednesday as a number of teams make up their games in hand in a busy week of Premier League action.
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