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Klopp after Liverpool 3-1 Bournemouth Thriller: ‘We found our way back.’

Updated: Aug 20, 2023

In an eventful encounter at Anfield, Liverpool faced off against Bournemouth in a Premier League clash that resulted in a 3-1 victory for the home team.

Despite a challenging start that saw summer signing Alexis Mac Allister receiving a red card in his debut home match for Liverpool, the Reds demonstrated their strength by outplaying Bournemouth in an exciting match.

Bournemouth managed to find the net early on, with Antoine Semenyo capitalising on a possession loss by Liverpool to score within three minutes. However, Jurgen Klopp's squad quickly found their rhythm in a fast-paced first half, netting two goals within an eight-minute interval.

Luis Diaz restored parity for the Reds with an impressive volleyed finish, expertly controlling Diogo Jota's well-placed low cross. The momentum continued as Dominik Szoboszlai won a penalty after a challenge by Joe Rothwell at the corner of the 18-yard box.

Although Bournemouth's Neto initially parried Mohamed Salah's penalty kick before the Egyptian forward quickly reacted to and slotted home the rebound.

Despite the setback of Mac Allister's red card, Liverpool's 10-man team secured their victory when Szoboszlai's low shot was deflected by Neto, allowing Jota to score from close range and seal the match with a final score of 3-1.

'We found our way back into' the match

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told Sky Sports after the victory on Merseyside: "Horrible start. Horrible start to the game. I thought the first goal we conceded was offside and a wake-up call. OK, you take that. And then a minute later we conceded a regular goal which is not cool. We needed a few minutes to shake it off and then we were really good.

“We scored two goals which was really good. The second half it changed completely because all of a sudden we were 10 men but scored the third goal, which is very important at this moment. It gave us energy. It is the second match day and tough. It was surprisingly hot today so it was really intense for the boys but we fought through that and didn't concede any more, got the three points and that is all that I need.

"Of course, it should not happen and we will speak about it and hopefully not do it again [the poor start]. It gave the opposition a massive boost and they started super front-footed. When we found our way into the game we played in areas we had to play and we were calm, which is good. I said after Chelsea, after we conceded I saw us getting into a rush. I did not see that today. We found our way back into it and played the game we wanted. We scored two and had more chances. After 58 minutes the red card and after that, it was tough for both teams, but for sure the team with a man less.

"I saw the red card back and for sure we have to talk about it. I understand 100% how it looks for a ref in that moment but when you see it back it is the inside of the foot and no power behind it. It is not ruthless, it just mis-hit the ball and then hit slightly the shin of the other player. We saw harsher challenges which were not a red card and this shouldn't have been. I don't know exactly what we have to do, but we should talk about it again."

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