Liverpool 2 Bournemouth 2: Jurgen Klopp's tactical shift backfires as Josh King hits late equaliser

Chris Bascombe
Klopp's gamble was punished by Anfield's visitors - PA

Liverpool must hope their season’s aspirations do not come to be moulded by 18 minutes against Bournemouth. Jürgen Klopp’s side were 3-1 up with 14 minutes left at The Vitality Stadium last December, but somehow managed to lose 4-3.

Here they offered a pale, but damaging imitation by squandering a 2-1 advantage with just four minutes remaining at Anfield, their three centre-backs unable to prevent Josh King turning and drilling past Simon Mignolet for Eddie Howe’s second precious away point of the week.

As on the south coast when Liverpool were still harbouring title rather than top four ambitions, Klopp’s side had only itself to blame.

This time, the manager’s vow to adopt caution in an effort to edge his side to the points tally required to keep the Manchester clubs and Arsenal at bay backfired.

Philippe Coutinho, who joined former Middlesbrough winger Juninho as the highest-scoring Brazilian in English football with his 29th Liverpool goal, was substituted for centre-back Joel Matip. Divock Origi had just headed the home side ahead but the momentum shift the home side had enjoyed since half-time came to a halt.

Bournemouth have twice hurt Liverpool with late goals this season Credit: Rex Features

In fairness to Klopp, Coutinho was ill. The manager explained 25 minutes was too long for substitute Daniel Sturridge and there were not too many options on an inexperienced bench. Liverpool should also have been smarter on the counter-attack when the opportunities for a third goal presented themselves – and Mignolet had little to do – but Bournemouth took confidence in their possession and the edginess in the home ranks was as defining as Steve Cook’s long throw-in and King’s turn and strike.

“We had to change Phil because he felt sick at half-time. He vomited,” explained Klopp. “There is no joy when you have to take off your best player. He played really well. The decision was to organise a little differently, three at the back plus the two in front with Lucas and Emre [Can]. We could have closed the game in one moment, we didn’t, we left it open and then with a second goal after a set-piece there was nearly vomit from me.

Liverpool 0 - 1 Bournemouth (Benik Afobe, 7 min)

“We have to take it. It is my responsibility, all of this. We have lost games like this so maybe we can take this as a positive and say it is one point more.”

Bournemouth opened the scoring when Georginio Wijnaldum underhit a backpass to Mignolet. Benik Afobe pounced and prodded past the Belgian goalkeeper. This typified Bournemouth’s early energy in contrast to Liverpool initial lethargy. Eddie Howe opted for an ambitious 4-4-2 and pushed Liverpool back, forcing sloppy passing along the back four and impatient howls from the home crowd.

Liverpool 1 - 1 Bournemouth (Philippe Coutinho, 40 min)

Klopp, as is often the case in these less glamorous fixtures, was ticking, visibly noting the contrast in mood, tone and volume between this game and the recent visits of Everton, Arsenal and Tottenham. 

Klopp notices every misplaced ball is greeted with more intolerance; he stares, puzzled, at his new Main Stand when a delay in possession provokes a guttural plea to hit the ball skywards.

From one such moment Liverpool equalised. The crowd beseeched Mignolet to hit long and high but the keeper paused and the audience shrieked. Klopp held his arms to his side quizzically. Then Mignolet obliged, Firmino controlled and eased the ball towards Coutinho, and the Brazilian did the rest from close range five minutes before half-time.

Ragnar Klavan sums up the mood at Anfield after a disappointing draw Credit: Reuters

Then Origi stepped up. He is promising in patches, particularly when he moves wide and faces full-backs with a willingness to utilise his pace. That is not often enough.But the youngster headed his side ahead from close range on 58 minutes, benefiting from the strength and skill of Wijnaldum.

Liverpoolwaited for opportunities rather than hunted them, although Howe felt there was more to it than a tactical shake-up.

“The game had obviously changed and we threw caution to the wind,” he said. “It is a good sign for us. When 2-1 down here you have to keep believing and keep the focus that you can score.” Bournemouth are creeping closer to safety; Liverpool glancing nervously at those still too close for comfort.

9:54PM

Full time: Liverpool 2-2 Bournemouth

The referee has seen enough at Anfield and blows the final whistle.

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Full time: Chelsea 2-1 Man City

The final whistle blows at Stamford Bridge.

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GOAL!

Bournemouth have found an equaliser right at the end - a Joshua King goal makes it 2-2.

Liverpool 2 - 2 Bournemouth (Joshua King, 87 min) 9:39PM

Full time: Hull 4-2 Middlesbrough

The final whistle blows at KCOM Stadium.

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Full time: Swansea 1-3 Spurs

It's all over at Liberty Stadium.

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Full time: Arsenal 3-0 West Ham

The final whistle blows at Emirates Stadium.

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Full time: Southampton 3-1 Crystal Palace

The referee has seen enough at St. Mary's Stadium and blows the final whistle.

9:36PM

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GOAL!

A goal from Christian Eriksen for Spurs makes the score 1-3.

Swansea 1 - 3 Spurs (Christian Eriksen, 90 + 4 min) 9:34PM

GOAL!

1-2. Son Heung-Min has struck what looks like a late winner for Spurs.

Swansea 1 - 2 Spurs (Son Heung-Min, 90 + 1 min) 9:34PM

It's been a mismatch at Liberty Stadium so far

Spurs are dominating this game, firing in a total of 15 shots compared to three from Swansea so far.

Swansea vs Spurs shots on goal 9:30PM

GOAL!

A late leveller from Dele Alli for Spurs makes it 1-1.

Swansea 1 - 1 Spurs (Dele Alli, 88 min) 9:27PM

GOAL!

A goal from James Ward-Prowse for Southampton makes the score 3-1.

Southampton 3 - 1 Crystal Palace (James Ward-Prowse, 85 min) 9:27PM

Southampton piling on the pressure

The hosts have attempted 24 shots so far, with nine of them hitting the target.

Southampton vs Crystal Palace shots on goal 9:27PM

GOAL!

Arsenal are cruising now. Olivier Giroud adds another to make it 3-0.

Arsenal 3 - 0 West Ham (Olivier Giroud, 83 min) 9:26PM

GOAL!

2-1. Maya Yoshida has struck what looks like a late winner for Southampton.

Southampton 2 - 1 Crystal Palace (Maya Yoshida, 84 min) 9:18PM

GOAL!

A goal from Divock Origi for Liverpool makes the score 2-1.

Liverpool 2 - 1 Bournemouth (Divock Origi, 59 min) 9:16PM

It's been a mismatch at Anfield so far

Liverpool are dominating this game, firing in a total of 15 shots compared to three from Bournemouth so far.

Liverpool vs Bournemouth shots on goal 9:14PM

GOAL!

Hull have restored their two-goal lead thanks to a goal from Harry Maguire: it's 4-2 now.

Hull 4 - 2 Middlesbrough (Harry Maguire, 70 min) 9:12PM

GOAL!

Theo Walcott has doubled Arsenal's lead - it's now 2-0.

Arsenal 2 - 0 West Ham (Theo Walcott, 68 min) 9:10PM

One-way traffic at Emirates Stadium

It's been all Arsenal, with the hosts racking up 15 shots so far - West Ham have managed just five in reply.

Arsenal vs West Ham shots on goal 9:04PM

Second half: Liverpool 1-1 Bournemouth

The action restarts at Anfield.

9:02PM

Second half: Chelsea 2-1 Man City

The action restarts at Stamford Bridge.

9:02PM

GOAL!

1-0. Mesut Özil has opened the scoring for Arsenal.

Arsenal 1 - 0 West Ham (Mesut Özil, 58 min) 9:01PM

It's been a mismatch at St. Mary's Stadium so far

Southampton are dominating this game, firing in a total of 15 shots compared to ten from Crystal Palace so far.

Southampton vs Crystal Palace shots on goal 8:49PM

Half time: Liverpool 1-1 Bournemouth

The first 45 minutes is up at Anfield.

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Second half: Hull 3-2 Middlesbrough

The action restarts at KCOM Stadium.

8:48PM

Second half: Arsenal 0-0 West Ham

The action restarts at Emirates Stadium.

8:47PM

Second half: Swansea 1-0 Spurs

The second 45 has begun at Liberty Stadium.

8:47PM

Second half: Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace

The action restarts at St. Mary's Stadium.

8:47PM

Half time: Chelsea 2-1 Man City

The half-time whistle blows at Stamford Bridge.

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GOAL!

Liverpool level it up with a goal from Philippe Coutinho: it's 1-1.

Liverpool 1 - 1 Bournemouth (Philippe Coutinho, 40 min) 8:39PM

The home side needing no invitation to shoot so far

Liverpool have frequently threatened the Bournemouth goal - ten shots have been attempted, with five of them on target.

Liverpool vs Bournemouth shots on goal 8:35PM

GOAL!

Chelsea are back in front again - Eden Hazard makes it 2-1.

Chelsea 2 - 1 Man City (Eden Hazard, 35 min) 8:34PM

Half time: Hull 3-2 Middlesbrough

The first 45 minutes is up at KCOM Stadium.

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Half time: Arsenal 0-0 West Ham

The teams head in at the break at Emirates Stadium.

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GOAL!

Middlesbrough are right back in it now - it's 3-2, thanks to a goal from Marten de Roon.

Hull 3 - 2 Middlesbrough (Marten de Roon, 45 + 1 min) 8:31PM

Half time: Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace

The teams head in at the break at St. Mary's Stadium.

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Average touch positions (half time) 8:31PM

Half time: Swansea 1-0 Spurs

The first 45 minutes is up at Liberty Stadium.

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GOAL!

Right on half time, Southampton are level - Nathan Redmond has made it 1-1

Southampton 1 - 1 Crystal Palace (Nathan Redmond, 45 min) 8:30PM

The shot count is similar

Southampton and Crystal Palace are evenly matched in attack so far - the home side have fired in nine shots to the visitors' nine.

Southampton vs Crystal Palace shots on goal 8:26PM

The shot count is similar

Arsenal and West Ham are evenly matched in attack so far - the home side have fired in five shots to the visitors' five.

Arsenal vs West Ham shots on goal 8:26PM

GOAL!

1-1: Sergio Agüero scores the leveller for Man City.

Chelsea 1 - 1 Man City (Sergio Agüero, 26 min) 8:24PM

Man City failing to make their possession pay

The visitors have had the majority of the ball - but still they trail to Chelsea.

Chelsea vs Man City 8:22PM

West Ham looking unadventurous so far

West Ham are yet to pose a significant threat in the final third.

Arsenal vs West Ham 8:19PM

GOAL!

A goal from Abel Hernández for Hull makes the score 3-1.

Hull 3 - 1 Middlesbrough (Abel Hernández, 33 min) 8:16PM

GOAL!

Christian Benteke scores for Crystal Palace to make it 0-1!

Southampton 0 - 1 Crystal Palace (Christian Benteke, 31 min) 8:15PM

Spurs failing to make their possession pay

The visitors have had the majority of the ball - but still they trail to Swansea.

Swansea vs Spurs 8:14PM

Man City respond

The visitors have their first shot of the game, in reply to two so far from Chelsea.

Chelsea vs Man City shots on goal 8:12PM

Liverpool can't make their domination of the ball count

For all their possession, the hosts still trail to Bournemouth.

Liverpool vs Bournemouth 8:12PM

GOAL!

A goal from Oumar Niasse for Hull makes the score 2-1.

Hull 2 - 1 Middlesbrough (Oumar Niasse, 27 min) 8:11PM

GOAL!

Chelsea take an early lead and they have Eden Hazard to thank for it: 1-0.

Chelsea 1 - 0 Man City (Eden Hazard, 10 min) 8:08PM

GOAL!

Benik Afobe strikes early to open the scoring - it's 0-1 to Bournemouth.

Liverpool 0 - 1 Bournemouth (Benik Afobe, 7 min) 8:08PM

Bournemouth hit back

Bournemouth register their first shot, in response to two so far from Liverpool.

Liverpool vs Bournemouth shots on goal 8:01PM

Kick off: Liverpool vs Bournemouth

They're off and running at Anfield.

8:00PM

Kick off: Chelsea vs Man City

They're off and running at Stamford Bridge.

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GOAL!

Hull level it up with a goal from Lazar Markovic: it's 1-1.

Hull 1 - 1 Middlesbrough (Lazar Markovic, 14 min) 7:59PM

Crystal Palace respond

The visitors have their first shot of the game, in reply to three so far from Southampton.

Southampton vs Crystal Palace shots on goal 7:57PM

Hull hit back

Hull register their first shot, in response to two so far from Middlesbrough.

Hull vs Middlesbrough shots on goal 7:56PM

GOAL!

Wayne Routledge strikes early to open the scoring - it's 1-0 to Swansea.

Swansea 1 - 0 Spurs (Wayne Routledge, 11 min) 7:53PM

West Ham threaten for the first time

Following the earlier Arsenal effort, West Ham register their first attempt at goal.

Arsenal vs West Ham shots on goal 7:51PM

Swansea threaten for the first time

Following the earlier Spurs effort, Swansea register their first attempt at goal.

Swansea vs Spurs shots on goal 7:50PM

GOAL!

Álvaro Negredo strikes early to open the scoring - it's 0-1 to Middlesbrough.

Hull 0 - 1 Middlesbrough (Álvaro Negredo, 5 min) 7:45PM

Kick off: Arsenal vs West Ham

The action gets started at Emirates Stadium.

7:45PM

Kick off: Southampton vs Crystal Palace

We're under way at St. Mary's Stadium.

7:45PM

Kick off: Swansea vs Spurs

They're off and running at Liberty Stadium.

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Kick off: Hull vs Middlesbrough

They're off and running at KCOM Stadium.

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