Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: "Top quality" Coutinho remains fully focused on Liverpool

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Eddie Howe's Bournemouth host a Liverpool side looking to keep up with the Champions League spots in the Premier League's 4:30pm kick off. In the last global break he did not play for Egypt, he didn't start at Stoke, we take him off as soon as possible.

The England worldwide was excellent in the middle of the park and played a key role in securing an impressive 4-0 win with Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino getting the goals. We knew we would get a very offensive-minded midfielder who is a lot of games a striker but also has the ability to make goals, to setup goals.

He gave Bournemouth left back Charlie Daniels non-stop problems in the first half, cutting inside and wasting two great chances before doing the same with different results for his now-trademark goal in the 44th.


Salah then made it 3-0 before half-time after an excellent run, and Roberto Firmino completed the dismantling heading in Coutinho's cross about twenty minutes into the second half. It also erased memories of this fixture last season when Liverpool famously surrendered a 3-1 lead with 15 minutes to go to lose 4-3.

It is advice the Liverpool manager is delighted to have listened to with Salah having already scored 19 goals this season.

Bournemouth played into Liverpool's hands by taking on the visitors and leaving space behind its back four for the likes of Salah and Firmino to exploit.


"He's been the most professional person I've seen all season; he's been top quality from the start and every time he gives his all for the club". "We were flat today for whatever reason, we never got going".

"I don't change my mind in three minutes, but we have to be consistently good because we are Liverpool".


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