Despite looking half asleep at the start of the game, Liverpool woke up and claimed three points at Anfield on Saturday.
An early opnener by the Cherries left the Reds reeling but goals from Luis Diaz, Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota delivered a deserved victory for Jurgen Klopp’s team.
This was a hard-fought win, made more difficult by the harsh sending off of Alexis Mac Allister just before the hour-mark for a dangerous tackle. New signing Wataru Endo made his debut and did what needed to be done to help secure the midfield.
“He did absolutely alright, but he came there and had absolutely no clue what to do,” admitted Klopp after the game. “I don’t think he slept a lot in the last two nights, so he came on and threw everything he had onto the pitch. That’s it.”
“We had a wake-up call in the first minute but then two minutes later we concede again and two minutes after that our goalie is booked,” he added. “We had to figure out why and then we were awake. Step by step we played really well.”
The Anfield crowd stopped in the 26th moinute to stand up and applaud Michael Jones, the Everton fan who died in the construction of the club’s new stadium development at Bramley Moore dock on Monday. A banner was carried around the pitch, paying tribute to the 26-year-old as the Kop sang You’ll Never Walk Alone – a touching gesture which demonstrates the respect Liverpool fans have for friends and foe alike.