Youth players shine as Reds edge Bournemouth

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Following Liverpool’s dramatic midweek game against Borussia Dortmund, the Reds returned to Premier League action travelling down south to play Bournemouth.

Liverpool advanced through the semi-finals of the Europa League thanks to a last minute header from Dejan Lovren, boosting the spirit of the entire club going into the final leg of the season.

With Jurgen Klopp’s men with full focus on winning the Europa League, the German opted to make 10 changes to his starting eleven.

Danny Ward was given his first start for Liverpool replacing Simon Mignolet, with Sheyi Ojo, Jordon Ibe, Brad Smith and Kevin Stewart also getting a start.

Daniel Sturridge also started the game, with Roberto Firmino being the only player to keep his place in the starting line-up.

The Reds managed to edge past the Cherries in a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge.

It was a very quiet half for the first 40 minutes with neither team being able to create many chances or test the keepers.

No team deserved the lead but from nowhere it was Liverpool who found themselves in front via Firmino.

Daniel Sturridge received the ball in the box from a cross and tried a very ambitious back heel shot, but the keeper managed to get a hand onto it which fell to Firmino who simply tapped in from just a few yards out.

That was the Brazilians’ tenth goal the season.

Shortly after and just before half-time Klopp’s men doubled their lead through Daniel Sturridge.

The Englishman rose to win a header from Jordon Ibe’s cross and found the top corner perfectly to silence critics who have questioned him recently.

Liverpool continued to threaten in the second half with Sturridge having the majority of the chances but failing to score a third.

The closes he came was when his thunderous striker smashed the bar.

The Reds made the last few minutes of the game very hard to watch after Joshua King pulled one back for Bournemouth in stoppage time to set up a nervy ending.

But Klopp’s men hung on and secured three points that see’s them remain in eight place, but could jump up to sixth if they win their game in hand.

There were a lot of positives from this performance mainly the confidence that Danny Ward showed on his first Liverpool start and Jordon Ibe playing key parts in both goals.

Next up for Liverpool is the Merseyside Derby on Wednesday which takes place at Anfield.

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