Liverpool are now just three wins away from sealing their first top-flight title in 30 years after Jurgen Klopp’s side beat Bournemouth 2-1 today in Saturday’s early game.
Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson would stun Anfield in the ninth minute, the England international tapping home from Jefferson Lerma’s cross.
The Cherries almost went two up not long after, but Nathan Ake’s powerful header from a corner was pushed over the bar by Reds ‘keeper, Adrian.
However, Eddie Howe’s side soon showed just why they are struggling towards the bottom of the table this season when centre-back Jack Simpson was caught in possession, a lapse of concentration that resulted in Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah finishing smartly into the bottom corner in the 25th minute.
Bournemouth proceeded to once again shoot themselves in the foot soon after, Virgil van Dijk pouncing on some sloppy play in the middle of the park to play in Sadio Mane, the Senegal international finishing with aplomb past Aaron Ramsdale.
The visitors would have the clearest chance of the second period, Ryan Fraser lobbing Adrian when clean through on goal, although veteran Reds utility man James Milner got back to pull off a brilliant goalline clearance.
Despite, once again being far from their best Liverpool sealed their 27th Premier League win of the season and move closer to ending their well-documented title drought.
Liverpool (27) have now won more Premier League games this season than Arsenal’s Invincibles (26).
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Speaking afterwards, Reds boss Klopp admitted his side had been low on confidence having lost three of their last four games in all competitions, but was happy with how his team battled hard to get the three points.
“I know what the boys are able to do, but I am not the one that is playing, they are,” Klopp told BBC’s MOTD.
”We have said before, confidence is not something that you get, put in your pocket and keep for the rest of your life. It comes and goes.
“You need that feeling where things work out.
“You have to fight hard, that’s always the main thing to do, but we have 82 points now, which is really nice.
”We have to carry on fighting. Give everyone a proper fight and that’s what we did today.”
Liverpool’s attention will now turn to defending their Champions League crown, the Reds welcoming Atletico Madrid to Anfield on Wednesday night, the La Liga side currently leading their last 16 tie 1-0 on aggregate.