On January 21, 2024, Liverpool FC faced AFC Bournemouth in a Premier League match held at Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, England. The first half was intense, with both teams eager to secure an early goal. However, the final pass was lacking on both ends of the pitch, preventing any breakthroughs.
The history between these two teams has always resulted in goals, as evidenced by Liverpool’s 3-1 win earlier in the season at Anfield and their victory in the League Cup in November. Unfortunately, in this match, neither side posed any significant threat in the final third. Darwin Nunez of Bournemouth did have a couple of opportunities in the box but was unable to capitalize on them.
Everything changed in the second half when Liverpool finally broke the deadlock three minutes in. Nunez received a precise through-ball from Diogo Jota and confidently slotted the ball into the far corner, scoring a neat finish. Despite Bournemouth’s attempts to level the game, it was Liverpool who extended their lead in the 69th minute. Substitute Cody Gakpo supplied a pass to Jota, who fired the ball past goalkeeper Neto.
With 11 minutes remaining on the clock, Jota completed his brace with a sweeping finish in the box. Bradley’s impressive work set up the opportunity. Bournemouth’s misery was compounded in the third minute of added time when Nunez capitalized on Joe Gomez’s cross, poking the ball home from the six-yard box.
After this victory, Liverpool now shifts their focus to the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Fulham, which will take place on Wednesday evening.