This match had scores to settle for both sides. And it did.
It was Liverpool all along, however, as Jurgen Klopp’s men fired four goals past Bournemouth keeper Asmir Begovic at the Vitality Stadium.
The Reds scored three in the first half, courtesy of Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren and Mohamed Salah to set the tone for the remainder of the match.
Here are the three talking points from the fixture:
Salah reaches milestone
The Egyptian star has taken his the Premier League by storm after a two-year stint at the Serie A.
He just can’t stop scoring this campaign – this makes it 10 goals in his last 10 games.
How about that for a performance, yet again? He grabbed a brace against Stoke City after coming on with 15 minutes in November.
He produced much of the same against Bournemouth, scoring his side’s third goal with a piece of individual brilliance – this was his 20th goal of the season.
And the season has not gone half way…The African star is blowing people’s minds, especially the Anfield crowd this season.
Revenge is sweet
Liverpool lost at the same venue to the same opposition last season despite leading by two goals at some point in the game. The Cherries crawled back to 3-3 by the 78th minute before Nathan Ake scored the winner deep into injury time – much to the delight of Eddie Howe who made tactical changes to get the job done on that occasion.
No memory of the pain now. This time it was the Reds that had the last laugh, winning by four goals and keeping a clean sheet.
Art from Coutinho
The Liverpool playmaker was at it again, scoring in the first half and being at his best for most of the match.
Klopp started with a three-man attack in Coutinho, Firmino and Salah, but it was the former that hit the ground running for the visitors.
Liverpool went in search for the breakthrough as they attacked the home side readily in transition.
Coutinho’s goal was marked by his usual Brazilian genius. He dribbled past the packed Bournemouth defence to fire Liverpool into the lead with a low drive – a sumptuous effort that displayed the art of dribbling.