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Liverpool 1-0 Bournemouth: Christian Benteke opens his account to secure second consecutive win for Reds

By Andy Hampson

Published 17/08/2015

Liverpool's Christian Benteke (right) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA
Liverpool's Christian Benteke (right) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA
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Bournemouth's Max Gradel (left) battles for the ball with Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 17, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Liverpool's Christian Benteke celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 17, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Liverpool's Christian Benteke (right) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 17, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Liverpool's Christian Benteke reacts during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 17, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
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Liverpool's English midfielder James Milner (R) has a shot at goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Bournemouth at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on August 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Bournemouth's English defender Simon Francis (L) challenges Liverpool's English midfielder Jordon Ibe during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Bournemouth at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on August 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Bournemouth's Norwegian striker Joshua King (R)in action against Liverpool's English midfielder Adam Lallana (2nd R) during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Bournemouth at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on August 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's English midfielder Jordan Henderson (2nd R) challenges Bournemouth's Norwegian striker Joshua King (L) during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Bournemouth at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on August 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's English defender Joe Gomez (L) clears the ball as Bournemouth's English striker Callum Wilson looks on during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Bournemouth at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on August 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's English defender Joe Gomez (2nd L) is challenged by Bournemouth's English striker Callum Wilson (L) during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Bournemouth at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on August 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's US owner John W. Henry (R) and his wife Linda Pizzuti are pictured before the start of the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Bournemouth at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on August 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's US owner John W. Henry (R) and his wife Linda Pizzuti are pictured before the start of the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Bournemouth at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on August 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's English defender Nathaniel Clyne (Front 2nd L) in action against Bournemouth's Norwegian striker Joshua King during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Bournemouth at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on August 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
The Liverpool team form a huddle before the start of the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Bournemouth at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on August 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: Adam Smith of Bournemouth and Alberto Moreno of Liverpool chase the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and A.F.C. Bournemouth at Anfield on August 17, 2015 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: Jordan Henderson of Liverpool shakes hands with team mate Emre Can as he is substituted during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and A.F.C. Bournemouth at Anfield on August 17, 2015 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: Jordan Henderson of Liverpool shakes hands with Brendan Rodgers manager of Liverpool as he is substituted during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and A.F.C. Bournemouth at Anfield on August 17, 2015 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: Joshua King (R) and Max Gradel of Bournemouth (L) battle with Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool (C) during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and A.F.C. Bournemouth at Anfield on August 17, 2015 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: (L-R) Joshua King (R) and Max Gradel of Bournemouth (L) battle with Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool (C) during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and A.F.C. Bournemouth at Anfield on August 17, 2015 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: (L-R) Joshua King and Max Gradel of Bournemouth take on Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and A.F.C. Bournemouth at Anfield on August 17, 2015 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Christian Benteke scored a disputed winner on his home debut as Liverpool claimed a controversial 1-0 win over promoted Bournemouth in the Barclays Premier League.

The £32million summer signing from Aston Villa struck from close range after 26 minutes at Anfield but debate raged over whether Philippe Coutinho was offside.

This came after the Cherries had earlier had a Tommy Elphick goal harshly ruled ruled for a push in the area by referee Craig Pawson.

Bournemouth pressed hard in the second half, hitting the post through Matt Ritchie, but Liverpool did enough to close out a second successive win.

Brendan Rodgers, watched by Liverpool owner John W Henry, fielded a side unchanged from the laboured opening victory at Stoke.

They started in much the same sluggish manner as the visitors made the early running. Max Gradel looked dangerous on the left, Andrew Surman and Eunan O'Kane provided drive and strikers Callum Wilson and Josh King were threatening.

The first moment of contention came in the fifth minute as Elphick was penalised for fouling Dejan Lovren as he manoeuvred into space to head home from a corner.

It was a tough call but Bournemouth were not disheartened and continued to force the pace.

Gradel almost broke clear but was cut off by a superb tackle from Nathaniel Clyne.

It was the 24th minute before Liverpool finally posed a serious threat with Benteke driving narrowly over from distance.

The questionable goal moments later as Jordan Henderson swung in a deep cross from the left.

Coutinho was offside and clearly played at the ball as it bounced past him on the way to Benteke, who turned home at the far post.

The goal, Benteke's 50th in English club football, sparked strong debate over the latest interpretation of the offside rule. Coutinho did not have to make contact to be flagged, as he would have done in previous seasons, but his action had to impact on an opponent. There were no Bournemouth players near him as he moved for the ball, but goalkeeper Artur Boruc may have anticipated a touch.

Again it was harsh on the visitors and they lost momentum after the setback.

Liverpool upped their tempo and Henderson clipped the top of the bar with a long-range shot and Coutinho fired just wide. Coutinho saw another effort deflected just off target early in the second half.

Bournemouth responded after Henderson, presumably injured, was taken off after 52 minutes.

Matt Ritchie grew in influence on the right, smashing a shot against the woodwork, having another chance blocked by Joe Gomez and then seeing an effort deflected for a corner. Wilson teed up an opportunity for O'Kane but he hit the side-netting from a tight angle.

Liverpool did enough to hold on and Benteke almost snatched a second in the closing moments when a deflected shot struck the bar.

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