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Bournemouth v Liverpool - story of the match

Chelsea loanee Nathan Ake's stoppage-time goal secured Bournemouth their first-ever win over Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp's side capitulated to lose ground on the Blues in the Premier League title race.

Seemingly coasting to a win which would have taken them to within a point of leaders Chelsea, the Reds came undone as Bournemouth substitute Ryan Fraser led the comeback charge as the hosts sealed a memorable 4-3 victory.

Goals from Sadio Mane and Divock Origi had Liverpool ahead at the break and the points still seemed to be heading back to Anfield when Emre Can's strike restored their two-goal advantage following Callum Wilson's penalty.

But Fraser, who had come off the bench to win the spot-kick, then buried his maiden Premier League goal before crossing for Steve Cook to superbly equalise - with Ake bundling home a last-gasp winner as Loris Karius failed to hold another Cook effort.


"That's why i haven't been getting carried away! speechless! back to our old defensive ways" - former striker John Aldridge ‏(@Realaldo474) had a feeling a result like that was coming for Liverpool.


Fraser. The diminutive Scotland Under-21 international may be on the fringes of the Bournemouth first team but he came off the bench to spur the Cherries on to a superb comeback.

Fraser won a penalty just moments after replacing the injured Junior Stanislas before coolly finishing for his first Premier League goal and then laying on the equaliser for Cook.

It will give him such belief and manager Eddie Howe may now look at giving the former Aberdeen man a run in the side.


Ake's last-gasp winner would have been celebrated as loudly in certain parts of west London as it was inside the Vitality Stadium.

The on-loan Chelsea man was in the right place at the right time to tuck the ball away after Karius had fumbled Cook's low drive.

It not only means the visitors lose for just a second time in the league this season, and lose ground on the Blues as a result, but it also saw Bournemouth record their first-ever win over Liverpool in their history.


There may have been seven goals but it was the non-awarding of a potential goal which played its part in Bournemouth's memorable comeback.

With Liverpool already 3-1 ahead, James Milner's corner was caught by Artur Boruc, but the Pole almost carried the ball over his own goal-line.

Referee Robert Madley was unmoved as the goal-line technology showed that just the smallest part of the ball had failed to cross the line and the game continued.



Artur Boruc 4

Simon Francis 6

Steve Cook 7

Nathan Ake 7

Adam Smith 6

Junior Stanislas 5

Harry Arter 6

Dan Gosling 5

Jack Wilshere 5

Joshua King 5

Callum Wilson 6


Jordon Ibe (for King, 45) 5

Ryan Fraser (for Stanislas, 55) 8

Benik Afobe (for Gosling, 74) 7


Loris Karius 5

Nathaniel Clyne 6

Lucas Leiva 5

Dejan Lovren 5

James Milner 6

Jordan Henderson 6

Emre Can 7

Georgino Wijnaldium 6

Sadio Mane 7

Roberto Firmino 6

Divock Origi 7


Adam Lallana (for Mane, 69) 6


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