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Liverpool v Bournemouth - story of the match

Liverpool let a lead slip away late on to draw 2-2 against Bournemouth and miss the chance to strengthen their grip on third place.

Goals from Philippe Coutinho, equalling Juninho's tally of 29 to become the joint top-scoring Brazilian in the Premier League, and Divock Origi appeared to have put the hosts on course to open up a four-point gap on fourth-placed Manchester City.

However, Josh King struck in the 87th minute, to follow Benik Afobe's early opener, as Bournemouth earned a point.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"29 - No Brazilian has scored more @PremierLeague goals than Philippe Coutinho (now level with Juninho). Samba." OptaJoe delves into the stats.

VIEW FROM THE BENCH

When Bournemouth introduced Ryan Fraser just after the hour, Jurgen Klopp's instant response was to bring on Joel Matip and switch to a back three. In the reverse fixture Fraser's introduction turned the tide in the Cherries' favour during their 4-3 triumph as he scored one and made another, and his presence clearly had a lasting effect on Klopp. It did not prove to be a case of strength in numbers, though, as Ragnar Klavan and his colleagues failed to prevent King turning and firing in an equaliser late on.

POOR DEFENDING COSTS REDS

The hosts were architects of their own downfall at Anfield having gifted Bournemouth an equaliser before making it all too easy for King to rifle in a late leveller. They had fought back from going behind following Georginio Wijnaldum's dreadful back-pass but never looked as if they were going to put the game to bed with a killer third goal. The Cherries had few opportunities and Klavan had to do better than allow King to turn into a shooting position inside the area.

STAR MAN

Origi. The Belgian was promoted to the starting line-up in Sadio Mane's absence and was an effective spearhead of the Reds' attack. He laid the ball off for Roberto Firmino to set up Liverpool's first-half equaliser before timing his run to perfection to nod in the winner from close range.

RATINGS

Liverpool:

Simon Mignolet 6

Nathaniel Clyne 7

Dejan Lovren 7

Ragnar Klavan 4

James Milner 6

Lucas 6

Emre Can 7

Georginio Wijnaldum 7

Philippe Coutinho 7

Divock Origi 8

Roberto Firmino 7

Substitutes:

Joel Matip (for Coutinho, 65) 6

Bournemouth:

Artur Boruc 8

Adam Smith 6

Simon Francis 6

Steve Cook 8

Charlie Daniels 6

Jordon Ibe 6

Jack Wilshere 5

Harry Arter 7

Marc Pugh 6

Benik Afobe 7

Joshua King 6

Substitutes:

Ryan Fraser (for Ibe, 61) 6

Max Gradel (for Pugh, 83) 6

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