Liverpool beat Bournemouth on the field but not in our hearts

Eddie Howe has come a long way but still no points for Bournemouth
Eddie Howe has come a long way but still no points for Bournemouth
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Liverpool defeated Premier League new boys Bournemouth 1-0 at Anfield thanks to Christian Benteke's controversial goal.

Boss Eddie Howe will have been suitably pleased with his side's overall display, but disappointed they remain pointless after two games, while Liverpool sit joint top of the table.

The Belgium international, who joined the Reds in a £32million move from Aston Villa this summer, grabbed his first goal for the club midway through the first half to leave Brendan Rodgers with two wins from two at the start of the season.

However the Cherries, who were smarting after seeing an early goal ruled out for a foul, will rightly point out that it should have been disallowed for offside.

Boss Eddie Howe will have been suitably pleased with his side's overall display, but disappointed they remain pointless after two games, while Liverpool sit joint top of the table.

Despite a good start by last season's Championship title winners, it was Liverpool who went close on four minutes when Jordan Henderson's ball back towards the area fell perfectly to Jordon Ibe who smashed a first-time strike just wide.

The first moment of controversy came a minute later when referee Craig Pawson very harshly adjudged that Tommy Elphick had fouled Dejan Lovren before planting a header from a right-wing corner into the Liverpool net and ruled it out.

On 25 minutes Benteke was presented with a half-chance 25 yards from goal when Matt Ritchie's wayward pass rolled into his path, but he hit his strike just past the far post.

Liverpool only had a minute to wait before they did get their noses in front when a half cleared corner was picked up by Nathaniel Clyne and he passed the ball wide to Henderson whose left-wing cross was stabbed in by Benteke at the back post.

However Philippe Coutinho tried to get to the cross before it dropped to Benteke and was clearly in an offside position under the new rules brought in this season.

The goal lifted the hosts and they almost grabbed a second just before the half-hour when Henderson hit a speculative strike from outside the area which dipped just over Artur Boruc's crossbar.

Liverpool should have gone further ahead just before the interval on 44 minutes when Coutinho was teed up by a defender who was trying to cut out a pass in the area, but the Brazilian curled a left-foot strike wide of the bottom corner.

Bournemouth continued to press for an equaliser after the break with Ritchie getting a few shots off at goal without really testing Simon Mignolet.

At the other end on 55 minutes James Milner failed to get any decent connection on the ball after being set up in front of goal by Ibe from down the left.

Bournemouth's closest effort of the game came on 60 minutes when Ritchie hit a sweet strike from the edge of the box off the outside of the post with Mignolet beaten.

Coutinho was then teed up by Benteke down the right side of the box on 70 minutes but fired over, before he saw goal-bound strikes blocked by Andrew Surman and Charlie Daniels respectively in the space of two minutes.

Bournemouth pushed more men forward in the closing minutes to try and snatch a share of the spoils, but it was Liverpool who should have added to the score-line in the 90th minute.

Clyne got away down the right and put in a low cross to Benteke in the centre but the big striker fired his effort off the crossbar, before Adam Lallana put the rebound over the top.

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