Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised Bournemouth for their efforts in today’s thrilling defeat to the Cherries, but criticised the way his side fell off the boil.
Liverpool got off to a wonderful start on the south coast on Sunday, after taking a two-goal lead through Sadio Mane and Divock Origi within two minutes of each other in the first half.
However, a foul by James Milner on substitute Ryan Fraser in the second half saw Callum Wilson pull one back, but it was still plain-sailing when Emre Can restored the two-goal advantage with a thunderous effort.
However, once again Liverpool capitulated on the south coast – just like they did last season against Southampton when they threw a huge lead away- with Ryan Fraser scoring and Cook equalising.
And there was more drama in stoppage time when Loris Karius spilled a long-distance shot, which allowed Nathan Ake to steer home the rebound.
“First of all I have to say a deserved win for Bournemouth,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “A big fight from them. We gave the game away at a decisive point. We opened the door and they ran through and scored some wonderful goals. So that’s the deserved result.
“Even when we are in the lead at 2-0 it’s how we try to play football then we were static. We gave the game away because we didn’t play football any more.
“If we learn it’s OK. At 2-0 or 3-1 the game is not decided but the way we played after we gave it away. We gave Bournemouth the ball. These things happen.”
The result leaves Liverpool a point behind second place Arsenal and also four off league leaders Chelsea, who both won yesterday against West Ham and Manchester City respectively.
More importantly the result highlighted the strides Liverpool need to take to win the Premier League, as they continue to leak goals at the back.