Jurgen Klopp made 10 changes to the side that amazingly beat Dortmund on Thursday.
This wasn’t your usual rotation since Klopp has suffered the season ending injuries of Emre Can and Jordan Henderson in the space of a week. So, he has reason to be cautious, saving his player’s energy for the all-important Europa League that could qualify the Reds for the Champions League.
The only player who kept his place was Roberto Firmino and this was because the Brazilian needs match fitness. With 10 days to go to their semi-final against Villarreal, Klopp is expected to make his first team players return for the midweek game against Everton amidst a period of two games per week.
Despite this, the second string team put on a performance to make him proud, especially Daniel Sturridge who’s lately been dropped for Divock Origi and is making a stake for starting spot.
Sturridge’s brilliant back-heel, despite the attention of Bournemouth’s defenders that Artur Boruc parried right into the path of Firmino, who netted with ease. Firmino has been in outstanding form this year, one of the highest scoring attacking midfielders in the world now.
Sturridge was not done yet, though, and he rose highest to meet Jordon Ibe’s free-kick to net a decisive second for Liverpool four minutes later in injury time before the break.
The 28-year-old continued his dominant showing in the second half, striking the post, but it was the hosts who pulled one back through Joshua King, who let fly with a half-volley that left young Reds goalkeeper Danny Ward with no chance.
This win takes Liverpool closer to West Ham and they got a fighting chance of pushing for sixth or fifth spot. Though, you’d expect Klopp to be more interested in saving his players for the Europa League.