'Freestyle jazz' - National media react to Liverpool win over...
'Freestyle jazz' - National media react to Liverpool win over Bournemouth and predict Newcastle 'carnage'

'Freestyle jazz' - National media react to Liverpool win over Bournemouth and predict Newcastle 'carnage'

Liverpool kicked off their first home game of the season as they mean to go on, beating Bournemouth 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday afternoon. fell behind after only three minutes when Antoine Semenyo fired into the bottom left corner of the goal past , having seen a Cherries goal ruled out for offside only moments earlier. Jurgen Klopp's side eventually found their rhythm, though, and hit back through goals from , and . One negative on the day was , brandished by referee Thomas Bramall for a tackle deemed to be dangerous on Ryan Christie. Sharing their assessment of the events that unfolded at Anfield the national media, along with the , whose thoughts on proceedings can be found below. "A calamitous start; an accomplished finish. Liverpool’s first win of the new campaign followed the pattern of this week’s search for a defensive midfielder to perfection. " was heartened and perplexed by Jürgen Klopp’s team in equal measure. Liverpool produced a vibrant comeback to defeat Bournemouth despite being reduced to 10 men and despite the defensive frailties that continue to accompany their prodigious attacking strength. shone on his Anfield debut but fellow summer signing was harshly sent off on his first home start and will miss next Sunday’s visit to Newcastle unless Liverpool succeed in overturning referee Thomas Bramall’s decision. The club are considering an appeal. "Goals from Luis Díaz, Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota delivered a deserved victory for Klopp’s team but this was a gruelling effort." "Klopp’s rebooted Liverpool currently resembles a footballing experiment dreamed up by those romantics who only have a passing concern for the number of goals conceded so long as it is one fewer than the opposition. They are a side that makes Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle United side of the mid-1990s look pragmatic. There could be carnage when they travel to St James’ Park next week, although even if Mac Allister’s appeal is successful - Klopp confirmed there will be one - it is unthinkable he will go to the North East with the same formation absorbing four strikers. " ’s hybrid role typifies how enthralling this approach can be with the ball and worryingly defective and fragile without it. At the tail end of last season the full-back’s roaming into central areas yielded great success, assisted by Ibrahima Konate’s capacity for assuming full-back as much as his main centre-half responsibilities. "Two games into this season, it looks like Klopp has to make a firm decision on what Alexander-Arnold is; a full-back or midfielder? What looked like an ingenious compromise to allow him to be both in a belated push for Champions League qualification last May is in danger of becoming overly complicated if - as Bournemouth’s approach suggested - the rest of the Premier League has already worked out how to counter his positioning. "As works in progress go, Liverpool look well advanced in recreating the joyriders who unleashed hell on rival centre-backs in Klopp’s first few years before the heavy metal gave way to a more cultured symphony. At the moment, this still looks more like freestyle jazz, full of improvised brilliance without the certainty of what direction it will go next." "A nightmare, error-strewn opening three minutes and anxious first half-hour from Klopp’s side eventually made way for a first victory of the new season. His side still badly need more incomings in this transfer window. "Of concern to Liverpool should have been the way in which a side featuring just two summer signings - Mac Allister and Szoboszlai - started as if they had been thrown together on the training ground for the first time. "Six of Klopp’s starters were in his side that dismantled the same opposition 9-0 in the corresponding fixture less than a year ago but, from kick-off, it was obvious the same outcome was never coming." ' "Liverpool settled somewhat in the second half but were rocked just before the hour mark when World Cup winner Mac Allister was shown a straight red card by referee Thomas Bramall for a high foot on Christie. Like the penalty decision, a sending off looked like the wrong call. "A wave of anxiety spread around Anfield and one wondered if Iraola’s Cherries would make a late push for an equaliser but, if anything, it was Liverpool who seemed to bizarrely benefit, as Japanese holding midfielder came on for his debut after signing on Friday. "Klopp’s men doubled their advantage minutes after the Argentine’s dismissal, as Jota pounced on a parried Szoboszlai shot to score. As Liverpool cut through Bournemouth with ease, it was hard not to recall the 9-0 win in this fixture last season against Scott Parker’s Cherries." "It wasn’t just the vast Anfield Road Stand that looked unfinished here. "That ’s latest Liverpool iteration remains very much a work in progress was made at times painfully apparent on a rollercoaster afternoon in which the Reds again underlined why they remain box office – if not always for the right reasons. "Indeed, there was a throbbing sense of deja vu as Klopp’s men threatened to fully replicate their troubled start to the previous campaign. "While last year was dismissed on his home debut, this time Alexis Mac Allister saw his Anfield bow abruptly ended shortly before the hour when given a straight red by rookie referee Thomas Bramall after a challenge with Bournemouth midfielder Ryan Christie. "Yes, studs were showing. But the instant reaction of his team-mates and those inside the stadium suggested Mac Allister was unfortunate. VAR – headed by Paul Tierney and with Constantine Hatzidakis his assistant – . The Reds are right to ."

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