After successive draws against Leicester City and West Ham, there was plenty of scrutiny on Jurgen Klopp’s title-chasing side as they welcomed Eddie Howe’s Cherries to Merseyside at the weekend.
But Liverpool silenced the doubters in style, cruising to a comfortable and deserved win thanks to goals from Sadio Mane, Gini Wijnaldum and Mo Salah.
There were almost 53,000 in attendance as the Reds retained their place at the top of the Premier League table and the excitement is palpable with a first league title in 29 years in their sights.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Bournemouth centre-back Cook paid tribute to the famously vocal Liverpool supporters.
“You could see that the crowd were going to play a major part in the game,” he said. “I haven’t quite heard an atmosphere like it today, especially when they scored.
“The atmosphere here today was really good. The Liverpool fans got behind their team. I’m sure they’re going to play a huge part from now until the end of the season.”
Cook’s Bournemouth teammate Ryan Fraser has even admitted that he would like to see Liverpool win the Premier League this season due to his admiration for their famously free-wheeling style of football.
Klopp’s charges certainly turned on the style against the Cherries after a number of below-par performances. Maybe the ‘blip’ was just a blip after all.
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