Hello again and welcome back to another episode of Monday Night Football with CM9798 where we continue to give a game from the weeks current Premier League season a brutal make-over. As ever, you made your choice:
This week’s back in time will be a potential blood bath thanks to your votes. Last week you voted for Everton vs. Man Utd as your game of choice, CM9798 predicted a 1-1 draw and a red card. We got our first correct score line, there was even a red card for Everton, but not quite the one predicted!
Back to the action at hand, Liverpool have been enjoying a tremendous season but lost their hopes of a golden Premier League trophy at Watford. Meanwhile Eddie Howe has been having his most challenging season to date as his Bournemouth side appear to have lost their way and find themselves in Kenny Loggins land.
Let’s face it, in a perfect world Klopp would role out close enough to his perfect 4-3-3. Salah is carrying an injury in the world of CM9798 so won’t start.
Meanwhile, a catastrophic injury crisis ravages Eddie Howe’s attacking options:
A fairly tame opening half is brought to life on 19 minutes as Firmino wins the ball in front of the back four and feeds the main Mane who goes around Ramsdale to slide into an empty net. Wilson has the chance to make amends just before half time but sends his effort out of the stadium and into orbit.
The Ox winning the midfield battle for Liverpool.
Billing the most active midfielder for Eddie, but Howe can he do it all himself?
It’s all Liverpool again and they are quick out the blocks. Gomez heads across goal on 51 minutes and Mane get’s his second of the game. Less than 10 minutes later its all over as Mane returns the favour for Firmino as he crashes one past Ramsdale. Wilson has another chance at the death, and its another ball into orbit.
Mane of the match with an outstanding display.
Bournemouth flat and playing with the energy of a town full of retirees.
So, in CM9798 Klopp’s Liverpool bounce straight back with a comfortable victory. Howe’s about that? It will be just the reaction he is looking for from these players as they continue to push for trophies.
Back in time:
Back in 1997/98 these two teams didn’t meet as Bournemouth missed out on the playoff places in Division Three and fell to Grimsby at Wembley in the Football League Trophy. Liverpool finished 3rd in the Premier League with terrible FA Cup and UEFA Cup campaigns.
Roy Evans’ Liverpool comfortably strode to a 3-0 half-time lead. However, Bournemouth, or more accurately, John O’Neill had better ideas. Introduced at half-time, Friedel couldn’t handle him as he smashed 4 out of 5 chances away. I…was not…expecting…that. Lost for words!
And that’s another wrap on Monday Night Football. I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s episode, its safe to see we are well and truly down the rabbit hole here. John O’Neill, you’ll be getting some CM9798 attention now!
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