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Philippe Coutinho vomited, Jurgen Klopp was almost nauseous by the final whistle and, all in all, Liverpool fans were sickened by the way they failed to see out another game so close to the finishing line.

When Coutinho, scorer of the equaliser following Benik Afobe’s gift-wrapped opener for Bournemouth, had to be substituted through illness on 65 minutes, Klopp threw on centre-back Joel Matip.

The Reds were in the ascendancy at that point both on the scoreboard - courtesy of Divock Origi’s header - and in the flow of the encounter.

“We only thought it made sense to give one more defensive protection in the centre,” Klopp said of the only substitution he made on the night.

“We are usually really brave in situations like this when we really try to win and that’s what we did – we only tried to win.”

 

 

Liverpool attempted to secure victory, but in exactly the way they have struggled to: by putting the emphasis on defence rather than continuing to play to their strengths.

With their creativity already massively stunted due to the injury-enforced absences of Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana, the decision to further diminish it with a ‘safe’ change when Coutinho went off was detrimental.

Naturally, the Reds dropped deeper and that encouraged the visitors to seek out a leveller. With three minutes of normal time remaining, Steve Cook’s long throw-in caused uncertainty in the area with Liverpool failing to adequately clear their lines thrice and Joshua King spun Ragnar Klavan with ease to make it 2-2.

“I think the game changed when they had the lead to protect,” Eddie Howe explained post-match. 

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