Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hailed Mohamed Salah’s goal as “world-class” as they made a welcome return to winning ways.
Following back-to-back 1-1 draws in their last two Premier League games, Liverpool showed Bournemouth no mercy at Anfield to claim a convincing 3-0 win.
Sadio Mane opened the scoring with a header in the 24th-minute from James Milner’s cross for his fourth goal in a row.
10 minutes later, Georgino Wijnaldum found the net after controlling Andrew Robertson’s lofted pass and then raising the ball over Bournemouth keeper Artur Boruc.
Then a brilliant bit of teamwork saw Milner, Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino all get in on the act with the latter’s backheel enabling Salah to finish the manoeuvre off by smashing it into the far corner of the net.
“We were not happy with the performances from the previous two games and struggled a bit with set-pieces. There were a lot of things we had to improve,” Klopp told BBC.
“We have high expectations and today we won in an impressive manner – we had some outstanding performances on the pitch. Goal number three was world-class.
“We wanted to show a reaction. It’s our job not only to come through but to really perform and convince.”
Meanwhile, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe was left frustrated that Mane’s opener wasn’t ruled out for offside and rued the effect it had on his squad.
“I thought Liverpool were very good but we didn’t really deal with their main threats,” said Howe.
“The first goal was offside but we never really recovered. We pride ourselves in never quitting. We lived on the edge a little bit but looked more of a threat in the second half.
“We had some moments early in the match. We looked fine until that first goal went in.”
Liverpool have now moved back to the top of the Premier League table on 65 points from 26 games.