Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has praised his players for continuing to fight on, following his side’s 3-0 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday afternoon.
The Cherries were beaten at Anfield by goals from Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah. The defeat sees them drop down to 11th in the Premier League table following their second consecutive defeat.
Speaking in his post-match press conference and as quoted on the club’s official website, Howe said: “It’s been difficult for us, personally I think it’s not just a home form and away form, I think it’s just inconsistencies. But the players did well to keep fighting, keep their heads.”
Bournemouth went behind after 24 minutes, as Mane headed in James Milner’s dipping cross. Although the goal stood, replays suggested that the Senegalese forward was offside when the cross was played into the box.
Speaking about the goal, Howe said: “That first goal in a huge moment in the match, we set up to frustrate them and the restrict the space. Personally I haven’t seen it but my coaching staff tell me it’s offside.”
The goal reignited the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) debate, with the system set to be introduced to the Premier League next season. Howe added: “VAR will help us in those situations, I think that will benefit everybody, it was tight but offside was the right decision.”
Bournemouth travelled to Anfield with a lot of injury problems, as they have a long injury list that includes Callum Wilson and Junior Stanislas. It meant Howe had to field a much-rotated side, which clearly played a part in their defeat.
Speaking about the Cherries’ injury concerns, Howe said: “We had Callum Wilson, David Brooks, Charlie Daniels, Nathaniel Clyne and Junior Stanislas are huge players for us. There’s no other solution, we have to keep fighting.
“My philosophy is look at ourselves first and that includes who we have available.”