The new offside appears to be ambiguous and shall lead to more disputes this season.
Well, Christian Benteke, with a £32.5 million summer deal from Aston Villa, announced his arrival at Anfield in style, started his job he is assigned with, and was the best man on field for Liverpool against a highly spirited Bournemouth. The three points are most welcome for Brendon Rodgers’ side as the Reds maintained their win record in the early season.
The Controversial Moment
Benteke, the tall Belgian, met Jordan Henderson’s cross and finished from a close range in the 26th minute. But Philippe Coutinho tried to reach the cross, and was clearly in an off-side position. Under the old rule, the goal would have been surely disallowed but thrived as per the new rule and led Liverpool to their second victory in two games this season.
Earlier, Bournemouth had their moment of frustration when Tommy Elphick’s early header was ruled out by referee Craig Pawson for a foul on Dejan Lovren. The newly promoted side of Premiership had to bear the brunt of their second successive defeat after narrowly losing to Aston Villa in the opener.
Benteke, The Big Man
Throughout the game, Benteke made his presence felt on the park and emerged as the only impressive performer in the Red’s unconvincing win. The big man has envious prowess in aerial balls and physical thrust, which makes him a distinct threat against all opponents.
He could have notched up a brace, but the woodwork denied him from close range during the stoppage time. His understanding with Coutinho was also reflected many times in the game.
The Belgian displayed his qualities in front of the club owner John W Henry, who must be satisfied with the spirit shown by the Red’s biggest summer investment.
Indeed, Brendon Rodgers need him to deliver to bounce back from last season’s woes.