Steve Cook: This is the Liverpool player Bournemouth targeted as weak link
By Harvey Byrne
Bournemouth defender Steve Cook has spoken of how his side targeted goalkeeper Loris Karius as Liverpool’s weak link on Sunday.
The Reds suffered a humiliating defeat against the Cherries at the Vitality Stadium and Karius was powerless to stop his side conceding four goals in a 4-3 defeat.
The 23-year-old goalkeeper has looked uncomfortable between the sticks for the Reds this season and Cook revealed how his side set-up to exploit the young German.
“I’ve got to be honest, we did,” said Cook when asked if Bournemouth had targeted Karius on TalkSport, as quoted by the website. “We felt he was under a lot of pressure, obviously playing for Liverpool you’ve got to be a very strong character.
“We did target him, we tried to pressure him and get as many shots at him possible.
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“Obviously we didn’t get that many shots off in the game, but we did target him as a weakness in the Liverpool side.”
The Reds controlled the first half against Bournemouth and went in at the break with a 2-0 lead with goals from Sadio Mane and Divock Origi.
Callum Wilson then brought a goal back from the penalty spot for the Cherries, before Emre Can returned Liverpool’s two goal lead.
It looked like the Reds were going to secure victory at 3-1 with 20 minutes left, but Cook, Ryan Fraser and Nathan Ake all scored to ensure their side the three points.
Liverpool will host West Ham at Anfield in the league next and they will be keen to put Sunday’s result behind them as quickly as possible.
However, it remains to be seen who will start in goal for the Reds and fans are calling for Simon Mignolet to return to the team.
In other Liverpool news, how Karius compares to other top-four goalkeepers.