Steve Cook gives insight into playing against Liverpool after Bournemouth's 3-0 defeat

Sevilla v AFC Bournemouth - Pre-Season Friendly

What pressure?

There was a suggestion that, after successive draws against Leicester and West Ham, Liverpool were beginning to crack.

But they bounced back with an encouraging 3-0 win against Bournemouth to remind Manchester City that the battle at the top of the Premier League is well and truly on.

Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah scored the goals as Jurgen Klopp’s side cruised to an easy win.

"We have high expectations and today we won in an impressive manner - we had some outstanding performances on the pitch,” the Liverpool manager assessed at full-time, per BBC Sport.

"We wanted to show a reaction. It's our job not only to come through but to really perform and convince."

Klopp is famed for his ‘heavy metal football’ and Bournemouth’s Steve Cook gave an insight into what it’s like to play against following the 3-0 defeat.


Cook: Liverpool are tough to play against

“The way they work, the way every one of their players is willing to graft and run and they look after the ball so well,” Cook said, per the Liverpool Echo.

“The way they attack is really difficult to defend against. They don’t really give you much chance to get your game going. It’s really tough to play against.”


Cook can’t see the Reds dropping many more points between now and the end of the season.

“On this showing, it’s hard to see Liverpool dropping too many points again,” the centre-back continued.

“But this is why everyone loves this league, because you never know what you’re going to get.

“If they go on to win the league, I’m sure they’ll fully deserve to do it.”

Sevilla v AFC Bournemouth - Pre-Season Friendly

Cook also hailed the atmosphere that the Liverpool fans created inside Anfield on Saturday.

“I haven’t quite heard an atmosphere like it today, especially when they scored,” he added.

“The atmosphere here today was really good. The Liverpool fans got behind their team.

“I’m sure they’re going to play a huge part from now until the end of the season.”

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