Bournemouth can be proud of their performance at Anfield despite losing their lead and ultimately succumbing 2-1 to Liverpool.
The Reds, who are now just two wins away from wrapping up the Premier League title, turned the game on its head through goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
The first came courtesy of a defensive error from Jack Simpson, but Bournemouth kept themselves right in it throughout and would have equalised were it not for a superb goal-line clearance from James Milner.
Aaron Ramsdale also made four saves to stop Liverpool extending their lead further. That meant the Cherries goalkeeper shouldn’t be too deflated by his afternoon’s work despite the result keeping his side lodged in a relegation battle.
Ramsdale was at least given a boost in the tunnel after the game when, as promised, he was given Trent Alexander-Arnold’s shirt. Playing against this Liverpool side this season seems to be such a privilege for opponents that they can’t wait to get a memento of the game.
It was no different for the England hopeful, but that’s not to say Alexander-Arnold didn’t make him sweat on it first by demanding: “Where’s yours?!”
Ramsdale joked “you don’t need mine” before starting to walk back to the dressing room.
The Liverpool right-back then conceded and handed the jersey over, to which Ramsdale quipped back that he wouldn’t be keeping it anyway:
“It’s for charity,” he laughed.
You can watch the pair’s encounter thanks to the club releasing their latest ‘Inside Anfield’ footage from Saturday’s game – fast-forward to 12:00:
Within a few weeks, it will be the shirt of a Premier League (and European) champion.
That’s why other players are so keen to grab a piece of history. After the West Ham game, Tomas Soucek was left gutted when Virgil van Dijk told him he’d already promised his shirt to someone else.
At least Alexander-Arnold didn’t leave his compatriot disappointed in the end.
Whatever Ramsdale says, you can imagine that keepsake is going to have pride of place on his wall at home.
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