Liverpool have found it hard going at Championship side Bournemouth in the FA Cup today, but on-loan Chelsea winger Victor Moses handed them the lead — surprisingly, against the run of play — as the visitors go into the break with a lead they barely deserve.
Rodgers has named a number of first team regulars in the starting eleven — more out of necessity than desire — with a depleted line-up limiting his options; the way we’re playing, you’ve never know that these are international level footballers.
Cherries boss Eddie Howe has named an attacking line-up to face the Reds today and their willingness to go forward saw their more illustrious visitors pegged back from much of the half. Harry Arter, Lewis Grabban and captain Tommy Elphick have all had decent chances to put the home side ahead, but they’ve yet to find the breakthrough that their play has warranted.
Liverpool, on the other hand, got a bit lucky when a speculative shot from Victor Moses slipped through two Bournemouth defenders and past ‘keeper Lee Camp to put Brendan Rodgers side ahead just before the half hour. Truth be told, the Reds only registered one shot on net during the opening 45-minutes — something that’s going to have to change if we want to keep the hosts at an arms length during the second period.