Liverpool held by Bournemouth as King crowns comeback

But Liverpool's talisman, Coutinho, had an answer in the 40th minute.

But a Josh King equaliser after 87 minutes saw the Reds once again fail to beat one of the division's lesser lights.

Liverpool now know they may have to cope without Sadio Mane, whose knee injury appears increasingly likely to rule him out for the rest of the season. "He vomited then said he felt better but it was clear when he made the sign that he has to change".

"We left it open and they scored from the second ball after a set-piece and it made me almost vomit". It's one point more than before. It's good news for us, it's not just bad news with Sadio being out. We have lost already games like this this season and today we didn't so maybe that is a positive.

Bournemouth's refusal to accept defeat has yielded four points against Liverpool this season but their manager insisted Klopp's defensive switch was not a factor in their latest impressive recovery.

The last thing Klopp needed early on was the sort of howler that has blighted his bid to secure Champions League football.

Player ratingsLiverpool: Simon Mignolet 6, Nathaniel Clyne 7, Dejan Lovren 7, Ragnar Klavan 4, James Milner 6, Lucas 6, Emre Can 7, Georginio Wijnaldum 7, Philippe Coutinho 7, Divock Origi 8, Roberto Firmino 7, Substitutes: Joel Matip (for Coutinho, 65) 6.

A long throw-in caused panic in the home defence and after Arter drove the ball back towards goal, King pivoted to score from eight yards.

Sturridge last featured for the Reds against Tottenham on February 11, but he has recovered from a hip problem sustained a month ago to come into contention for the visit of Bournemouth on Wednesday.

Bournemouth should have got a second 15 minutes later, but Marc Pugh sent a rasping half-volley agonisingly wide of the right-hand post from six yards.

That seemed to calm Liverpool's jitters a little and they nearly went ahead early in the second half as Nathaniel Clyne cut in from the right past Francis and hit a 25-yard stinger that Boruc just got a touch to as it bounced out off the underside of the bar.

They eventually cracked on the hour as Coutinho fed Wijnaldum, who made up for his first-half aberration with a teasing cross for Origi to put his head on and find the back of the net.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe said: "I thought we defended very well". It's very hard coming here.

  • Julie Sanders