On the 36th minute mark, Christian Benteke opened his Premier League account for Liverpool and it was rather controversial as well.
But the flag stayed down and Benteke made no mistake in following it up to prod home on his Anfield debut.
He did not connect with the cross, but new guidelines for offside introduced this season clearly state that if a player makes an “obvious action” to play the ball from an offside position they should be penalised.
That came after the visitors had also had an early Tommy Elphick goal harshly disallowed for a foul on Dejan Lovren.
That would be a huge blow for Rodgers, who has seen his captain quickly form an effective partnership with new signing James Milner in the centre of midfield. I think the team will grow.
Liverpool, one of four teams to win their opening two fixtures, travel to Arsenal next while Bournemouth, who have yet to score in their opening two matches, visit West Ham United. “They have a hard job, but I will speak to them privately”.
Benteke came closest to adding a second goal to his impressive start when he struck the bar from close range in the last minute.
Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel acknowledged victory was not straightforward.
However we have broken down the rules that reveal exactly why Liverpool’s goal should not have stood.
And he said that it is important to be resolute in defence in order to keep winning points.
He explained: “We’ve come up from the Championship which, no disrespect, is easier than the Premier League, and it’s a massive challenge”. We have seen that already.
“I thought it was great for him to get his first goal for Liverpool, and especially in front of the Kop”. “We didn’t concede and we won, so we go on to the next one“. “Hopefully there is long-term gain there for us”. I just think if you’re offside, you’re offside.
“It is very much the same situation as when I arrived at Swansea”. It ended up that we stayed in the league comfortably. They have some excellent players and a style of football that will give them an advantage.
Reflecting on his official website, Martin Skrtel says that getting the win and all three points was the main aim from the game with Bournemouth.