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Howe still waiting for explanation for Liverpool goal

Eddie Howe has revealed he is still waiting for referees' chief Mike Riley to contact him about Liverpool's goal in Bournemouth's 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat on Monday.

Howe is waiting for a call from Mike Riley. Credit: PA

Christian Benteke controversially scored despite, under the updated interpretation of the offside rule, Philippe Coutinho's positioning being such that the striker's goal should have been disallowed.

Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick also had his header ruled out when referee Craig Pawson judged he had fouled Dejan Lovren in another decision which frustrated Howe, who said that he is still awaiting an explanation.

The Bournemouth manager said:

No, I've not spoken to anyone yet. "I've spoken to the PFA and the match delegate but I haven't spoken to anyone from the referees' perspective. I have made a call, I'm expecting a call back. Until I speak to Mike [Riley] I don't think it's fair for me to comment.

It is a tough job, we know that. The officials have a split second to make a decision so I respect that and the challenge that their job brings. From our perspective we felt we were on the wrong end of not just the two big decisions in the game but there were several other little things that went against us.

[I'm] definitely keen to have a conversation and see their perspective. From my perspective, regarding that law, that is the clearest case of that interpretation that's been changed that you'll see. And the fact that hasn't been seen is a huge worry. I'm baffled by it and I was baffled by it at the time.

– Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe

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Danny Ings trying to stay positive on Liverpool bench

Liverpool striker Danny Ings is having to be patient as he waits for his competitive debut after being denied his first appearance by Philippe Coutinho's wonder strike.

Ings could make his debut against Bournemouth. Credit: PA

The summer signing from Burnley had been given the nod to come on by manager Brendan Rodgers at Stoke last weekend, but as the 23-year-old warmed up his Brazilian team-mate he was due to replace smashed in a brilliant winner.

Ings was told to sit down again and so the only action the England Under-21 international has seen since the season started was in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Welsh side TNS at the club's Melwood training ground this week, in which he scored.

He told LFCTV GO:

I was just itching to get on but you have to be as patient as you can be. Football can be fantastic when you are playing week in, week out, but the toughest times are when you are not starting every week.

It is important you keep that strong mentality as it is important you are positive around the group. I come in every day with a smile on my face because I know I'm working with good people and fantastic players.

I try my best not to leave the training pitch without knowing that I've improved some part of my game, whether it's speed, tactical or technical. It's important that I work hard every day to become the best I can be for myself and for Liverpool.

It's always important that even if you're on the bench or not starting games, you're always ready to be called upon.

– Liverpool striker Danny Ings

Liverpool new boy Firmino scores hat-trick in friendly

Summer signing Roberto Firmino scored a hat-trick in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Welsh club TNS at the club's training ground on Monday.

Firmino scored three against TNS. Credit: Reuters

The Brazil international is some weeks behind most of his team-mates in terms of fitness having joined pre-season late because of his participation in the Copa America.

Firmino was given his competitive debut with a 12-minute outing in Sunday's 1-0 Premier League win at Stoke - but manager Brendan Rodgers felt the 23-year-old, signed from Hoffenheim for an initial £22m with a potential £7m of add-ons, and other players short on match practice needed extra work.

Those included Liverpool's other goalscorers in a 5-1 win - Danny Ings and Lazar Markovic.

Emre Can, who also returned to Melwood later after playing in the European Under-21 Championships but played for 27 minutes at the Britannia Stadium, also featured along with Adam Bogdan, Lucas Leiva, Alberto Moreno, Divock Origi, Jordan Rossiter, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure.

Milner lauds 'moment of brilliance' from Liverpool star

James Milner was pleased to be on the right side of a Philippe Coutinho stunner as the Brazilian launched Liverpool's Premier League season in spectacular fashion at Stoke.

Coutinho won the match with a late stunner. Credit: PA

Coutinho struck from 30 yards with just four minutes remaining as the Reds snatched a 1-0 victory from an otherwise drab contest at the Britannia Stadium.

It was yet another example of the 23-year-old's deadly accuracy from long range after striking a number from distance last season.

One of those goals last term was a brilliant winner from the edge of the box against Milner's former club Manchester City at Anfield in March - opponents he also sank the previous year.

Milner told LFC TV: "I obviously saw him do it a few times last year so to do it when he is on my time is nicer.

"That is what the game needed. It was a tough game, it was a battle. I thought we defended really well and it was going to take a moment of brilliance to win the game and we managed to get that."

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