4 Things We Learned From Liverpool's 4-0 Thrashing of Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium

Liverpool looked at the imperial best on Sunday afternoon, overcoming a potentially tricky opponent in Bournemouth at the Vitality stadium - a team that dramatically overcame the Reds in the previous fixture last season.

The Reds were simply irresistible, while the Cherries' form continues to slump as they sink closer to the drop zone. Here are four things were learned from the match.  

4. When Liverpool's Attacking Players Are on Form, They Are World Class

This Liverpool side have won more matches 7-0 than 1-0 this season. A fairly meaningless stat you may think, but it does demonstrate that this young attacking team seem to either thrash opponents or not win at all. 

Against Bournemouth they were in cruise control from the start, helped by some pretty poor defending from Eddie Howe's side, and it was no surprise to see them eventually score four. 

They now need to find a way to break down defences like West Brom's, who held them to a 0-0 draw in midweek.

3. You Cannot Play Open Football Against Liverpool

Eddie Howe's Bournemouth have always been rightfully praised for not parking the bus and having a go at teams, no matter who the opponent is. On this occasion, however, they could have done with playing more defensively. 

They started with a rigid 4-4-2 formation, and Liverpool swarmed all over them, pouring forward and creating chances with ease. 

Whilst they don't need to stick 10 men behind the ball, the Cherries do need to learn that the likes of Liverpool and other big teams will simply tear them apart if they continue to play so openly. 

2. Liverpool Must Do All They Can to Keep Philippe Coutinho

The Brazilian playmaker has been in masterful form recently, and on Sunday Coutinho was at it again, scoring, assisting and constantly looking dangerous. 

He is arguably Liverpool's most talented player along with Mohamed Salah, and it cannot be underestimated how important he is to the side, as demonstrated by how the Reds struggled when he was dropped for the derby against Everton

Liverpool must do anything it takes to try to somehow keep the brilliant Coutinho at the club. 

1. Bournemouth Could Do With Another Striker in January

35-year-old Jermain Defoe didn't have his best game on Sunday, missing a glorious opportunity to get Bournemouth back into the game at 2-0 down and cutting a pretty forlorn figure up top for most of the afternoon. 

With Josh King going off with a knock and Ben Afobe apparently up for sale, Eddie Howe will surely be looking for reinforcements to his front line in January.