With four new players making their full Anfield debuts it was perhaps easy to forget that Jordan Henderson was leading the Reds out at Anfield as club captain for the first-time.His ball for the goal was a horrible one to defend - rasping across the face of goal, curling inwards and just needed a touch to go in.He then almost doubled the lead moments later with a viscous dipping shot as he led by example in the manner of his predecessor in the captain's armband.
But two minutes later he was in the right place at the right time to stab home and get his Liverpool account up and running.
He almost doubled his tally on 90 minutes, as he again was well place, only to see Boruc tip his close range shot onto the bar.
Sure, he'll score better goals in a Reds shirt - and ones that aren't as dogged by suggestions off offside - but this was enough to earn Liverpool the points this evening as he showed a glimpse of what he can bring to the Reds frontline, which is prominently power and an instinctive nature to sniff out goalscoring opportunities.
Although the Reds were unable to add to their tally in the second-half, they kept their opponents at arm's length to secure the win.
But what did we learn from the Reds' workmanlike performance?
Ahead of the game, Gary Neville was opining that at £32.5million Christian Benteke was a gamble.According to the former Manchester United mane, Benteke's lacks the technical ability and the consistency to effectively lead the line for the Reds.Liverpool made it two wins out of two as they saw off a plucky Bournemouth side, who are still looking to win their first Premier League points.The Cherries thought they had got off to the perfect start when Tommy Elphick bounced a header past Simon Mignolet in the Reds goal, only for referee Craig Pawson to chalk it off, citing a foul by the Bournemouth defender on Dejan Lovren.Pawson's officiating team were at the centre of another dodgy decision 20 minutes later, when Christian Benteke nudged home a Jordan Henderson cross to open the scoring.As the ball flashed across the goal, an offside Philippe Coutinho went for, and missed the ball.