Liverpool were lucky with big decisions going their way in the 1-0 win over Bournemouth, according to Eddie Howe.

While the Cherries could only curse their inability to convert chances in the opening Premier League fixture against Aston Villa, they were left feeling cheated by referee Craig Pawson on two occasions that defined the outcome of the game at Anfield.

First of all, Bournemouth were left angry when Tommy Elphick’s header from a corner was ruled out for a foul on Dejan Lovren despite there being hardly any contact.

This was then compounded when a cross that was whipped in saw Philippe Coutinho clearly interfering with play as he tried to make contact with the ball – impacting on ‘keeper Artur Boruc – before Christian Benteke prodded home from close range.

Howe admitted he was surprised by the decisions, which he said cost his side.