After a comfortable 2-0 victory in midweek over Leeds United in EFL Cup quarter final fixture with a much-changed squad, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is set to field a strong side against Premier League opponent Bournemouth this Saturday afternoon at Dean Court in a crucial encounter.
Liverpool will be hoping to bag another 3 points against the Cherries in order to secure a place in top four and keep pushing for the title race. Eddie Howe, the Bournemouth boss, has been hailed for delivering some eye candy football with limited resources since their promotion during last campaign. He, however, is not expected to shift into an ultra-defensive strategy and will utilize the home advantage to take something back from the game and keep chasing for a place in top half of the league table.
Bournemouth vs Liverpool Injury Update:
Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook is ruled out with ankle injury. Andrew Surman is also unavailable due to thigh strain. But custodian Artur Boruc and defender Charlie Daniels are close to be declared fit and will undergo a late fitness test before the game.
Liverpool will miss their star Brazilian Philippe Coutinho who is ruled out for at least 5 weeks after sustaining an ankle injury against Sunderland last week. But Adam Lallana is back in full training following his groin strain during international duty and is expected to be available. Roberto Firmino, Joel Matip and Divock Origi have recovered from minor knocks and will be ready for Sunday trip. Joe Gomez and Sheyi Ojo, the two youngsters, are back in full training but not yet ready to feature. Striker Daniel Sturridge is out with calf injury and Jurgen Klopp himself admitted that he has no idea when Sturridge will return. Forward Danny Ings has suffered another major knee injury which has ruled him out for the entire campaign yet again.
Bournemouth vs Liverpool Probable Lineups:
Subs: Adam Federici, Tyrone Mings, Adam Smith, Marc Pugh, Benik Afobe, Dan Gosling, Brad Smith
Subs: Simon Mignolet, Ragnar Klavan, Lucas Leiva, Alberto Moreno, Ben Woodburn, Marko Grujic, Georginio Wijnladum.
Bournemouth vs Liverpool Key Players:
Youngsters Jordon Ibe and Brad Smith will face their former employers but the Cherries will rely on striker Callum Wilson to test the Reds backline. Star midfielder Jack Wilshere, currently on loan from Arsenal, is expected to create chances from midfield.
In-form Divock Origi is expected to start the game along with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. Jurgen Klopp will bank on them to execute his ‘gegenpressing’ and grab three points out of the fixture.
Bournemouth vs Liverpool Last Meeting:
Last time they met on 17th April at Dean Court where the Reds came out to be victorious. Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge earned a 2-0 lead at the end of the first half which eventually ended in 2-1 when Bournemouth winger Joshua King scored one late consolation goal.
Bournemouth vs Liverpool Managers Speak:
“When you watch Liverpool they have a clear identity. It’s going to be a tough one.” – Eddie Howe on his Sunday opponents.
“Bournemouth doing really well. Unlucky last week. Could have had a result v Arsenal. They are a strong side. – Jurgen Klopp on his counterparts.
Bournemouth vs Liverpool Match Facts:
- Liverpool have never lost to Bournemouth in nine meetings in all competitions, dating back to 1927 (W7, D2).
- The Reds made their first ever league visit to the Cherries last season, winning 2-1 in April.
- Bournemouth have lost three of their last four league matches but they have only suffered one defeat in their last five home league games (W3, D1).
- Since beating Hull 6-1 on 15 October, the Cherries have scored just three goals in five games.
- Six of Bournemouth’s last nine Premier League goals have come from set pieces.
- The Cherries have hit the woodwork 10 times this season (including Jack Wilshere four times and Junior Stanislas three), more than any other Premier League side.
- Liverpool are unbeaten in 11 league matches (W8, D3), which is their longest run without defeat since March 2015 when they went 13 games unbeaten under Brendan Rodgers.
- If Jurgen Klopp’s side win, their points total of 33 would equal their best tally after 14 matches in the Premier League era, set in 2008-09.
- They have covered more distance (1514.2 km) and made more sprints (7706) than any other Premier League team this season.
- The Reds have scored 13 goals from set-pieces this season – four more than next-best West Ham.
- Jordan Henderson has completed more passes (997) and covered more distance (155.1km) than any Premier League player this season.
[ Source: BBC Sport]
Latest Premier League Form:
Betting Odds ( Subject to change):
Bournemouth: 4/1 Draw: 3/1 Liverpool: 4/6
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