Match Preview: Bournemouth vs Liverpool

Following their progression to the semi-final, Jurgen Klopp’s men will be looking to further extent their unbeaten run to sixteen in all competitions.

Title rivals Chelsea and Arsenal both secured wins over the weekend, Antonio Conte’s men getting the better over Manchester City.

Therefore Liverpool can put three points between themselves and the 2014 Champions, nestling in just one point behind the leaders and leapfrog back ahead of Arsene Wenger’s men.

For the first time in a while, I am expecting Liverpool to overcome any opposition that hasn’t won the Premier League title in the last ten season – even then, I am expecting at least a draw.

Klopp has done amazing things in the small time he’s been with this Liverpool team but he has got us all believing again; as he told us to.

Fun fact: Bournemouth, in their entire history, have only ever won three games in Liverpool… and they were both a Goodison Park – in fact, Bournemouth have only ever won two points when playing against Liverpool FC.

The last time the two sides met, earlier this year, saw Klopp’s men run out 2-1 winners at Dean Court; Roberto Firmino and Daniel Strurridge scoring on the day.

It’s very important that Liverpool keep breathing down the necks of Chelsea. The Pensioners’ next five games are against West Brom, Sunderland, Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and Stoke.

Surely, they’re going to get – at least – 13 points there? Especially as three of the two fixtures are at the Bridge.

Team News

Klopp has endured a mild injury crisis recently; Phil Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Joel Matip have all had to sit on the sidelines.

Luckily, it seems as if Firmino, Lallana and Matip will be making their awaited returns on Sunday against Bournemouth.

Eddie Howe’s men have been playing some attractive football this season and Dean Court can seem intimidating, resulting in a few top-flight sides stumbling at the 11,500 capacity stadium.

Liverpool fans will be wondering how Jordon Ibe is getting on down south. Honestly, he’s been underwhelming.

Ibe, like when at Liverpool, has shown that he has the ability but has failed to prove himself on the field. He started strongly at the beginning of the season but hasn’t featured in Howe’s starting eleven in Bournemouth’s two previous games.

I truly doubt he will start against his former club; other players are in better form.

Andrew Surman, who scored a consolation goal the last time the two sides met, is unavailable for Bournemouth – he suffered a hamstring earlier this season and currently has no return date, à la Sturridge.

Artur Boruc, who has been outstanding this season, will take a late fitness test to see if he’s able to start the game – as will Junior Stanislas and Charlie Daniels.

Current Form

Liverpool (last six results in all competitions) –

Liverpool 2-0 Leeds
Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland
Southampton 0-0 Liverpool
Liverpool 6-1 Watford
Crystal Palace 2-4 Liverpool
Liverpool 2-1 Spurs

Bournemouth (last six results in all competitions) –

Arsenal 3-1 Bournemouth
Stoke 0-1 Bournemouth
Bournemouth 1-2 Sunderland
Middlesbrough 2-0 Bournemouth
Bournemouth 0-0 Spurs
Bournemouth 0-1 Hull City

Goodness, one win in five…

Prediction

I don’t see any trouble for Liverpool here; wins against defensive sides like Sunderland has shown me that it’s very difficult to stop up from putting the ball into the net.

Bournemouth play some very free-flowing, attacking football and I doubt they will hold back when Liverpool come knocking this weekend.

The hosts are very capable of scoring themselves but with just three goals in their last six games, it seems they’ve slowed down of recent.

I predict Liverpool will put a few goals past Bournemouth this weekend – three or four. As always, with Liverpool, I don’t foresee a clean sheet. I predict that Liverpool will win 4-1 at Dean Court.

If you’d like to strongly disagree with me or remind me of what I’ve written after Boruc starts, makes 37 saves and scores the winner in a 1-0 victory, you can find me on Twitter – @StefanoHairon.


Steven Carson

Steven is a Club Journalist at AFC Liverpool and Features Writer for Paisley Gates

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