Liverpool vs. Bournemouth: Preview
| Saturday, March 7th | Premier League | Anfield | 1.30AM NZ / 11.30PM AU / 12.30PM UK |
The Liverpool juggernaut has come to a grinding halt. Three losses from their last three games, and suddenly, pundits and rival fans are embracing the moment wholeheartedly. Liverpool need to get back on track; Bournemouth (H) would seem like the perfect opportunity to do so.
Jürgen Klopp’s pre-match press conference told us everything we need to know about this one; Jürgen expects a reaction, Liverpool have to bounce back and they have to do it now:
“The reaction is always possible and that is what we have always showed and we should show this time as well. And with all respect to Bournemouth, real respect, this is our game.”Jürgen Klopp on Bournemouth
The Reds will be without the world’s best goalkeeper, Alisson, who has been ruled out with a hip injury; perhaps more significantly, the Brazilian will also miss the return leg of Liverpool’s European tie with Atlético Madrid.
Adrián made some unbelievable saves in the FA Cup loss away at Stamford Bridge, unfortunately, he also managed to spill a relatively tame effort from Willian into his own net for Chelsea’s first.
After his heroics in the UEFA Super Cup; notably saving a penalty against Chelsea to help the Reds on their way to more silverware, the Spaniard once again finds himself with a key role to play in shaping Liverpool’s overall season.
There are also question marks surrounding Fabinho currently, his performances since returning from injury have not been up to his own high standards. Much has been made of Jordan Henderson’s absence; his stock seems to have risen more since being off the pitch!
This fixture does seem to have come up at a perfect time for the Merseysiders. Liverpool have won the last 5 Premier League fixtures between these sides with an aggregate score of 17-0 overall.
Liverpool won 3-0 in the identical fixture last year, Gini Wijnaldum on the scoresheet with a delightful chip. Just in case you needed a gentle reminder…
Bournemouth currently sit in 18th position in the league, level on points with Watford and West Ham above them. They are desperate to avoid the drop as their business model is so dependent on the Premier League’s TV revenues.
They have consistently punched above their weight for many years now but many Cherries’ fear a potential relegation could lead to a mass exodus of their core playing XI. Personally, I love the work Eddie Howe has done on the south coast and I think many other football fans’ would agree; they are not a side I would like to see go down anytime soon.
Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Adrián (GK), Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mané
Whilst Bournemouth always pose an attacking threat, I don’t think they have the defence to withstand Liverpool’s front three for 90 minutes.
3-1 to Liverpool.