Liverpool vs Bournemouth – Match Preview
Liverpool host Bournemouth in a midweek evening fixture at Anfield in the matchweek 31 of Premier League. The Reds have won 4 of their last 6 matches, drawing once and losing once. 3rd placed Liverpool is likely to secure UCL Football if they maintain this form and is 4 points clear of 5th placed Man Utd.
Bournemouth sits 14th in the league table and is 7 points clear of the relegation zone. On Saturday, The Reds came out victorious in the Merseyside Derby against Everton by 3-1 and The Cherries played out a goalless draw against Southampton at St. Marys. In the reverse fixture early in the season we saw a Premier League classic as Bourenmouth made a great come back. From 1-3 down, Bournemouth made it 4-3 and the 4th goal came in the 90th minute. So, Liverpool is all out to avenge this embarrassing defeat.
Liverpool winger Sadio Mane will miss this one due to a knee injury which he picked up in the Merseyside Derby. Divock Origi is in contention to start and will replace him in the starting line up. Daniel Sturridge is back in training and could take part in the match. Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana were sent to USA for treatment and so both would sit out.
Bournemouth midfielder Andrew Surman is out with a knee injury and he could be replaced by Jack Wilshere. The Cherries have other fitness doubts. Tyrone Mills will miss this tie as he is still suspended.
Probable Line Up
Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Milner, Lucas, Can, Wijnaldum, Firmino, Origi, Coutinho.
Bournemouth: Boruc, Daniels, S Cook, Francis, A Smith, Wilshere, Fraser, Gosling, Pugh, King, Afobe.
Date: 5th April, 2017 (6th April in South Asia)
Time: 8:00 PM (BST), 12:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Anfield, Liverpool
Broadcast Details: NBC Sports (US), Star Sports Select HD 1 (Ind)
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live, Hotstar
Match Referee: Lee Stephen Mason
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on losing Sadio Mane to injury: “Everyone would miss Sadio. Southampton probably still miss him, Red Bull Salzburg miss him.
“It is not about thinking ‘how can we play perfect football’, we need to get results and the first thing I will think about is how we can defend [against] Bournemouth, not how can we create 27 chances.
“If we are strong and perfectly organised in defence then Bournemouth cannot get confidence in the game.
“We don’t think what we miss, we only think what we can do to win this football game.”
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: “Liverpool will be a really tough test for us. We respect them and their manager. We’ve done okay at Anfield in recent games.
“The home game against Liverpool was arguably our standout game of the season so far, but it’s of no relevance now. This is a new game.
“We want to gather as many points as we can. The challenges in our next three games [Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham] are tough, but ones we have to relish.
“We’re in a good place at the moment. We’re also aware of how quickly things can change in football.”
Bournemouth’s 4-3 win against Liverpool in December is their only victory in 10 previous games against the Reds.
They have lost all four of their previous games at Anfield, conceding 10 times and scoring just twice.
- The Reds’ last six league defeats have all come against sides in the bottom half of the table (on the day of the game).
- The Merseysiders have only lost one of their last 23 Premier League home matches (W15, D7) – that was the 3-2 defeat against Swansea in January.
- They have also suffered just one defeat in their last 34 top-flight games at Anfield on a Wednesday (W23, D10), with that loss coming against Wolves in 2010.
- Philippe Coutinho has assisted six Premier League goals this season, his second best tally in a Premier League campaign (he set up seven in 2013-14).
- The Cherries could keep three consecutive clean sheets for the first time in the top flight.
- They are unbeaten in their last four games (W2, D2).
- They have been awarded a league-high 10 penalties this term, but have missed their last three spot-kicks.
- Bournemouth have hit the woodwork 16 times in this season’s Premier League – more than any other side (prior to the latest round of matches).
- They are winless in five away league games in 2017 (D2, L3).
Last Three League Meetings
- Bournemouth 4-3 Liverpool (Premier League 2016-17)
- Bournemouth 1-2 Liverpool (Premier League 2015-16)
- Liverpool 1-0 Bournemouth (Premier League 2015-16)