Match Preview: Liverpool vs Bournemouth
Date & time: March 7th, 2020 - 12:30pm
Is it on: BT Sport
Ref: Paul Tierney
I wrote before the Chelsea game that 'after a couple of defeats... ', but this time we're looking at 3 defeats from our last 4 games.
It's something of an unprecedented situation for Liverpool in the past 18 months, when defeats became something of a rarity.
But following defeats to Atletico Madrid, Watford and now Chelsea, Liverpool desperately need a big boost against Bournemouth tomorrow night.
A few goals, maybe even a clean sheet, would go down a treat ahead of the return to Anfield of Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night, when LFC will need to be at their absolute best.
First things first, though: beating Bournemouth is a must. All that's needed is 4 more wins.
Injuries & Suspension
Of course, the obvious news is the loss of Alisson Becker to another injury. His return, along with Joe Gomez, heralded a long run of clean sheets but our form has dropped off recently.
Funnily enough, it coincided with losing Jordan Henderson to injury during that loss in Madrid. Which brings me to the captain, who is still out himself.
Henderson is unlikely to be back until the derby, although there's some hope that he could be back in time for the return leg mid-week. Elsewhere, Xherdan Shaqiri is still out.
For the away team, Harry Wilson is obviously out as he remains ineligible to play against us. Whilst David Brooks and Charlie Daniels are both unlikely to be back in time either.
Last 5 games:
Liverpool (all comps): W-L-W-L-L
Bournemouth (all comps): L-W-L-L-D
Predicted Line up
Strangely, despite having a largely fully-fit squad to choose from, Klopp has a few decisions to make. Mostly relating to form.
The defence is likely to pick itself, despite 3/4 of it turning out against Chelsea and failing pretty miserably. Adrian will take him place again between the sticks.
The front three will probably pick themselves, with neither Takumi Minamino nor Divock Origi having covered themselves in glory on Tuesday night.
But it's the midfield that will cause him a slight headache, with Fabinho obviously struggling mid-week. With Gini Wijnaldum and Milner returning for the weekend, we may see a slightly different setup in the midfield against the Cherries tomorrow morning.
Starting XI: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Firmino.