Sports Mole preview Saturday’s Premier League clash between Liverpool and Bournemouth, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
liverpool will be looking to bounce back from their defeat at Manchester United when they continue their Premier League campaign at home against Bournemouth Saturday.
The Reds are currently 16th in the table, having picked up just two points from their first three games, while Bournemouth are 15th, picking up three points from their first three games.
Liverpool’s 2021-22 campaign ended in disappointment, losing to Manchester City in the Premier League title race, before suffering a 1-0 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
Jurgen KloppThe side would have been looking to make a strong start to the season but so far the Merseyside side have struggled, drawing their opening two league games against Fulham and Crystal Palace before losing 2-1 against Man United at Old Trafford on Monday.
The Reds threatened to claim a late point from Manchester, with Mohammad Salah halving the deficit in the 81st minute, but Man United held on to secure a whopping three points, leaving Liverpool in 16th place with just two points to show from their opening three matches.
Liverpool are already seven points behind early leaders Arsenal and five behind champions Man City, which means there is certainly pressure on the team ahead of this game, especially as their next two after this one. These are against an improving Newcastle United and Everton on Merseyside. Derby.
Klopp won’t quite hit the panic button, but the team’s injury problems are a real problem at this stage of the campaign, and another poor result this weekend would bring more criticism.
Bournemouth have lost each of their last six Premier League games to Liverpool, including both matches in the 2019-20 campaign, with the Cherries last beating the Reds at home in December 2016.
Scott ParkerThe side opened their season with a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa on August 6, but lost their last two to Manchester City and Arsenal, conceding seven times in the process.
Bournemouth have struggled in their last two against the current Premier League top two, and the promoted side now have another huge test against Liverpool, but they will come into the game with a win, having overcome Norwich City at the penalty shootout in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night.
The Cherries, who will end the month at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers, finished second in the Championship last season, picking up 88 points from their 46 games, suffering just eight defeats in the process, but they will be aware of the task ahead of them in L England’s elite.
Bournemouth have spent five consecutive seasons in the Premier League before two campaigns in the Championship, and they will look to consolidate again at the top level.
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Liverpool will again be deprived of the services of Darwin Nunez due to his red card against Palace, while the team’s injury problems show no signs of easing.
Thiago Alcantara, Diogo Jota, Joel Matip, Curtis Jones, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Ibrahima Konate and Calvin Ramsey will again be absent, while Caoimhin Kelleher remains a doubt.
Fabinho started on the bench against Man United but should be back in the starting XI here; Klopp doesn’t have many other change options though, so he should be close to the same side that took to the pitch at Old Trafford despite the disappointing performances.
As for Bournemouth, Joe Rothwell, Ryan Frederick, David Brooks and Junior Stanislas will be absent again, but Jamal Lowe should be back with the team after recovering from illness.
Parker also revealed during his press conference that Dominique Solanke pressured to be available following an ankle problem, with the striker expected to start on the bench.
There were a number of changes for the squad’s EFL Cup contest with Norwich on Tuesday, but those who rested should be back here, with Kieffer Moore should operate at the forefront of the attack.
Possible starting line-up from Liverpool:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Elliott, Fabinho, Henderson; Salah, Firmino, Diaz
Possible starting line-up from Bournemouth:
crosses; Mepham, Senesi, Kelly; Smith, Pearson, Lerma, Zemura; Tavernier, Moore, Christie
We say: Liverpool 3-1 Bournemouth
Bournemouth will be happy with Liverpool’s struggles so far but there should be a response from the Reds in this game. Klopp’s side can’t afford another poor result at the start of the campaign, and we expect the hosts to claim their first win of the season this weekend.
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