Liverpool vs B’mouth Preview | Triple boost for Reds | Expected XI’s | Prediction
This is our match preview ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth including team news, expected line-ups and predicted score
Liverpool will be looking to return to the top of the table with a positive result when they take on Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
The Reds have relinquished their lead after being held to disappointing 1-1 draws by Leicester and West Ham over the past two games and Manchester City moved top on goal difference with a 2-0 win at Everton on Wednesday night.
Liverpool still have a game more to play so the title is still in their own hands but Jurgen Klopp will be determined to get back to winning ways against Bournemouth and put the pressure on City ahead of their clash with Chelsea on Sunday.
Bournemouth head to Anfield in mixed form as they’ve won each of their last two home games but have slumped to defeats on the road to Cardiff and Everton recently so Eddie Howe will be keen to pick up a positive result away from home tomorrow.
Liverpool have been handed a boost with the news that Trent Alexander-Arnold is back in full training after recovering from a knee injury that’s kept him out for the last month so he could return at right-back.
Jordan Henderson is also set to return from a minor muscle problem that kept him out of the West Ham game while Georginio Wijnaldum should also be recalled after overcoming his own knee complaint.
However, Dejan Lovren remains out with a hamstring injury while Joe Gomez has been ruled out for at least another month after undergoing surgery on his fractured leg so he remains on the sidelines with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Bournemouth are still without Callum Wilson due to a knee injury while David Brooks is also out with an ankle problem. Nathaniel Clyne is unable to play against his parent club but Dominic Solanke could feature against Liverpool after leaving on a permanent deal in January.
Liverpool 3-1 Bournemouth: Liverpool have stumbled recently and nerves look to be creeping in but Bournemouth should be a good game for them at Anfield. The Cherries are unlikely to sit with 10 men behind the ball and they should give Liverpool plenty of opportunities to flex their firepower going forward. Howe’s side will still cause a threat and no doubt Solanke will be keen to impress against his old club but I think Liverpool will win 3-1 tomorrow to return to the summit.
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