Liverpool vs. Bournemouth
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 – 12:30pm (BST)
Referee: Lee Mason
All of a sudden, that defeat to Leicester City feels like a distant memory.
Saturday’s Merseyside derby triumph was another vital win in Liverpool’s season, and they now look in a very healthy position in the league table.
Klopp’s men sit third, and with eight relatively kind remaining fixtures, it would now be a huge blow if Champions League football wasn’t secured.
Next up for the Reds is Wednesday’s visit of Bournemouth – a side who delivered one of the most crushing blows of Liverpool’s season back in December.
That late 4-3 defeat at Dean Court, having been 3-1 up, was tough to take, but Wednesday is a great chance to avenge that disappointment.
Eddie Howe’s team should have enough to avoid relegation for another year, and on paper, this should be a straightforward evening for the hosts.
We have seen Liverpool fall short in so many games like this in 2016/17, however, and failure to win on Wednesday would halt their current momentum significantly, especially with injuries racking up.
Last meeting: Bournemouth 4-3 Liverpool
Liverpool have been unlucky with injuries this season, particularly in comparison to someone like Chelsea, and several key men are now missing.
Sadio Mane could miss the rest of the season, having suffered a nasty knee injury against Everton, which is a major blow. The 24-year-old has been the Reds’ most influential player this season, so making do without him will be tough.
Daniel Sturridge is back in training, however, which is a much-needed boost for Klopp.
Bournemouth don’t have any new injuries to worry about, although Callum Wilson, Andrew Surman and Adam Federici are all out.
Tyrone Mings is still suspended, following his alleged stamp on Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the beginning of March.
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Bournemouth – Last five results (all competitions)
Klopp was delighted to have both Sturridge and Origi available, especially with Mane such a big loss through injury:
“Everyone would miss Sadio [Mane]. Southampton probably still miss him, Salzburg still miss him,” Klopp said.
“Of course it’s good to have Divock now.
“It is how it is, the season is long and you need all the players. Sometimes the players are in good shape and can’t be in the starting lineup.
“Yes it’s good to have him, and a very, very important option for us now.
“Even now Daniel [Sturridge] is back, I said it yesterday it’s actually a perfect moment coming back to team training.”
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