Reds must return to winning ways at Dean Court – Bournemouth vs. Liverpool Preview

16 December 2017

Liverpool head to Bournemouth for a Premier League clash on Sunday, with consecutive home draws putting pressure on for a win at Dean Court.


Bournemouth vs. Liverpool

Sunday, December 17, 2017 — 4:30pm (GMT)
Dean Court
Premier League
Referee: Andre Marriner

If the 1-1 draw against Everton was infuriating, the stalemate that followed at home to West Brom was just downright poor.

Liverpool were never at the races against the Baggies in midweek, despite the ‘Fab Four’ all starting, and their top-four chances have been dealt a blow after dropping four points in as many days.

This weekend must see Klopp’s men get back to winning ways at Bournemouth, but it will arguably be tougher than their last two outings.

The Cherries showed last season what they are capable of at Dean Court, defeating Liverpool 4-3 in the dying seconds, and something similar on Sunday would be disastrous.

Despite some negativity returning of late, the Merseysiders are still unbeaten in 11 matches, dating all the way back to the 4-1 loss at Tottenham on October 22.

Liverpool are tough to beat, even though seven draws out of 17 in the league is too many, and they remain right in the Champions League mix.

Klopp’s rotation has sparked plenty of debate recently, and it will be interesting to see who he goes with this weekend.

One thing is for sure: more dropped points would see plenty of criticism head in the manager’s direction, regardless of who is selected.

Last Meeting: Liverpool 2-2 Bournemouth

 

Team News

STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Wednesday, November 29, 2017: Liverpoolís Emre Can reacts during the FA Premier League match between Stoke City and Liverpool at the Bet365 Stadium. (Pic by Peter Powell/Propaganda)

Joel Matip and Nathaniel Clyne are still unavailable for Liverpool, although both are progressing nicely, according to Klopp.

Adam Lallana is expected to be part of the matchday squad, which is a big boost, while Daniel Sturridge‘s involvement remains up in the air.

Emre Can is suspended for the game, having picked up his fifth domestic yellow card of the season against West Brom, which means Jordan Henderson will come back into the side.

Simon Mignolet will return in place of Loris Karius, despite the German doing well on Wednesday, and Joe Gomez and James Milner could replace Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson.

Gomez, Robertson and Milner are all expected to recover from knocks.

Sadio Mane has struggled for form of late, so benching him potentially makes sense. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dominic Solanke will be raring to go, if any of the ‘Fab Four’ are not involved.

Adam Federici, Tyrone Mings and ex-Liverpool defender Brad Smith are all out for Bournemouth, but Howe has no injuries to key men.

 

Last 5 vs. Bournemouth (All Competitions)

Liverpool's Loris Karius looks on dejected after his mistake gives Bournemouth's their fourth goal during the Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium, London. Picture date December 4th, 2016 Pic David Klein/Sportimage via PA Images

Liverpool 2-2 Bournemouth – April 5, 2017 (Coutinho, Origi; Afobe, King)
Bournemouth 4-3 Liverpool – December 4, 2016 (Wilson pen, Fraser, Cook, Ake; Mane, Origi, Can)
Bournemouth 1-2 Liverpool – April 17, 2016 (King; Firmino, Sturridge)
Liverpool 1-0 Bournemouth – October 28, 2016 (Clyne)
Liverpool 1-0 Bournemouth – August 17, 2015 (Benteke)

 

Dean Court

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - Sunday, April 17, 2016: A general view of Bournemouth's Dean Court Stadium before the FA Premier League match against Liverpool. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Capacity: 11,464

Away fans’ pubs: The Bell Inn in Pokesdown, otherwise you may have to head into the town centre.

 

Form

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 13, 2017: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah looks dejected after missing a chance during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Bournemouth – Last five results (all competitions)

Lost 1-0 vs. Man United
Drew 2-2 vs. Crystal Palace
Drew 1-1 vs. Southampton
Lost 2-1 vs. Burnley
Drew 0-0 vs. Swansea

Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)

Drew 0-0 vs. West Brom
Drew 1-1 vs. Everton
Won 7-0 vs. Spartak Moscow
Won 5-1 vs. Brighton
Won 3-0 vs. Stoke

 

Did You Know?

AFC Bournemouth's Steve Cook (second left) celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game during the Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth. 2016. (Picture by Adam Davy PA Wire/PA Images)

Last season’s 4-3 triumph was the only time Bournemouth have ever beaten Liverpool in their history, having faced each other 11 times in total.

The Reds have won seven and drawn three of their other 10 meetings with Sunday’s hosts.

 

Klopp’s View

Klopp knows an improved performance is required against Bournemouth, and he has backed his players to deliver one at Dean Court:

“Against West Brom we didn’t deserve luck. It was not a good performance, it was not as good as we could’ve have played.

“We weren’t fluid, our passing was not at its best—but there haven’t been a lot of ‘not good’ games recently.

“We didn’t lose it in a week and we don’t ‘get’ it in a week. We have to deliver, we know that. We have to play better than against West Brom.”

 

TV & Live Blog Info

General view of a spidercam - Anfield, television camera (Peter Byrne/PA Wire.)

The match is live on Sky Sports Main Event on Sunday, with coverage getting underway at 4.15pm (GMT). Kick off is at 4.30pm.

Our matchday live blog will be available from 3.45pm, with Ben Twelves tasked with talking you through a much-needed Liverpool victory.

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