Liverpool vs. Bournemouth
Saturday, April 14, 2018 – 5.30pm (BST)
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
This is the highest point of Jurgen Klopp‘s reign to date, with the team firing on all cylinders and the fanbase as united as it has been for years.
The Reds must remain switched on as league commitments return, however, with Bournemouth making the trip north this weekend.
Last Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Everton has to go down as one of the least memorable Merseyside derbies in history, and a return to winning ways is required at Anfield.
On the face of it, this should be a comfortable 90 minutes Liverpool, when you consider Bournemouth are all but safe from relegation.
With little to play for, and the fact that the Cherries renowned for playing attractive football that doesn’t often trouble the big sides, Klopp’s men have to fancy their chances.
It may not all be plain sailing, though, with changes sure to be made after the midweek excursions at the Etihad, and the risk of it all feeling a little like ‘after the Lord Mayor’s show’.
A nice comfortable win would be perfect following such a stressful run of fixtures.
Last Meeting: Bournemouth 0-4 Liverpool
Klopp will be considering altering his personnel, though, after his players got through such a phenomenal workload against City.
Mane has started all of the Reds’ last 19 matches in all competitions this year, so an evening off could be on the cards for the Senegalese.
Bournemouth are without Adam Smith, Tyrone Mings and Junior Stanislas, while former Liverpool youngster Jordon Ibe is a slight doubt due to illness.
Last 5 Meetings against Bournemouth (All Competitions)
Bournemouth 0-4 Liverpool – December 17, 2017 (Coutinho, Lovren, Salah, Firmino)
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, 2015 (Clyne)
Did You Know?
If Salah scores on Saturday, he will become the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush (47 goals in 1983/84) to register 40 goals in a season.
Roger Hunt is the only other individual to have achieved that feat in Reds history, with the legendary striker netting 42 times in 1961/62.
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Bournemouth – Last five results (all competitions)
“Our whole life is qualifying for the Champions League.
“The games against Rome are about qualifying for the final, and all the other games are about qualifying for the Champions League next season.
“When we face Roma we will be ready for those games, that’s it.”
TV & Live Blog Info
The match is live on BT Sport 1 from 5pm (BST), with kickoff at 5.30pm.
Our matchday live blog begins at 4.45pm, with Henry Jackson in the chair this weekend.