After picking up only four points from their last five games, Bournemouth need to get results before their league position becomes troubling. They’re currently 12th but that’s only four points off the relegation zone. Encouraging performances mean diddly squat if they’re not picking up the results to go with them. Eddie Howe’s team have a tough task on their hands this weekend.
Liverpool travel to Dean Court in an attempt to top the table, trailing leaders Chelsea by a point, they have the opportunity to leapfrog the Blues if they slip up at Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp required the assistance of Divock Origi to break down Sunderland at the weekend and the Belgian popped up again with the opener against Leeds in midweek. He should be rewarded for his fine form with a place in the starting line-up. The Reds will be missing Philippe Coutinho for the next few weeks, the Brazilian expected to be sidelined for weeks.
Luckily for Klopp, he has an abundance of attacking talent and goalscorers popping up all over the pitch. One to watch is young Ben Woodburn, who, at the age of 17 years and 45 days, broke Michael Owen’s record to become the club’s youngest ever goalscorer. We don’t expect him to become a Premier League regular for some time yet though.
Having missed his their defeat to Arsenal because he can’t play against his parent club, Jack Wilshere will be back for the Cherries, who could test a backline looking solid of late.
Bournemouth XI: Federici, Francis, Smith, Cook, Aké, Smith, Wilshere, Arter, Stanislas, Wilson, King
Liverpool XI: Karius, Lovren, Clyne, Matip, Milner, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Can, Firmino, Origi, Mané