BOU vs LIV Match Preview: Liverpool will be looking to carry on their winning momentum in the Premier League as they take a visit to Dean Court as they face Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth side. Jurgen Klopp’s men have an 11 point gap with 43 points on board while being at the top. The Reds most recent result was a 5-2 win against city rivals, Everton.
Meanwhile, Bournemouth has been struggling to register points lately as the Cherries have lost four of their last five games and with their last win being against Manchester United in early November.
The League leaders will be fancying their chances to register another win, while Bournemouth looks to do the impossible and try to get a result our of the upcoming fixture.
Date- Saturday, December 7 | Kick-Off- 8:30 PM (IST) | Venue- Anfield
Steve Cook’s broken wrist makes him a doubt for the upcoming fixture. Chris Mepham could once again chip in at centre-back as a result of Cook’s exclusion. Since Harry Wilson cannot play against his parent club, Ryan Fraser is in line of making it to the starting eleven. Eddie Howe could go with a defensive setup. David Brooks, Junior Stanislas, Charlie Daniels and Joshua King are all ruled out due to injuries.
Alisson Becker should return to the starting eleven after serving a one-match ban. Roberto Firmino, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah were rested against Everton and are expected to start on Saturday. However, Divock Origi could be given further game time while Sadio Mane gets a break.
Nathaniel Clyne, Joel Matip and Fabinho are on the sidelines due to injuries.
Bournemouth- Ramsdale; Smith, Mepham, Ake, Rico; Danjuma, L. Cook, Lerma, Billing, Fraser; C. Wilson.
Liverpool- Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Origi.
Ryan Fraser has made 19 key passes from 14 appearances this season which is the most by any player from Bournemouth. Keeping that aside, Fraser has scored a goal and has three assists to his name.
Robert Firmino can pack a punch while leading the attack for Liverpool and has four goals and four assists from 15 league appearances. The Brazillian also has the 25 successful dribbles this season which is the second most after Sadio Mane in his side.
Callum Wilson should be the one in charge to score the goals for Bournemouth. Wilson has scored five goals from 15 league appearances this season.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s ability to cross the ball could be second to none in the Premier League. The Liverpool wing-back has a goal and six assists from 15 appearances in the league this season.
Who will win today match?
Taking into consideration that Klopp rested quite a few first-team players against Everton, the Reds should be the ones to come home with a win against a struggling Bournemouth unit.
Goalkeeper- A Ramsdale
Defenders- C Mepham, Vv Dijk, T Alexander-Arnold
Midfielders- R Fraser, P Billing, A O Chamberlain, G Wijnaldum, M Salah
Forwards- C Wilson, R Firmino (C)
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