With midweek Premier League fixtures lined up this week, Liverpool welcome Bournemouth to Anfield in what is an important fixture for both sides. For the hosts, it could be a particularly important fixture in securing a top four finish, as elsewhere, fellow top four contenders Arsenal and Manchester United are facing tough tasks in West Ham and Everton, respectively.
Since their shocking 3-1 loss to Leicester, Liverpool have really turned their form around, achieving three wins and one draw from difficult fixtures including Arsenal, Manchester City, and Everton. They also had a tricky game against Burnley at Anfield, where they went a goal down one but managed to come back by scoring twice to win 2-1.
As for the South-coast side, they have had some very good results recently, with two impressive wins at home against West Ham and Swansea, as well as a fantastic away draw at Manchester United. Eddie Howe will be delighted with the way his side are finishing the season, as they look to secure another campaign in England’s top division.
Liverpool predicted starting XI Bournemouth predicted starting XI
Liverpool have several absentees coming into this fixture, most notably Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana. Both Englishmen have sustained recent injuries and have had to travel to the United States for rehabilitation. Sadio Mane is also due a scan on a potential knee injury suffered against Everton and is a doubt coming into this game.
As for the Cherries, Tyrone Mings remains suspended after his bust-up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Arthur Boruc and Charlie Daniels will face fitness tests before the game, while Howe has ruled midfielder Andrew Surman out. They will also be without Callum Wilson, who is out for the rest of the season.
Verdict: Liverpool 2-0 Bournemouth
Jurgen Klopp’s side will be high on confidence after a fantastic win in the Merseyside derby and it’s difficult to see them coming away from this game with anything less than a win.
Phillipe Coutinho, who put in a superb display against Everton, where he got a goal and an assist, will be hoping to continue this form into the game against Bournemouth. A win would see the Reds take another huge step towards a crucial top four finish which would see them rejoin Europe’s elite clubs in the Champions League.