Match Preview – Bournemouth vs Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp’s side visit Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon, looking to bounce back after two successive dull and boring draws against weaker opposition.


The Reds go into the clash on Sunday in 5th position, level on points with 4th placed Tottenham and only four points behind 3rd placed Chelsea.

However, Liverpool could have been above both London sides should they have beaten both West Brom, in midweek, and Everton last Sunday.

Despite dominating both games, Liverpool could not kill the game off, which highlighted a problem that the Reds had throughout last season when lesser opposition came to Anfield and sat back, playing for the draw.

In those two games, Jurgen Klopp has been left frustrated as he believed his side had been on the wrong end of two key decisions.

Firstly the penalty decision last weekend angered Klopp as he felt defender, Dejan Lovren, did not foul Everton forward, Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The subsequent penalty was scored by Wayne Rooney to give Everton a priceless point at Anfield.

Secondly, Jurgen Klopp would have thought that the decision to rule out Dominic Solanke’s goal in midweek was the wrong one. Solanke unintentionally handled the ball as he scored, which would have gave Liverpool the win, should it of stood, but Jurgen Klopp was left with four dropped points in a week.

Sunday sees The Reds return to the Vitality Stadium where they contributed to, arguably, the best game of the season last year.

Liverpool lost a 3-1 lead in 30 second half minutes to lose 4-3 at Bournemouth, which included a 90th minute winner from defender, Nathan Ake.

This game signified the downfall of Loris Karius. Karius’ mistake for Ake’s winner started a run of mistakes in the first team which ultimately led to him losing his spot to now number one goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

Karius may have a chance to rectify last years nightmares on Sunday as Simon Mignolet is carrying a ankle injury but Jurgen Klopp confirmed he will be fit for Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp has also confirmed that midfielder maestro; Adam Lallana could be intention for an appearance on the south coast as he recovers from a ruptured thigh muscle.


Meanwhile Bournemouth are also looking to bounce back after losing, unluckily 1-0 at Manchester United in midweek.

In fact, Eddie Howe’s men have not won since they beat Huddersfield 4-0 at the Vitality in November. Since that win Bournemouth have lost two and drawn three.

Eddie Howe will look to take inspiration from the 4-3 win last season and how they managed a 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield in April.

A win is much needed for The Cherries as they sit only two points above the drop zone, should they win they could, if results go their way move up to 11th position, above their south coast rivals Southampton and Brighton.

Prediction: 11 goals in the last two matches between the two sides so it should be an entertaining match for the neutral. Bournemouth 2-3 Liverpool.



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