Jurgen Klopp’s’ Reds travel to the south coast today to face Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side to maintain their early title charge.
Bournemouth, who have only won one of their past five games, will be wanting to bounce back after, despite a spirited performance, they were comfortably dismissed at the Emirates. Bournemouth’s’ midfielder Andrew Surman will still be unavailable for the Cherries, however, keeper Artur Boruc and defender Charlie Daniels could both be set to make a comeback for the Reds’ visit.
Liverpool will, of course, be missing their key man Coutinho after he sustained an injury against Sunderland last week that will keep him out until the start of the New Year. However, Brazilian Roberto Firmino has been passed fit by Jurgen Klopp after he also suffered a minor injury in the tough win against Sunderland last week. Adam Lallana has returned to full training this week after he was injured in the international break which will be a huge boost for Jurgen Klopp as he is vital to his high-pressing formula. Klopp has confirmed that Sturridge will play no part on Sunday due to an injury he has sustained.
If Liverpool win today it will see them sitting behind Chelsea by one point and leave them three points clear of City. This game is a must win for Liverpool and although many people often say these are the games Liverpool often slip up on, I feel those days are past us. Especially after on the evidence of the games over the past few weeks. Character-building wins against Leeds, Sunderland and a demolition of Watford have certainly proved this. We must hope this type of consistency continues, no doubt it must if we are seriously pushing for the title.
One to watch for Bournemouth
Callum Wilson, who has scored four goals so far his season, will be looking to improve on that record when coming up against Lovern and Matip on Sunday. However, it won’t be easy for him as Liverpool’s defence have kept two clean sheets in a row in the Premier league and one in mid-week against Leeds. The defence is slowly looking more solid which is again vital if we want to sustain our title challenge. Wilson, who has bags of pace, will be looking to get in behind the Liverpool defence instead of winning headers, although he does have that in his locker too.
One to watch for Liverpool
Divock Origi will be looking to continue his goal-scoring form against the Cherries after scoring against Sunderland and Leeds. With Coutinho out and Sturridge also injured, Origi must step up once again in order to make a claim to be Liverpool’s’ first choice striker.
Score prediction: Bournemouth 1-3 Liverpool
Wilson ,Firmino x2, Origi