The games are coming thick and fast for Liverpool as they attempt to end 30 years of pain on Merseyside by delivering a first league title since 1990. Next in the wings for the European champions is a trip to the south coast where they prepare to face off against Bournemouth.
Eddie Howe’s team are currently 14th in the Premier League table after recently slumping to four consecutive league defeats. On top of that, Liverpool have already dealt their opponents a significant blow before a ball has even been kicked.
The Cherries will of-course be without their talisman and top-scorer Harry Wilson who is ineligible to play against his parent club. The 22-year-old forward is currently undergoing a year loan at the Vitality Stadium in his inaugural season in the topflight.
The Wales international has been in scintillating for his new team scoring six goals in 14 appearances. Wilson currently boasts the same amount of goals as Mohamed Salah – his Liverpool counterpart.
To put into perspective how vital Wilson has been for Bournemouth this season, the Welsh winger has scored three-quarters of his team’s goals in their previous nine matches.
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The former Derby County forward recently fired an impressive brace against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham side and also scored one of the goals of the season with a thunderbolt against Premier League champions Manchester City.
Only Josh King and Steve Cook have found the net for Howe’s side since September who currently only have one win in their last 10 league matches.
Liverpool, meanwhile have 43 points – from a possible 45 – in the league and are unbeaten in their previous 32 league matches – a club record. Bournemouth haven’t beaten the European champions since that enthralling 4-3 victory in December 2016 and have lost their last four encounters against the Merseysiders.
With Bournemouth desperate to get out of their recent slump and only two points off the relegation zone, the loss of their most potent attacker this season will certainly see Jurgen Klopp and his team overwhelming favourites come the weekend.