Liverpool will face AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League at Anfield this afternoon as Jurgen Klopp and his team look to return to winning ways following three defeats in their previous four matches.
The English champions-elect are four league victories away from securing their first league title in 30 years and can extend their advantage at the top of the league summit to 25 points with a win against Eddie Howe’s PL strugglers.
The Cherries arrive at the home of the European champions with just two wins in their previous 11 league matches and they will also be without their second top-scorer Harry Wilson.
The Liverpool star who is currently on loan at the Vitality Stadium is ineligible to play against his parent club which comes at an awful time for Bournemouth who are desperate for points with the team currently in the relegation zone.
Wilson, 22, has clocked up 27 appearances this season on the south coast scoring seven goals whilst registering two assists.
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The Wales international is currently undergoing a dip in form with Wilson without a goal in the league since November and the Reds winger was an unused substitute during the 2-2 raw against Chelsea last week.
Despite this, Wilson has been an integral figure for Bournemouth this season with only Calum Wilson (8) registering more goals than the former Derby County star in the top-flight this campaign.
History would suggest that Howe’s team are in for a tough afternoon ahead of their trip up the M6 with their previous clashes against Klopp’s team making for uncomfortable reading for supporters.
In the last five matches, the two teams have faced against each other, Liverpool have a mouthwatering aggregate score of 17-0 against the Cherries.
During the reverse fixture in December, Liverpool came away from the Vitality Stadium with an emphatic 3-0 win courtesy of goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah.
The fixture also saw Curtis Jones make his Premier League debut, coming on for the last 15 minutes of the tie.
With Liverpool’s recent dramatic turn of events, this Anfield affair suddenly has much more riding on it than first expected.