Liverpool have the chance to temporarily go top of the premier league if they can defeat Bournemouth in the Vitality stadium this weekend.
They are two points behind leaders Manchester City and have remained unbeaten in 15 games so far this season. Bournemouth sit 7th on the table.
Bournemouth have had a stellar season, by their standard and with 15 games of the season gone, the Cherries are eight points and seven places better off than at the same stage of last term, sitting above Manchester United in seventh.
The Cherries are already more than halfway to the 40-point mark and find themselves right behind the top teams and with a potential to qualify for a Europa League place.
Eddie Howe will be wary of Liverpool who have a brilliant goal scoring record especially against weaker opposition and he will seek to reinforce things at the back if they hope to get anything from the match.
December looks like a difficult month for Howe’s boys with matches against Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United still to come before the end of the year, having already faced Manchester City.
Lewis Cook will be sidelined for up to nine months after damaging his ACL. Dan Gosling is also expected to miss the game with a knee injury while Adam Smith is out until 2019.
Bournemouth possible starting eleven:
Begovic; Francis, S Cook, Ake, Daniels; Brooks, Surman, Lerma, Fraser; King, Wilson
Liverpool will be wary of Bournemouth who can dent their chances of silverware this season. The Reds have undergone some resurgence over the past 2 years, breaking records since the arrival of Jurgen Klopp.
But their period of resurgence has been marred by a dominant Manchester City who have been very professional in seeing out teams. Liverpool must ensure they are not complacent against the Cherries.
The Reds are in line to make it 16 games unbeaten and Jurgen Klopp will position his side to do just that. The Champions League has not been as super as the premier league for liverpool as the reds stand the risk of being eliminated should they fail to win their final match of the qualifying series.
Klopp’s men have only managed two clean sheets from their last 10 away games across all competitions, though, and they will be aware that any slip-up against an attacking outlet like Bournemouth could be ruthlessly punished by the relentless City machine
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were all absent from the Liverpool XI of last game weekend as Jurgen Klopp rested his big guns ahead of a two big matches next week. Roberto Firmino came off the bench to score and may likely lead the line again.
Liverpool possible starting eleven:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Moreno; Fabinho, Keita; Shaqiri, Firmino, Lallana; Sturridge
Head To Head
Liverpool have lost only one of 13 matches against Bournemouth in all competitions, although that was a memorable 4-3 thriller at Dean Court two years ago.
Saturday’s match will be only the seventh league clash between the two clubs, with Liverpool having won four of the previous six including both last season.