Liverpool travel to Bournemouth on Sunday for their next Premier League showdown where only realistically 3 points will do.
Not taking anything from Eddie Howe and his team, if Liverpool are to challenge for the league then a win is a must.
Last time we travelled down to the south coast we faced the Southampton bus. Where van Dijk prevented our win – also highlighting how valuable he could be for Klopp’s cause.
Chelsea face Man City on Saturday, either winner will go top – the perfect result for us would be a 0-0 draw.
Bournemouth have only won one game in five games. Liverpool haven’t lost since the second game of the season against Burnley. Such form has made Eddie Howe declare Liverpool as ‘genuine title contenders.’
“For me Liverpool are genuine title contenders. They’ve shown this season what a good side they are and we’ll have to be at our best,” Howe said in his press conference.
“‘It’s clear style. Mixture of experience and young players. I was aware of Adam Lallana way back, you could see he was very creative and technically gifted. We’d prefer not to see him on Sunday.”
Howe may be disappointed – Lallana has been training since thursday and the signs are looking good. Despite Liverpool securing two wins and draw without him, we have missed his panache. “Adam has been training since Thursday, yesterday was the first session and he looked good,” Klopp explained. “We need to see how he reacts to the intensity of the training yesterday – it was quite intense for him, I think, but all good. Having him back is cool.”
Liverpool’s attacking trident
Coutinho will be missing with his ankle injury, so a shuffle up front will more than likely take place. West Ham target Daniel Sturridge will not feature as he’s injured again – the same injury that prevented him in the victory over Leeds in the League Cup.
When Klopp was asked about his fitness and links with West Ham he replied; “There is no thought to sell any player in the first-team squad, actually. I don’t think it would make sense.” Followed by; “Unfortunately Daniel is not in training until now, that’s the thing I’m more concerned about than any transfer rumours.”
The likely replacement will be Divock Origi – who scored after coming on against Sunderland and also in midweek.
Firmino would play in Coutinho’s role, a role he adapted to very nicely last week.
One thing for sure is I hope that Sadio Mané stays on his feet. Against Leeds he looked like he needed longer studs!!
It would be interesting to see if Klopp would take Ben Woodburn to the south coast too. After his goal against Leeds United in the League Cup Klopp is calling for calm over Ben Woodburn – how he manages this hype will be interesting.
“We know what Ben is capable of and what he is already able to do,” Klopp said. “My first job is to help these boys so that they can be the best.”
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