Liverpool will be hoping to build on their recent historical league win against Manchester United. A 7-0 victory sees them in touching distance to the 4th place spot and a weak Bournemouth side should be defeated by Klopp’s men.
Bournemouth gave Arsenal a good run for their money despite losing two further players to injury ahead of the match, as Jefferson Lerma and Hamed Traore missed out with muscular tightness from the defeat to City a week prior. However, neither man is nursing anything serious and could return here, while Ilya Zabarnyi, Marcus Tavernier and Lloyd Kelly are also thought to be in with slim chances of featuring, but Matias Vina, David Brooks and Junior Stanislas should all miss out.
As for Liverpool, there has been little movement in the Anfield treatment room, with Thiago Alcantara, Luis Diaz and Calvin Ramsay all still missing, while Arthur is yet to be considered for first-team selection since undergoing thigh surgery.
It remains to be seen if Joe Gomez and Naby Keita can shake off their muscular problems too, but Klopp should avoid taking any unnecessary risks before next week’s trip to the Bernabeu – neither man would be expected to start the second leg anyway.
Wednesday’s game may be playing on the mind of Klopp, but the Liverpool boss will surely see no reason to alter the XI that destroyed Man United, meaning another start for Harvey Elliott ahead of fellow protege Stefan Bajcetic.
Bournemouth possible starting lineup:
Neto; Smith, Mepham, Senesi, Stephens, Zemura; Ouattara, Billing, Rothwell, Traore; Solanke
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Elliott, Fabinho, Henderson; Salah, Gakpo, Nunez
Prediction: Bournemouth 1-3 Liverpool
With the new-look front three beginning to gel and a first-choice backline proving consistently resilient in the Premier League, Liverpool shouldn’t face too much resistance en route to a routine three points.
Bournemouth’s attacking endeavours against Man City and Arsenal must be applauded, but an odd consolation goal could be possible for the Cherries as Liverpool continue their top-four charge.