Bournemouth take on the undesirable task of hosting high flying Liverpool on Sunday. The reds have lost only once this season, a 2-0 defeat at lowly-Burnley. Eddie Howe’s team will hope to emulate that heroic performance. The manager has said they have no fear for Jurgen Klopp’s men and they will be gunning for a win. To achieve this, their recent goalscoring record has to be rectified. Since mauling hull city 6-1 last two months, the South Coast club have scored just three goals in five matches.
Contrastingly, free-scoring Liverpool have scored 32 goals, the highest in the league. One point of interest for the Bournemouth fans is that the free flowing Liverpool have been lethargic in recent matches. It took them till the last 30 minutes before they could find the net against Sunderland and Leeds, and Southampton was able to stop them with a good defensive setup.
The reds will also be hampered by the absence of exciting playmaker, although Lallana may be fit to face his old side. Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp had words of praise for Bournemouth for the style of game they played at the Emirate last week. He went as far as saying the Cherries could have had a penalty and earn something from their trip to London last week. Though, he will not want to give them anything this weekend.
Bournemouth will be without midfielder Andrew Surman who is nursing a hamstring injury. Lewis Cook is also unavailable due to an ankle injury.
However Artur Boruc and Charlie Daniels could both return after overcoming back and hips problems respectively.
Attackers Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings are unavailable for Liverpool. Coutinho picked up an ankle injury last week at Sunderland while Sturridge is nursing a calf problem. Ings is out for the season with knee problems.
Firmino also had a knock last week but he could be fit for this match while Adam Lallana also face a race against time after returning from groin injury.
Liverpool have never lost to Bournemouth in all competition. (W7, D2).
This is Liverpool’s second ever visit to Vitality stadium. Last season was the first when they won 2-1.
Bournemouth have lost three of their last four league matches but they have lost only once in five matches at home. (W3, D1).
Six of Bournemouth’s last nine league goals have come from set pieces.
The cherries have hit the woodwork 10 times already this season. Jack Wilshere have hit the post 4 times while Junior Stanislas had done that 3 times.
REFEREE FOR THE MATCH
31 years old Madley was born in West Yorkshire. He is taking charge of a Bournemouth game for the second time this season. He was in the centre when Bournemouth beat Everton 1-0 in September. This is also his second game for Liverpool. He took charge of Liverpool game at Tottenham in August.
Robert Madley has taken charge of 11 games this season and he has issued 54 yellow and 2 red cards.
Sunday, Dec 04, 2016