By Lewis Thompson
Twitter – @LewisThomps0n
Liverpool are polishing up their final tactics as they prepare to take on AFC Bournemouth in another fixture in The Reds title run.
Liverpool are looking to keep up with Manchester City as both teams are now equal on points with Liverpool having an extra game in hand. Klopp and his men will surely be looking to come back with a bang after another disappointing 1-1 draw in the Premier League to West Ham at the London Stadium.
Liverpool won three out of their last five games against The Cherries in the Premier League. Bournemouth managed to beat The Reds 4-3 back on the 4th of December 2016 in what was a phenomenal game between the two sides.
Bournemouth haven’t scored against Liverpool since the 2-2 draw back in April 2017. The Reds have managed to score a total of eleven goals against Bournemouth in their last three games, with them conceding no goals at all.
As for Bournemouth’s recent run of form their away form isn’t really the best at the minute, they have only won two of their last five games in the league, most recently losing 2-0 to Cardiff away from home.
The Cherries also lost to Everton 2-0 and drew 3-3 to Watford both away from the Vitality Stadium. However, Liverpool certainly will not be feared by Eddie Howe and his team as recently they picked up a massive 4-0 win against top six team Chelsea and Bournemouth also beat West Ham 2-0 who as we know recently drew to Liverpool.
Eddie Howe has said that he has enjoyed playing Liverpool, however, he does realise the challenge ahead. “We have some great games with Liverpool, the recent games have been tough, though.” Howe said in his recent press conference. The English man also added, “We need to be more competitive, it’s a good game and exciting challenge.”
Bournemouth are set to be without attacking duo Callum Wilson and David Brooks as both are looking to be out for around three to four weeks. As for Jefferson Lerma, Eddie Howe said, “We are waiting on a fitness test for Jefferson Lerma as well.”
So, the Colombian defensive midfielder could still well feature in this fixture. Nathaniel Clyne is also unavailable for The Cherries due to loan terms that prevent him from playing against his parent club. There are no current suspensions in the Bournemouth squad.
Now onto my predicted line-up for the game. I feel like Eddie Howe will start the game with quite a defensive 4-4-1-1 formation. Begovic in nets, with a defensive line including Steve Cook at right back, Mepham and Ake at the centre of the defence and Smith out on the left. I feel the four in front will consist of Stanislas at right wing and
Fraser at left wing with Gosling and captain Surman in the middle. This leaves ex Liverpool man Solanke up top with Norwegian striker Joshua King in behind him.
I have full confidence in Liverpool that they can go out there and prove that we are still in the title race. I believe that we still have the quality to go out and get a massive win against them.
I’m going to go with a convincing 3-0 win to Liverpool with Salah scoring two and Shaqiri coming on and getting the other. Tell me what you think the score will be, COME ON YOU F*CKING REDS!!
Ps, I know this has nothing to do with the topic I am currently writing about, however, as I am writing this 28-year-old Emiliano Sala’s body has just been identified by Dorset Police. I feel it is only right to mention such a heart-breaking tragedy. Rest in peace Emiliano Sala, 1990-2019.
By Lewis Thompson
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