Two disappointing results within a week has left some Liverpool fans frustrated as some of the players in the team, with 1-1 draw against Everton and a bore draw against West Brom in midweek, the Reds are going to have to recover not only their momentum, but the complete faith of the fans as they visit Dean Court. They travel to face Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth team who have been very much middle of the pack so far this season and Jurgen Klopp will be expected to bring his Liverpool side to a better result that the 4-3 loss away to the Cherries in this fixture last season. Match-day 18? Seriously, these are going quick. Into these.
Thankfully, the team isn’t going nowhere in terms of injury problems, we’re actually soaring towards a fully fit team with Adam Lallana once again available for the match-day squad after his little cameo a few weeks ago. There are a few little niggles in the squad, after Simon Mignolet sat out in midweek and Mo Salah had a rumoured hamstring problem. However we seem to be nigh-on completely fit but I fully expect Jurgen Klopp to execute his masterplan and continue with the rotation. Alberto Moreno and Nathaniel Clyne remain out.
Bournemouth have no fresh injury concerns to worry about, with defender, Tyrone Mings being the only notable long-term absentee for the Cherries. Howe suggested in his pre-match press conference that we could see some rotation from them to deal with the festive fixture-list piling up on the schedule.
Some might say that Jurgen Klopp really is a maverick with his insistance on rotation, but the positives are there for everyone to see. Everyone gets game time and everyone gets to stay at 100% freshness when coming into the team. Ben Woodburn, who has been supersonic for the under-23s and under-18s so far this season, was left out of the youth squad on Thursday so could be a candidate for at least a place on the bench. However, I would love it if the young Welshman would start to fire some life into our somewhat stale midfield. Loris Karius could get consecutive Premier League games for the first time since last season, he would truly have to step out and perform well to turn Jurgen Klopp’s head even slightly from consistently picking Simon Mignolet. Andy Robertson will probably get yet another chance at left-back, which is very nice to see, especially in the sad absence of Alberto Moreno. Plus, if those shithouse rumours were to believed, we’re hoping that he’s staying away from the cigarettes and alcohol.
It’s probably going to be a mad lineup from Klopp, but we’re just going to have to roll with it and get behind the team and give it our all yet again, Reds.
Liverpool: Loris Karius; Joe Gomez, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Andy Robertson; Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ben Woodburn, Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino.
Bournemouth: Asmir Begovic; Charlie Daniels, Nathan Ake, Simon Francis, Adam Smith; Junior Stanislas, Andrew Surman, Lewis Cook, Ryan Fraser; Joshua King, Jermaine Defoe.
Liverpool: Jordan Henderson
The Liverpool captain has been on the receiving end of a lot of stick from the Liverpool fans recently, with people saying that the former Sunderland man shouldn’t even be captain and is of detriment to the team. People are calling for Emre Can, you know, the deserter, to be made captain, or for the armband to be given to Phil Coutinho or James Milner. Who really is the better man? Captaincy isn’t all about being this dynamo on the pitch, but it’s so much more. Give Jordan a break. Stop crying your heart out.
Bournemouth: Ryan Fraser
The little Scottish whippet had us a beaut last time we visited the Vitality Stadium and was one of the biggest reasons that Bournemouth were able to turn the entire game around. Going face to face with Andy Robertson will test the Scot-vs-Scot dynamic and Fraser’s pace will prove tough for Robbo to deal with.
How can anyone predict the score of a Liverpool game, could be 8-0, could be 0-0, who knows? I’m going to go out on a limb and say if we for some reason end up lining up with a team that resembles my predicted XI, then we’ll end up narrowly squeaking out a 2-1 win.