Match Preview: Bournemouth vs. Liverpool

It was yet another gutsy performance at Turf Moor which saw the Reds storm away with all three points. It’s been three days since then and now the Reds will be taking a trip to take on Bournemouth in another tricky game. The Anfield Talk’s Logan (@kidddlogan) previews the matchup.

Who: Bournemouth vs. Liverpool
When: Saturday, 8 December
Where: Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth
Time: 12:30 GMT, 7:30 EST
TV: Sky Sports, NBCSN

It started after Burnley scored. The beast was awoken and absolutely dominated the rest of the game. The traditional Liverpool that we were accustomed to last season shined in the second half of the game at Turf Moor. With the win, Liverpool set yet another record with the most points (39) after 15 matches and continue to hunt down Manchester City in the title race. A trip to the Vitality stands in the way of the Reds to keep the pace of the Cityzens at the top of the table.

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The defence bent and broke, but it maintained its overall shape throughout the 90 minutes. Alisson was absolute world-class with five saves throughout the match, but the most important one led to the third goal after a nearly impossible fingertip save capped off by a Xherdan Shaqiri counterattack goal. Virgil van Dijk was tremendous once again with his back to goal. He was able to close down attackers effectively and was dominant on set pieces. Unfortunately, Joe Gomez did not have a good night as he was injured and had to be subbed off. Against Bournemouth, the Reds backline will have to be very compact and wary of the Cherries’ counter attacking ability. Space will also have to be closed down in a timely manner as the Bournemouth attack is full of players with plenty of pace.

Naby Keita by far played his best in a Liverpool shirt on Wednesday at Turf Moor. He was taking on players and had a cracker of a shot stopped by a fully outstretched Joe Hart. It is the Naby Keita that all Liverpool fans want to continue to see. For the trip to the Vitality, the midfield needs to have Fabinho and Keita together. Jordan Henderson was not very effective on Wednesday and it is time for Fabinho to slide into his role as the holding midfield as the Brazilian can heavily influence the game. On Saturday, the midfield has to be able to control the run of play, all while being able to defend when called upon because of the deadly nature of the Bournemouth counter attack.

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The Liverpool attack is starting to fire on all cylinders. Every single one of the forwards in the matchday squad has been producing as of late. Unfortunately, it is unknown if Sadio Mane will be in the squad against Bournemouth, but the Reds will be able to function just fine without him as others are heating up. The matchup against Bournemouth is going to be very similar to that of Burnley for the forwards. They will be given some glorious chances and they have to be able to take them first time.

Liverpool Team News

Joe Gomez will be out 6 weeks after fracturing a portion of his leg against Burnley.

Sadio Mane’s fitness is unknown after not featuring against Burnley.

Andy Robertson should be making his way back into the squad after fitness troubles for Burnley.

Dejan Lovren will not be featuring against Bournemouth as he has picked up yet another knock.

It was a quite eventful Tuesday evening for the Cherries as they won a hard-fought matchup with the Terriers from Huddersfield. The Cherries were exceptional in almost every area of the pitch and look to continue that form against Liverpool.

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Asmir Begovic and the back four look to continue their stingy defensive tactics against yet another top six side. They have been able to contain top six sides to low scoring games thus far in the season and look to continue that record on Saturday. Their success will come through how well they are able to track the runs of the forwards along with the supporting runs from the midfield. If they are able to track those, then they will have a good shot at getting a result.

The Bournemouth midfield will be where the game could be won for the Cherries. If they are able to stay compact and not get drawn out, then they will be able to try and go about with the game at their style of play. Lewis Cook will not be playing for the Cherries as he is sidelined with a knee injury. He is big part in the way they perform as he acts like a holding midfielder although that is not what he is classified as. The Bournemouth squad may be missing his presence as he is a key piece to the team and how they play.

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The duo up top for the Cherries has been decent all season. Josh King and Callum Wilson are deadly on the countre and will be looking to get in behind the Liverpool defence. They will not have many direct chances throughout the game due to the form of the Liverpool defence, but their success will come through over-the-top alls that start the countre for them.

Bournemouth Team News

Both Dan Gosling and Lewis Cook are sidelined with knee injuries.

Previous Meeting

The last time that these two sides met was back in April when Liverpool squandered the Cherries 3-0 at Anfield.

Prediction

I think that Liverpool will continue how they left off against Burnley and win 2-0.

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