Liverpool have the chance to open an 11 point gap at the top of the Premier League when they face Bournemouth, at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.
Second-placed Leicester don’t play until Sunday which allows Jurgen Klopp’s side to increase their lead at the top of the league and continue their unbeaten start to the season.
After making five changes to the starting XI in the 5-2 rout against Everton on Wednesday, Jurgen Klopp is expected to reinstate those who were left out from the start against the Blues.
Allison is set to return from the ban he collected in the win over Brighton last Saturday, whilst Mo Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson and Roberto Firmino are all expected to return to the starting XI on the south coast.
Speaking ahead of the game, Klopp said he has no fresh injury concerns but did allude to the reds’ fixture pile-up and that he is monitoring the situation:
“In the moment, it looks OK,” he said.
“But it’s like, if somebody wakes up and feels a little bit here and there, then I need to know that. When I know that, then I have to deal with that information.
“Nobody is ruled out, yet, so that’s good, but there are still three hours until we train, so there is still a bit of time. But in this moment, they all should be fine.”
Harry Wilson is ineligible for Bournemouth as he is facing his parent club.
I expect the team that started the game against Brighton a week ago will start at Bournemouth on Saturday.
Allison; Alexander-Arnold – Lovren – van Dijk – Robertson; Henderson -Wijnaldum – Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah – Firmino – Mane
What to Expect
The two trips to the Vitality, have seen the Reds win 4-0 with Mo Salah bagging a hat-trick this time last year against the Cherries.
Bournemouth are an attacking, free-flowing team that can cause teams problems, but their frailties at the back can lead to exploitation and is something the Reds have capitalised on in recent years.
The loss of Harry Wilson is a major blow for Eddie Howe’s men as he provides a lot of the creativity for the Cherries.
I predict a 3-0 win for Liverpool, with the Reds picking up their first clean sheet since September.