After Monday’s disappointing result against West Ham, Liverpool now controls their own destiny as Manchester City are level on points. A matchup with Bournemouth is next for Liverpool and is a must win if Liverpool want to keep the pace at the top of the table. The Anfield Talk’s Logan (@kidddlogan) previews the matchup.
Who: Liverpool v. Bournemouth
When: Saturday, February 9
Where: Anfield, Liverpool
Time: 3 pm
The mediocre performance at the London Stadium on Monday can be attributed to several different things, but we have to put that game behind us. The players and the fans have to focus on today’s matchup against Bournemouth as Eddie Howe’s side are dangerous if they are taken lightly.
Jurgen Klopp and his men need to have a mental reset as they are entering Anfield. The pressure being put on the Reds from our own fanbase and from almost every person in the country seems to be getting to Liverpool. Everything needs to be put aside and the Reds have to focus on today’s game and not the big picture.Embed from Getty Images
Along with having a mental reset before the game, the Reds are going to have to put pressure on Bournemouth’s back line. Not enough pressure was put on West Ham and they were able to squeak out a draw. If Liverpool can put three or four past Bournemouth, it can put the critics aside as Klopp’s men head to a training camp in Spain.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, and Gini Wijnaldum were all not available for the trip to London but will be in contention to be in the squad against Bournemouth. Dejan Lovren is still sidelined but should be back against Bayern Munich.
In order for Eddie Howe to put another setback on Liverpool in the title race, his squad is going to have to frustrate Liverpool defensively as well as in the midfield. The Bournemouth defence is going to need to stay compact and not get too stretched. The midfield is going to have to congest the middle of the pitch to prevent Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah from having too much space and time.Embed from Getty Images
Callum Wilson and David Brooks are both ruled out for the trip to Anfield with their respective injuries. Joseph Lerma is expected to be included in the squad but will have to be deemed fit enough by the manager. Nathaniel Clyne will not be able to participate as he is on loan from Liverpool.
I think that Liverpool will take out their recent frustrations on Bournemouth and will win 4-0.