BPL Match Preview: Bournemouth vs. Liverpool


After a morale boosting historic comeback against Dortmund in the Europa League, Liverpool will be looking to record their second consecutive win in the Premier League when they visit The Vitality Stadium to face Bournemouth.

Klopp’s side recorded one of the most dramatic comebacks by defeating Dortmund by 4-3. The Europa League remains Liverpool’s only real opportunity of success this season as they are out of the FA Cup and are nine points off the top four with seven games left to play. The game brought back memories of old European nights at Anfield, but Klopp and his players do not have long to savour the moment as they are back in action on Sunday. The Merseyside club’s away form is impressive as they have won seven and drawn three in their 16 away fixtures. The German coach started Divock Origi over Daniel Sturridge in both games against Dortmund, but the latter is likely to return to the starting lineup this weekend, much like he did against Stoke. Emre Can, who left Anfield on crutches last night after getting injured against Dortmund, was already ruled out of the game as he serves the second of a two-match suspension.

Howe and his men could finish the season in the top half of the standings as they are currently 11th in the table, just three points behind 10th-placed Chelsea with five games left to play. Their last victory came against the low placed Aston Villa. The Cherries have more than proven that they belong in the top flight given that they are 13 points above the relegation zone and have reached that all-important 40-point mark with five games left to play. They have taken 12 points from their last 6 games. Benik Afobe is a doubt for Bournemouth as he nurses a hamstring injury, but it is worse news for Harry Arter, who is in danger of missing Euro 2016 with an ankle injury.

The Merseyside outfit has only managed to claim slender 1-0 wins of late, though, as they defeated Bournemouth with that scoreline in both the league and the Capital One Cup at Anfield. In the eight times that Liverpool and Bournemouth have played one another competitively, the Reds have never suffered defeat having won six and drawn two.