Bournemouth lost to Manchester United on Wednesday, but manager Eddie Howe was pleased with his team’s performance. A game against Liverpool is a similar challenge for Howe’s Cherries and he will be hoping his side can reproduce their midweek efforts.
Howe said following the game: “I am very disappointed, I thought we were excellent. We created opportunities, our defensive shape was very good and we deserved a lot more today. We worked De Gea a lot in the first half but I am disappointed with the goal we conceded. We kept going, ended the game strongly but it was not to be. This was a big test mentally, we came with a game plan and they delivered that. The frustration is they don’t get the reward of a win.”
Bournemouth have lost their way a bit recently and will be hoping they can resurrect their earlier form. They are now winless in their last five matches and have conceded 6 goals in that time. The five games prior to that they won four, their only loss being a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea. During that time they scored ten goals, but only four in their last five and they will be hoping their strike force can put that right. Jermaine Defoe, Joshua King and Callum Wilson have contributed just eight goals between them, five less than Liverpool’s top scorer Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool were left disappointed at home to West Brom, a side whose last win in the league was back in August, their second game of the campaign. Liverpool also dropped points to Everton after resting key players, a result which leaves question marks over why they couldn’t win their midweek game. Jurgen Klopp explained: “First half we were a little bit stiff, the passing and movement was not so good but even then we had two or three chances. The second half we changed the system two or three times.We can do better and we have to do better but on a night like this when you are not at your best you need a bit of luck.” Bournemouth will be hoping they don’t get that luck against them on Sunday.
Liverpool will be hoping their goal rush resumes away to The Cherries, having only scored once in their last two games. Prior to their current dip in form, they had only scored less than three goals once in 11 games. They have also scored seven goals twice in the Champions League this season. In comparison to Bournemouth, Liverpool’s forwards have scored 24 goals between them, although it is hard to separate forwards and midfielders in their free flowing style.
Bournemouth will be without Tyrone Mings and Brad Smith and it looks like the rest of the squad are fit and ready to play. Nathaniel Clyne, Joel Matip and Alberto Moreno are set to miss Sunday’s game but Klopp has plenty of talent to choose from. Liverpool will be looking for a high scoring victory and Bournemouth look unlikely to stop them.
Match Prediction: Bournemouth 1-4 Liverpool