After an away game at Southampton which could have seen the Cherries take all three points, AFC Bournemouth are on their travels again this time a lot further from Dean Court as they make the journey up to the North West to play Liverpool at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp is in his second season in charge at Liverpool. His first season they finished in 8th place, two positions lower than the season before when Brendan Rodgers was in charge. This season with eight games to go they sit in 3rd place, 1 point above Manchester City who have a game in hand.
In their last four games at Anfield, Liverpool have won all of them, including the scalps of both Arsenal and Spurs. Previous to that in the only two other Premier League games played at Anfield this year, Liverpool drew with Chelsea but lost to Swansea City their only defeat at home this season so far.
In all their home games this season Liverpool have won 11, drawn 3 and lost 1, they are the highest scoring team at home with 39 goals. Away, they have won 6, drawn 5 and lost 4.
Not to be forgotten was the home game against Liverpool earlier this season, after AFCB were 2-0 down, Eddie Howe played what turned out to be a masterstroke by replacing Junior Stanislas with Ryan Fraser in the 55th minute. A minute later Fraser was brought down in the box and Callum Wilson converted the penalty to reduce Liverpool`s lead to 2-1. This was to be short lived as Emre Can put Liverpool further ahead to make it 3-1. There were surprises ahead for the fans and Sky TV audience as the Cherries through Ryan Fraser narrowed Liverpool`s lead to 3-2. Fraser was to be involved again as his assist brought a great goal from Steve Cook to level the score to 3-3. In a Roy of the Rovers finish in injury time, Nathan Ake scored the winning goal to make the score 4-3 to bring to an end a very exciting second half.
Liverpool Team News:
Leading scorer Sadio Mane went off injured against Everton with a knee injury and looks like he could be out for the rest of the season according to Klopp, they are waiting for the swelling to go down before they can take a scan. They are already without Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson, but Daniel Sturridge might be fit in time to be in the squad according to Jurgen Klopp.
Player to watch: Philippe Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho, he has scored 7 and has 6 assists. He and his fellow Brazilian Roberto Firmino were flown back by private jet after playing for Brazil in midweek. Coutinho had a good game and scored against local rivals Everton on Saturday. Firmino will be another one to watch.
AFC Bournemouth Team News:
Andrew Surman is out with a medial ligament injury. Otherwise we have long term injuries to Callum Wilson and Adam Federici. Tyrone Mings is still out serving his suspension. According to the BBC website we have several unnamed fitness doubts.
Player to watch: Jack Wilshere
With Andrew Surman out, expect to see Jack Wilshere start, in his last two appearances as a substitute he has made a difference to our midfield and team. Also up front Josh King could be a threat again as he showed at Dean Court.
Match Facts & Stats
At Anfield in our first season in the Premier League AFCB had Played 1 and lost 1. At DC, AFCB lost last season but won at home this season (as mentioned above). In all fixtures against Liverpool AFCB have won 1, drawn 2 and lost 7.