Written by billythekid
After four straight defeats, the Cherries reversed the trend with a win against a very determined Huddersfield Town and were lucky to take all 3 points. After the midweek games, AFCB are in 7th place on 23 points. This Saturday AFCB are home again, this time with another early kick-off at 12.30 pm against Liverpool, which is being shown again live on Sky.
These two sides when they meet each other at Dean Court have provided 14 goals in 3 matches, no wonder Sky are back again. Last weekend in the Liverpool derby the cameras caught Jurgen Klopp the Liverpool manager running on the pitch after his side had scored a late winner. He immediately apologised, was charged by the FA, which Klopp accepted and he received a fine. We will see his charismatic figure on the touchline on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool made five signings in the Summer. They paid Roma £67 million for Brazil international goalkeeper Allison Becker, at the time he was the world’s most expensive goalkeeper. This was surpassed later with Chelsea paying £71.6 million for Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Midfielder Naby Keita signed from Leipzig for £52.75 million.
Brazil international midfielder Fabinho for £43.7 million from Monaco.
Xherdan Shaqiri the Swiss international midfielder from Stoke for £13.5 million.
They also signed Chelsea’s 20-year-old Isaac Christie-Davies after the midfielder’s contract finished.
Liverpool have had a good start this season and sit in 2nd place and 2 points behind leaders Manchester City. These two sides are starting to set a gap with Spurs 6 points behind in 3rd spot.
Liverpool won their first 6 matches, these were against West Ham at Anfield 4-0. Away at Crystal Palace 0-2. Home against Brighton, winning 1-0. Liverpool’s first two games in September were away, both ending in wins. Leicester City 1-2 and Spurs 1-2. Then back at Anfield, they beat Southampton 3-0, the last game of the month was away against Chelsea, it ended even in a 1-1 draw. Into October and it was back to Anfield and the visitors were Manchester City, the game ended in a 0-0 draw. It was Liverpool and Manchester City’s first game without a goal. Liverpool’s next game was away to our Tuesday night visitors Huddersfield Town, Liverpool won 0-1. At the end of the month, Liverpool beat Cardiff City at Anfield 4-1, it was their highest number of goals scored so far this season. Beginning of November, Liverpool were back on their travels, this time to the Emirates Stadium to play Arsenal, it finished in a 1-1 draw. The next two games ended in Liverpool wins, first at home to Fulham, finishing 2-0 and then beating Watford away 0-3. Sunday they were home against their neighbours Everton, Liverpool won 1-0 with an injury time goal. Wednesday night they were away at Turf Moor against Burnley and won 1-3 with a team with a number of changes.
With the win at Burnley, Liverpool have set a new club record for most points gained from the opening 15 games of a league season. Liverpool have yet to lose this season.
Liverpool have scored 15 and conceded 1 goal at home. Away scored 15 and conceded 5.
AFCB have scored 14 and conceded 10 at home. Away scored 11 and conceded 12.
In our first two seasons in the Premier League, we have had close games with Liverpool home and away. At Dean Court in our first season losing 1-2, late first-half goals from Firmino and Sturridge had Liverpool leading at the interval 0-2. A late injury-time goal by Josh King in the second half made it 1-2. The MOM that day was the young Liverpool player Jordan Ibe, he provided both Liverpool assists.
The game at Anfield ended 1-0. In the 2016-17 season, we had ‘that’ game, with the Cherries winning 4-3, Jordan Ibe signed in the Summer for at that time a club record fee, came on for us at the start of that memorable second half. Away at Liverpool, the game ended 2-2. Last season at Dean Court the game was dominated by Liverpool in a 0-4 win. At Anfield, we lost 3-0.
Jordan Ibe has played in all the games featuring these two sides. The first season he played for Liverpool.
In all competitions against Liverpool, AFCB have Won 1, Drawn 3 and Lost 9.
AFCB Team News
Adam Smith out until next year. Dan Gosling missed both the Manchester City and Huddersfield games with a knee injury.
AFCB Player To Watch
Callum Wilson scored another good goal on Tuesday night with his head and made the assist for Ryan Fraser, this makes 8 goals and 5 assists so far in the league. AFCB will be up against the best defence so far in the Premier League. Ryan Fraser has 4 goals and 7 assists.
Liverpool Team News
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain out with an ACL knee injury. Dominic Solanke out with a groin strain. Sadio Mane and Andrew Robertson not in the squad at Burnley. Mane out with a bad cut on his foot and needed stitches, Robertson has a dead leg. Nathaniel Clyne has a knock. D J Lovren has been out ill. Joe Gomez went off with an ankle injury in the 23rd minute in the game against Burnley.
Liverpool Player To Watch
Last season Mohamed Salah was the outstanding player, in his first season in the Premier League in 36 appearances he scored 32 times. At this stage last season he had scored 13 goals. So far this season he has put 7 away and has 4 assists. Roberto Firmino has to be another player to watch.
With Jurgen Klopp ringing the changes for the Burnley game, 23-year-old Naby Keita one of the Summer signings started the game and impressed those watching with his performance in centre midfield.
Lee Mason is the referee.
We had him away at Chelsea and home in the League Cup against Norwich City.