Liverpool Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Bournemouth

After the euphoria of the Etihad on Tuesday night, it is back to the grind for Liverpool this weekend with Bournemouth the visitors to Anfield.

Liverpool Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Bournemouth

Liverpool Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Bournemouth

Saturday's late kick-off sees Jurgen Klopp's team hoping to take another step closer to securing a place in next season's Champions League, all the while making sure they are ready to continue their quest in this season's competition too.

The Reds were 4-0 winners the last time they met Eddie Howe's side, back in December. The Cherries arrive at Anfield with little to play for, safe from relegation and with eyes on a top-half finish. They have, however, won just one of their last six games.

Last season's game here ended 2-2 - games between these sides usually guarantee goals.

Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of the latest meeting...



Liverpool injuries




The walking wounded secured Liverpool's place in the Champions League semi-finals in epic fashion against Manchester City on Tuesday, but the Reds' injury list remains a source of concern for Klopp.

Joel Matip is definitely out for the rest of the season with a thigh problem, and Klopp revealed this week that Emre Can (back) was likely to be out until the summer too.



Adam Lallana (hamstring) will not play again until next month at the earliest, while Joe Gomez is still a week or two away from returning from an ankle problem.

Mo Salah, Andy Robertson, Ragnar Klavan, Alberto Moreno and Ben Woodburn, though, have all shaken off problems in recent weeks.



Liverpool suspensions




Liverpool do not have any suspended players for this game. Jordan Henderson will return having been banned from the game with City.



Liverpool potential starting line-up




We can expect rotation from Klopp, though perhaps not on the scale we saw at Everton last weekend.

Those in need of careful managing will surely miss out. That means no Salah, in the starting XI at least, no Dejan Lovren, who has a history of niggles when playing games in quick succession, and no Roberto Firmino, whose importance to this side is absolute.

Chances should come for the likes of Nathaniel Clyne, Ragnar Klavan, Danny Ings and Dominic Solanke, while Alberto Moreno will be a contender to feature too. Henderson is likely to return in the No.6 role, affording a rest to either Gini Wijnaldum, James Milner or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, all of whom ran themselves into the ground against City.

Liverpool likely XI


Bournemouth team news




Bournemouth were dealt a blow last week with the news that Junior Stanislas will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury. The Cherries are already without Adam Smith (knee) and Tyrone Mings (back), while Jordon Ibe is a doubt to face his former club after suffering with illness.



TV channel & kick-off time




The fixture will be broadcast live in the UK (United Kingdom) on BT Sport 1, kick off 5.30pm.

In the United States, the game can be watched live on television on NBCSN, kick off 12.30pm.



Best Opta match facts



  • Liverpool have won three of their five previous Premier League meetings with Bournemouth (D1 L1), including a 4-0 win in the reverse fixture in December.
  • Bournemouth have only won one of their 12 previous meetings with Liverpool in all competitions (D3 L8), winning 4-3 at the Vitality Stadium in December 2016.
  • There have been 19 goals scored in the five previous Premier League meetings between these sides, at an average of 3.8 per game.
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 18 Premier League home games (W11 D7), the longest current run in the division, and the Reds’ longest run since August 2009 (31 games).
  • Bournemouth have won a league-high 18 points from losing positions in the Premier League, including five from the last three in the competition (W1 D2).
  • The Cherries have only won two of their 17 away games against ‘big six’ opponents in the Premier League (D2 L13), with both wins coming at Chelsea (December 2015 and January 2018).
  • Mohamed Salah is just one goal away from becoming the eighth different player to score 30+ goals in a single Premier League season – he’d also be the first African to do so.
  • 17 of the Egyptian’s Premier League goals this season have come at Anfield – the last Liverpool player to score more at home in a single campaign was Fernando Torres in 2007-08 (21).
  • Josh King has scored in his last two Premier League games for Bournemouth, last netting in three in a row in March 2017.
  • Roberto Firmino has had a hand in four goals in his last four Premier League games against Bournemouth (2 goals, 2 assists), including a goal and an assist in the reverse fixture.

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