Liverpool really need to beat Bournemouth.
The result won’t prove decisive in terms of where Liverpool finishes this season, regardless of how it shakes out. But in terms of morale, the trip to Bournemouth has a lot at stake. After dropping points in consecutive games— first against Everton in the Derby and then against West Brom a few days later— and with the meat of the festive season fixtures looming on the horizon, the Reds absolutely need to get it together and grab three points. (They also, frankly, need to shake Bournemouth off as a “bogey” team. Liverpool has enough of them already.)
Andy Robertson, who has been filling in at left back while Alberto Moreno recovers from an injury, knows this all too well. In an interview with LFC TV, Robertson says that with fixture congestion becoming more, uh, congested starting next week, the Reds have no excuses.
"We have had two draws at home; it’s disappointing when we look to take maximum points,” Robertson said. “But the fixtures are relentless and we have another game on Sunday. We have got no time to hesitate, so we need to try and get focused on that and get back to winning ways.”
He also said that manager Jurgen Klopp has been essential in keeping the team hyped up going into the Bournemouth clash. “If there is anybody that is going to get us up and going again it is him.”
Robertson also talked about his struggle to get consistent minutes, and how Moreno’s injury is something of a mixed blessing.
“From the start of the season I have had to be patient,” Robertson said. “I’ve maybe not played as many games as I would have liked. Unfortunately Alberto got injured - and hopefully he gets back as quick as he can - but in the meantime hopefully I can take my chance and get some games under my belt and then just keep building on my confidence.”
Bournemouth presents a strong opportunity for Robertson to both stake a claim on regular minutes and help secure a good result for the team. We’ll see if he manages to make good on it.