Liverpool vs AFC Bournemouth
| Saturday, April 14th |
Premier League | Anfield
17:30 PM GMT/13:30 PM EST
Liverpool are currently on their longest unbeaten run in 18 Premier League games (11 Wins, 7 Draws) since August 2009 when they went 31 games without defeat. Liverpool beat the Cherries 4 – 0 in the reverse fixture earlier this season and Roberto Firmino has been directly involved in four goals in his last four PL matches against Bournemouth, with two goals and two assists. In the previous five fixtures there have been 19 goals, which is an average of 3.8 goals per game.
Mohamed Salah is the Premier League’s leading goal scorer this season and the Egyptian international currently sits on 29 domestic goals; four ahead of second place Harry Kane and eight ahead of Sergio Aguero in third.
The Cherries have been in good form, restoring 18 points from losing positions this campaign – a Premier League best. Bournemouth are currently in 11th position and their most recent form has been D/L/W/D/D.
Sunday marks the anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster and all players will be wearing black armbands to remember the 96 that tragically lost their lives and there will also be a minute’s applause ahead of the referee’s whistle.
Projected Liverpool Lineup (4-3-3)
Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mané
Firmino sustained a minor neck sprain but is expected to be available tomorrow, while Emre Can (back injury), Nathaniel Clyne and Ragnar Klavan (both with muscular injuries) are unavailable for selection.
Bournemouth are without defender, Adam Smith who is still recovering from a knee injury and Junior Stanislas is out for the remainder of the season, also with a knee injury.
What the Managers Had to Say
Jürgen Klopp: It’s all about focus and switching on. Now it is Bournemouth tomorrow. People might start dreaming about Champions League games, but this is the real work to do. Bournemouth are in a good moment and I have not enough words for saying my respect for Eddie Howe; what they are doing there is unbelievable. In this difficult league, to be pretty much safe for next year this early is really a special thing – they have all of my respect.
Eddie Howe: Adam Smith will definitely miss out, as will Junior Stanislas. We’re obviously missing Junior for the remainder of the season. Adam is making good progress and we’re continuing to monitor his progress to see where he’s at. We’re hopeful that we’ll see him before end of season.
Referee: Chris Kavanagh Assistants: Lee Betts, Peter Kirkup Fourth official: Bobby Madley
Kickoff is set for 17:30PM GMT/13:30PM EST tomorrow, and television listings for the match can be found on LiveSoccerTV. In the meantime, we’ll be keeping you updated with all the build-up to the game, including team news as it’s released, our live matchday thread, and post-match recaps from The Liverpool Offside staff. If you want to join the discussion, sign up for an SB Nation account to have your say on the action as it happens.