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Five Questions Ahead of Liverpool Hosting Bournemouth

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To say these questions are critical would be hilarious.

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Bournemouth travel to Anfield on Saturday hoping they can take advantage of Liverpool‘s new, let’s say, predicament of poor results. I don’t believe they will. But anyway, what bad results? Everything’s fine. Just look at how much fun we’re having answering cool questions and not worrying about bad results.

  1. Eddie Howe, despite Bournemouth’s current position in the relegation zone, is a promising young football manager. In the past, Howe has proclaimed his commitment to the Cherries when bigger Premier League clubs have sounded him out for their budding projects. But if Bournemouth do go down, Howe has a decent shot of staying in the league if he’s plucked by another top-flight club over the summer. What teams might have Eddie Howe on their radar come June?
  2. Harry Wilson began his loan spell at Bournemouth with a flurry of activity. But as time has gone on Wilson has spent more and more time on the bench. A relegation battle isn’t exactly the situation Jürgen Klopp is hoping for when sending young players out of loan but the experience will be eye-opening for the Liverpool Academy graduate. Life at the other end of the table is hard. Teams fighting for their club’s survival will have an uphill struggle to find their collective confidence and positive results will be few and far between. Based on what you’ve seen so far, where is Harry Wilson’s level?
  3. With Alisson unavailable, Adrián will step into the goalkeeper hot seat for the immediate future. Adrián was a hero in the early stages of the season, coming on cold when Alisson went off injured against Norwich on opening day and performing well throughout the Brazilian’s extended absence. Thinking ahead to Atlético Madrid’s visit to Anfield next week, on a scale of tungsten carbide to dust, how much will you be crushed if Adrián fails to deliver on Saturday?
  4. If you were a footballer playing in the Premier League right now, realistically, with your real or imagined skill set, who would you be? I’d love to say I’d be Fabinho, but I’m probably more Lewis Dunk, and that’s fine.
  5. Liverpool have scored more than three goals against Bournemouth in each of the last five meetings between the two sides. Going back to December 2017, the Reds have won 4-0, 3-0, 4-0, 3-0, and another 3-0 just this last December. Goalscorers, starting with Philippe Coutinho way back when, include Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané, Gini Wijnaldum, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Steve Cook contributed with an own goal at the Vitality Stadium last season that paired well with Salah’s hat trick. Basically, this fixture is a better time than most for Liverpool to get back on track with a win. As a haiku, predict the result.