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Match pack: AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool


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The Cherries will play at Vitality Stadium for the second time in a week, as Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool visit tomorrow lunchtime.

AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool
Saturday 8th December, 12.30pm
Vitality Stadium
Premier League

Eddie Howe will be hoping for a more positive outcome than the fixtures against Liverpool last season, losing 4-0 at home and 3-0 away.

However, the Cherries go into the game sat seventh in the Premier League after a 2-1 win over Huddersfield on Tuesday, frontmen Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser with the early goals.

The hosts can also take confidence from the game against the Reds two years ago, running out 4-3 winners after being both 2-0 and 3-1 down.

Last time out 

Burnley 1-3 Liverpool 

Liverpool faced a scare mid-week as they travelled to Turf Moor on Wednesday. It was the hosts who took the lead just after half time, Jack Cork with the effort.

However, a rotated Liverpool side weren’t behind for long as James Milner struck less than ten minutes later to draw the Reds level.

From there, Klopp’s side went on to steal all three points, Roberto Firmino and Xherdan Shaqiri with the goals.

Liverpool: Alisson, Gomez (Alexander-Arnold 23), Matip, Van Dijk, Moreno (Salah 65), Shaqiri, Keita, Henderson, Milner, Origi (Firmino 66), Sturridge

2018-19 top scorer: Mo Salah (nine goals)

The manager

Klopp has become a fans favourite at Liverpool, now into his fourth season as manager. During that time, he has not only provided Champions League football year after year, but also guided the side to their first Champions League final since 2007.

Now, his Liverpool side sit second in the league, with the German making the news just last weekend for his on-field celebrations after Divock Origi’s last-minute winner against Everton.  

Injury news

Joe Gomez will be out for a number of months following a fracture sustained on Wednesday night against Burnley. Additionally, Sadio Mane remains a doubt with a foot injury.

For the Cherries, Lewis Cook will be sidelined for the next six to nine months, having torn his ACL against Huddersfield. Dan Gosling will also miss out through injury.

Top stat

Liverpool have conceded six goals in their 15 Premier League games this season - equalling the top-flight English league record at this stage of a season alongside Man Utd in 1985-86, Arsenal in 1990-91, Chelsea in 2004-05 and Chelsea in 2008-09.

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