Who: Bournemouth vs Liverpool
When: Saturday, December 7th @ 10:00am ET
Line: Bournemouth +600 | Draw +425 | Liverpool -250
A visit to Bournemouth won’t be easy. Cherries’ manager Eddie Howe is a favorite of Jurgen Klopp. Bournemouth has been a destination for Liverpool loanees because Klopp appreciates how Howe’s teams play.
Here’s your Bournemouth vs Liverpool matchday 16 preview.
Bournemouth vs Liverpool matchday 16 preview
Klopp showed against Everton that he’s not going to hold back on his rotations this December. Fortunately, Liverpool has quality depth. Even with 5 non-regulars in the XI, the Reds pummeled the Toffees. The five goals scored against Everton was Liverpool’s highest output domestically this season.
With Tuesday’s crucial Champions League match-up vs Red Bull Salzburg looming, expect Klopp to continue rotating. Likely candidates to come out would be either or Andy Robertson/Trent Alexander-Arnold, and possibly Sadio Mane.
Mane was a revelation against Everton. Playing without Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, he shined as both a facilitator and goal scorer. Keeping him fresh for RBS should be a priority. He’s currently Liverpool’s top offensive weapon.
Salah and Firmino looked like players who needed a breather. Hopefully the rest serves them well. Salah in particular needs to find his form quickly. Fortunately, Bournemouth is a good squad for him to face when needing goals. He’s scored all 4 times he’s played them since coming to Liverpool.
Alisson is back after his red card suspension. Fabinho and Joel Matip are still out with injury.
Projecting Liverpool XI:
Alisson, TAA, Lovren, VVD, Gomez, Ox, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Origi
Klopp will roll out in his trusted 4-3-3. However, if they’re having problems breaking down the Cherries, Klopp has had success shifting to a 4-2-3-1. Don’t be surprised if he goes with Hendo and Gini dropped deeper, Origi, Firmino (as a 10) and Ox with Salah as the point man up top during stretches.
What to expect from Bournemouth
Despite Klopp’s affinity for Howe, Bournemouth play a style that’s vulnerable to Liverpool. Last season, Liverpool won their two matches against the Cherries 4-0 (away) and 3-0 (home). Salah scored 4 times total. Some of this (not all) is because Bournemouth play a similar style to Liverpool at times, just with less talented players.
Bournemouth keep possession in their own half a lot, which is vulnerable to high pressing teams like Liverpool. They don’t manage counter-attacks well either. They will concede goals.
Offensively, their biggest weapon is [frustrated sigh] Harry Wilson. Liverpool loaned Wilson to the Cherries this season. Wilson is exactly the type of player Liverpool could use during this hectic stretch of matches. The 22 year-old thrives in an attacking mid role. He is devastating on free kicks, set pieces and long shots.
Due to terms of his loan agreement, he will not be in the line-up or available. 🙌
Liverpool reportedly have their eye on Ryan Fraser as a January transfer target. The 25 year-old midfielder is another set piece wizard who is an effective crosser. Why buy Fraser when you could’ve kept a better and younger version of him in Wilson is beyond me.
Not having Wilson is a blow for the Cherries. He leads them with goals (6) and is a threat on free kicks.
Bournemouth are middle of the pack defensively but do have talent. Nathan Ake (center-back), Diego Rico (left-back) and 21 year-old goalie Aaron Ramsdale all are talented and have been effective this year.
Liverpool are brimming with confidence. Salah and Firmino are rested. Nothing over the past year between these two sides suggests Bournemouth will threaten Liverpool. Salah scores a brace and Liverpool win 3-1.
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