Liverpool will travel to the Vitality Stadium to face off against Bournemouth this weekend at the back of a brilliant 5-2 win over Everton in the Merseyside derby. The Reds have a near-perfect record in the Premier League this season and are currently sitting pretty at the top of the league standings. However, a Saturday afternoon encounter versus the Cherries could be a tricky test for the European champions, especially after a gruelling derby in midweek.
Jurgen Klopp will stick with his favoured 4-3-3 formation and might make a whole host of changes to his starting XI for this clash away at the South-coast of England.
4-3-3 Liverpool Predicted Lineup To Face Bournemouth
Alisson Becker will return to Klopp’s first-team after missing out on the derby win versus the Toffees in midweek due to suspension. The defensive duo of Dejan Lovren and Virgil Van Dijk will continue to feature at the heart of the Reds backline. The commanding centre-half pair have collectively performed well in recent weeks but are struggling to keep clean sheets at the back.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to resume his full-back duties down the right flank. Andrew Robertson will operate on the other side as the left-back. However, Klopp might choose to rest one of them by either playing Joe Gomez in the right-back position or James Milner as a makeshift left-back.
The Liverpool defenders have to find a way to keep a few shut-outs as the club cannot keep out-scoring opponents every time they step on the field.
Klopp might opt for a midfield three of Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this weekend as he looks to freshen things up at the centre of the park. Georginio Wijnaldum could be rested for this game with a crucial UEFA Champions League match coming up against RB Salzburg. James Milner and Adam Lallana will be on stand-by, but they will have to be content with a place on the bench.
The Merseyside club’s first-choice front three could all get a start at the Vitality Stadium. Both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah will focus on providing width out on the flanks while Roberto Firmono operates as a centre-forward. Mane is in a rich goal-scoring form at the moment, so he will be confident about getting his name on the scoresheet versus the Cherries on Saturday.
The hero of the Merseyside derby, Divock Origi might get a chance to make an impact off the bench if required. Xherdan Shaqiri will also join the Belgian striker in the dug-out as he awaits another chance to shine on the pitch.