Reds Aim To Get Past Bournemouth On First Attempt
The Reds make the very long trip down South on Saturday where they will face Championship side Bournemouth in the fourth round of the FA Cup. The Reds have had some time to recover from their difficult score draw with Villa last weekend and Brendan Rodgers will be hoping he can steer his side into the next round of this historic competition.
Injuries for Liverpool leave us lacking in an already rather shaky defence. Glen Johnson joins Enrique, Agger and Sakho (knock) on the list and so it is likely we may see Jon Flanagan or Martin Kelly on Saturday. Also out for Liverpool is Lucas Leiva but thankfully his injury is not as bad as once thought. Bournemouth are in a relatively strong position injury wise and they will also be allowed to start Lee Camp in goal who could not feature in their last FA Cup game against Burton Albion.
Bournemouth's last three fixtures in the league have seen them record two draws and a loss at the hands of Wigan. Their goal difference also doesn't make pleasant reading with The Cherries currently recording -13. Liverpool's last three fixtures consist of two wins and a draw but the Reds have conceded five goals in their last two matches.
Liverpool and Bournemouth have only met each other on four occasions. Their most recent meetings were in the FA Cup in 1968. The first clash ended 0-0 but Liverpool sailed home winning 4-1 in the second meeting. Interestingly their other meetings back in 1927 told a similar story with the initial game ending 1-1 and the Reds once again sealing the deal with a 4-1 win in the final game.
Bournemouth's best run in the FA Cup saw them reach the quarter finals in the late 50s and I'm sure they will be eager to attempt to match their progress. Bournemouth's top goalscorer is Lewis Grabban who has netted 11 goals so far this season for the Southerners.
There's no stat sandwich this week because it's difficult to find interesting stats when we face a more unknown quantity so apologies for that. I also didn't get time to request your score predictions for this one but keep your eyes peeled on Twitter as I'll be asking for your thoughts on the game.
I've got to watch this one whilst at work which is always interesting, just end up with all the customers laughing at me but I hope at least I won't be as stressed out like during some of the games I've watched this season at work, the bloody Everton one for a start!
Enjoy the match folks! Full match report will be available Sunday afternoon.