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Cherry On The Cake?

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Liverpool welcome Bournemouth to Anfield on Wednesday evening but could this be the cherry on top of the cake after a very good week for the Reds?
The big sides around Jurgen Klopp's all dropped points at the weekend aside from Tottenham and last night Manchester United could only muster a draw in the dying moments against Everton. 
Taking note that some of the teams have games in hand that still leaves Liverpool in a very good position for the top four race. The Reds are currently in third on 59 points. A win against Bournemouth would put them on 62. 
The last time the two sides met was in December 2016. I remember the result well, not because I'd watched the match but because I'd been travelling for close to 24 hours the day before and had woken in a daze in a hotel in the mountains in Whistler thinking oh I best see how much we beat Bournemouth by... 4-3?! What the actual?! 
Unbelievable, I was pissed off but it wasn't even like I knew what had happened the only informa…

Three Points From Bournemouth

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It was another victory for Liverpool in the league on Sunday as the Reds continue on a great run of form just as it seems like they need it the most. Jurgen Klopp fielded a rather experimental starting XI with several youngsters getting a chance and squad players like Kolo Toure also featured.
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Daniel Sturridge is back
I mentioned a few weeks back on the blog that it was wonderful to see Daniel Sturridge back but that his sharpness hadn't quite returned, well it had on Sunday against Eddie Howe's side. Sturridge had a cracking game, his movement and speed were just on point and anyone considering getting rid of this man in the summer transfer window needs a talking to in my opinion. 
He's clearly willing to fight for his place as can be seen with the tussle to start over Origi at the moment but more importantly when he's on form there are few strikers better and more consistent than him in the league. T…

MATCH PREVIEW: Bournemouth V Liverpool

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After the madness of beating Dortmund 4-3 on Thursday I genuinely forgot that we actually had to play a league game this weekend. How bad is that? Despite my memory lapse, we do in fact have to continue playing in the league and that means a trip down south for Jurgen Klopp's side as they prepare to face Bournemouth.
Injuries Injuries for Liverpool have taken a blow this week after Emre Can ruptured his ankle ligaments in the Dortmund game. Also unavailable is captain Jordan Henderson and Christian Benteke remains a doubt.
For Bournemouth Benik Afobe doesn't look like he's going to make the game as he recovers from a hamstring issue. Harry Arter and Adam Smith are also unavailable for manager Eddie Howe. Previous Meetings The last time the two sides met was in the League Cup in October 2015. The 1-0 win over Bournemouth was Jurgen Klopp's first win as Liverpool manager as Nathaniel Clyne found the back of the net after just 17 minutes.
The last meeting between the sid…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Bournemouth

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Liverpool welcome Bournemouth to Anfield on Wednesday evening as they aim to progress through to the next stage of the League Cup. It was far from plain sailing for the Reds when they eventually got the better of Carlisle earlier in the competition via a penalty shootout so it would be nice to see a smooth ride for a change.

It will be interesting to see whether Jurgen Klopp utilises this fixture to test out the talent of his youth or if he uses the opportunity to notch up his first win as Liverpool manager. A strong starting XI however would still not guarantee Liverpool victory, with Premier League opposition to contend with and a team that are still finding their strengths under the new boss the Reds need to start scoring goals and winning games.

Injuries for Liverpool mean the manager is unable to call upon Rossiter, Gomez, Ings, Henderson and Flanagan. It also looks as though Daniel Sturridge will remain on the sidelines which is a worrying prospect for Liverpool fans. The retur…

Benteke Scores In Controversial Liverpool Win

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It's two wins out of two for Liverpool after a decent performance and a dash of luck allowed the Reds to collect all three points against Bournemouth on Monday night. Christian Benteke got himself off the mark after scoring a controversial goal whilst The Cherries were left questioning why an early effort was disallowed.

Rodgers started with the same team that he rolled out against Stoke and whilst I was pretty happy with the XI there was a hell of a lot of moaning on social media, mainly down to the missing Sakho and Can. I like Can and I believe we performed better against Stoke once he entered play but some of the vitriol coming from fans last night just because he hadn't started was crazy, we're only two games in and it's widely accepted that Can is still looking for match fitness so it wasn't so much of a surprise for me to see him brought on as a sub.

As for Sakho, I definitely think he's a better defender than Dejan Lovren however I must give credit to …

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Bournemouth

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Liverpool face Bournemouth on Monday evening for their first fixture at Anfield in the new 2015/2016 season. After picking up a late win at the Britannia thanks to a glorious Coutinho strike, the Reds will be buoyant going in to this game, hoping to collect all three points and put a dent in any gaps created by teams over the weekend.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are still without Flanagan and Sturridge who are working back to fitness after longstanding injuries. Also unavailable for manager Brendan Rodgers is Joe Allen who picked up what looked like a knock against Swindon but has since turned into a more serious issue.

For Bournemouth they are without Arter who has a hip injury, doubts are also hanging over Atsu and MacDonald leaving Howe with some possible changes to make.

The last time the two sides met was in December 2014 when the Reds faced Bournemouth in a League Cup tie. The game ended in a 3-1 victory for Liverpool with Raheem Sterling and Lazar Markovic on the score sh…

Reds Through To Semi Final

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Liverpool finally got themselves back to winning ways on Wednesday evening as they put three past Championship toppers Bournemouth. A much improved performance from the Reds' attack allowed Liverpool to punish the Cherries early on after they missed some chances of their own. A second half consolation goal wasn't enough for the home side to spring a comeback and Brendan Rodgers' side are now through to face Chelsea over two legs in the semi finals.

A decent first fifteen minutes for Liverpool was almost scuppered by Bournemouth when a couple of real chances nearly enabled them to take the lead. The Reds though remained in control and at 19 minutes Liverpool had got themselves off the mark.

A lovely headed pass back across goal from Jordan Henderson fell perfectly to Raheem Sterling who made sure he finished well. Sterling is easily our star player but he hasn't been converting his chances of late and so it was brilliant to see him score, it's just what he needed e…

Reds In League Cup Quarter Final

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The Reds make the long old trip down south tomorrow as they prepare to face Championship side Bournemouth in the quarter final of the league cup. After suffering a 3-0 loss at the hands of Manchester United at the weekend and with rumours of dressing room instability Brendan Rodgers could do with a win tomorrow night.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are now too without Glen Johnson. Rodgers is expected to play Brad Jones between the sticks once again and after a good second half performance it is assumed Mario Balotelli will get a start up front. Bournemouth are in relatively good shape injury wise with manager Eddie Howe able to call upon a strong starting line up.

Bournemouth currently find themselves top of the Championship after a cracking run of form. The Southerners have not lost a match in their last 10 league games. Liverpool on the other hand find themselves 11th in the Premier League. Form over the Reds' last ten games reads: W4 D2 L4.

The two sides met not so long ago…

Early Birthday Present For Brendan As Reds Progress

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Brendan Rodgers turns 41 today and he will be pleased that his side managed to collect a win against The Cherries after a somewhat difficult start. Bournemouth got the better of Liverpool in the first half but eventually the experience shone through for Liverpool and the Reds got the job done.

The starting line up consisted of Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard and so it was clear this was a competition being taken very seriously by Rodgers who could have easily rested players with one eye on Tuesday night's Merseyside derby.

Bournemouth began the game in a very confident fashion, home advantage obviously played to their strengths and for a long time the Liverpool defence looked as though they were trying to deal with a Premier League attack, not a forward set up from Bournemouth who are 16th in the Championship.

Initial efforts from Surman and Pugh for the home side missed the target but The Cherries were still putting Liverpool under a lot of pressure and in certa…

Reds Aim To Get Past Bournemouth On First Attempt

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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 ma…