Liverpool face Bournemouth in their upcoming Premier League clash this weekend and it will be a solid chance for the Reds to close in on second-placed Manchester United. We come into this game on the back of five consecutive victories – including two beautiful wins against Manchester City in the Champions League, and the team should be feeling confident enough to snatch all 3 points.
As far as team news is concerned, Jurgen Klopp gave a clear view of what to expect, via Liverpool’s official website. Our gaffer has confirmed that Ragnar Klavan and Nathaniel Clyne will miss this clash. Both of them are injured and are expected to sit this one out to avoid worsening their injuries.
However, Roberto Firmino is gunning for a starting spot. The player experienced some pain in his neck earlier this week but he is understood to have recovered. Having him back will certainly prove to be a boost for us since it will provide us with an interesting dimension in the attack.
Throwing further light on the subject, Klopp said:
“It’s quite difficult at the moment, we must wait pretty much [every] five minutes for some news. At the moment it looks OK.
“Unfortunately, I think, not 100 per cent sure, that Raggy felt a little bit [something] muscle-wise. And Clyney [is], probably, out. [He felt an injury] in training the day after the game.
“Bobby had a little [issue] with his neck but should be OK, I think.”
When asked about an update regarding the fitness of midfielder Emre Can, the manager said:
“Not really. We have contact with him, of course, it feels good, but it will take still a little bit of time.”
In addition to that, Jordan Henderson is expected to return to the starting XI against Bournemouth but Joel Matip and Adam Lallana remain sidelined due to respective injuries.
There are no fresh injury concerns for Klopp and that will come as good news for us since we need to have our key players fit and ready for the colossal encounter against AS Roma.
However, for now, Liverpool must focus on the game at hand. Bournemouth have been in decent form this season and they will be looking to cause a nasty upset at Anfield.
Nevertheless, if we stick to the basics and put up a good show, a positive result should be on the cards.
(Video) Watch Alisson and Roberto Firmino provide hilarious responses in latest “Bezzies”
We had seen a similar video of Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk a few weeks ago, and this one was just as brilliant between the Brazilians.
It started with Alisson answering about what Firmino would take along with him to an island, and the answer wasn’t really that surprising.
The forward answered his wife, which our keeper also guessed correctly. For Alisson’s options, the correct answer was barbecue, which Firmino got right too.
The pair were also asked what is their best body feature and which club they made their debuts for.
There were some great questions in between and Firmino confirmed that his favourite Brazilian player was Ronaldinho and not Ronaldo, while for Alisson it was goalkeeper Taffarel.
Our goalkeeper even predicted that Firmino would be a better keeper than his attacking partners Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
The pair seem to be in great form and in spirits ahead of our crucial tie against Manchester United on Sunday.
Hopefully, we pull off a win and stay atop the Premier League table as the games keep coming thick and fast.
Liverpool interested in signing £70m-rated Bundesliga powerhouse
The 19-year-old has been on fire for the Bundesliga giants this season and has seven goals and five assists in all competitions.
The German also has a couple of international caps to his name and plays mostly as an attacking midfielder.
The report claims that Manchester City, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona are all “actively” tracking the rising star.
Havertz is rated at £70m (h/t Mirror), and he is the next big thing coming out from the Bundesliga. The 19-year-old was phenomenal last season with three goals and eight assists in the Bundesliga and seems set to break that his record in this campaign.
Liverpool have dipped into the German market several times under Jurgen Klopp, and if anyone would have the inside scoop on the 19-year-old, it has to be our manager due to his spell in the Bundesliga.
The Reds could do with an attacking midfielder in the team as we don’t have someone who can do this role. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would be the ideal player for the position but it is unlikely we will see him play any minutes this season due to his injury.
We lead the Premier League and made it into the knockout rounds of the Champions League, and with the right signings, there could be some silverware at Anfield this season.
“It is going to be difficult” – Liverpool star believes Manchester United will be tough opposition
Liverpool play Manchester United in the biggest fixture of the weekend, and the Reds have a sizeable lead over their rivals in the Premier League.
We are 16 points ahead of the Red Devils after just 16 games, and another win will keep us at the top of the table ahead of Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp has never defeated the Red Devils during his Premier League career, and Georginio Wijnaldum spoke about the tie.
The Dutch midfielder believed we would put up a quality performance, claiming United are a good team while having a bit of a dig claiming they go out not to lose games (h/t Mirror):
“It’s a nice game. We’ll try to put in the same performance that we did against Napoli.
“Things can happen, everyone can have a bad season, it does not mean they [United] are not a good team with good players. Last season, with the same players, they finished second.
“They have good players, a good manager, and they know how to manage games and win games – or not to lose games! It is going to be difficult.”
Jose Mourinho always seems to have a plan when playing against Liverpool, whether it was his Chelsea days or his United days.
We long for a win over the Red Devils, and with our team in great spirits, a win at Anfield could be on the books.
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