LEAGUE CUP: LIVERPOOL VS BOURNEMOUTH PREVIEW
One thing that’s certainly going to happen tomorrow is that Liverpool’s 5 game draw streak will end at Anfield. Liverpool will play against AFC Bournemouth tomorrow at home, not for points, but instead to progress to the next round of the League Cup. Thus, perhaps manager Jurgen Klopp will be taking tomorrow’s game more intensely, compared to his past three fixtures, all of which ended in draws.
Time for the players to deliver
It can be realistically assumed that a failure to grab victory at Anfield tomorrow will definitely invite harsh criticism for the Reds from fans and media alike. Despite being Klopp’s early days, five draws in a row (including 2 during Rodger’s reign) has put Liverpool somewhat behind in all competitions this season. In fact, Liverpool have managed to grab only 4 victories in 14 games in all competitions. Liverpool’s progress route in the tournament has been rather shaky as the Reds could only manage a penalty shootout victory against minnows Carlisle United. Fans will thus demand a noticeable improvement in the squad compared to their last League Cup game.
Exploiting Bournemouth’s defensive vulnerability
Newly promoted AFC Bournemouth haven’t adapted particularly well in the top flight, as they have only managed to win 2 and drawn 2 games so far and are just slightly above the relegation zone. In their last Premier League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur, the team lost at home 1-5. Thus, if Liverpool’s strikers and midfielders do their job well, Liverpool can comfortably emerge victorious tomorrow and progress to the next round. However, considering the last fixture between the two, where Liverpool could only grab a lucky 1-0 victory in the Premier League, it can be considered that Bournmouth will indeed fight till the end. However, with two victories in both fixtures in the last year, Liverpool will be the favorites, as well as the more confident team.
Besides missing the services of injured players like Sturridge and Henderson, Liverpool will also not be able to field provisional captain James Milner, who will have to serve a 1-game suspension after he received his fifth yellow card against Southampton on Sunday. However, Firmino and Benteke will be available for tomorrow’s fixture, ensuring that Liverpool will indeed have the better firepower if necessary.
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