This is the perfect game for Liverpool to get back to winning ways.
I’m not going to lie – I sh*t myself a bit when Liverpool lost 3-0 to Watford. Flashes of 2013/14 season went through my mind and I stayed away from the kip that is twitter for a few hours at least. I then came to my senses and realized that we were 22 points clear and that life was all good and maybe I was being a bit dramatic.
That’s what 30 years of supporting Liverpool does to you.
Liverpool haven’t been the same team since the winter break for a number of reasons. Firstly, they were machine-like before the break and I feel like they are struggling to get back into their rhythm. The injury to Jordan Henderson hasn’t helped either, he gets branded as average a lot but his work rate is immense and his leadership skills on the pitch are priceless.
Liverpool’s front three have also been underperforming since the break but this weekend gives them the perfect opportunity to find their form again.
When you look at the last five meetings between these two teams in the league it’s pretty clear that the way Bournemouth setup really suits Klopp’s side. They’ve won the last five games with an aggregate of 17 goals to nothing. Zero. No goals.
Eddie Howe is trying to play football the right way in these games and it’ll be the downfall for Bournemouth here.
The Cherries, unlike a lot of sides, come to Anfield and try to attack Liverpool. This is the only way Howe knows how to play but it’s never going to be effective against this Reds team who will pick them off on the counter with balls in behind their high line.
This is probably the most important game at Anfield in a long time because of the nature of Liverpool’s performances since the break, and, luckily enough I will in the ground. I just don’t expect to come away disappointed as Bournemouth have failed to score in five against Liverpool and I don’t think this will be any different.
The disaster that is Dejan Lovren will be far away from the pitch with Joe Gomez coming back. Thank f**k. The fill-in centre-half’s performance last week against Watford was shambolic. He was bullied by Troy Deeney – we’re not used to seeing a Liverpool defender getting pushed around like that.
In the holding role for Bournemouth it looks like Jefferson Lerma will be starting. He is a tremendous fan of yellow cards with 10 in his last 23 premier league games. Bournemouth will be overrun in the middle of the park and he could really struggle with the Liverpool front three in transition.
So get on Liverpool to win to nil & Lerma to be carded in the #WhatOddsPaddy – Featured tab at 4/1.
Let’s get this league over the line!
*All odds correct at time of publication