liverpool will be looking to get their first victory from the new premier league season on Saturday when they welcome the newly promoted Bournemouth at Anfield.
The Merseysiders extended their winless streak to three games with a 2-1 loss to fierce rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday. That left them 16th on the table with just two points from the first three games.
Jurgen Klopp is said to have been hugely disappointed with his side’s performance in the North West Derby and is set to demand a response against Bournemouth.
Liverpool team news
In Ibrahima Konate, Joel Matip, Thiago Alcantara, Diogo Jota, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Liverpool have a host of stars on the sidelines. Naby Keita is unlikely to be fit to face Bournemouth, while Darwin Nunez is serving the second of his three match bans after being shown a direct red card against Crystal Palace.
The good news for Jurgen Klopp is that Roberto Firmino has fully recovered from his injury and played the full game against Man United. He will therefore be an option in attack at the weekend.
Expected line-up of Liverpool v Bournemouth (4-3-3)
Despite five goals conceded in three games, Alisson Becker will start in goal for Jurgen Klopp’s side. One of the best goalkeepers in world football, he will be eager to keep his first clean sheet of the season.
The injuries of Joël Matip and Ibrahima Konaté mean Joe Gomez will be partner again Virgil van Dijk at the heart of the Liverpool defence. Van Dijk has had a poor start to the season and has faced a lot of criticism for his performance against Man United. The Dutchman will therefore be eager to bounce back with a solid performance on Saturday.
Likewise, Trent Alexandre-Arnold endured a tough night at Old Trafford. However, his right-back position is not under immediate threat as Klopp expects Alexander-Arnold to respond to his criticism in style. At the rear left, Andrew Robertson remains a guaranteed starter for Liverpool.
There is every chance of Fabinho being restored to first XI at Anfield. The Brazilian fell to the bench against Man United and his absence was badly felt, and by the time he arrived the game was far out of the hands of the Reds.
Fabinho will take his usual position just in front of the baseline, partnering Jordan Henderson and Harvey Elliot to form a dynamic midfield trio that dominate Bournemouth. This will see James Milner drop out of the starting XI.
If Naby Keita recovers in time for the game, he will at most make the bench for Liverpool.
When it comes to attacking unity, Klopp is likely to stick to the top three of Luis Diaz, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah. The attacking triumvirate will be licking their lips at the prospect of facing Bournemouth, who have conceded seven goals combined in the last two games.
With Darwin Nunez suspended and Diogo Jota injured, Klopp will only have Fabio Carvalho as a back-up attacking option to bring in if needed.