Preview: Bournemouth v Liverpool

Liverpool will be looking to extend their incredible unbeaten run in the Premier League when they travel to the Vitality Stadium to take on an out-of sorts Bournemouth outfit on Sunday.

Premier League
Date: 4 December 2016
Kick-off: 21:30 HKT
Venue: Vitality Stadium

Head-to-head summary:

Bournemouth 5 0 0 5
Liverpool 5 5 0 0

Previous encounter:

Bournemouth 1-2 Liverpool 17/04/16 (Premier League)

Bournemouth goalscorer: J. King (90+3′)
Liverpool goalscorers: R. Firmino (41′), D. Sturridge (45+2′)

Players to watch:

Much will be expected of Jack Wilshere from the home support after the on-loan midfielder was forced to miss the 3-1 loss against his parent club Arsenal last time out. The England international will bring much-needed stability to the middle of the park for the Cherries, especially against a rampant attacking Liverpool side.

The return from injury of Adam Lallana could not have come at a better time for the Reds with news that playmaker Philippe Coutinho is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines with an ankle problem.

Team form and manager quotes:

Bournemouth face an uphill battle against one of the Premier League’s form sides. The Cherries have won just once in their last five Premier League games and were soundly beaten 3-1 by Arsenal last time out.

“For me, Liverpool are genuine title contenders. They’ve shown this season what a good side they are and we’ll have to be at our best,” he said ahead of the game.

“We don’t look at the stats and worry. They’re a good team, but we’re going into the game aiming to win it. We have no fear.”

The Reds, on the other hand, are unbeaten in their last 11 fixtures and start the match in second place in the standings, just a single point behind Chelsea. Despite that, manager Jurgen Klopp is not taking the match for granted.

“[Bournemouth] are a very good side. They have a clear philosophy, a clear style,” he said.

“I would say [they are] not the biggest names in world football, but all of them decent players. There’s real quality.

“It’s not the biggest stadium in the world but it’s a nice stadium. I like stories like this.”

Great to see this man back in training! ? – – – #LFC #liverpoolfc #lallana #training #football #reds

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Team news:

Andrew Surman’s return from injury suffered an unfortunate set back, but Artur Boruc and Charlie Daniels are both back in contention after recovering from back and hip problems respectively.

For Liverpool, Coutinho has been ruled out for at least five weeks, while Lallana, Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino are all back in contention.