Bournemouth vs Liverpool: Match preview and predicted lineups – Liverpool expected to make a major changes

Jurgen Klopp

After an emphatic win over Dortmund in Europa League that gave them a ticket to the semi-finals of the Europa league, Liverpool travel to Bournemouth on Sunday in search of three points to maintain their Europa League qualification hopes for next season.

Liverpool are currently 2 points behind Southampton and 4 behind West Ham and their fans understand they are well poised to attain a respectable finishing position to retain their Europa League spot for next season.

The hosts Bournemouth are in some good form, but they have flopped when coming against high quality teams. They are 11th in the league table and will be more than satisfied after avoiding relegation in their debut season in English Premier League.

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Speaking ahead of the match, Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp said: “We have to play in a different way, we have to give the job to different people and change the style. That’s how it always is. It’s not that we can only play like this.”

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe on Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp: “They are a strong side and he is imprinting his ideas on them, you can see that with the way they press and work. We will anticipate a hard-working and full of energy Liverpool team. You can’t predict them too much, we have to focus on what we are going to do.

“We weren’t happy with how we played against Tottenham and Manchester City and want to do better, especially against the top sides.”

Team news

Liverpool are expected to make a major reshuffle after Thursday night’s dramatic Europa League win over Borussia Dortmund, with Joe Allen among the likely starters.

Emre Can is suspended, however, while Christian Benteke, Jordan Henderson, Joseph Gomez and Danny Ings remain out with injuries. Jurgen Klopp is expected to make changes after the high intensity match against Dortmund in midweek.

For Bournemouth, winger Junior Stanislas could return from a hamstring injury, but Benik Afobe will miss out with his own hamstring problem, while Adam Smith continues his rehabilitation from a hernia and Harry Arter (Achilles) is also not yet fit.

Callum Wilson made a brief substitute appearance at Aston Villa last week following six months out with a knee injury, and is expected to be involved again.

Predicted Lineups.

Bournemouth Line-up (4-4-2): Boruc, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Gradel, Surman, Arter, Ritchie, King, Murray.

Liverpool Line-up (4-2-3-1): Mignolet, Moreno, Lovren, Sakho, Clyne, Leiva, Allen, Coutinho, Lallana, Ojo, Sturridge

Prediction: Bournemouth 1 Liverpool 2