The Reds host Bournemouth on Wednesday night as they look to build on their return to form
Liverpool will be out to avenge after losing away to Bournemouth back in December, and are finally back in form after picking up 10 points out of a possible 12 against Arsenal, Burnley, Manchester City and Everton.
Saturday’s Merseyside derby triumph has put the Reds in a healthy position in the league table in third place, with eight relatively kind fixtures remaining, and it would be a huge blow if a top four place wasn’t secured.
Liverpool have fallen short too many times in games like this, and failure to win on Wednesday would half their current momentum significantly as the injuries are racking up.
Liverpool have been unlucky with injuries this season and now have several key men are missing from the squad.
Sadio Mané is the latest injury, having picked up a nasty knee injury against Everton and faces missing the rest of the season. The 24-year-old has been the most influential player for the Reds this season, so it’ll be a tough run-in without him.
Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson are also sidelined, and both have set off to Miami and some suggest that they are seeing specialists over in the States.
Emre Can and Joel Matip both sat out of training following the derby, but it is hoped that they are just having a break and are still fit.
The good news is that Daniel Sturridge has returned to full-time training, which could give Klopp the boost he needs with all the bad news he is receiving.
Divock Origi is likely to come into the XI in Mané’s absence, and Lucas Leiva could keep his place after his derby performance.
Bournemouth don’t have any new injuries to worry about, but Callum Wilson, Andrew Surman and Adam Federici are all out. Tyrone Mings is also out, having been suspended at the beginning of March.
In their last five games, Liverpool have won three, drawn one and lost one. Bournemouth have only lost one of their last five, having won two and drawn the other two.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Klopp said that everyone will miss Mané, but it is the perfect time for Sturridge to return to training.
Everyone would miss Sadio. Southampton probably still miss him, Salzburg still miss him.
With all of these injuries, I’m not expecting us to thrash Bournemouth like we did against Everton, but I still think we can win the game providing that they don’t just think “it’s only Bournemouth and we’re back in form anyway”. I’m going to go for a 2-1 win for the Reds.
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