Friday, September 29, 2023

Liverpool vs Bournemouth LIVE: Reds return to Anfield as Cherries look for revenge after humiliation – kick-off time, team news and how to follow

Liverpool welcome Bournemouth to Merseyside as Premier League football returns to Anfield on Saturday afternoon. 

The Reds kicked off their season with a 1-1 draw against Chelsea last weekend while Bournemouth shared the points with West Ham. 

Liverpool took the lead against Chelsea but were pegged backGetty

Jurgen Klopp’s side now return home and will be hoping to claim their first win of the season with memories of this fixture last campaign fresh in the memory.

The hosts humiliated the Cherries, winning 9-0 in a historic victory that saw Scott Parker sacked three days later. 

Andoni Iraola will be hoping his side can get revenge for that defeat and that he won’t experience a similar fate to Parker this time around. 

Liverpool vs Bournemouth: How to follow

This Premier League clash will take place on Saturday, August 19. 

Kick-off at Anfield is scheduled for 3pm. 

Due to the 3pm blackout in the UK, the game will not be available to watch.

talkSPORT will provide updates of all the action from Anfield with Adrian Durham.

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

It was the first time the score has been seen at Anfield in the Premier LeagueAFP

Liverpool vs Bournemouth: Team news 

Liverpool remain without a defensive midfielder after losing Jordan Henderson and Fabinho during the transfer window. 

However, the arrival of Wataru Endo could be confirmed in time for the Japan captain to feature at Anfield this weekend. 

Endo could start for the Reds with Thiago and Stefan Bajcetic still out injured. 

Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz, Cody Gakpo and Darwin Nunez will once again battle it out for a starting spot in the front line. 

As for Bournemouth, Marcos Senesi was withdrawn through injury after the hour mark against West Ham.

But the centre-back is said to only have suffered from cramp and he is likely to start. 

New signing Alex Scott arrived at the club injured and is still out while Dango Ouattara and Ryan Fredericks also continue their recovery.

The Cherries came away with a point on the opening dayGetty Images

Liverpool vs Bournemouth: What has been said? 

With Liverpool being turned down Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia, the Reds are in a desperate situation in the transfer market and according to former star Carragher, their current predicament is ‘a joke’.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Carragher said: “It leaves Liverpool in a pretty difficult place.

“They need to sign someone in midfield and people know that they’re desperate. They put a bid in for Lavia today for £60million when they refused to pay £50million just four or five days ago.

“It’s been an absolute mess – it’s a joke.

“The biggest problem is that Liverpool have known they need midfield reinforcements since August last year, so 12 months ago.”

Endo is set to sign for Liverpool

Liverpool vs Bournemouth: Match facts 

New signing Dominik Szoboszlai created more chances (3) and made more off-the-ball runs into the box (6) than any other Liverpool player on his debut against Chelsea on MD1.Patrick Kluivert scored for Newcastle away against Liverpool in December 2004. If his son Justin Kluivert scores for Bournemouth here, they would be the second father/son duo to score a Premier League goal against the Reds at Anfield after Ian Wright and Shaun Wright-Phillips.Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has scored eight goals in eight Premier League appearances against Bournemouth, though he didn’t score in either meeting with the Cherries last season.After a run of failing to score in six out of seven Premier League home games between January and March 2021, Liverpool have now only failed to score in one of their last 42 at Anfield – a goalless draw with Chelsea in January last season.Bournemouth had the second lowest possession average (40%) and the lowest shots-per-game average (9.4) in the Premier League last season. On MD1 against West Ham, the Cherries had 14 shots while enjoying 63% possession.Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League games, the longest current run in the division (W7 D5). However, each of their last three matches have finished level, with the Reds last drawing four consecutive league games in January 2008.Liverpool haven’t lost their first Premier League home game in any of the last 19 seasons, since a 2-1 loss against Chelsea in 2003-04. In fact, Liverpool haven’t lost any of their 19 home league games in August/September under Jürgen Klopp (W16 D3).Bournemouth have kept just one clean sheet in their 12 Premier League meetings with Liverpool, conceding 36 goals in the process (3 per game). However, that one shutout was in a 1-0 victory in their most recent meeting with the Reds in March.Bournemouth have never won away against Liverpool in any competition (D1 L8), with a 2-2 draw in April 2017 the only time they’ve avoided defeat at Anfield.Liverpool have won five of their six home league games against Bournemouth (D1), including a 9-0 victory in this exact fixture last season.

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