Bournemouth v Liverpool: an easy 0-4 victory?

A quick look at our game away to Bournemouth tomorrow and how likely we are to get an easy win.

Well straight away I will say I think that The Cherries will not be a push over. They might be though. The thing is Bournemouth on the right day can be a very capable team. They play some good open attacking football which is fun to watch and hopefully for us will be fun to play against.

If we're on form ourselves then there's every chance Bournemouth's usual determination to play expansive football will play right into our hands and we'll absolutely stuff them. Rarely do they park buses, as the rest of our opponents seem always to do now, and so I don't see any reason why our superior brand of expansive football shouldn't blast them off the pitch. On the other hand if we don't turn up at our best, then there's also every chance we could be in for a rude awakening.

Many of our performances of late have been fair to middling and if we play like that against a Bournemouth who find top gear, then it might just be us who get blasted off the pitch.

Injury wise we of course will be without Joe Gomez after he sustained a break to his lower left leg in our last game vs Burnley, where we were robbed of a clean sheet by the ref. Mane is still a serious doubt after he missed said last game because of a cut to his foot sustained in the match before and has not yet returned to training. Lovren is unavailable due to a recently picked up knock which resulted in a concussion but there is good news that Andy Robertson is available after missing our last game which Jurgen has inferred was mostly due to wanting to rest him.

Bournemouth were similarly effected by bad injury in their midweek game against Huddersfield whereby midfielder Lewis Cook ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and now faces up to nine months out as a result. They also have Dan Gosling out with an ongoing knee injury and fitness concerns for one or two others.

Tactics wise my gut feeling is that Jurgen will not try to meet Bournemouth like for like with heavy metal football but will instead maintain our newly found slower more measured approach. I think we reverted back to the heavy metal stuff vs Everton and in my view, though it was nice to see a return of the faster paced attacking and pressing game, it didn't really work in terms of goals and we also looked more vulnerable at the back. Conversely in our last game against Burnley we went back to a 4-3-3, slowed things down again, and went on to win the game comfortably.

I feel those two recent games and results will likely further cement the benefits of our new more controlled approach in Jurgen's mind and on that basis, injuries permitting, this is my guess at our line-up:

Result, 0-4.

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