Saturday, December 7, 2019 – 3pm (GMT)
Premier League (16)
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Following a trio of unconvincing results, the Reds enjoyed the rout they had long been threatening as a much-changed side thrashed Everton 5-2 on Wednesday night.
Three days after, and they are back on the road for a trip to the south coast, taking on a Bournemouth side who, like the Blues, are struggling this campaign.
Eddie Howe has overseen just four wins in the league, with four of the Cherries’ seven defeats coming in the last four games.
However, their most recent victory came with an impressive showing at home to Man United, and Howe will be clinging to this as he hopes to inspire Bournemouth to become the first side to take three points from Liverpool.
With many of his big names rested, though, Jurgen Klopp will be confident of another positive result as the Reds set the pace at the top of the table.Team News
Klopp did, however, indicate that there were “little concerns” within his squad after the Merseyside derby, which could impact his planned lineup for the weekend.
The manager is likely to make more changes, having opted for five in midweek, with Alisson set to return after his suspension, and Jordan Henderson, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah almost guaranteed to start too.
Possible Bournemouth XI: Ramsdale; Francis, Mepham, Ake, Rico; Danjuma, Billing, Lerma, Fraser; Solanke, WilsonLast 5 Away to Bournemouth (All Competitions)
Won 3-1 – December 2014 (Gosling; Sterling x2, Markovic)
Won 2-1 – April 2016 (King; Firmino, Sturridge)
Lost 4-3 – December 2016 (Wilson, Fraser, Cook, Ake; Mane, Origi, Can)
Won 4-0 – December 2017 (Coutinho, Lovren, Salah, Firmino)
Won 4-0 – December 2018 (Salah x3, Cook OG)
Away fans’ pubs: The best bet for away fans is to head into the centre of town before the match. The stadium is about three miles from it and there are plenty of buses and taxis to get you to the ground.
This will give you a much bigger variety of bars and pubs to suit any taste.
A piece of advice for the visiting fan: My standard advice would be to make a weekend of it. Bournemouth is known as a tourist haven for a reason.
Information courtesy of Neil Grover (@AFCBNG).Did You Know?
Despite Liverpool’s 4-3 loss back in 2016 depicting Dean Court as a difficult stadium to visit, only two current Premier League sides boast a worse home record against the Reds.
Klopp’s side have won on three of their four visits to Boscombe, for a win ratio of 75 percent.
This is equal to their record on trips to Norwich (75%), albeit based on half the amount of games, and behind only Burnley (83.3%) and Brighton (100%).
Liverpool have also scored more league goals at Dean Court than at any other stadium during Klopp’s reign as manager, with 13.Form
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Bournemouth – Last five results (all competitions)
Speaking at Melwood on Friday, Klopp expressed his relief that Wilson was unable to play against his parent club, and assessed the loanee’s progress so far:
“Oh, Harry. I’m happy, to be honest, that he cannot play against us!
“Each free-kick is a proper, proper threat. But we were never in doubt about Harry’s shooting abilities, his skills in that part of the game are incredible. World class for sure.
“But Harry is at Bournemouth to improve all the rest of his game as well. So being involved, being decisive, being between the lines, using the speed and all that stuff.
“He makes big steps, so that’s really important.
Bournemouth vs. Liverpool is not on TV in the UK, with the Saturday 3pm kickoff the last of the Reds’ games to not be broadcast in 2019.
This Is Anfield’s Chris Williams will be providing updates, analysis and our usual biased view on our matchday liveblog, however, kicking off from 2.15pm.
The Senegal international has been in sensational form in 2019 and actually won Messi’s vote in FIFA’s Best awards in September.
However, he finished fourth in the Ballon d’Or stakes behind the Barcelona forward, team-mate Virgil Van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Messi said it was “a shame” Mane finished fourth but Klopp does not expect that to be the case for much longer.
“The first three in the Ballon d’Or was Messi, Van Dijk, Cristiano and then Sadio. That’s a nice row. Having two players there shows a lot,” said the Reds boss.
“Mo was fifth and Alisson was seventh. We obviously played a good season and they had to respect that.
“Sadio is in incredible shape. Since the first day he came in he has been an incredibly important player.
“I can still remember his first goal, the Arsenal goal: running down the line, cutting inside and with the next step left-foot into the far corner.
“An incredible goal. And each year he made big steps and is in a good way.
“For an offensive player when Messi says something like this… Sadio, especially against Barcelona at home, was very impressive, it was like we had three of him on the pitch.
“If he stays healthy he will have an incredible career in front of him and I think he can climb in that Ballon d’Or table.
“But then some other people make decisions – not even Lionel Messi can decide that.”
Mane is Liverpool’s top scorer this season with 13 and at times was unplayable in the midweek Merseyside derby win over Everton which restored their eight-point lead at the top of the table.
Victory at Bournemouth, who have lost the last four, guarantees Klopp’s side are top at Christmas.
The Reds have been top on December 25 three times previously but remain the only club never to have gone on and won the Premier League from that position.
“I’ve told you often enough I am really not interested in these numbers and this history but that is part of the deal when you are in a good position,” said the manager.
“There are a lot of people who celebrate already, a lot of people who worry still and a lot of people who hope that you will still fail.
“I don’t listen to any of them. What that means for Christmas I never thought about.
“We need to be lucky that players stay fit and healthy. These are all things which worry us much more than who will be first at Christmas and what it means.”
Liverpool’s December programme has been complicated by their involvement in the Club World Cup, which will see them play two matches in Qatar later this month – the first 24 hours after a Carabao Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa.
Weeks of speculation were ended when the designated 23-man squad travelling to Doha was published this week, naming all his first-team players plus youngsters Rhian Brewster, Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones and Neco Williams.
There is an outside chance Liverpool will try to field that youthful quartet in the Carabao Cup and then immediately fly them to Qatar to sit on the bench for their Club World Cup semi-final.
“We had to do it like this. I think it’s a really nice opportunity for the younger players to face that (Villa). I know everybody thinks ‘no chance’ but football is a wonderful game,” he said.
“There was absolutely no chance to do it differently, in the moment when it was clear when it would be played and all the other dates were absolutely not possible for us to play it later.
“At the end we will not suffer because of it. That’s not possible. If somebody thought I should have done it differently, I cannot change that.”
Liverpool will welcome back Alisson Becker for Saturday's Premier League clash with Bournemouth.
The Brazilian goalkeeper served a one-match suspension for the midweek victory over Everton but is available to Jürgen Klopp again for the trip to the south coast.
At his pre-match press conference on Friday lunchtime, the manager also reported that the Reds have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game.
Klopp did, however, explain that the nature of the demands on the players at this time of year means he must be prepared for all circumstances.
“In the moment, it looks OK,” he said.
“But it’s like, if somebody wakes up and feels a little bit here and there, then I need to know that. When I know that, then I have to deal with that information.
“Nobody is ruled out, yet, so that’s good, but there are still three hours until we train, so there is still a bit of time. But in this moment, they all should be fine.”
Klopp made five changes to his starting XI for the Merseyside derby on Wednesday and saw the likes of Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri grasp their opportunity with starring roles in the 5-2 win.
The boss noted that the quick turnaround between games – and the intensity he expects to face against Bournemouth – will influence his selection this weekend.
“We have to see who we can use, especially when it’s three days between two games,” he said.
“Wednesday-Saturday is always a massive challenge and we have to be sensible and sensitive in the same moment with the decision-making about the line-up because Bournemouth will be really demanding, they will ask for everything.
“We have to again be really spot on, intense, all that stuff. They are not happy with their situation so we need a good intensity in that game again. That’s what we try to make sure with the line-up, but then still the boys have to do the job and hopefully they can do it.”
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is without several first-team players due to injury and Adam Smith is the latest to be ruled out ahead of Liverpool’s visit.
The defender sustained an ankle injury during the Cherries’ midweek league clash with Crystal Palace and cannot play on Saturday.
Steve Cook (wrist) and Joshua King (hamstring) remain sidelined, while the game comes too soon for the returning Junior Stanislas and Andrew Surman.
“We’re in a tough spot in a tough, tough league,” said Howe at his pre-match press conference, following four consecutive league defeats for Bournemouth.
“But these challenges inspire me, we need to show the unity and the fight for the challenge and that’s what I’m telling my players.”
On-loan Harry Wilson, who has scored six league goals in 14 appearances for the Cherries this season, is ineligible to play against his parent club.
Crystal Palace 1-0 Bournemouth (December 3): Ramsdale, Rico, Ake, Mepham, Smith, Groeneveld, Billing, Lerma, H. Wilson, Solanke, C. Wilson.
Liverpool 5-2 Everton (December 4): Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Lallana, Shaqiri, Mane, Origi.
It was a frustrating afternoon for Liverpool U23s as they lost 4-0 away at Tottenham Hotspur in Premier League 2 on Friday.
Rodel Richards opened the scoring for the hosts on 20 minutes before two spot-kicks in the second half changed the game.
On 55 minutes, Morgan Boyes was sent off and Jamie Bowden made no mistake from the spot, then five minutes later the same player converted another penalty to make it 3-0.
Spurs added a fourth goal in stoppage-time as Bowden claimed his hat-trick, and the home team also ended up with 10 men when Malachi Fagan-Walcott was shown a red card.
Reflecting on the game, U23s boss Neil Critchley told Liverpoolfc.com: “I thought the first half was even but they had the better of the first 20 minutes, then we were the dominant team right up until half-time and missed a good opportunity to equalise.
“We started the second half on top again and then came the pivotal moment of the game when a penalty was awarded against us and Morgan was sent off. I thought that was debatable, not just the sending-off but the penalty as well.
“That changed the game and then almost straight after they scored another penalty. That was a penalty and I’ve got no qualms about that decision.
“But even with 10 men I thought we gave a good account of ourselves, played some good football and the character we showed on the pitch was excellent.
“They made it 4-0 with the last kick of the game but I thought that was harsh on us. I didn’t think there was too much between the two teams throughout the whole 90 minutes.”
Liverpool U23s: Kelleher, Williams, Gallacher, Clayton, Boyes, Chirivella, Elliott (Bearne (Norris)), Kane, Longstaff, Christie-Davies, Hill.
Unused substitutes: Dixon-Bonner, Atherton, Varesanovic.
Liverpool FC has released the following away ticket details for the Premier League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday January 11.
The match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will kick off at 5.30pm GMT.
The club has received a total allocation of 3,038 stand tickets for this all-ticket fixture. This allocation is less than last season’s due to Tottenham now playing in their new stadium.
Supporters not in possession of a ticket are urged not to travel.
Adults – £30
Over 65s – £19
Young adults (18-21) – £22.50
Juniors (under 18) – £17
Please be aware that supporters in possession of concessionary tickets will be asked for ID at the turnstiles. If supporters are not able to provide the relevant ID, they will be refused entry.
Sir Kenny Dalglish Box holders, Premium Level and Centenary Club members should contact the hospitality department on 0151 264 2222, option two.
Within the allocation, the club has received 26 pairs of wheelchair and personal assistant tickets. Ambulant and personal assistant tickets are also available – click here for more information.
The below sales will take place online only.
Tickets will be available to season ticket holders and Members based on Premier League away fixtures recorded during 2018-19, on the following days.
12 or more games: from 8.15am on Thursday December 12 until 10.45am on Friday December 13.
Supporters are guaranteed a ticket during this sale and can purchase one ticket per person, up to a maximum of 10 tickets per transaction.
The following sales will then take place on a first come, first served basis, subject to availability, and supporters can purchase one ticket per person up to a maximum of four tickets per transaction.
11 or more games: from 11am until 1.45pm on Friday December 13.
10 or more games: from 2pm on Friday December 13 until 10.45am on Monday December 16.
9 or more games: from 11am on Monday December 16.
Should there be any tickets remaining following the initial sales, the club will make a further announcement. Supporters are advised to check here for sale updates.
For ticket fulfilment (delivery and collection of tickets), click here.
For a visiting supporter guide, click here.
For coach travel, click here.
For away support information, click here.
For general information, click here.
Liverpool are back in action tomorrow with an away trip to Bournemouth; before then, we’ve got transfer rumours and press conference news for you.
The boss has addressed the media ahead of the Reds’ journey to Dean Court, as Liverpool look to continue their unbeaten and near-perfect start to the season.
Bournemouth have been rather poor of late, but Klopp wants no slackening up of the title charge and makes the point that every match counts for the same.
With loads of games coming in the next few weeks, rotation is for Christmas, not just for Everton…is that how the saying goes? Anyway, it’s not FIFA, says the boss—real players need real rest, and that’s what he’ll do throughout this busy period.
Here you can see Klopp’s presser in full.January moves? One journo thinks so…
Fancy a nice, shiny new Jadon Sancho as a new year’s gift?
It might happen, but there are conflicting reports about whether he wants to leave or not. Even so, beyond the winter market there’s a chance the Reds will make a big move for someone new in the summer.
The Mirror‘s Dave Maddock feels Liverpool will make a couple of big moves in 2020 at some point, especially with the impending Nike kit deal to be announced.
Sancho isn’t the only player he discusses, either, with Houssem Aouar also getting some airtime.Fringes of the first team
As we saw against the Ev in midweek, the entire squad is important this season and we’ll need them all. So it’s worth a look at what’s been said by, and about, some of those on the fringes of the action for most of this season…Reds trio up for awards
Always nice when Liverpool’s stars are recognised for their efforts!
As for Mane, he’s up for player of the month. Dele Alli, Jamie Vardy and Lys Mousset are some of those he’s up against—vote for our No. 10 here.
Finally, Klopp is up for manager of the month against Nuno, Brendan Rodgers and Chris Wilder. Vote for Jurgen here!Quickfire LFC news
The Echo keep a pretty close eye on all things Liverpool, but sometimes you just can’t see the woods for the trees.
This article looks at whether Ovie Ejaria‘s impressive loan spell at Reading could see him be the under-the-radar player to make a big impact in Jurgen Klopp‘s squad over the coming years, citing stats, style of play and plenty more.
All very nice, with one small detail overlooked: his loan deal includes a permanent transfer at the end of the season.Tweet of the day
I must have rang every Blue supporter in my extended family at exactly 55 minutes past every hour today & said…
“The clock on my phone is broke, can you tell me what time is it so I can set it?”
Them: “It’s five to…”
Me: “5-2?! Wheeyy!!”
— Samantha Quek (@SamanthaQuek) December 5, 2019What we’re reading
Nearly 20 years ago, then-Leeds players Lee Bowyer and Jonathan Woodgate almost went to prison and another man almost died. The full story, and how Leeds as a club have never really recovered, is told by Daniel Taylor for the Athletic.
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Sadio Mane has been named Liverpool's Standard Chartered Player of the Month for November.
The No.10 continued his fine form throughout the month, scoring three times while starting five of the Reds’ six fixtures in the Premier League and Champions League.
And that was sufficient for Mane to receive the most votes in our poll on Liverpoolfc.com, ahead of second-placed Fabinho and Virgil van Dijk in third.
“For sure I am happy to win it and, like I always said, I’m here trying to be my best all the time and it’s an honour for me. It has been a great few weeks for me and my teammates so I think we just need to keep on going,” the forward told Liverpoolfc.com, upon being presented with the award at Melwood.
“I think the fans make everything so I want to thank everyone who voted for me. Big love for you guys!”
Mane’s November began with a match-winning contribution at Aston Villa - the Senegalese assisting Andy Robertson’s 87th-minute equaliser before glancing in a 94th-minute winner himself.
A late substitute appearance against Genk preceded another goal, this time in the 3-1 victory over Manchester City at Anfield, before he opened the scoring in a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.
Mane then started and finished both matches as Jürgen Klopp’s side drew 1-1 with Napoli and beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 in the final four days of the month.
When asked to select his personal highlight from November, Mane replied: “I will go for Aston Villa. It was a really, really tough game and I think we scored four minutes before the end.
“We have big respect for Aston Villa but I was thinking we could go there and win, but the game was really tough. I think the team spirit was fantastic and we pushed as a team until the end and finally we got the win that I think we deserved, to be honest.”
2019-20 Standard Chartered Player of the Month winners
August: Mohamed Salah
September: Roberto Firmino
October: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
November: Sadio Mane
Last Updated: 06/12/19 3:36pmMohamed Salah is set to return to Liverpool's starting line-up this weekend
Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Bournemouth vs Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday.Team news
Bournemouth will be without Steve Cook (broken wrist) and Adam Smith (ankle) and Joshua King (hamstring) for the Liverpool clash.
Harry Wilson is ineligible against his parent club and Junior Stanislas and David Brooks are both recovery from long-term injuries.2:14 A look at some of the key stats surrounding this weekend's Premier League action, including the Manchester derby and Arsenal’s trip to West Ham A look at some of the key stats surrounding this weekend's Premier League action, including the Manchester derby and Arsenal’s trip to West Ham
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and goalkeeper Alisson Becker are set to return to the starting line-up.
Salah, with six goals in four appearances against the Cherries, has been an unused substitute in two of the last four matches and along with Firmino was rested for the midweek Merseyside derby win - a game in which Alisson served a one-match suspension
Defender Joel Matip (knee) and Fabinho (ankle) remain sidelined.How to follow
Follow the action with our dedicated live blog. Highlights of the game will be published at 5.15pm on the Sky Sports website and app plus the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel.3:00 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win against Everton in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win against Everton in the Premier League Opta stats
Everything Jurgen Klopp touches turns to gold. I thought he would rest players for this game but, no, he rested Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Jordan Henderson in the Merseyside derby, and he was vindicated. Bournemouth, meanwhile, are in free fall and lacking confidence. They are trying to be more solid defensively, but that is hampering them going forward. It's a dangerous combination for Eddie Howe's side.
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Go behind the scenes of Liverpool's pulsating 5-2 victory over local rivals Everton with the latest edition of Inside Anfield.
The Reds maintained their eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League as Divock Origi (two), Xherdan Shaqiri, Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum all found the back of the net on Wednesday night.
See everything that happened in and around the ground – before, during and after the match – with our exclusive footage below...
Liverpool visit Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday, with kick-off scheduled for 3pm GMT.
The match will not be shown live on television in the UK, but two minutes of highlights will be available on LFCTV GO from 7pm GMT, with extended highlights to follow at midnight.
For Reds fans outside of the UK, global TV listings for the game can be found here.
Jürgen Klopp welcomed Harry Wilson's ineligibility this weekend as he assessed the Liverpool forward's progress on loan with Bournemouth.
Wales international Wilson has scored six goals in 14 Premier League appearances since joining the Cherries on a season-long deal in the summer.
But he must sit out Saturday’s meeting between the two clubs.
Asked about Wilson’s form during his pre-match press conference, Klopp said: “I am happy he cannot play against us, to be honest!
“Each free-kick is a proper threat. But we were never in doubt about Harry’s shooting abilities, his skills in that part of the game are incredible – world-class, for sure.
“But Harry is at Bournemouth to improve all the rest of his game as well, so being involved, being decisive, being between the lines, using his speed, all that stuff.
“He makes big steps there, that’s really important. They are not in the best run but even there, he scored two goals in the game before the last game, nice goals as well, not important enough at the end because they still lost but kept the game going.
“Good, absolutely good.”