Andy Robertson was left out of the squad for Saturday's clash with Bournemouth as a precaution and will be fit for the Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid, explained Jürgen Klopp.
The full-back did not feature in the matchday 18 for the Premier League contest at Anfield after feeling a minor injury – one that will not affect his availability next week.
Asked whether Robertson was not involved because of rotation or a fitness issue, Klopp told BT Sport: “Something in between.
“He would have started today but then he felt [something] slightly. But it’s all good, it will be fine for Wednesday. But not for today.
“So we didn’t want to have him on the bench and see Robbo and think, ‘Maybe we can bring you [on].’ It wouldn’t make sense today. That’s the reason and he will be fine.”
James Milner starts for Liverpool in today’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth.
The No.7 replaces Andy Robertson in the Reds’ defence at Anfield, while Adrian deputises for the injured Alisson Becker.
Elsewhere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returns in midfield, while Naby Keita is on the bench after recovering from a knock.
Liverpool: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Milner, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Lonergan, Keita, Minamino, Lallana, Origi, Matip, Williams.
Liverpool fan and two-time Mercury Prize-nominated musician Ghostpoet has picked out five songs to add to the Reds' official playlist ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Bournemouth.
The cross-genre singer/songwriter will release his fifth album, I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep, later this year and @ghostpoet has taken time out from his UK and European tour to add a quintet of selections to our carefully curated list of matchday music - which is available to listen to here.
Black Sabbath - Iron Man
"Dedicated to our wonderful back five. We've been like steel most of the season, I look forward to us returning to such form."
Muddy Waters - Mannish Boy (Electric Mud version)
"This is a song that always gees me up when I need that little extra energy before hitting the stage. Always does the trick."
David Bowie - Win
"Self explained really. We're going through a little blip currently, these things happen. We just need three points on the board and then we can march on from there."
ESG - My Love For You
"Dedicated to my beloved Reds. I've been a fan since I was a baby, it's been a rollercoaster but the love I have for this team can never be diminished."
Goldie - Inner City Life
"Another tune that gets the blood pumping and body prepared. People talk about pressure mounting on the team, I say nonsense. Up the mighty Reds!"
Check out Ghostpoet's picks and his new single, Concrete Pony, on LFC Spotify
A return to the winner’s board is a must for Liverpool as they host Bournemouth this afternoon. Here’s how to watch on TV around the world.
Liverpool are back at Anfield after two disappointing defeats on the road aiming to move within nine points of officially securing the Premier League title.
And after being convincingly beaten, their first chance to respond in the top-flight comes in the form of Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth, who are currently fighting for their survival.
While Liverpool are flying high at the top of the table with 79 points to their name, the Cherries currently sit in 18th place having won just seven of their 28 games.
And although the Reds hold a commanding record over the visitors, having won the last five games to a total of 17-0, the last outing proved no team can be under-estimated.
Liverpool will be without Alisson after he sustained a hip injury, but are another three points headed our way to kick off what is an important week?
Check This Is Anfield for the latest team news ahead of the match.
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The match gets underway at 12.30pm (GMT)—or 7.30am in New York, 4.30am in Los Angeles, 11.30pm in Sydney, 4.30pm in Dubai and 3.30pm in Nairobi.UK Viewers
Check our Rest of the World TV guide below for a list of TV broadcasters showing the match live.
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Supporters can find the Reds’ latest league clash on the following channels worldwide:
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The big news ahead of today's fixture is that Alisson Becker is not available for this game, or next week's Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid, due to a muscle injury.
Adrian is therefore set to continue in goal for the Reds after starting at Chelsea in midweek.
Naby Keita has been in training in the build-up, though Jordan Henderson and Xherdan Shaqiri remain sidelined.
Bournemouth could call on Lloyd Kelly but Harry Wilson is ineligible to play against his parent club.
Jordan Henderson has used his matchday programme notes to pay tribute to three members of Liverpool staff who have left the club for new challenges.
Andrew Massey and Richie Partridge have departed the medical department at Melwood, while Neil Critchley left his role as the Reds’ U23s manager to take charge of Blackpool.
In his column ahead of today’s Anfield clash with Bournemouth, the captain declared the appreciation felt for the trio’s contributions.
“There have been a couple of significant departures from our set-up recently and on behalf of the team I want to use this column as a chance to say a big thank you for their contribution,” writes Henderson.
“Our doctor, Andrew Massey, one of our physios, Richie Partridge, and the U23s coach, Neil Critchley, have all chosen new and exciting challenges.
“Doctor Massey and Richie were popular, trusted and respected figures at Melwood. The relationship between players and medical staff is always a close one – it’s the nature of what they do.
“As a dressing room we’re pleased they’ve left on great terms. Both are welcome back anytime they wish and will remain part of the LFC family because of their contribution.
“Critch is a little different, because being based at Kirkby means some of us had limited contact with him. That said, the younger players who are now part of the first-team set-up speak about him in amazing terms and when he was in and around the first-team set-up he was always impressive.
“We’re very grateful for how he’s helped shape a number of the young pros in our dressing room and also for the manner in which he led the team twice this season in difficult circumstances against Aston Villa and Shrewsbury Town.
“I’m sure he won’t need it, but we wish Critch all the luck in the world at Blackpool and hope he makes a success of a great opportunity.
“As Alex Inglethorpe, the Academy director, said, it shows there is a pathway to progression and improvement at Kirkby for coaches as well as players – and that’s going to serve the club well in the future.”
Venue – Anfield, Liverpool
Referee – Paul Tierney
Date & Time – Saturday, March 7th @ 12:30
Current Odds – Liverpool 2/9, Draw 11/2, Bournemouth 12/1
Saturday’s game is hugely important to the remainder of Liverpool’s season. It’s the chance to ‘stop the rot’ after two c0nsecutive defeats while also moving within 9 points of Premier League glory. Also, it’s the last opportunity for Jurgen Klopp’s side to click back into gear ahead of the visit of Atlético Madrid on Wednesday.FORM
Liverpool lost in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Tuesday night, going out of the tournament after a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea. On the Saturday before it, The Reds suffered their first league defeat in over a year, being well beaten at Nigel Pearson’s Watford.
It’s two consecutive defeats and three in the last four for Liverpool. While the Premier League title is still potentially just a few games away, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds need to turn things around this week to continue the defence of their Champions League crown.
Bournemouth have won just one of their last five – three in their last ten – in all competitions. The Cherries’ last away win was at Chelsea in mid-December.
Eddie Howe’s team is currently 18th in the league and faces a battle to get out of the relegation zone between now and May.TEAM NEWS
Liverpool Team News
Jordan Henderson, Xherdan Shaqiri and Nathaniel Clyne are all out due to injury. Henderson is fighting to be fit for Liverpool’s titanic Champions League clash with Atlético Madrid next Wednesday night.
Naby Keita missed the FA Cup clash at Chelsea with a hip injury. He will face a late fitness test ahead of the Bournemouth game on Saturday.
Joe Gomez should be back in the starting eleven after missing the Watford defeat last Saturday through injury.
In midfield, with Henderson still out injured, the trio is likely to be Fabinho, Gini Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The front three should be Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané. With the Atléti game in mind, at least two of them will be taken off before 70 minutes if the three points look to be won by that stage.
Bournemouth Team News
Eddie Howe has endured a tough time of it this season with squad injuries. This weekend, The Cherries are without Lloyd Kelly, Charlie Daniels, David Brooks, Chris Mepham and Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld.
Harry Wilson can’t play on Saturday as Liverpool is still his parent club.
Bournemouth have been lining out in a 4-3-3 formation in recent months and it’s likely to be the same again at Anfield.
A mobile and creative front three of Ryan Fraser, Callum Wilson and Josh King could give Virgil van Dijk and co plenty of headaches on Saturday.PREDICTED LINEUPS
Liverpool XI (4-3-3) – Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mané
Bournemouth XI (4-3-3) – Ramsdale; Stacey, Cook, Aké, Smith; Billing, Lerma, Cook; Fraser, Callum Wilson, KingWHEN THEY LAST MET
Liverpool have won the last five meetings between the sides with an aggregate score of 17-0 in those games. Mohamed Salah has scored 7 goals in those games including one hat-trick.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah were the scorers as Liverpool won 3-0 at Bournemouth back in December the last time the sides met.
Last season at Anfield, Liverpool won 3-0 with goals from Sadio Mané, Gini Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah.PREDICTION
LIVERPOOL 3 – 0 BOURNEMOUTH
Anything less than a win on Saturday would be a huge disappointment for a Liverpool team looking to reach the Premier League finish line as soon as possible. My hope is that Anfield will be rocking on Saturday and Klopp’s men get off to the perfect start with an early goal. Do that and the three points should follow relatively comfortably.
Last Updated: 06/03/20 6:23pm3:23 Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool will be without goalkeeper Alisson for Wednesday's Champions League last-16 second leg against Atletico Madrid Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool will be without goalkeeper Alisson for Wednesday's Champions League last-16 second leg against Atletico Madrid
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has suffered a hip injury and will miss next week's crucial Champions League last-16 second leg against Atletico Madrid.
Alisson was left out of Tuesday's 2-0 FA Cup defeat at Chelsea as a precaution - Adrian deputised, making an error for the home side's first goal - and scans later revealed the Brazil international would be out for longer than first thought.
Liverpool manager Klopp has confirmed he will miss Saturday's Premier League match against Bournemouth at Anfield and Wednesday's fixture against Atletico, with the Reds trailing 1-0 after the first leg.
Klopp said: "In training before the Chelsea game he had a little incident we thought it was nothing and he was not going to play anyway - he was going to be on the bench.
"And then we thought we wouldn't take any risks so left him out of the squad. He had a scan the next day and they found something.
"He is out next week for sure and then we will see. It is in the hip region, you could all do your work still, but for a professional goalkeeper it is a slightly different situation.
"We have to judge the situation. I would say after the international break 100 per cent. Whatever we can get before that we will see."
Liverpool could see the return of captain Jordan Henderson against Atletico, says Klopp, but Saturday's meeting with Bournemouth will come too soon for the central midfielder.
"Henderson has a chance for Atletico next week, but not for Bournemouth," added Klopp.Soccer Saturday Super 6
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