Having secured local bragging rights for another season with victory in the Merseyside derby, Liverpool will be hoping to strengthen their grip on a place in the top four when they welcome Bournemouth to Anfield on Wednesday.
The Reds’ 3-1 victory over Everton was a fourth in a row on home turf, and they are available at 4/11 (1.36) with dabblebet to make it five for the first time since April 2014 by coming out on top in this one.
However, Eddie Howe’s men came back from 3-1 down to win 4-3 when the sides met in December’s reverse fixture, and are on offer at 8/1 (9.00) to secure an unlikely double with a first ever victory at this ground.
The guests have picked up a single point in each of their last two away games in the league, and there are odds of 4/1 (5.00) available on them grinding out another draw here.
While Jurgen Klopp will be content with his team’s position with eight games still to play, the away game at the Vitality Stadium neatly sums up why they are now seen as just top four hopefuls rather than title contenders.
Having lead 3-1 with just 15 minutes remaining thanks to some scintillating attacking play, a succession of defensive mishaps saw them concede three times to leave with nothing.
This combination of excellence in front of goal and fragility at the back has been a feature Klopp’s tenure at Anfield; Liverpool have scored and conceded in the same game 21 times in 30 league fixtures this campaign – the highest proportion in the division.
Boasting the same number of goals scored as Manchester United but having conceded more than rock bottom Sunderland, the Cherries also seem to suffer from the same symptoms as their hosts.
With this in mind, odds of 7/10 (1.70) look like a safe bet on both teams getting on the scoresheet in another entertaining encounter between two open teams.