Liverpool vs Bournemouth Preview: Reds look to ride the wave of momentum against the Cherries

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Liverpool will be hoping to strengthen their grip on a place in the top four when they welcome Bournemouth to Anfield on Wednesday.

On the back of resurgent run of four unbeaten games, Liverpool is set to take on Bournemouth this Wednesday at Anfield.

What we know from Liverpool's weekend win in the Merseyside derby is that Philippe Coutinho is back in form but Sadio Mane will miss the Reds’ next Premier League match against Bournemouth.

Having returned from injury in January, it looks like Coutinho has found his groove. He is back to being the creative head of the team that started the season on an aesthetic high. The Brazilian played a stellar role against Everton, scoring one and assisting one in his team’s 3-1 win, and will look to make up for lost time as Liverpool hit the final stretch in the Premier League.

Coutinho has assisted six Premier League goals this season, his second best tally in a Premier League campaign (7 in 2013-14).

Meanwhile Mane, Liverpool’s Senegalese forward, who has been Liverpool’s spearhead in attack with 13 goals so far this season, twisted his ankle and was forced off. Manager Jürgen Klopp has already revealed that the 24-year-old is unlikely to play on Wednesday, which will be a blow for the team. 

With Daniel Sturridge still out with injury, Divock Origi, who scored the third for Liverpool at Anfield is likely to step into Mane’s shoes. It was the Belgian’s sixth goal as a substitute since he joined the club in 2015.

Klopp will also find optimism in the way his team has continued on the form they’ve developed over the past few games. Liverpool currently boasts a four-game undefeated run, which involves three victories. They will need that momentum when they host Bournemouth.

The last time the two teams met, in the reverse fixture back in December, the hosts at the Vitality Stadium overcame a 3-1 deficit to win the match 4-3 at full-time in what was a thriller. The Reds will want to put those memories to rest by dismantling Eddie Howe's men at home. 

Bournemouth meanwhile, also are coming off a four-match undefeated run, winning two and drawing as many which sees them sit in 11th place. A point to note is that they have hit the woodwork on 16 occasions this season, a league high. 

Interestingly, Liverpool have a 100 per cent record against Bournemouth at Anfield, having won all four with 10 goals and just two leaked in.

Given the way Liverpool have been playing, and the fact that they are well in contention to get back into the Champions League (the club is currently third in the standings), Klopp’s team will be the favourites to win all three points at Anfield on Wednesday.

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