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Liverpool Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Bournemouth

6:30 AM EST 12/8/18
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The Reds can go to the top of the Premier League with a win over Eddie Howe's side at the Vitality Stadium

The Red machine just keeps on rolling.

After wins over Everton and Burnley, Liverpool will be hoping to finish a huge week on a high as they travel to the Vitality Stadium to take on Bournemouth.

Jurgen Klopp's side can go top of the Premier League with a win in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off, and pile the pressure on Manchester City, who face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge later in the day, in the process.

This is already the best start to a league season in Liverpool's 126-year history, and extending it on the South Coast would be the perfect way for Klopp's team to prepare for their crunch Champions League date with Napoli next week.

Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's game...

Liverpool Injuries

The sour note from Wednesday's 3-1 win at Burnley came in the form of an ankle injury suffered by Joe Gomez.

The full severity is yet to be disclosed, but at the very least the England defender is likely to face a couple of weeks on the sidelines. With Dejan Lovren having missed the last two matchday squads due to a minor problem, it means the Reds are a little light in defence.

Adam Lallana returned to the squad at Burnley, which will boost numbers further forward, while checks will be made on Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson, who missed out at Turf Moor due to a foot cut and a dead leg respectively.

Liverpool Suspensions

Liverpool do not have any suspended players for this game.

Liverpool Starting Line-Up

As at Burnley, Klopp has continued his preference of rotation.

He made seven changes to his starting XI for that game, and more have been added this week.

Joel Matip continues at centre-back, and Gini Wijnaldum and Fabinho come into midfield. Up front, both Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah start, with Xherdan Shaqiri on the right flank.

Klopp, of course, has one eye on this week's Champions League clash with Napoli, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane having to settle for a place on the bench.

Liverpool XI: Alisson; Milner, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Keita, Wijnaldum; Shaqiri, Salah, Firmino.

Bournemouth Starting XI

The Cherries are without Adam Smith and Lewis Cook, both of whom have long-term knee injuries.

Dan Gosling, who once scored a winner for Everton against Liverpool, was a doubt with a knock of his own and doesn't make the squad.

The in-form Callum Wilson, meanwhile, has been ruled out through injury.

Bournemouth XI: Begovic; Francis, Cook, Ake, Daniels; Brooks, Surman, Lerma, Stanislas; Fraser, King

TV Channel & Kick-Off Time

The fixture will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports PL, kick-off 12.30pm. Highlights can be found on Match of the Day, BBC1 at 10.30pm.

In the United States the game can be watched live on television on NBC Sports, kick-off 7.30am ET.

Best Opta Match Facts

  • Bournemouth have lost four of their six Premier League matches against Liverpool (W1 D1), losing both matches last season by an aggregate score of 0-7.

  • Liverpool’s only defeat in 13 previous matches against Bournemouth in all competitions (W9 D3) came at the Vitality Stadium in the Premier League in December 2016; the Reds lost 3-4.

  • Bournemouth had 43 shots in their first three Premier League games against Liverpool, while facing 47; in their last three, they’ve had just 20 shots while facing 61.

  • Bournemouth’s win against Huddersfield in the midweek fixtures ended a run of four successive defeats for the Cherries.

  • Liverpool have won 39 points from 15 league games this season, which is their best-ever start to a top-flight league season. Only six sides (including Manchester City this season) have won more points from their opening 15 league games to a top-flight season (based on three points for a win).

  • Against no side has Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe lost more games as a manager in all competitions than he has against Liverpool (7, level with Man City).

  • Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino has been involved in five goals in his last five Premier League appearances against Bournemouth (3 goals, 2 assists).

  • Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson has scored eight goals in his 15 Premier League games this season – he last scored more in a league campaign in 2014-15, when he netted 20 goals in 45 Championship games in Bournemouth’s promotion season.
    Alisson has remained unbeaten in his opening 15 league matches as a Liverpool player; equalling the club record in the Premier League set by Javier Mascherano in November 2007. If he plays and doesn’t lose this match, he’ll set the new outright club record.
    James Milner could make his 500th Premier League appearance in this match, becoming the 13th player to reach this landmark. Should he play in this game, he’ll become the 2nd youngest to do so aged 32y 338d old, behind only Gareth Barry (32y 219d).