Confirmed team news, kick-off time and exclusive coverage from Anfield

Premier League champions elect Liverpool need to bounce back this weekend when they take on Bournemouth at Anfield.

The Reds have been superb all season but have endured a difficult spell since their winter break.

They have lost three of their last five in all competitions and only just edged to victories over relegation-threatened sides Norwich and West Ham.

Liverpool take on Bournemouth at Anfield this weekend
Liverpool take on Bournemouth at Anfield this weekend

Jurgen Klopp’s side are still running away with the league crown but he’ll want a response on Saturday lunchtime.

They host a Bournemouth side who are in the bottom three and are in desperate need of points.

They lost at home to Liverpool 3-0 in December but Eddie Howe and co head to Merseyside in the hope of catching the Reds cold and prolonging their poor run.

talkSPORT’s GameDay special kick-offs at Anfield ahead of another packed day of top-flight action.

Liverpool vs Bournemouth: How to listen

The Premier League clash will get underway at 12:30pm on Saturday, March 7.

Full commentary from Anfield will be exclusively live on talkSPORT, with our coverage starting at 11am.

Reshmin Chowdhury will bring you all the build-up before handing over to Sam Matterface and Stuart Pearce for our live and exclusive commentary.

To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.

You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.

For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.

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Liverpool vs Bournemouth: Confirmed team news

Liverpool: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Milner, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Subs: Lonergan, Keita, Minamino, Lallana, Origi, Matip, Williams.

Bournemouth: Ramsdale, Stacey, S. Cook, Ake, Smith, Lerma, L. Cook, Billing, Stanislas, Wilson, Fraser.

Subs: Boruc, Gosling, Surman, Solanke, Rico, Simpson, Surridge.

 

Liverpool beat Bournemouth 3-0 in December
Liverpool beat Bournemouth 3-0 in December

Liverpool vs Bournemouth: What has been said?

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane said: “We have another important game against Bournemouth and then on Wednesday (against Atletico), so we will be ready and we will be back again.

“This can happen in football and we are used to it. We just have to keep working hard and keep going if we want to be great champions.”

Jurgen Klopp said: “It can happen that I get angry with the players, but I didn’t get angry with the players this week.

“From a common sense point of view, if I go in a meeting and shout at them like they have lost the last 10 games in a row because of a bad attitude, that would be really strange.

“I am not interested that after the meeting I feel better. I am interested in the boys getting the right information and it can be more emotional – I would not say angry – or less emotional.

“If you need to analyse, you analyse and analysis is not really emotional. It is looking at the facts and we were just not good enough. That is the easy answer.”

Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth take on Liverpool this weekend
Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth take on Liverpool this weekend

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Liverpool vs Bournemouth: Match stats

  • Liverpool have won their last five Premier League matches against Bournemouth by an aggregate score of 17-0.
    In all competitions, Bournemouth have won just one of their 16 matches against Liverpool (D3 L12), a 4-3 win in December 2016 at the Vitality Stadium.
  • Each of Liverpool’s last five Premier League wins against Bournemouth have been by at least three goals – the only team in top-flight history to win by 3+ goals in six consecutive games against an opponent is Man City against Wolves between 1902 and 1905.
  • The last 17 goals scored in this Premier League fixture have been scored by Liverpool – the only side Liverpool have scored more consecutive goals against without reply is West Bromwich Albion (26 between 2002-2011).
  • Bournemouth are winless in all eight Premier League games on Merseyside against Everton and Liverpool (D1 L7); the only team to play more times without winning there are Hull City (10 games).
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 54 Premier League home games (W44 D10), with the Reds winning the last 21 in a row. Victory here will set a new outright record for most consecutive home wins in English top-flight history.
  • Bournemouth have lost eight of their last nine away games in the Premier League, winning the other 1-0 at Chelsea in December. Indeed, 60% of Bournemouth’s total points won on the road this season (6/10) came in their first three away games (W2 D0 L1).
  • Liverpool’s 44-game unbeaten run came to an end at Watford last time out; the Reds haven’t lost consecutive league games since September 2015 under Brendan Rodgers. Liverpool have conceded as many goals in their last two Premier League games as they had in their previous 14 in the competition (5).
  • Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has scored in all five of his Premier League appearances against Bournemouth, netting seven goals in total. The only other player in Premier League history to score in 100% of his games against an opponent (min. 5 games) is Chris Wood against West Ham.
  • 87% of Mohamed Salah’s Premier League goals this season have been scored at home (13/15), the highest ratio of any player to have netted at least 10 this term.