Liverpool face what many would call “inferior” opposition in their last nine Premier League games, and a top four place is by no means sealed. The challenge starts with the visit of Bournemouth to Anfield on Wednesday night.
Liverpool will be without Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson again, but the only negative from the derby that will have a bearing on this game, is Sadio Mane’s injury, ruling him out of at least this fixture. I have stressed often in previous pieces on how Mane is our most important player and his absence will be a huge dent to Jurgen Klopp’s plans.
The Reds lost to Eddie Howe’s side in the reverse fixture, as a late second-half capitulation at the Vitality Stadium condemned the Reds to a 4-3 defeat. Revenge and keeping the momentum going will top the agenda at Anfield on Wednesday.
The Cherries should have won their own derby on Saturday night. But a mixture of rotten luck and poor finishing meant that they could only gain a point from a 0-0 draw against their south coast rivals, Southampton.
Here are some pivotal individual battles that will decide the outcome of the game.
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