by Harvey Camp (@harveycampjourn)
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes his side are going to have to be “absolutely excellent” in order to get a result against Liverpool this coming Saturday at Vitality Stadium.
Speaking at a pre-match press conference, Cherries’ boss discussed how the visitors have improved this season and how their most recent win against Huddersfield showed a different side to them.
“I think they’ve (Liverpool) definitely improved as a team, a lot more resolute and their defensive record is excellent and that takes a lot of work on the training ground, a lot of discipline and you don’t win the league without that.”
Moving on to the Huddersfield win, Howe said:
“It was an important win for us, we knew it was a big game. We started really well, went 2-0 ahead and played some really good football at that moment and then Huddersfield scored and the rest of the game was tough.”
“Although we weren’t fluent we had to dig in and show a different side to us. We won without playing well which we’ve rarely done in the Premier League.”
Bournemouth will of course be without midfield starlet Lewis Cook, who suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the 2-1 victory over Huddersfield on Tuesday night, facing six to nine months on the sideline.
When asked about the player’s current status, Howe responded by saying:
“Yes he’s okay, already planning and plotting when he’s going to come back. Obviously the first step is getting the operation out the way on Saturday which we wish him very well in.”
The Bournemouth boss continued: “Losing any player at this moment of the season is a big blow because of rotation, freshness and players going into games its important. But that’s what the squad’s for and we believe we’ve got a good enough squad to withstand these moments.”
A victory over Liverpool in the early kick off would place Cherries sixth in the league table, leap frogging Everton in the process, who host Watford on Monday night.