On Sunday Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool FC will visit the South Coast, taking on AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
The Cherries haven’t won any of their last 5 games (D-L-D-D-L) and will need to be resolute to keep the points at Dean’s Park, especially after Wednesday night’s unlucky defeat against Manchester United.
The good memories from last year’s unforgettable win (4-3), will most likely play a role in the preparation towards the game.
In the press conference, manager Eddie Howe said:
“We have good memories from last year, from both games. We competed in both, and the game here will live long in the memory for the character shown by the players. The last 20 minutes is what I was looking for, the atmosphere in the stadium and the resolve from the players was excellent.”
In the past year Liverpool have strengthened their team and now have one of the best front-lines in the Premier League, which includes the Premier League’s top scorer Mohamed Salah. And despite juggling both the Premier League and the Champions League, they have been unbeaten in their last eight games.
But Howe is not planning on changing his way of playing, and does not think Klopp will either, saying: “I think we have a lot in common in that respect.”
“Our first thought is always to be positive, take the game to the opposition and to be brave in all aspects of our play. I don’t think we should change from that, we have tried the other way and it doesn’t suit us.”
Bournemouth fans can also take comfort in knowing that there are no new injuries while Klopp’s team will have to do without Emre Can and Adam Lallana.
Sunday’s match is also the BU Big Match. The BU Big Match highlights Bournemouth University’s partnership with AFC Bournemouth as a ‘Higher Education Partner’. Various activities will take place around the stadium in the build up to the match to celebrate this partnership.
AFC Bournemouth will play Liverpool at the Vitality Stadium at 4.30 PM on Sunday 17 December 2017 and will be televised by Sky Sports.