By Amir Mir
Mark Lawrenson has predicted that Liverpool will draw 1-1 against Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon at Dean Court.
BBC Sport pundit Lawrenson believes his former side are now “less potent” in attack following the injury of Philippe Coutinho and the possible absence of Adam Lallana for the weekend game.
Jurgen Klopp’s side progressed through to the semi-finals of the EFL Cup on Tuesday night when they beat Championship outfit Leeds 2-1 at Anfield.
Lawrenson described the midweek performance as a “little lethargic” despite their win and clean sheet.
Now the Reds travel to the south cost for a tricky away fixture against Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth and Lawrenson provided his verdict on the game.
“The Cherries played some nice football and created chances at Emirates Stadium and I am sure they will do the same on Sunday – I think they might get something from the game this time too,” Lawrenson told the BBC Sport website.
“Liverpool looked a little lethargic in their EFL Cup win over Leeds without the injured Philippe Coutinho, and I don’t think Adam Lallana is fit to return yet either.
“Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has got other options up there – Roberto Firmino could move into the Coutinho role, for example, and Divock Origi could come in to their front-line – but it does leave Liverpool a little less potent in attack.”
Despite the injury to Coutinho during the first-half against Sunderland last Saturday, Liverpool still managed to record a 2-0 win against the Black Cats.
The result meant the Merseyside club remain in second place in the Premier League table, one point behind leaders Chelsea after 13 games.
Additionally, Klopp’s men are unbeaten in their last 15 encounters in all competitions, with their last defeat coming at Burnley in August.
By contrast the Cherries are in a respectable 12th place with 15 points to their name. They have won three games on home soil season, but they did lose their last home fixture 2-1 to rock-bottom Sunderland.
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