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3rd Dec, 2016 | 7:57am

Michael Owen predicts Liverpool v Bournemouth, names Klopp ace as best PL player

By Amir Mir

Michael Owen has backed title chasing Liverpool to beat Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon at Dean Court.

Former Reds striker Owen also stated that he believes the injured Philippe Coutinho is the player-of-the-season so far.

Playmaker Coutinho injured his ankle during the 2-0 win against Sunderland last Saturday, which has since seen him ruled out of action for five weeks.

It means he is set to miss games against fellow title challengers Manchester City and Merseyside rivals Everton.

Prior to his injury blow, the Brazilian had been in devastating form for his club, scoring five goals and providing the same number of assists in 13 Premier League encounters.

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Now, Jurgen Klopp will have to do without his midfield star, but TV pundit Owen believes the German can leave the south coast with all three points.

“The Cherries have never beaten Liverpool in any competition, first met in 1927, and I can’t see Eddie Howe’s side bucking that trend on the south coast this weekend,” Owen wrote in his column for Bet Victor.

“I hope to see Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana, sat next to me against Leeds midweek I should have asked, back in the Reds’ side sooner rather than later, given the injury to my player-of-the-season so far Philippe Coutinho, and I expect to see another win for this burgeoning Liverpool side.”

The Merseyside club are one point and one place below leaders Chelsea in the Premier League table going into the weekend games.

Antonio Conte’s side travel to Manchester to take on Pep Guardiola’s City who are in third place and on the same number of points as the Reds.

However, Liverpool could find themselves as low as fourth by the time they kick-off on Sunday, with Arsenal, who are in fourth and two points behind them, playing West Ham on Saturday evening.

In other Liverpool news, Bournemouth boss Eddie How has revealed he does not want this creative genius to play on Sunday.