COMMENT By Matt Farr
Liverpool must move on quickly from their priceless Merseyside derby victory over Everton at the weekend, with a visit from Bournemouth on the horizon.
The two sides are set to go head to head at Anfield on Wednesday, with the pair undefeated in each of their last four Premier League outings.
Bournemouth will provide a stern test of Liverpool’s top-four credentials having performed above expectations this season, where they currently sit pretty in 11th.
Ahead of the tie, Football Insider reveals three things we can expect from Liverpool against Bournemouth.
Origi has a point to prove
The 21-year-old forward has been restricted to intermittent cameo displays in recent weeks, and has started just one of Liverpool’s last nine Premier League games.
However, the injury to Sadio Mane against Everton leaves a vacancy in the Liverpool attack, and Origi will be determined to fill it in what could be a dazzling display.
He has recently been championing his cause for more regular action, amid reported frustrations at his lack of first team opportunities, and he will have a point to prove against Bournemouth.
His cameo display against Everton earned him a goal, and if tasked with leading the line against the Cherries on Wednesday, will be hoping for a similar result.
Front foot but not gung-ho
Jurgen Klopp sides are known for their attacking football, and the German chief has instilled that at Liverpool this season.
However, while the home side will likely spend much of the game on the front foot, the events that unfolded during their last meeting with Bournemouth could see them take a more tentative approach.
Liverpool had been leading Bournemouth 3-1 with just 20 minutes to spare, but a poor defensive display saw their spirited opponents battle back to record a stunning 4-3 victory.
Klopp will be determined not to see his side fall into the same trap, and will set about an attack-minded system whilst taking into account the inevitable goal-threat Bournemouth pose.
Reds to lose some attacking impetus without Mane
Even with their attack-minded game, however, they are still likely to feel the absence of their key attacking asset.
Mane has been almost irreplaceable this season, with the Reds struggling to replace him on each occasion he has been absent.
He has scored 13 goals and supplied eight assists from 29 appearances in all competitions this season, and will be a massive loss ahead of their Bournemouth clash.
The absence of Adam Lallana will also be felt, but Liverpool may find it harder to replace Mane than the England international given their squad depth.
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