Liverpool determined to get to the top
Liverpool will be looking to keep up the momentum and sustain their challenge in the Premier League when they travel to the Vitality Stadium to take on AFC Bournemouth this afternoon.
Jürgen Klopp’s in-form Reds, who come into this match after two 2-0 wins in the league and EFL Cup, are unbeaten in 15 games in all competitions.
Before this weekend’s fixtures, Liverpool were one point adrift of league leaders Chelsea on 30 points, with Eddie Howe’s Cherries down in 12th with half the points tally.
Their last outing was a 3-1 reverse to title chasers Arsenal.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of his side’s clash, Klopp said Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino had both returned to training after injury, the latter to the groin and the former to the calf.
“He [Lallana] was back in training on Thursday and looked good. We will see how he reacts,” Klopp said. “He [Firmino] trained yesterday, too. He has a little pain, but it’s not serious.”
Philippe Coutinho was, however, out with an ankle knock, as was Daniel Sturridge, while Joël Matip was to face a late fitness test after picking up a minor knock. Andrew Surman, who has been out since October with a hamstring injury, will again be missing for Bournemouth. But Artur Boruc, who has a back injury, Charlie Daniels (hip) and Junior Stanislas (knock) could be available.
Howe told the club’s website: “We felt Boruc could’ve been available last week, but he missed out. Charlie missed the Arsenal game, so we’re going to have to make a late decision on him.” Everton vs Manchester United Manchester United, meanwhile, will be hoping to make up ground on the early-season front-runners when they face Everton at Goodison Park.
José Mourinho’s United, in sixth place, have 20 points, while Ronald Koeman’s Toffees are on 19 points.
The Red Devils started the season slowly, but have been steadily improving and have not lost in five games, and got some revenge on West Ham with a 4-1 League Cup win on Wednesday after being held by the Hammers in the league last Sunday.
And Everton, who have lost five, drawn three and only won one of their last nine games, were 1-0 losers to Southampton last time out. For United, Chris Smalling (broken toe) is at least a week away from fitness, while Eric Bailly (knee) is a long-term casualty.
And Wayne Rooney, who has finally started to find some form, is suspended after accumulating five yellow cards.
Ahead of the match, Mourinho hinted that Henrikh Mkhitaryan could start against the Toffees after his impressive display in the EFL Cup.
He said: “We are really happy because we know the reason we bought him and we were waiting for his adaptation to the English game, and it looks like it’s coming.”
Everton boss Ronald Koeman is, however, hoping to welcome James McCarthy (hamstring) back into his side, while Séamus Coleman (ankle) remains an injury doubt.
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FLASHBACK Irishman Séamus Coleman has an injured ankle and is unlikely to take part in the match between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park