Liverpool travel to the Vitality Stadium on Saturday to take on Bournemouth in the Premier League weekend’s early kick-off.
The Reds find the Cherries enjoying a dream start to the season, with Eddie Howe’s men currently seventh in the table, ahead of Manchester United on goal difference.
But Liverpool’s own imperious form will mean they’ll arrive on the south coast confident of picking up three points.
Jurgen Klopp’s side hammered Burnley 3-1 in midweek to maintain pressure on Manchester City at the top of the table, and the man-of-the-match display of Naby Keita was an encouraging sign for the Reds.
Liverpool have been solid at the back this term, conceding just six goals in 15 games, and the Anfield club’s attack is beginning to click back into gear.
With £52million summer signing Keita now finding his feat, the Merseysiders have no obvious weakness and should overcome Bournemouth.
Here are our betting tips for the game.
Keita to open his account
The Guinean dynamo put in a complete midfield performance against the Clarets at Turf Moor, and his efforts were almost rewarded with his first Liverpool goal.
Keita took six shots in the game, forcing Joe Hart to make four saves. There were driven efforts from distance, bursts into the box and clever back-heels.
The 23-year-old appeared determined to notch his first strike for the Reds, but was ultimately denied.
He won’t be denied for much longer, though. Expect Keita to show similar desire to get on the scoresheet against Bournemouth.
Eyebrows were raised when Liverpool forked out more than £60million to sign Alisson from Roma in the summer, a figure which set a new record for a goalkeeper until Chelsea forked out even more to take Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao.
Alisson had just one full season as a No.1 in a major European league under his belt, but Klopp had clearly seen enough to know that the Brazilian was the perfect keeper for his team.
And the German tactician has been proven right. Alisson, with his agility, reflexes and passing technique, already looks one of the world’s best.
Protected by the imposing Virgil van Dijk, expect Alisson to frustrate the Cherries on Saturday.
Liverpool two good
Although Bournemouth have generally exceeded expectations this season, there has been somewhat of a regression to the mean of late, with four defeats in their last five Premier League fixtures.
Whenever they have come up against one of the division’s traditional forces, they have been beaten. Bournemouth were competitive in 2-1 defeats to Arsenal and Manchester United, but Manchester City and Chelsea both beat the Cherries by two clear goals – Liverpool are more than capable of doing the same.
*Odds subject to change
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by Tom Bodell