Juergen Klopp, manager of Liverpool is in search of his defense to regain top form after a third loss in four games across every competition; however, Saturday’s Premier League opponents Bournemouth could be more worried about their backline.
Leaders Liverpool was expected to retaliate strongly to last Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at relegation-threatened Watford (their first of the league campaign) however, instead were beaten 2-0 at Chelsea in the FA Cup on Tuesday.
Those results trailed last month’s 1-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 and a close 3-2 win at home against West Ham United in the league. “Usually you don’t get a lot of chances against us, but now we have to admit that in the last three games, maybe four, we have conceded too many goals,” Klopp said.
“Look, it went our way for so long because we defended outstandingly… the boys are strong, they showed so many times a wonderful reaction and we have to show this reaction again.”
Down in 18th place, Bournemouth has lost in their last five league games to Liverpool conceding 17 goals without a response and is going to be leery of a backlash that could hit their hopes of eluding the drop zone.
With one hand already on the league trophy thanks to a 22-point lead over second-placed Manchester City, Liverpool is going to look to recollect lost momentum prior to next week’s Champions League clash against Atletico.
The scenario of other Teams
Manchester United is going to focus on avoiding another hit in their bid for a top-four finish when they host City on Sunday and a victory does not only boost their chances; however, secure a rare league double over the champions.
Manchester United, who defeated City 2-1 in the league earlier in the campaign, has not been able to double over their derby rivals since the 2009-10 seasons when Alex Ferguson was in charge.
Despite a 1-1 draw against Everton last time out, United is going to fancy their chances, supported by the form of January signing Bruno Fernandez who has managed to bag in three goals and two assists in all competitions since his debut last month.
“He’s lifted the place, lifted everyone around him and it’s still early days. I think he can get even better,” former United winger Ryan Giggs told Sky Sports.
The city could lose the services of their midfield talisman Kevin De Bruyne because of a shoulder injury sustained in the League Cup final win over Aston Villa. Working hard to stay in the race for a Champions League spot, Tottenham Hotspur faces a stern test at Burnley on Saturday, having lost their last two league matches.
Wolverhampton Wanderers, Fellow contenders host Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday while third-placed Leicester City takes on Villa on Monday. Carlo Ancelotti gets his Everton side to former club Chelsea on Sunday however awaits an FA decision on whether he is banned from the dugout after being charged with misconduct in the last game.
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