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How Liverpool could line up against Bournemouth

Sports Mole looks at how Liverpool could line up for their Premier League clash with Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

Liverpool could temporarily leapfrog Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table when they take on Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.

The Reds have made the best start to a season in the club's illustrious history, but still find themselves two points adrift of the champions after 15 games of the campaign.

Jurgen Klopp made seven changes to his side en route to victory over Burnley in midweek and is expected to use a number of fringe players once again with a crucial Champions League clash against Napoli and then a Premier League showdown with Manchester United to come next week.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how Liverpool could line up against the Cherries.



Possible LIV XI vs. BOU

Out: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), Joe Gomez (ankle), Nathaniel Clyne (knock)
Doubtful: Sadio Mane (foot), Andrew Robertson (dead leg), Dejan Lovren (illness), Dominic Solanke (groin)

Klopp has quite the balance to strike for this match considering the threat Bournemouth will pose and the magnitude of the two matches next week, but changes will nonetheless be in the offing.

Sadio Mane and Andrew Robertson missed the Burnley win through injuries picked up in the Merseyside derby, and while Robertson in particular is expected to have recovered, Klopp is unlikely to take any risks with his key players.

Mohamed Salah could therefore start a second game in a row on the bench, but Roberto Firmino may be handed a recall after coming off the bench to score at Turf Moor.

Joe Gomez joined a growing injury list with an ankle problem against the Clarets and will be replaced by Trent Alexander-Arnold, while Dejan Lovren is expected to recover from an illness to start alongside Virgil van Dijk, who seems to be the only outfield player too important to rest.

Fabinho could return in place of Jordan Henderson, whose lack of regular football this season may mean that such a busy schedule is too much for him at this stage, while Adam Lallana is in contention to make a rare start.

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Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring the opener during the Champions League group game between Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain on September 18, 2018
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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