Liverpool Bournemouth: Team News, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info
Liverpool can effectively seal a place in the top four by beating Bournemouth at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Reds are 10 points ahead of fifth-placed Chelsea, who play earlier in the day and have a game in hand. It means three points are still vital for Liverpool, who must keep focus after the high of reaching the UEFA Champions League semi-finals at the expense of Manchester City on Tuesday.
There will also be a test for manager Jurgen Klopp, who may rotate and has to cope with the injury loss of midfielder Emre Can.
As for Bournemouth, the Cherries are as good as safe from relegation but can still aim for a highest-ever finish in the top flight after ending ninth last season.
Here is the schedule and viewing details for the match:
Date: Saturday, April 14
Time: 5:30 p.m. BST/12:30 p.m. ET.
TV Info: BT Sport 1. NBC.
Live Stream: BT Sport App. NBC Sports App. fubo Premier.
Klopp reportedly told Sky Sport Germany (h/t Ian Doyle of the Liverpool Echo), Can’s season may be over as he struggles to recover from a back problem. It means Liverpool could once again lean on Georginio Wijnaldum at the base of midfield.
Can is struggling to recover from injury.
Can is struggling to recover from injury.Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images
Fortunately, the versatile Netherlands international has been outstanding in recent matches. Wijnaldum’s brawn and technique helped the Reds withstand City in Tuesday’s 2-1 win after also helping gain a 0-0 draw at Everton in the Merseyside derby last Saturday.
Klopp rested forwards Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino for the trip to face the Toffees, but both returned to score against City. Liverpool could adopt a similar approach with one eye on the Champions League semi-final.
If so, expect Dominic Solanke and Danny Ings to be given another chance to impress in the final third.
Bournemouth will miss Stanislas’ perceptive movement.
Bournemouth will miss Stanislas’ perceptive movement.Catherine Ivill/Getty Images
Bournemouth’s forward line has been blighted by Junior Stanislas suffering a season-ending knee injury. The 28-year-old was ruled out after the recent 2-2 draw with Watford, per Tony Tighe of Sky Sports.
Fortunately, manager Eddie Howe can still count on Joshua King and Lys Mousset for pace and guile up top. He may also give 35-year-old Jermain Defoe a chance after his late leveller against the Hornets and start in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.
There is ample craft and scoring potential in both sides, so an open game defined by quality attacking play should be expected. Bournemouth can take advantage if Liverpool players’ minds are elsewhere, but home advantage should give the Reds the edge.