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    Liverpool have the chance to narrow the gap on leaders Chelsea to a single point when they travel to the South Coast to play Bournemouth on Sunday.

    Jurgen Klopp's side are on an unbeaten run of 11 games in the Premier League, while they also reached the semi-finals of the EFL Cup for a record 17th time with a 2-0 win over Leeds United in midweek.

    Their opponents Bournemouth have enjoyed a steady start to the season with four wins, three draws and six defeats but have never beaten Liverpool in nine encounters and lost all three meetings last season.


    Eddie Howe's side demonstrated enough in the 3-1 defeat against Arsenal last weekend to indicate that they they could be on course for a first-ever victory over Liverpool in their 117-year history.

    Callum Wilson equalised from the penalty spot, having been fouled by Nacho Monreal, while The Cherries were denied the opportunity to equalise from the spot for a second time when referee Mike Jones failed to spot a deliberate Monreal handball.

    It was the third time that the club have lost to a team challenging for the title this season, following earlier defeats to both Manchester clubs, although they did hold Tottenham Hotspur to a 0-0 draw at The Vitality Stadium in October.

    Just like last season, Bournemouth lost their opening two fixtures, but three wins and three draws in their next seven games duly elevated the club to a comfortable position of ninth the league table.

    A hard-earned 1-0 win at The bet365 Stadium against Stoke City, when on loan Nathan Ake scored the winning goal, is the club's only win in their last four fixtures although performances in that time have remained consistently strong.

    Howe made some astute signings in the summer with Arsenal's Jack Wilshere and Chelsea's Nathan Ake joining on loan, while Marc Wilson and Lewis Cook have given The Cherries' squad greater depth after their moves from Stoke and Leeds respectively.

    Bournemouth may never have a better opportunity of recording their first-ever win against Liverpool than on Sunday, such is the current strength of their squad, although they will need to cope without the services of Andrew Surman and Lewis Cook through injury.


    Liverpool put the disappointment of two dropped points against Southampton a fortnight ago behind them last Saturday with a hard-earned victory over Sunderland courtesy of two late goals from Divock Origi and James Milner.

    It sent The Reds to the top of the league for a few hours but Chelsea's win on Saturday evening against previously-unbeaten Tottenham meant that Liverpool ended the weekend a point behind The Blues in second position.

    The victory over Sunderland came at a cost, with Philippe Coutinho limping off the pitch after 30 minutes following a challenge with Didier N'Dong, and the ankle injury he sustained will rule him out for at least five or six weeks.

    Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana have both returned to training following recent injuries so Jurgen Klopp has plenty of options to cope with the Brazilian's absence even though Daniel Sturridge won't be fit to play.

    Divock Origi remains one of those options having followed-up his all-important strike against Sunderland by scoring the opener against Leeds United in midweek, while Ben Woodburn became the club's youngest ever goalscorer at 17 years and 45 days with the second.

    Woodburn's integration to the first-team is likely to be cautiously channelled by Klopp but he could appear from the bench on Sunday for his first appearance in the Liverpool first-team away from Anfield.

    The Reds will resume acquaintances with another promising Liverpool academy product this weekend in Jordon Ibe, who joined Bournemouth in the summer for £15 million, while Brad Smith also made the move to the South Coast in July.

    Bournemouth Team News

    Andrew Surman suffered a slight setback in his rehabilitation from the hamstring injury that has kept him out since October and will be absent from the matchday squad for the fourth successive game.

    Junior Stanislas is a slight doubt due to a knock, while Charlie Daniels could return to the side after missing the match with Arsenal last weekend due to a hip injury.

    Another player whose fitness will be monitored prior to kick-off is goalkeeper Artur Boruc, who has missed both of Bournemouth's last two matches with a back injury but could be set for a return.

    Liverpool Team News

    Phillippe Coutinho has been ruled out for at least five or six weeks with the ankle injury he sustained in a tackle from Sunderland's Didier N'Dong during the club's 2-0 victory over Sunderland last weekend.

    Adam Lallana has returned to training following a groin injury and could be set to play some part in the match, while Robert Firmino is also in line to feature after making an earlier than expected comeback from a calf injury.

    One player who will definitely miss out for a third successive game in all competitions is Daniel Sturridge, who has a calf problem, while Joel Matip is a doubt with a knock.

    Sheyi Ojo (back) and Joe Gomez (achilles) are both on the comeback trail but are not expected to feature, while Danny Ings and Adam Bogdan remain on the sidelines with long-term knee injuries.


    Bournemouth and Liverpool have only played each other on nine occasions, with Liverpool winning seven of those meetings and the other two finishing as draws.

    'Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic', as they were previously known, held Liverpool to a draw at home in The FA Cup in both 1927 and 1968 although The Reds prevailed 4-1 in the subsequent replay on both occasions.

    The sides never met in a competitive fixture from 1968 until 2014, when Liverpool once again beat Bournemouth in an FA Cup tie, while they also came out on top in the quarter-finals of the following season's League Cup.

    Liverpool won all three meetings between the clubs in 2015-16, with Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge scoring in their most recent encounter at The Vitality Stadium in April as Klopp's side triumphed 2-1.

    Score Prediction

    Bournemouth 1-2 Liverpool
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