A home game against Bournemouth provides Jürgen Klopp with the perfect opportunity to register his first win at Anfield.
Liverpool have become the draw specialists of the premier league, with their last three fixtures against Everton, Spurs, and most recently Southampton, all finishing all square. They have also drawn all three of their Europa league fixtures (1-1), and needed penalties to get past the might of Carlisle in round three of the Capital one Cup. However, Klopp’s Liverpool side could not be hosting Bournemouth at a better time, and I expect him to finally register his first win as Liverpool manager after replacing Brendon Rodgers at the start of the month.
Bournemouth made a relatively good start to their Premier League adventure beating high flying West Ham in their third game of the season after two narrow defeats to Aston Villa and Liverpool. A victory over Sunderland followed to consolidate their mid-table position before losing key players to injury. Since losing Callum Wilson to cruciate ligament damage and Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel- the clubs two most expensive summer signings to injury, the cherries have gone into freefall. They can, however, take heart from that performance at Anfield earlier in the season.
A goal from big Christian Benteke earned Liverpool the points in August and he looks a good bet to get on the score sheet again on Wednesday night. Saying that Bournemouth look shaky at the back is like saying that it is a bit nippy playing away at CSKA Moscow this time of year. They have conceded 10 goals in their last two league games and Benteke looked sharp coming off the bench to score a bullet head against the saints. The Belgian is 10/3 to open the scoring and 5/6 to score anytime.
Despite their recent poor form and growing injury list, Bournemouth have scored in each of their last 10 games in all competitions, so expect them to grab a consolation goal. Liverpool to win with both teams to score is 21/10 and if you want to push me for the exact score I would say 3-1 which you can find priced at 10/1.
As always with the League Cup, there is always that element of surprise when it comes to team selection and potential for upsets should a manager play a ‘weakened’ side. I don’t see Klopp rotating too much and he will put out his strongest 11 where possible to ensure a first victory as Reds manager.
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