LONDON, Sporting Alert – Liverpool made several changes from the team that started against Leeds United in the EPL Cup for today’s English Premier League clash at Bournemouth.
Liverpool Team News
Captain Jordan Henderson forward Roberto Firmino and winger/defender James Milner and centre-back Dejan Lovren have all be recalled by manager Jurgen Klopp after sitting out Tuesday’s Cup win against Leeds.
Full-back Nathaniel Clyne also comes back, while Loris Karius replaces Simon Mignolet in goal.
Sadio Mane will play alongside Divock Origi in the Liverpool attack.
Liverpool confirmed defender Joel Matip misses out with an ankle injury.
Attacking midfielder Adam Lallana has recovered from an injury and returns to the squad but is only on the bench, alongside Alberto Moreno and 17-year-old Ben Woodburn, who is now the youngest scorer in the club’s history.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ragnar Klavan were named substitutes as well for the visitors today.
Bournemouth Team News
Meanwhile, midfielder Jack Wilshere starts for Bournemouth after missing the game against his parent club Arsenal.
Manager Eddie Howe has also brought Artur Boruc back to start in goal with Adam Federici and Brad Smith the players to dropping out of the starting team.
Nathan Ake will move into the left-back role, while Adam Smith will move into defence.
Former Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe is only on the bench today.
Bournemouth will be looking for their first win against Liverpool in any competition, dating back to 1927 after failing in the previous nine meetings.
The Cherries have lost seven of those past encounters and drawn the other two.
Two of those defeats came during the last English Premier League season when Liverpool won both meetings by a single-goal margin. It was a 1-0 result for Klopp’s men at Anfield last August, before they left to Vitality Stadium with a 2-1 win in April.
The Reds, who can jump Arsenal and return to second place in the Premier League standings, have won eight and drawn three of their last 11 English Premier League matches since losing 2-0 to Burnley on August 20.
BOURNEMOUTH TEAM NEWS
Boruc, Smith, Francis, Cook, Ake, Arter, Gosling, Wilshere, Stanislas, King, Wilson. Subs: Federici, Mings, Smith, Fraser, Pugh, Ibe, Afobe
LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS
Karius, Clyne, Lovren, Lucas, Milner, Can, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Firmino, Origi. Subs: Mignolet, Moreno, Lallana, Klavan, Alexander-Arnold, Ejaria, Woodburn