Liverpool tackle Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night and after mustering three draws in his first three games in charge, new boss Jürgen Klopp will be hoping to finally clinch a win at Anfield in his fourth game on Wednesday.
The Reds are also boosted due to Bournemouth’s recent poor form. The Cherries have conceded 10 goals in two games and have only one Premier League win since August. So now is clearly a good time for Liverpool to face the Premier League new boys.
Injury-prone England international Daniel Sturridge missed Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Southampton on Sunday and is still doubtful for tomorrow’s game. However, Chris Benteke and Roberto Firmino all featured against the Saints, so they should be fit for the Bournemouth game.
Jordan Henderson, Jon Flanagan, Danny Ings and Joe Gomez remain injured, but Dejan Lovren returned to training last week and the Capital One Cup game should be the ideal match the Croatian should feature. Kolo Toure is also available to deputise for either Martin Skrtel or Mamadou Sakho.
With a crunch clash against Chelsea coming up next weekend, Klopp will probably rest some players and with that in mind, the following is how Liverpool could line up.
Bogdan; Randall, Toure, Sakho, Moreno; Chrivella, Lucas; Brannagan, Teixera, Firmino, Benteke.
Connor Randall has made the bench for every game under Klopp, so Nathaniel Clyne should be rested for his fellow countryman to start at right-back.
James Milner is suspended and Emre Can has been ineffective in games, hence, Pedro Chrivella should be handed first-team action in the game. Also, Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho should also be dropped as the £56m duo are struggling and after their poor displays against Southampton at the weekend, neither of them should start against Bournemouth.
With Liverpool devoid of creativity, young Portuguese forward Teixeira should be given a chance to prove himself.
Finally, Benteke and Firmino are in need of match fitness and it makes no sense to rest them ahead of the Chelsea game. They should start against Bournemouth and can then come off in the second half, if necessary.