Liverpool vs. Bournemouth: Cherry stomping Klopp's nine-stars

 Liverpool vs. Bournemouth: Cherry stomping Klopp's nine-stars

Liverpool vs. Bournemouth: Cherry stomping Klopp's nine-stars

Important plots & leading actors

Given the devastation caused by injuries in the defense and midfield's centers, Liverpool could be missing up to seven first- or second-choice players on Saturday. Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate are both out of the three-man rotation that will consist of Virgil van Dijk for the entire season. Both Thiago Alcantara and Naby Keita, whose respective Liverpool careers have been ruined by injuries, provide something quite different to the midfield, but they might both be out at the same time. In order to make matters worse, Fabinho was benched from the starting eleven for the Old Trafford match before replacing Jordan Henderson at the hour mark. Alongside 19-year-old Harvey Elliott, 36-year-old James Milner also made his debut.


For Bournemouth, the first day of the season was enjoyable as the Cherries defeated Aston Villa 2-0 before suffering consecutive crushing defeats at the hands of Manchester City (4-0) and Arsenal (3-0). Given that Bournemouth will have played four games into the season and already have faced half of the top six teams, it is clear that the schedule makers aren't giving up on them.


Liverpool's roster options, injuries, and team news

OUT: Caoimhin Kelleher, Diogo Jota, Joel Matip, Curtis Jones, Thiago Alcantara (thigh), Darwin Nuez (suspension), Ibrahima Konate (knee), Calvin Ramsay (undisclosed), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring), Naby Keita (undisclosed), and Thiago Alcantara (thigh) (groin)

Roberto Firmino raises an issue. Over the previous year and a half, Jurgen Klopp has decided to go in a number of alternative directions at center forward, but Firmino was everywhere on the field as the star of this Bournemouth demolition. Darwin Nunez is a superstar, and a number of Reds can play the false nine position, but until Firmino is required as part of a trade, Klopp could be better off keeping the Brazilian at Anfield.

What Liverpool vs. Bournemouth taught us

Liverpool will occur: Picking the Reds to win was not out of the question, but seeing Liverpool at its best served as the reminder the rest of the league needed after two unfortunate draws and a legitimate loss to Manchester United. Was there ever any question that Klopp would inspire the team's pursuit of trophies?


Bournemouth can't handle it: At this point, beating Aston Villa seems absolutely essential. No one was expecting much from a run of Man City, Arsenal, and Liverpool, but the Cherries have done so little by defeating their top-six opponents by a total score of 16-0.

Despite a series of substitutions that included the introduction of many teenagers and the absence of a half-dozen injured Liverpool players, the Reds destroyed the Cherries in a juicing that started after three minutes and didn't stop as a 5-0 halftime advantage was nearly doubled.


BOURNEMOUTH vs. LIVERPOOL FULL MATCH REPLAY STREAM - LINK


Along with Harvey Elliott, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabio Carvalho, Virgil van Dijk, and a Chris Mepham own goal, Luis Diaz also scored twice. In the triumph, Kostas Tsimikas contributed two assists.


While Bournemouth has not scored in a Premier League game since shocking Aston Villa 2-0 on the season's opening day, Liverpool has five points after four games. Since then, the Cherries have lost 3-0 to Arsenal and 4-0 to Man City.


Before Liverpool plays Bournemouth, here is everything you need to know.

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