preview Liverpool vs Bournemouth prediction

On Saturday afternoon during gameweek two of the 2023-24 Premier League season, Bournemouth will travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool. The defeat that Bournemouth suffered on Merseyside the previous year is still fresh in their minds as they prepare for this matchup.

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preview Liverpool vs Bournemouth prediction

Last week, the Reds were maybe fortunate to draw 1-1 with Chelsea, while the Cherries played out an identical deadlock with West Ham United on the South Coast. Both teams were involved in a match that ended in a 1-1 tie.

Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool, greeted Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Chelsea, with a warm hug upon the latter's return to the touchline at Stamford Bridge last weekend. However, Klopp then attempted to give Pochettino a rougher welcome back to life in the Premier League during Liverpool's game against Chelsea in the league's main event.

Axel Disasi, making his Chelsea debut, capitalized on a bit of lethargic defending by Jurgen Klopp's players to draw his side level before the half-time whistle. The Reds' quick start was rewarded when Mohamed Salah's perfectly-weighted pass found Luis Diaz to sneak home the opener.

Salah struck an angry figure as he was brought off in the second half after failing to extend his stellar trend of scoring in every Premier League opening-day encounter since 2017. However, despite having only 35% of the ball in West London, Liverpool still traveled back to their base with a solid point.

It was clear that Jurgen Klopp's attack-minded Liverpool team was missing a number six after Chelsea scuttled the Reds' proposed moves for Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia. However, a surprising transfer for Stuttgart's Wataru Endo is getting closer to being finalized.

A 1-1 tie was also the scoreline during Liverpool's final home match of the 2022-23 Premier League season, when Aston Villa dashed their hopes of winning the Champions League. However, the hosts are now unbeaten in 12 top-flight matches at Anfield, where Andoni Iraola will be put through a true test of his managerial mettle.

The newly-hired manager of the Cherries oversaw a preseason sequence of outcomes that went loss-win-loss-win, and his squad got off to a poor start during the visit of the Europa Conference League winners, West Ham United. Jarrod Bowen scored the game's opening goal for West Ham United over the weekend.

Dominic Solanke, a former striker for Liverpool, scored the equalizer for Bournemouth eight minutes before the game's conclusion as Iraola brought an end to the four-game Premier League losing streak that had marred the Cherries' 2022-2023 season finale under Gary O'Neil, Iraola's predecessor as manager.

Liverpool vs Bournemouth

Liverpool vs Bournemouth prediction

Iraola revealed that he was "critical" with his squad during the half-time interval, regretting the fact that his players were being too "slow." However, he was left satisfied with his team's more direct approach in the second half, and his team finished the match with 63% possession to their name.

The final score is Liverpool 3, Bournemouth 1.

Although Bournemouth are still finding their footing under Iraola, there were some hopeful signs in their stalemate with West Ham. Additionally, there will almost likely not be a repeat of last year's obliteration in this fixture.

Considering that Liverpool still does not have a defensive presence in the midfield, the Reds' ambitions of keeping a clean sheet may be unrealistic; yet, Klopp's side should still be able to cruise to their first win of the season against an opponent beset by injuries.

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