Liverpool travel to Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday (4 December) as the Reds look to go back into second place following Arsenal's result against West Ham on Saturday. The Reds are unbeaten in the league since their game against Burnley and will be looking to extend their run and close the gap on Chelsea, who have gone eight games without dropping points.
Where to watch live
Kick-off is set for 1.30pm GMT. Live coverage of the game will be on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD.
Bournemouth will be without midfielder Andrew Surman, who suffered a setback in his comeback from injury. However, Jack Wilshere will be back in the starting line-up after missing the game against Arsenal as he was ineligible to play against his parent club. Artur Boruc and Charlie Daniels are also back into the fray after recovering from respective back and hip issues, allowing manager Eddie Howe a host of options around the length of the pitch.
The Cherries have a very good home record, having suffered only one loss in their last five home league games thus far. Their main problem has been lack of goals, with Bournemouth hitting the post on ten occasions, more than any other team in the division.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have found Bournemouth to be a happy hunting ground for them, having not lost a single game in any of their last nine meetings, winning seven in the process. they will be without midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who is suffering from an ankle injury and will be out for up to five weeks following the knock he picked up against Sunderland last weekend.
A win here for Jurgen Klopp's men will see them equal their best ever tally in the Premier League from 14 games, which they set in 2008-09. They will also open up a three-point lead over Manchester City with a win, who lost to Chelsea on Saturday.
What managers say
Eddie Howe told the club website: "It's a great challenge. They're a very good team, but why can't we win? We're at home, we're competitive here and we'll give it a very good go. There's no fear in our mind, the journey this club has been to now preparing to face Liverpool, what we'd have done to do that a few years ago, we'll take this kind of game and look to do ourselves proud. They're genuine contenders and I really admire the way they play, they have a clear identity and I think the game will be a similar one to Arsenal given the quality we're up against."
Jurgen Klopp told the club website: "They were unlucky again last week and maybe should have had a penalty, could have had a result, for sure, and did well against a strong side. West Ham are struggling in the table obviously, but still have a lot of quality so we should not think about their situation in the table. It's about the quality they can bring on the pitch on a good day. Middlesbrough away, I think everybody until now had problems there. I can't see it as an easy journey. They are all tough games."
Betting odds (betfair)
- Bournemouth win: 9/2
- Draw: 29/10
- Liverpool win: 4/6
Possible XI:Boruc; Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels; Gosling, Ake; Stanislas, Wilshere, King; Wilson.
Possible XI: Karius; Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Milner; Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum; Mane, Firmino, Origi.