Manchester City’s 2-0 win at Everton on Wednesday night sent the champions into first place on goal difference, though Pep Guardiola’s side have played a game more than Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s title chasers welcome Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth to Merseyside on Saturday, and a win would put pressure on Man City to match that result against Chelsea on Sunday.
Saturday’s game will be a big test for Liverpool after two draws in a row, and Klopp will want a statement result should the Anfield atmosphere become nervy as it did against Leicester.
Jurgen Klopp says the title race is “getting exciting” as his Liverpool side look to retake top spot this weekend.
The Reds host Bournemouth in increasing need of a return to victory after dropping points in consecutive games against Leicester and West Ham.
And seeing Manchester City knock them off the top of the table for the first time in nearly two months.
But Klopp refuted any worries about sitting second ahead of this weekend’s game and said he expected the title race to go to the wire.
Bournemouth have never won at Anfield but this has already been a season defying the odds for Bournemouth, and their 33-point tally is their best Premier League return at this stage of the season.
Team News of Liverpool vs Bournemouth
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Georginio Wijnaldum remain doubts with knee injuries, while Jordan Henderson and Dejan Lovren (hamstring) will also be assessed.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) and Joe Gomez (ankle) both remain out.
Naby Keita was again out of sorts against West Ham, but could play due to the lack of options. Xherdan Shaqiri may also get a start.
Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold is set to return to face Bournemouth after missing three matches with a knee injury.
Midfielders Jordan Henderson (muscle) and Georginio Wijnaldum (knee) have returned to training after both missed Monday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham.
However, centre-back Dejan Lovren (hamstring) is still out.
Jefferson Lerma is an injury doubt for Bournemouth’s match against Liverpool. The midfielder, who has been nursing an ankle problem in recent weeks, will undergo a late fitness test ahead of the trip to Anfield.
Callum Wilson (knee) and David Brooks (ankle) remained sidelined.
Liverpool XI: Alisson, Milner, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Shaqiri, Salah, Mane, Firmino
Score prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Bournemouth
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The teams have met seven times in the Premier League: Liverpool have won five times, drawn once, and lost once.
Liverpool boast an impressive record against Bournemouth of late, winning their last three games with 11 goals scored and none conceded, including two 4-0 away victories.