Eddie Howe’s 300th match in charge sees Cherries welcome Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool

BOURNEMOUTH welcome Liverpool to the Vitality stadium for Eddie Howe’s 300th match in charge of the Cherries as they look to bounce back from their 3-1 defeat to Arsenal last week.

Howe’s men have made an assured start to their second season in the Premier League, but they are on a patchy run having won two of their last six matches, recording one draw and three defeats.

Their last win came against Stoke City mid-way through November and though battling well at the Emirates against Arsene Wenger’s side, they were undone by the in-form Alexis Sanchez in North London as he netted twice.

Liverpool travel to Dorset second in the Premier League table, just one point off of Chelsea at the top.

Klopp’s men have been beaten just once this season, a shock 2-0 defeat to Burnley in August, and they come into the match having conceded just once in their previous four matches.

But despite Klopp’s men being on a hot streak, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says his side will not fear coming up against the Reds this weekend.

He said: “We don’t look at the stats and worry. They’re a good team but we are going into the game to win it. We have no fear; we are at home and we are always competitive here.”

Howe takes charge of his 300th Bournemouth match Photo Source: afcb.co.uk
Howe takes charge of his 300th Bournemouth match
Photo Source: afcb.co.uk

But Howe is under no illusions about how getting a win against Liverpool will not be an easy task.

He continued: “For me Liverpool are genuine title contenders. They’ve shown this season what a good side they are, and we’ll have to be at our best.”

The sides have a record against each other which dates all the way back to 1927, but in that time, they have met on just nine occasions with Bournemouth unable to claim a solitary victory with Liverpool winning on seven of the meetings.

Bournemouth midfielder Andrew Surman will miss out on the clash as he is still not fit from an injury sustained against Middlesbrough in October.

Howe also revealed that Artur Boruc could return, but the match could come too soon for Charlie Daniels.

As for the visitors, Adam Lallana could make his return after being out for three weeks with a groin problem.

Roberto Firmino has returned to training after a calf injury, but Daniel Sturridge will miss out with a similar problem.