Jürgen Klopp names the only thing he ‘never’ does as new Liverpool trio can manipulate Bournemouth imperfection
Jürgen Klopp has identified a weakness in Bournemouth’s game that his new Liverpool trio can exploit, which gives Liverpool a good chance to succeed. However, Klopp clarified that there is something he absolutely never does.
Following their historic 7-0 triumph over Manchester United, Liverpool’s players will aim to continue their impressive performance streak by securing a victory against Bournemouth. The Reds’ new attacking trio could capitalize on one significant vulnerability in Bournemouth’s game, resulting in a potentially successful outcome.
Liverpool will travel to the southern coast to face the team they previously defeated with their most significant win of the season. Although Bournemouth initially bounced back after their 9-0 defeat at Anfield, they currently sit at the bottom of the league table with just one league win since their victory over Everton in November.
Liverpool has shown an impressive improvement in their performance lately, winning five out of their past six games, including the record-breaking victory against Manchester United. In the last five Premier League games, Liverpool has scored 13 goals, with a new-look attacking trio featuring Darwin Núñez, Cody Gakpo, and Mohamed Salah contributing 11 of those goals. This is an impressive achievement for Jürgen Klopp’s team.
Apart from a 4-3 victory in the 2016-17 season, Liverpool has had an impressive record at the Vitality Stadium, winning their last three league visits by convincing margins of 4-0, 4-0, and 3-0.
Given Liverpool’s recent success in scoring goals, they are the clear favorites to win against Bournemouth. However, Bournemouth’s recent performance against Arsenal, where they narrowly lost 3-2 due to a last-minute goal, might give them confidence to challenge big teams once again.
Nevertheless, facing Liverpool’s in-form attacking trio could be a daunting task for Bournemouth, given their poor defensive record this season. Gary O’Neil’s team has conceded more goals than any other Premier League team, with 51 goals conceded in 25 games (an average of 2.13 goals per game). This statistic will likely be encouraging for Klopp’s forwards as they prepare to face Bournemouth.
Despite having an inconsistent season, Liverpool is the Premier League’s third-highest goal-scorer. Furthermore, they have not conceded a league goal in 469 minutes, which should give Klopp’s team a sense of confidence going into the game against Bournemouth.
Klopp has previously spoken about how he has supported and nurtured the development of Gakpo and Núñez, especially following criticism after their respective signings. In a press conference ahead of the Bournemouth game, Klopp explained that while he never puts pressure on his players, it doesn’t mean that there is no pressure. The intense media scrutiny, especially when a player costs a lot of money, can create a lot of headlines and pressure.
“For Cody, it obviously went really quickly, We were hoping for that. You never know 100 per cent but we were hoping for that.
“We liked the game he played and contribution now is obvious. Same for Darwin. Super important. Scouting can never be perfect but I’m really happy with the development.”
The German boss also stated that the recent upsurge in form has been supplemented by an increase in confidence in his group. He said: “There is no better mood booster than a good game.
“Of course I see that but we had consistency in the league in the last five games. We have spoken a lot about confidence — it’s a fragile little flower and we have to make sure we keep that.”
Liverpool’s incredible 7-0 victory over arch-rivals Manchester United will undoubtedly give them a huge confidence boost. However, the next task for Klopp’s team is to show that their performance in that game was not just a one-off. As they continue their quest for Champions League football, another convincing victory would not only take them into the top four, even if only for a brief period, but also send a strong message to their rivals in the chase for those highly coveted places.