Bournemouth v Liverpool: Team news

Liverpool will welcome back Alisson Becker for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth.

The Brazilian goalkeeper served a one-match suspension for the midweek victory over Everton but is available to Jürgen Klopp again for the trip to the south coast.

At his pre-match press conference on Friday lunchtime, the manager also reported that the Reds have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game.

Klopp did, however, explain that the nature of the demands on the players at this time of year means he must be prepared for all circumstances.

“In the moment, it looks OK,” he said.

“But it’s like, if somebody wakes up and feels a little bit here and there, then I need to know that. When I know that, then I have to deal with that information.

“Nobody is ruled out, yet, so that’s good, but there are still three hours until we train, so there is still a bit of time. But in this moment, they all should be fine.”

Klopp made five changes to his starting XI for the Merseyside derby on Wednesday and saw the likes of Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri grasp their opportunity with starring roles in the 5-2 win.

The boss noted that the quick turnaround between games – and the intensity he expects to face against Bournemouth – will influence his selection this weekend.

“We have to see who we can use, especially when it’s three days between two games,” he said.

“Wednesday-Saturday is always a massive challenge and we have to be sensible and sensitive in the same moment with the decision-making about the line-up because Bournemouth will be really demanding, they will ask for everything.

“We have to again be really spot on, intense, all that stuff. They are not happy with their situation so we need a good intensity in that game again. That’s what we try to make sure with the line-up, but then still the boys have to do the job and hopefully they can do it.”

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is without several first-team players due to injury and Adam Smith is the latest to be ruled out ahead of Liverpool’s visit.

The defender sustained an ankle injury during the Cherries’ midweek league clash with Crystal Palace and cannot play on Saturday.

Steve Cook (wrist) and Joshua King (hamstring) remain sidelined, while the game comes too soon for the returning Junior Stanislas and Andrew Surman.

“We’re in a tough spot in a tough, tough league,” said Howe at his pre-match press conference, following four consecutive league defeats for Bournemouth.

“But these challenges inspire me, we need to show the unity and the fight for the challenge and that’s what I’m telling my players.”

On-loan Harry Wilson, who has scored six league goals in 14 appearances for the Cherries this season, is ineligible to play against his parent club.