Who would have thought it? At the start of 2023, Liverpool looked to be struggling to even qualify for the Europa League, and Jurgen Klopp’s future was in doubt. However, the Reds are now fifth, just three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur and can overtake the London side on goal difference with a win in Saturday’s early kick-off.
Sure, Tottenham will then have a chance to reclaim their spot as they play later in the day, but it shows Liverpool are back – and they do have a game in hand over Antonio Conte’s men. Liverpool’s rise up the table has come courtesy of a five-match unbeaten run with four wins, including 2-0 victories over rivals Everton and top four hopefuls Newcastle. But the biggest result of them all came last weekend as they thrashed third-placed Manchester United 7-0 at Anfield.
However, that wasn’t Liverpool’s biggest win of the season. Bournemouth fans will be able to tell you that because unfortunately they were on the receiving end of the thumping, beaten 9-0 at Anfield. It was a result which brought an end to Scott Parker’s reign in charge of Bournemouth but, after a positive start, his replacement Gary O’Neil isn’t faring well.
With 13 games left to play, the Cherries are bottom of the table with 16 defeats from 25 matches, on a run of just one win in their past 10 Premier League matches since returning from the World Cup. But all is not lost. Bournemouth are just one point from safety as things stand in one of the closest relegation battles in recent memory and the order of the bottom five frequently shifts across each gameweek.
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Bournemouth vs Liverpool match stats
Focus will be on Liverpool’s attack after their 7-0 win over Man Utd and previously 9-0 victory against Bournemouth, but the main reason for the Reds’ run of form is their defence. They have now kept a clean sheet in each of their last five Premier League games, as much as they had in their previous 24 combined. What’s more, Liverpool have kept clean sheets in six of their past seven victories over Bournemouth.
Darwin Nunez has received a lot of criticism across the season but he has been known to test goalkeepers and last weekend he was in top form as Liverpool destroyed Man Utd. In eight games on the road in the Premier League this season, Nunez has had two or more shots on target on seven occasions.
27 August 2022 – Liverpool 9-0 Bournemouth – Premier League
7 March 2020 – Liverpool 2-1 Bournemouth – Premier League
7 December 2019 – Bournemouth 0-3 Liverpool – Premier League
9 February 2019 – Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth – Premier League
8 December 2018 – Bournemouth 0-4 Liverpool – Premier League
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last eight matches against Bournemouth since a thrilling 4-3 defeat in December 2016, with seven straight victories. That win remains Bournemouth’s only victory over Liverpool in 18 meetings so far.