Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has been ruled out because of a hip injury and will also miss the Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid.
Midfielder Naby Keita is back in training after a similar problem and could return after a two-match absence.
On-loan Bournemouth winger Harry Wilson is ineligible to face his parent club.
Defender Lloyd Kelly might be involved for the first time in the Premier League after finally recovering from ankle and thigh injuries.
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MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
@Guymowbray: With Liverpool no longer invincible, the psychology that’s always prevalent in sport might come into play.
Do Bournemouth have a higher inner belief that they could get something at Anfield? And, if that’s the case, could that cost them?
Midfielder Lewis Cook says the Cherries intend to “really take it to” the runaway league leaders, but in all likelihood they can only do that IF they shut them out early on.
That’s the biggest ‘if’ of any game all season.
Having suffered three defeats away – all in different circumstances – Liverpool will have their ‘heavy metal football’ tuned to the highest volume from the start back at Anfield.
Bournemouth’s hopes lie in keeping the noise down before they get to the guitar solo.
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: “Not only we – as a team – lost three of the last four, our supporters lost them as well. [Now] it’s about the reaction – really fighting back with an atmosphere that is exceptional.
“Look, you cannot hope for momentum – you have to work for momentum. That’s what we want to do. In the moment, we are completely focused on nothing else than the game tomorrow.”
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: “We know this weekend is probably the ultimate test this season. We’ve got to rise to it, embrace it and attack it.
“We’re not going to win by playing okay, or playing at 60 or 70%, we can only do it if we excel.
“The most important quality we can have this week is belief.”
While it is important for Liverpool to get back on the bike on Saturday before they face Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, this is certainly no crisis.
The Reds might have something to prove against Bournemouth – and they will use their strongest team, playing at their usual intensity.
That is why I think they will win, but I am expecting Bournemouth to give this a good go.
- Liverpool have won five consecutive Premier League fixtures against Bournemouth, by an aggregate score of 17-0.
- Each of those wins was by at least three goals – the only team in top-flight history to win by such a margin in six consecutive games against an opponent is Manchester City, versus Wolves, between 1902 and 1905.
- Bournemouth’s solitary victory in 16 meetings in all competitions came at home in the Premier League in December 2016. Nathan Ake gave them a 4-3 win with a 93rd-minute goal after the Cherries had trailed 2-0 and 3-1.
- Liverpool need four victories from their final 10 league games to guarantee a first top-flight title since 1990.
- The Reds can equal their longest competitive losing streak under Jurgen Klopp: three matches in January 2017.
- Liverpool have not lost consecutive Premier League fixtures since August to September 2015 under Brendan Rodgers.
- The league leaders have conceded five goals in their last two league games, as many as in their previous 14 matches.
- Klopp’s side are on a club Premier League record run of 54 successive home fixtures unbeaten since a 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace in April 2017 (W44, D10).
- They haven’t dropped points at Anfield in 21 league games since a 1-1 draw versus Leicester in January 2019.
- A win on Saturday would give them the best record of any side after 29 fixtures of a season in Europe’s major leagues.
- Mo Salah is poised to make his 100th Premier League appearance for Liverpool. He has scored 69 league goals during that time, including seven in five games against Bournemouth.
- The Cherries have lost eight of their past nine Premier League away fixtures, including five in a row going into this match.
- They have only managed three wins and 11 points in 17 league games (D2, L12).
- Bournemouth’s only clean sheet during that period came in a 1-0 win at Chelsea on 14 December.
- Eddie Howe’s side have 27 points after 28 matches, their lowest tally at this stage of a Premier League season.
- Only Liverpool, with 15 goals, have scored more often in the league from a set-piece situation than Bournemouth’s 14 this season.