Liverpool v Bournemouth: Live matchday blog
Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw by Bournemouth after Josh King's late goal rescued a point for the visitors at the death. Benik Afobe's early effort gave the visitors the lead, but it was cancelled out by strikes from Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi. However, King scrambled in on 87 minutes to force a draw.
The manager's verdict
Jürgen Klopp gave his thoughts on Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Bournemouth in his post-match press conference, where he reflected on his side's performance, the result and the decision to withdraw Philippe Coutinho in the second half.
Frustrated with the result! But we have to recover quickly with a game in 3 days time! #LFC https://t.co/Yxzuysq8Su— SMignolet (Simon Mignolet) 5th Apr 21:21
JK: "Tomorrow, we have to take it like it is, it is one point more than before, not what we wanted but it could feel worse. We have lost games like this already this season."
JK: "When the game starts like this, it is pretty unlikely it will be the perfect game... We have to get fresh legs, recovery and then we go to Stoke."
JK: "We left [the game] open and then the second ball after a set-piece... it was not nice, but we have to take it."
JK: "We could have scored a third; we had the chances and the counter-attacks. We had to change Phil because he felt sick at half-time and vomited. He feels better now, but there's no joy when you have to take the best player in the pitch at the moment off."
Jürgen Klopp: "The start was not good, not only the goal we conceded. We were a little bit late in mind, we were not really concentrated... When you start like this it makes the game more difficult."
Take a look at the stats from a frustrating evening for the Reds below.
Liverpool 2-2 Bournemouth
A late goal for the Cherries forces the Reds to settle for a share of the points. A disappointing evening at Anfield.
An Emre Can cross is headed back across goal but Klavan can't beat Boruc in the Bournemouth net with his own header.
Four minutes added time...
Liverpool 2-2 Bournemouth (King)
Another ball into the box isn't cleared probably and King benefits from a fortuitous bounce to sidefoot home.
Worrying moments for Liverpool as a couple of balls into the box cause concern.
The Reds just about manage to get it away but this is going to be a siege.
Lucas wins (yet another) header but he gets a bang on the head for his troubles.
A break in play while the Brazilian gets looked at.
Origi nearly gets away on the counter but can't quite get the ball under control.
Bournemouth leaving spaces now as they push for an equaliser.
Divock Origi celebrates his Kop-end goal.
Joel Matip takes the place of Philippe Coutinho as Liverpool opt for a change of shape.
Liverpool 2-1 Bournemouth (Origi)
A brilliant first-time Coutinho pass gives Wijnaldum space in the box and the Dutchman gives his marker twisted blood before dinking the ball onto the head of Origi, who does the rest.
Clyne fancies another shot from the edge of the box but this time his left-footed effort is wild and wide.
Liverpool in control.
Can slides Clyne into space on the right and the defender picks out a great ball across goal.
Origi can't get onto it, though, and Bournemouth escape.
Clyne cuts in off the right and thunders an effort at goal, which comes back off the crossbar when it looked bound for the top corner.
So unlucky for the right-back.
Bournemouth restart the game, with Liverpool attacking the Kop end.
Phil celebrates his equalising goal.
As things stand, Tottenham are trailing to Swansea, Manchester City are losing to Chelsea and Arsenal are being held at home by West Ham.
Three points here could give the Reds a huge boost in their bid for a top-four finish.
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Liverpool 1-1 Bournemouth
The Reds get a free-kick in a promising area but Lee Mason isn't going to let them take it.
The referee brings the half to a close before James Milner gets the chance to swing the ball in - much to the No.7's ire.
A sweeping move started by a fired Lovren pass almost ends in Coutinho heading a Firmino cross.
Bournemouth get the block in, though, and eventually get the ball away.
29 – No Brazilian has scored more @PremierLeague goals than Philippe Coutinho (now level with Juninho). Samba. https://t.co/CEiAxShR61— OptaJoe (OptaJoe) 5th Apr 19:42
Liverpool 1-1 Bournemouth (Coutinho)
The Reds are level!
Origi lays the ball into the path of Firmino who picks out an eye-of-the-needle ball to put Coutinho in one on one.
The No.10 just about sorts his feet out in time to slot it in and the hosts are back in business.
Coutinho takes a free-kick from the right-hand side of the box and tries to surprise Boruc by firing it goalward but his effort only loops onto the top of the net.
Good thinking but unlucky.
Divock chases the ball up top.
Wijnaldum controls a clearance at the edge of the box and drills a low effort at goal.
Unfortunately, Boruc is equal to it and gets down well to hold the ball
Bournemouth almost double their lead as a flicked-on corner finds Pugh and his volley whistles past the post.
Liverpool piling the pressure on the Cherries now, winning a succession of corners.
And Origi goes close to turning one home but can only send a left-footer wide of the post.
Origi fires a left-footed effort just wide from the edge of the box before a break in play as Arter receives treatment.
Liverpool 0-1 Bournemouth (Afobe)
Wijnaldum plays a blind pass back to Mignolet, which Afobe anticipates before poking home.
A bad start for the Reds but still plenty of time to atone.
A great start from Liverpool as a slick exchange from left to right allows Firmino to get a shot off.
His effort is tipped over and the Reds get a corner.
Gini Wijnaldum gets the game under way, with Liverpool attacking the Anfield Road end first half
Anfield pays its respects
A minute's applause from all four sides of the ground to commemorate the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster.
Anfield is filling up and LFCTV's Peter McDowall is on the pitch reading out the teams - not long to go now.
A reminder of tonight's line-ups...
SADIO MANE UPDATE
Jürgen Klopp has been speaking about the injured forward ahead of tonight's game. You can read the manager's Mane update by clicking here.
The Reds are here...
Behind the scenes
A peek inside the new home dressing room at Anfield ahead of kick-off.
Former Reds Jordon Ibe and Brad Smith, as well as Bournemouth's Jack Wilshere, caught up with Jordan Henderson and Lucas Leiva in the Anfield tunnel earlier.
📋 Breaking team news! Wilshere, Ibe and Arter come into our starting XI for tonight's @premierleague game at @LFC.… https://t.co/XCJSGoHWfh— afcbournemouth (AFC Bournemouth) 5th Apr 18:00
Here’s that Liverpool team in full…
Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner, Lucas, Can, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Firmino, Origi.
Subs: Karius, Moreno, Alexander-Arnold, Grujic, Woodburn, Matip, Sturridge.
So the teamsheet has been exchanged and it reveals two changes for Liverpool from the side that began Saturday’s Merseyside derby, with Divock Origi and Ragnar Klavan coming in for Sadio Mane and Joel Matip.
Matip is named on the bench, while there is also a place for Daniel Sturridge among the substitutes.
📸 All set here at Anfield. Both sides will be wearing black armbands to mark the 28th anniversary of the Hillsboro… https://t.co/mKyNZLo3Nn— afcbournemouth (AFC Bournemouth) 5th Apr 17:16
Tonights view from #TheKop #LFC #YNWA #LivBou https://t.co/mosDQNOZ5w— PaulDC28 (PaulDC JFT96 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐) 5th Apr 17:23
Matchday motivation. 🔴 https://t.co/QFj8i03l6U— LFC (Liverpool FC) 5th Apr 17:12
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Who will replace Sadio Mane in the Liverpool line-up for this one?
We'll have confirmed team news from the Reds dressing room right here at 7pm BST.
Anfield will remember the 96 children, women and men who lost their lives at Hillsborough ahead of tonight's game with Bournemouth. Here is a preview of the mosaic that will be held aloft on the Kop in tribute to them prior to kick-off.
The view from Bournemouth
So, what's Eddie Howe expecting from this evening's game?
"Liverpool away will be a really good test for us. We know it's going to be very difficult, they have very good players and a manager I'm sure will be a success in the long-term," the Cherries boss told his pre-match press conference.
"We've played well there recently but not got any points, the next challenge is to go there and get something."
Gini: Nothing less than the same again will do
Gini Wijnaldum has called on Liverpool to pick up where they left off in Saturday's Merseyside derby against Bournemouth tonight.
“I think you can make it easier for yourself if you are spot on and sharp from the start,” the Dutchman, the Reds' Player of the Month for March, told Liverpoolfc.com earlier this week.
Click on the image below to read more from our exclusive interview with our No.5...
https://t.co/2VBIw5F50t— GWijnaldum (Gini Wijnaldum) 5th Apr 09:40
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Tough game but we want to keep the pressure on! #Clinical #Efficient #YNWA 🔴👊🏻💪🏻 https://t.co/nDjsQNrcZO— SMignolet (Simon Mignolet) 5th Apr 11:40
A look to the skies
We're looking at temperatures of around nine degrees come kick-off this evening but, as things stand, there is just a four per cent chance of rain.
Leave those brollies at home.
Relive the standout goal from the weekend win over Everton from several angles - each one as enjoyable as the last - below.
More of the same tonight please, Phil!
"Watching the Merseyside derby at the weekend, it was a reminder to everyone why he has been, and continues to be, so valuable to this club. In simple terms he sets the standard of professionalism and attitude of what it is to be a Liverpool player."
Just who is Jordan Henderson talking about in his matchday programme column? Find out here!
8⃣ facts & figures you need to know ahead of kick-off: https://t.co/oUpnd0zyIP https://t.co/nEcpoMS0j1— LFC (Liverpool FC) 5th Apr 12:59
Take a good look at how the lads prepared for this evening's game with our latest behind-the-scenes clip from training below.
So, with just less than five hours to go until the teams are named, how are the Reds shaping up?
Liverpool will definitely be without the services of Sadio Mane this evening after the winger picked up a knee injury against Everton, while Joel Matip and Emre Can remain doubts.
However, Daniel Sturridge could well make a return to the squad after coming back into training this week.
Welcome to Twitter, Adam Lallana! You can follow him via @officialAL20 #LFC https://t.co/aK53axQS5m— LFC (Liverpool FC) 5th Apr 11:45
The mini-table below shows just how key this midweek round of Premier League fixtures could be in deciding who finishes in the top four.
While Liverpool take on Bournemouth later, Chelsea host Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur visit Swansea City and Arsenal face West Ham United.
Last night, Manchester United and seventh-placed Everton played out a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
A win over the Cherries would certainly do no harm to the Reds' ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League, that's for sure!
LFC to mark 28th anniversary of Hillsborough
Liverpool Football Club will pay tribute to the 96 supporters who lost their lives at Hillsborough during tonight's game.
As the 28th anniversary approaches on April 15, 2017, a minute's applause will be observed in memory of the 96 and in recognition of the families, survivors and all those who supported the campaign for justice. Fans in the Kop will also reveal a special '96' mosaic.
Players will wear black armbands as a mark of respect and tributes will be displayed on LED boards surrounding the pitch.
There will also be a commemorative edition of the matchday programme, the cover of which can be seen below...
Matchday! ⚽ 🆚 @afcbournemouth 🏆 @premierleague 🏟 Anfield ⌚ 20:00 BST 🖼 @idnehus_ https://t.co/0AgjNXQijb— LFC (Liverpool FC) 5th Apr 06:52
Good afternoon and welcome to Liverpoolfc.com's live matchday blog, with the Reds to host Bournemouth at Anfield this evening.
Stick with us for all the best coverage before, during and after the Premier League fixture, which kicks off at 8pm BST.
Why not start by comparing and contrasting the two teams with the interactive Opta widgets below?