Liverpool v Bournemouth: Live matchday blog
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Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth
The Reds collect another important three points in their quest for Champions League qualification, with Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino the goalscorers.
They're starting to make these home wins look routine!
Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth (Firmino)
These lads should let the others have a go at scoring a goal!
Oxlade-Chamberlain darts forward again before picking out Firmino, who completes the scoring for the Reds' remarkable front three by sending a low effort home.
Oxlade-Chamberlain finds space in front of the visitors' defence but his low effort flies just wide.
A cross bounces up dangerously off Robertson but Karius picks up the pieces to keep Bournemouth at bay.
The visitors have had a real go since going two down.
An excellent save from Loris Karius maintains the hosts' two-goal advantage.
Some pinball in the Liverpool box ends in Dan Gosling firing at goal but the 'keeper is there to push the ball away confidently.
Sadio Mane's race is run; the winger makes way for James Milner.
Another great performance from Liverpool's No.19, who is now the top-scoring Senegalese in Premier League history.
It should be three!
Oxlade-Chamberlain drives forward before picking out Firmino for a one-on-one in the Kop-end box.
The Brazilian sits Begovic down but doesn't give himself enough room to get off a convincing shot and Ake clears off the line.
Andrew Surman takes the place of Lewis Cook for Bournemouth, who also brought on Callum Wilson for Jermain Defoe in the aftermath of the second goal.
Liverpool 2-0 Bournemouth (Salah)
Well that is just a brilliant, brilliant goal.
Alexander-Arnold shapes a trademark beautiful cross from a deep position and Salah finds the only part of the net available to him, looping a header over Begovic's despairing dive into the far corner.
He is a ridiculous finisher.
Salah gets goalside of Ake and tumbles after feeling a push from the defender... no penalty.
The Egyptian look disappointed but that might have been a soft one.
Trent Alexander-Arnold starts off a Liverpool break that ends in Mo Salah shooting at Asmir Begovic.
That's the Reds' best move of the half but still no second goal.
Former Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe makes way, with Lys Mousset replacing him.
Oxlade-Chamberlain goes in the book after a late slide challenge on Ibe.
Liverpool dominating again but Salah is twice unable to beat his man in the box after the hosts work a good position.
The No.11 is being shackled so far.
Bournemouth get things going again, with Liverpool attacking the Kop this half.
The players return to the pitch and we'll be back under way momentarily.
Hugs all round
Dejan and Sadio celebrate the opener.
Take a look at the stats from that half with our Opta widget below.
Liverpool 1-0 Bournemouth
The first 45 minutes comes to a close at Anfield and the Reds hold a one-goal lead thanks to Sadio Mane's seventh-minute finish.
Jürgen Klopp will be delighted with the way his charges have acquitted themselves, though he'll want more goals in the second half.
Mane heads a Lovren cross from deep wide and there will be one minute of added on time.
Oxlade-Chamberlain sends a deflected shot wide after good build-up from the hosts.
Liverpool in total control but they'll want that second goal to make life a little more comfortable.
Salah pinches the ball high up the pitch but after twisting and turning to work space he shoots over.
Liverpool follow that up by mounting an attack down the left-hand side but Robertson's cross is cut out by Begovic.
Jermain Defoe has the ball in the Kop-end net but it's not going to count.
Ryan Fraser was offside in receiving the ball before pulling it across the box for his teammate and the goal is rightly ruled out.
Nathan Ake the first man in the book for a cynical challenge on the breaking Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Oxlade-Chamberlain dissects the Bournemouth backline with a through pass for Mane but the Senegalese is flagged offside.
Liverpool still in control but the Cherries looking to get the dangerous Defoe away when they can.
Liverpool 1-0 Bournemouth (Mane)
The Reds have been all over their visitors from the first whistle and now they have an early lead.
Henderson crosses for Mane from deep and, though the winger's header is kept out by Begovic, he smashes the follow-up in.
A lovely exchange between Firmino and Salah almost gets the latter in on goal before a sliding block stops the shot.
Moments later, Alexander-Arnold plays a beauty of a pass through to Salah, but the Egyptian can only poke wide.
Bright start from Liverpool.
All four sides of the ground unite in applause before Georginio Wijnaldum gets things up and running.
The players enter the field - we'll have a minute's applause to commemorate the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster before the game gets under way
A look to the skies
We don't often provide weather updates this close to kick-off but it would be remiss not to mention the fact that, for the first time this season, coats aren't required in the press box at Anfield.
It's absolutely beautiful here! Let's hope the result matches the glorious conditions...
The lads are here...
Behind the scenes
A look inside the home dressing room at Anfield ahead of the players arriving.
The boss on his team selection
"I don't know if it's a 'statement'. We don't think about things like that, we have to use the boys. We don't have 25 players at the moment," said Klopp when asked about the strength of the XI.
"Our life is Champions League qualification, constantly; either it's the semi-final or the final, or it's the competition for next year. So we cannot make a difference [between them]."
What are the odds?
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And in opposition...
TEAM NEWS – ONE CHANGE FOR REDS
Liverpool make a single change to the starting line-up to face Bournemouth as Jordan Henderson replaces James Milner in midfield.
Reds team: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Substitutes: Mignolet, Milner, Klavan, Moreno, Ings, Solanke, Woodburn.
Man on the mic...
Andy Robertson on pre-match media duties for the Reds.
Anfield will pay tribute to the memory of the 96 children, women and men who lost their lives at Hillsborough ahead of tomorrow's 29th anniversary of the disaster.
Supporters on the Kop will create a mosaic ahead of kick off, and the placards have been laid out ahead of the fans' arrival.
Howe wary of 'formidable' Reds
Bournemouth were beaten 4-0 by Klopp's men in the reverse fixture earlier this season and that result, allied with Liverpool's recent form, has left the visiting boss in no doubt about what is required from his team this evening.
"Liverpool caused us problems in December, I've watched them a lot and been really impressed. They're formidable and on the right path," said Eddie Howe. "We have to make sure we're right ourselves and the players are focused on giving their best performances."
Liverpool won't need any motivation ahead of kick-off but a dose of added inspiration could come from a glance at the calendar. It was two years ago today that this happened at Anfield...
A proud boss
There are some fine words from Klopp in the match programme as he credits the entire Reds squad for the attitude and togetherness they showed in dealing with three massive games in six days.
"Every member of our team knows how important each individual is to the collective," the manager notes.
"This is what I love most about this squad: the respect they have for each other and how every person in our dressing room values and appreciates their teammates is real and authentic. No-one thinks they are more important than anyone else. They are together and the rest of us see the benefits of this come matchday."
Not that this comes as a huge surprise but Mohamed Salah has been shortlisted for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award.
The Liverpool forward is up against Manchester City trio Kevin de Bruyne, Leroy Sane and David Silva, as well as Manchester United's David de Gea and Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane for the accolade - which will be presented on Sunday April 22.
A reminder of the current situation in the Premier League top six...
There is a special, commemorative cover for today's match programme at Anfield, in memory of the 96 children, women and men who lost their lives in the Hillsborough tragedy.
With the fixture against Bournemouth the closest to the 29th anniversary of the disaster, which falls on Sunday, tributes will be paid at Anfield - including a minute's applause before kick-off and a '96' mosaic on the Kop.
The skipper's shout
Henderson's efforts for today's game have already started - with the captain determined to guarantee Tuesday night is not the sole highlight of a big week for the club.
"What comes next, starting now, defines the season. Bournemouth are a fantastic team who will love the idea of coming here and bringing us crashing back down to earth. It's on us - whoever appears on the teamsheet - to make sure that doesn't happen," he writes in the matchday programme.
Feast your eyes on these pre-match factoids...
- The Reds are three goals short of 300 in all competitions under Klopp
- Mohamed Salah has scored 11 times in his last six league games at Anfield
- It is 24 years since Liverpool played a home game on the same day as the Grand National. They beat Ipswich Town 1-0 in 1994.
Weather, weather, weather
It's the buzzword of each and every matchday blog.
So, here we go. It has been a drizzly start to the day in Liverpool but, with somewhat contrary nonchalance, our sources are reporting temperatures of around 11 degrees locally - and predict that figure to rise to 14 by kick-off.
Perhaps a jacket rather than coat if you're heading to Anfield. Hat and gloves optional, as always.
Catch up with everything the boss had to say ahead of today's match with our video of his pre-match press conference in full...
We're quite a few hours away from receiving the confirmed teamsheets but there are a few things we do know about the prospective line-ups in advance.
Jordan Henderson is expected to return to the Liverpool midfield after sitting out the midweek Champions League tie due to suspension. Roberto Firmino should be fine despite a minor neck issue.
Jürgen Klopp added Nathaniel Clyne and Ragnar Klavan to his injury list ahead of the game, which already includes Emre Can, Joe Gomez, Adam Lallana and Joel Matip.
Bournemouth will be without Junior Stanislas and Adam Smith but are likely to have former Reds winger Jordon Ibe back in contention.
Tale of the tape
Here are all of the numbers you could possibly need about the two teams' Premier League seasons so far...
Hello and welcome.
Liverpool enjoyed one of their great European nights on Tuesday as another win over Manchester City sealed progress to the Champions League semi-finals and set up a meeting with AS Roma.
But put all that to one side.
Premier League business resumes this evening with the visit of Bournemouth to Anfield and the Reds' focus is once again fully on the task of ensuring a place in the top four.
Stick with us as we bring you all of the build-up, live updates from the stadium and more.