The Reds survived an early scare to take care of Leicester in the third round and a win at the Vitality Stadium would represent a big step towards Wembley.
Liverpool have efficiently navigated their League Cup and Europa League fixtures with a ‘midweek’ team so far this season, but the trip to the South Coast could provide some youngsters with a chance to shine.
Here’s how Liverpool could look in their fourth-round clash.
Here is what Pepijn Lijnders told us ahead of the contest:
Liverpool’s XI vs. Bournemouth
Klopp will be keen to offer rest to players who have been active in this busy period, but there are plenty of alternatives with more than enough quality.
Curtis Jones will almost certainly get the nod having been forced to watch the last three domestic clashes from the sidelines through suspension.
Jarrell Quansah has not started since Union SG’s visit before the international break and he will be keen to build upon his early-season momentum with the seniors.
This is how the likely Liverpool XI would look:
Here is how the Reds would shape up:
Kelleher; Gomez, Matip, Quansah, Chambers; Endo, Elliott, Jones; Salah, Nunez, Gakpo
If he sees fit, the manager may wish to mix up his attacking options, particularly if Doak is passed fit to start for the Reds.
This is how an alternative setup might look:
- Gravenberch to join Jones and Endo in the middle of the park
- Doak to join Gakpo at the top end of the pitch
- Diogo Jota to keep his place following his goal at the weekend
Here’s how Liverpool would line up:
Kelleher; Gomez, Matip, Quansah, Chambers; Endo, Gravenberch, Jones; Doak, Gakpo, Jota
There are plenty more options available to the manager, who is able to give his senior players a rest while still fielding a team capable of taking care of the Cherries.
The game also represents a good chance for Jones and Gakpo to regain their sharpness after a spell on the sidelines to ensure they are fit and firing for the Premier League.
A place in the last eight is up for grabs, let’s hope we put ourselves in the hat.
Up the Reds!