Bournemouth vs Liverpool – Match preview and team news

The pressure will be all on Liverpool as they make a testing trip to Dorset to take on Championship leaders Bournemouth, a side brimming with confidence.

Under the stewardship of the mercurial Eddie Howe, the Cherries currently possess what is perhaps the best squad in the club’s history, and their current status is incredible given that they seemed likely to exit the Football League as recently as 2009.

Saturday’s 5-3 victory over Cardiff City typified what they are about, as they score hatfuls of goals but also give the opposition a chance. They have top-flight experience in the shape of Andrew Surman, Dan Gosling and Junior Stanislas, while top scorer Callum Wilson looks a Premier League star of the future.

Liverpool suffered yet more anguish on Sunday at arch rivals Manchester United, with another interesting team selection from Brendan Rodgers failing to gain rewards despite the creation of numerous opportunities, as a combination of poor finishing, good goalkeeping and poor defending at the other end cost them.

Now languishing in 11th place in the Premier League, the Reds could really do without being on the end of a cup shock here, but they will not relish this journey, with Bournemouth confident of unpicking their much-maligned defence.

Bournemouth are expected to name their strongest team for this one after rotating their side in previous round, so Wilson is set for his first start in this competition this season.

Brad Jones will retain his place in goal for the visitors, who are without Glen Johnson and Mario Balotelli through groin injuries.

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