The infamous Europa League hangover lamented to the extent that the majority of fans of clubs who rarely qualify for continental competition would actually prefer not to be involved in it hasn’t seemed to affect Liverpool too much.
In the latest example of their relative immunity, the Reds followed up a 1-1 draw at Borussia Dortmund two Thursdays back with a routing of Stoke 4-1 at Anfield.
After sensationally taking BvB down in their most recent Europa League outing, Jurgen Klopp’s men are primed for another untelevised Sunday afternoon success, this time on the south coast.
The Cherries have performed way beyond expectations this term and recorded some noteworthy results against the Premier League’s fattest felines.
Yet, they’ve still found time to lose 11 of their 17 matches against top-ten opposition, a number that only three teams can surpass.
As part of this sour streak, Eddie Howe’s troops surrendered the spoils in five of their last six against those stationed above the top-tier equator, conceding at least three times in four of these.
West Ham United, Stoke City and Manchester City have all registered three or more at The Vitality Stadium this calendar year.
By contrast, the Reds have won four of five against bottom half-based outfits, notching 16 goals along the way.
In a similar vein, Liverpool found the net eight times in two trips to neighbouring Southampton this term, providing just a brief insight into their attacking might that Dortmund experienced first hand in midweek.
They’ve scored at least two in five of their last six top-tier outings, while Bournemouth have leaked a brace or worse in three of their last four.