Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned his players that they must be switched onto Bournemouth’s “especially dangerous” threat from set-pieces on Saturday.
The Reds host Eddie Howe‘s side looking to respond after a run of three defeats in their last four games, culminating in their exit from the FA Cup on Tuesday.
Bournemouth, meanwhile, come into the weekend’s game having lost two of their last three but they showed a battling performance to earn a draw with Chelsea last time out.
Another shining light for the Cherries is the fact that they have scored three goals from free-kicks this term, the Premier League’s best record.
Speaking to reporters at his pre-match press conference, Klopp highlighted that such a record is one his players will have to bear in mind at Anfield.
“Bournemouth are especially dangerous at set-pieces,” the manager said.
“I think they have scored 50% of their goals like this from set-pieces, which is impressive, so we have to respond there, play football and force a way through.”
Klopp also highlighted that the counter-attack will be a threat his side will have to be wary of.
“We have to be perfectly protected because of the threat of a counter-attack through Joshua King and Ryan Fraser,” he added.
“That’s what we have to do and it wouldn’t have been different if we had won. We want to fight and that’s what we have to do.”
Klopp will be settled, however, by the fact that his Liverpool side have won all of their last five meetings with Bournemouth by an aggregate score of 17-0.
In fact, the last time the Cherries managed to salvage anything from a tie with the Reds was a 2-2 draw at Anfield in April 2017.
Elsewhere in the press conference, Klopp confirmed that he would be without goalkeeper Alisson Becker for Saturday, as well as for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid.
Alisson has kept 10 clean sheets in the top flight.