Report- Liverpool team news vs Bournemouth: Predicted line up – Mane update | Football | Sport

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Updated: December 8, 2018
Liverpool team news vs Bournemouth: Predicted line up – Mane update | Football | Sport

Liverpool are expected to rest a number of key players for their trip to Bournemouth with an important Champions League clash against Napoli taking place next week.

Injuries and a hectic fixture list have taken their toll on the Reds squad, with Joe Gomez the latest star man to be sidelined after picking up an injury against Burnley.

The 21-year-old went down under a tackle from Ben Mee during the 3-1 win at Turf Moor and has fractured his lower leg, putting a strain on the Liverpool squad.

Jurgen Klopp confirmed the defender will be out for six weeks and also revealed several other injury issues during his pre-match press conference.

Dejan Lovren is not available against Bournemouth due to concussion while Nathaniel Clyne is also not available, meaning Joel Matip should start in central defence with Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back.

However, Klopp is keen not to overwork the 20-year-old, saying: “Trent is still a young boy and we can’t push him through 20 games in a row.

“I have a plan, surprisingly. We have options and will see what we will do.

“You know all of them, we can go through the squad.”

James Milner has proven his versatility after playing the whole of the 2016/17 season at left-back and could fill in, while Fabinho also performed that role for Monaco and the Brazil national team.

The Liverpool boss also offered updates on both Sadio Mane and Andrew Robertson, with the duo having been left out of the win over Burnley.

“Sadio is now out [on the training pitch] and tries to run for the first time, so it doesn’t sound like he will be ready for tomorrow”, Klopp revealed on Friday.

“Gini [Wijnaldum] is nothing. He is fine. Andy Robertson is fine.”

Regarding the left-back, Klopp said: “Robbo pretty much played most of the games in a very intense position so that’s why decided to given him eight hours off (versus Burnley)”

The German’s comments indicate Robertson should feature against the Cherries, with Liverpool potentially reverting back to a 4-3-3, but Mane is far less likely to play.

Xherdan Shaqiri should earn another start in his absence while either Daniel Sturridge or Divock Origi are expected to feature from the off with one of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino likely to be rested for the Napoli clash.

Dominic Solanke is also out but Klopp confirmed that the striker will be back in training from Sunday.

Liverpool predicted line-up vs Bournemouth – Premier League

(4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Milner, Keita; Salah, Shaqiri, Origi