Liverpool-Bournemouth Preview

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Two consecutive draws against lesser clubs have Liverpool mired in a slight dip in form. They'll get their next opportunity to earn three points Sunday against Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium.

On a positive note, the Reds (8-7-2) are unbeaten in their last eight (5-3-0) Premier League matches and right in the mix for a Champions League spot. But Jurgen Klopp, and previous manager Brendan Rogers to some extent, have been unable to solve some the club's inconsistencies over the past few seasons.

As good as Liverpool have been in the attack with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah, they are still susceptible to producing a clunker every now and then.

Wednesday's scoreless draw against West Bromwich Albion at Anfield would fall in that category. The Reds dominated the match, keeping 71 percent of the ball and looked to have scored late on when Dominic Solanke got his leg to a Joe Gomes' cross and appeared to have directed it home. However, it was disallowed when referee Paul Tierney determined the ball struck Solanke's arm before winding up in the net.

Klopp conceded it was a difficult night for his side.

"Yes, of course. It was clear from the first second it would be a difficult game," Klopp said. "It was clear what the job for us to do would be. It was clear that each set-piece will be a threat."

Goalkeeper Loris Karius got the start against West Brom and picked up the clean sheet, but is eyeing a response from his side this weekend

"The last two games have been very frustrating but we have to keep on going," he told the club's official website.

"There's so many games coming up and there's going to be other teams struggling in other periods so we just have to focus on ourselves and make sure we're back on our best in Bournemouth and take the points there. There's still many more points to get, so we just have to focus on the next one."

Liverpool have only faced Bournemouth in Premier League play four times, and won two. The most recent meeting, however, ended a 2-2 draw at Anfield last April thanks to a late equaliser from Josh King.

The Cherries (4-4-9) will hope the home field advantage will help them get back on track this weekend. Eddie Howe's squad are 0-3-2 in their last five matches.

Last time out, Bournemouth went toe-to-toe with Manchester United at Old Trafford, but suffered a 1-0 loss thanks to a 25th-minute goal from Romelu Lukaku. The Cherries fired seven shots on target and only had a slight disadvantage in possession.

Despite the loss, Howe was happy with his team's effort.

"We're disappointed because we've been beaten, but I'm really pleased with the performance," Howe said. "I thought we were very good today and were very disciplined out of possession. We were also very good with the ball and created numerous chances. We really did establish ourselves in the game very early and there were some really good individual performances today. The team functioned very well."

Updated December 14, 2017