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Klopp needs Liverpool to rediscover scoring touch against brittle Bournemouth defence

27 Oct | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Klopp needs Liverpool to rediscover scoring touch against brittle Bournemouth defence

Liverpool have made an unspectacular start to life under Jurgen Klopp, but can lay down a marker against chastened Cherries in League Cup

Three matches, three draws.

It has hardly been the swashbuckling start that many Liverpool fans expected under new boss Jürgen Klopp, but the signs of progress are there – even if you have to look extra hard to find them.

The latest stalemate – a 1-1 at home to Southampton on Sunday – means that the Reds have now drawn eight of their last nine games as part of a continued run of underwhelming form that cost Brendan Rodgers his job.

Yet following the arrival of Herr Klopp, the discussion surrounds something entirely different.

“I don’t understand this pressure, but the guys feel it,” Klopp said after Sunday’s match.

“I hope I’m not the only person in the stadium who thought ‘this is not the end of the world’. We can work on this.”

And work on it he does appear to be doing.

The expectation at a club like Liverpool far outweighs the realistic results.

Klopp was never going to revolutionise the Merseysiders into a fast, fluid, “gegenpressing” outfit overnight – especially not with the current limitations in terms of personnel.

Philippe Coutinho remains woefully below-par, while injuries to Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke – who scored the opener against Southampton – mean that Klopp has been forced to be a little more pragmatic in his approach during his first fortnight in charge.

Encouragingly, his Liverpool side have boasted 59 per cent of possession in each of their last two matches, conceding just six shots on goal during those 180 minutes – signs that suggest Klopp is already tackling the defensive incompetency that plagued Rodgers’ reign.

But now he needs to figure out how to get his attackers creating and scoring, and Wednesday’s Capital One Cup clash with Bournemouth should provide the perfect platform for that to begin in earnest.

Liverpool are 4/9 favourites to record the first victory of Klopp’s Liverpool reign, with Bournemouth a considerable 23/4 to cause an upset.

Eddie Howe’s men are enduring a real baptism of fire in the Premier League, and while they have convinced at times in the top flight, two sizable humblings in their last two league fixtures will have undoubtedly shaken their morale.

Having shipped five against both Manchester City and Tottenham, Klopp and his men will be aiming to take full advantage of the Cherries fragile confidence.

Liverpool are 6/4 to score more than 3.5 goals and 100/30 to notch over 4.5, with the chances of them inflicting a third consecutive 5-1 defeat on Bournemouth priced at 28/1.

Christian Benteke may not be risked ahead of this weekend’s meeting with Chelsea, with his compatriot Divock Origi likely to start up front.

The 20-year-old is still yet to get off the mark for Liverpool after seven appearances, but with an ideal opportunity to open his account against a leaky defence is 4/1 to score first and evens to net at any time.

Bournemouth however, will take encouragement from their last trip to Anfield back in August, when a controversial 1-0 defeat underlined their ability to compete at this level.

And while top scorer Callum Wilson is out for the rest of the season through injury, Glenn Murray appears an able replacement with two goals since arriving at Dean Court and is 7/2 to add to that tally at any time on Wednesday.

With the Cherries failing to find the net in just one of their last 10 matches, Liverpool will likely need more than a single goal if they are to give Klopp his first win – and are priced at 15/8 to do so with both teams scoring.

Klopp reacted to Sunday’s draw by saying he has seen plenty of progress in his players’ performances.

He now needs them to rediscover their scoring touch if he is to convert that into tangible results.

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