Things have gone a little sour for Liverpool in the last seven days, but they can sweeten things up when they host Bournemouth at Anfield.
A shock 3-0 loss to Watford last week ended any hopes of an unbeaten Premier League campaign, and then a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea on Tuesday night saw Jurgen Klopp’s side booted out of the FA Cup.
But the Reds aren’t panicking. They’re a mighty 1/500 for their first league title in 30 years, and that was their aim all season. A return to form would be welcomed by the Anfield faithful though, and Bournemouth’s vulnerable defence could be in for a long afternoon …
Perhaps a fortnight ago they would be shorter, but 1/4 for a home win still says plenty about Liverpool’s mighty quality.
Eddie Howe’s Cherries desperately need points, and 11/1 says they win at Anfield for the first time in their history. There’s 19/4 about a draw.
Recent meetings suggest Bournemouth are in trouble, however. Liverpool have won the last five clashes either 3-0 or 4-0. Liverpool are 21/20 to win to nil, with 10/1 about another 4-0 thrashing.
Klopp is unlikely to shake things up much for this one. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Georginio Wijnaldum should return after being rested versus Chelsea, although Jordan Henderson is still absent in midfield.
It’ll be business as usual up front with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino looking to run Bournemouth ragged.
As for the Cherries, boss Howe has Callum Wilson and Joshua King at his disposal, although Harry Wilson is ineligible to play against his parent club. Ryan Fraser should therefore come in to complete the attacking trio.
Nathan Ake and Steve Cook continue at the back, the two centre-halves tasked with trying to contain Firmino, Salah and Mane.
We mentioned those five Liverpool hammerings. Mo Salah netted in all of them, and is 2/3 to bag his eighth goal against the Cherries anytime, with 12/5 about the Egyptian scoring first.
There’s 16/5 about Mane causing more mischief with the opening goal, with the Senegal ace Evens to score anytime.
Divock Origi has made 16 introductions off the bench, and can be found at 9/2 to score last.
For the visitors, Wilson looks the most likely goalscorer at 16/5 anytime, with Joshua King also a possible threat at 7/2.
Dominic Solanke made 27 appearances for Liverpool, and is 5/1 to score anytime against his former club.
Where: Anfield, Liverpool
When: 12:30pm, Saturday 7th March
How to watch: BT Sport 1 / BT Sport Ultimate
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication