The Liverpool fans have been celebrating in the Transfer Tavern this week after watching their side record a 5-1 aggregate victory over Manchester City to move into the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Jurgen Klopp’s side made a huge statement to the rest of Europe by comprehensively defeating a Manchester City side who many had regarded as the best on the continent prior to their quarter-final clash with the Reds. Liverpool produced a pair of supremely confident and tactically astute displays to see off the challenge of Guardiola’s city slickers, but they must turn their attention to their league campaign to continue their push for 2nd place this weekend.
Liverpool welcome Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth to Anfield this weekend with every hope of claiming all three-points. The Cherries have comfortably moved away from the relegation zone in recent weeks as they now sit on 38 points with 5 fixtures left to play, but they face an incredibly difficult task trying to stop Liverpool tomorrow.
After playing three intense matches in the space of a week, it will be interesting to see how Liverpool line-up this weekend. Considering the incredible quality which Trent Alexander-Arnold (valued at £7.2 million by Transfermarkt) demonstrated in both legs against Man City, it’s fair to say that he deserves to start once again tomorrow afternoon.
The 19-year-old has been mightily impressive throughout the season so far, but his performances against City proved that he has the potential to become a future star in European football. Very few players have dealt with Leroy Sane’s blistering pace and frightening agility this season, but Alexander-Arnold managed to defuse his threat for almost the entirety of the 180 minute tie.
Although Klopp might be inclined to rest him, he would be wise to start him once again this weekend whilst his confidence is high. Defensively, Alexander-Arnold will ensure Liverpool are solid on the right-side of the pitch, whist his pace and instinct to move into the final-third could cause Charlie Daniels plenty of problems tomorrow afternoon.
He should have plenty of energy left in the tank even after Liverpool’s victory at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday evening, so Klopp should reward him for his fine form with another starting berth against Bournemouth.
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