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Liverpool line-ups for Bournemouth as Luis Diaz dropped and Premier League debut given



Our writers pick their Liverpool teams for today’s Premier League clash at Bournemouth.

Paul Gorst – Luis Diaz is moved out to the right side

A refreshed and reenergised Liverpool should be raring to go on the south coast this afternoon. Well, those of them who are fit at least.

Jurgen Klopp is still without several key performers for this one but there strength in depth is such that a strong side should still be able to compete at the Vitality.

Alisson Becker starts in goal with Conor Bradley making his Premier League debut on the right side. In the centre, Virgil van Dijk partners Ibrahima Konate with Joe Gomez once more deputising for both Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas.

Alexis Mac Allister patrols the base of the midfield with Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott given the chance to roam further forward as the two No.8s.

Luis Diaz is moved out to the right side for this one with Darwin Nunez on the opposite flank. The Uruguayan striker causes problems with his pace and physicality and Diogo Jota leads the line.

My team (4-3-3): Alisson; Bradley, Konate, Van Dijk, Gomez; Mac Allister, Elliott, Jones; Diaz, Jota, Nunez.

Ian Doyle – Up top, the right wing slot can instead be Cody Gakpo

Liverpool had to battle through the wind and the rain on their last visit to Bournemouth in November.

And they’re probably going to have to do the same this afternoon in the Premier League with storm warnings incoming.

Who, then, is Jurgen Klopp going to call upon?

Alisson Becker is in goal. And I’d stick with Conor Bradley at right-back. It’ll be a day for digging in so Virgil van Dijk can be partnered by Ibrahima Konate at centre-back with Joe Gomez on the left of the defence.

In midfield, Alexis Mac Allister is the number six with Curtis Jones to his left. The other slot can go to Harvey Elliott for a bit of solidity.

Up top, the right wing slot can instead be Cody Gakpo, with Darwin Nunez on the left and Diogo Jota scurrying down the centre.

My team (4-3-3): Alisson; Bradley, Konate, Van Dijk, Gomez; Mac Allister, Elliott, Jones; Gakpo, Jota, Nunez.

Theo Squires – Connor Bradley makes his Premier League debut

Liverpool are well-rested after their Premier League winter break, but Jurgen Klopp doesn’t have much to play with with his side’s lengthy injury list not yet clearing up.

Conor Bradley makes his Premier League debut at right-back as Joe Gomez continues on the opposing flank. Meanwhile, Ibrahima Konate partners Virgil van Dijk.

Harvey Elliott can drop back into midfield, with Alexis Mac Allister sitting deep and Curtis Jones making up the trio. Ryan Gravenberch’s recent form has not been good enough to start.

In attack, Luis Diaz can switch to the right wing in the continued absence of Mohamed Salah. Darwin Nunez starts on the left, with Diogo Jota down the middle.

My team (4-3-3): Alisson; Bradley, Konate, Van Dijk, Gomez; Elliott, Mac Allister, Jones; Diaz, Jota, Nunez.

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