Match preview: Liverpool v AFC Bournemouth

“No better time to play a game so quickly” as far as assistant manager Jason Tindall is concerned, ahead of AFC Bournemouth’s League Cup tie at Anfield.

It has been ten days to forget for AFC Bournemouth, following back to back 5-1 defeats at the hands of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.

Everybody connected with the club has been “disappointed” following recent weeks results, but Tindall insists that it has not dispirited the players: “you need to dust yourself down and get back on the horse and start riding it again.”

“Over the course of the season we’re not going to be judged on what happened against City and Spurs”, said Tindall as he also made reference to the clubs history of having struggled to adjust to new leagues, mentioning their start to the Championship campaign in 2013-2014.

The Capital One Cup fixture, which takes place on Wednesday night, will come as a welcome break from the pressures of the league, with Tindall’s hope that the team “can use this cup game as a catalyst to spur on our performance in the Premier League.”

The number of injuries which have plagued AFC Bournemouth this season have meant that the side will not have the usual luxury of being able to make numerous team changes.

In the past the Cherries have managed to field a second eleven in the cup ties, but Tindall confirmed that “I don’t think, with the number of injuries, that it’ll be possible to make as many changes as previous rounds.”

That is not to suggest that club do not take this competition as seriously, with the Cherries assistant manager reassuring that “as always, we will be putting out a team that we feel are more than capable of winning the match.”

AFC Bournemouth return to Anfield for the second time this season, following their controversial 1-0 defeat in the Premier League in August.

New manager Jürgen Klopp is still seeking his first victory as Liverpool boss and is treating the competition as “the most important cup in the world because it’s the game we have to play tomorrow.”

Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp is still seeking his first win.
Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp is still seeking his first win.

Both sides struggled in the previous round against lower league opposition, Liverpool were taken to penalties at Anfield following a 1-1 draw with League Two side Carlisle, while AFC Bournemouth drew 2-2 away at Preston North End, prevailing 3-2 in the penalty shootout.

Liverpool have scored a goal in every home fixture in the League Cup since 1995 and while being aware of the extent of the challenge, Tindall felt that playing Liverpool at Anfield was “not new for us now” and that we should “use the experience to our advantage.”

The AFC Bournemouth assistant manager also expressed that Klopp was “a fantastic addition to the Premier League, a man of great character.”

The German manager will be making several changes to freshen up the squad, and while striker Daniel Sturridge is “getting better”, he is not in contention to make an appearance.

Cherries goalkeeper Artur Boruc’s performance at the weekend against Spurs has been well documented, mainly for the wrong reasons, but Tindall was quick to jump to his defence, “he has been outstanding since he stepped through the door here, it won’t affect him.”

A bad day at the office for Boruc against Spurs on Sunday.
A bad day at the office for Boruc against Spurs on Sunday.

An opportunity now arises for cup goalkeeper Adam Federici, who also received praise from his assistant manager, Federici is an “outstanding professional, he made some great saves in the shootout in the last round.”

When asked about whether this was his chance to contest Boruc for the number one spot, Tindall evaded the question somewhat, commenting that “he just needs to go out and perform for the team.”

The match kicks off at 7:45pm on Wednesday night at Anfield, as the two sides go head to head with a place in the Capital One Cup quarter final at stake.


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