Liverpool-Bournemouth Preview

The Associated Press

Liverpool have been a remarkable presence during the Premier League this season, yet they still don't sit atop the table.

However, that's not a concern at the moment for the Reds, who look to remain unbeaten in the top-flight while trying for a fifth straight victory Saturday when they visit Bournemouth for a lunch-time affair.

Liverpool (12-3-0) join Manchester City as the lone unbeaten sides in the league, but City hold a slim two-point edge over Jurgen Klopp's boys for the top spot. Though the Citizens have scored 15 more goals than Liverpool's 30, the boys from the red side of the Mersey have conceded a league-low six goals.

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"We are not really interested in City, to be honest, because there is a long way to go," captain Jordan Henderson told Liverpool's official website. "We know how good they are, we expect them to win.

"We just expect ourselves to win games and perform to the level that we have been - and if we do that we can keep winning."

One of the few goals allowed by Liverpool this term came in Wednesday's 3-1 victory at Burnley, in which they actually trailed 1-0 early in the second half. However, after Klopp offered some words of motivation in the dressing room at the break, Liverpool woke up and controlled the contest as James Milner equalised in the 62nd minute and Roberto Firmino gave his team the lead seven minutes later. Xherdan Shaqiri added the final tally for good measure in stoppage time.

"At half-time, the manager just said we have to be more in the game, more lively in the game," Shaqiri said. "We have to be brave in these games. We know we are going to have a lot of possession, but obviously we have to defend well, too."

That should be the case again this weekend as the busy stretch of three matches over a weeks' span comes to an end. Liverpool have not lost a Premier League match since falling 1-0 at Chelsea on May 6.

Seventh-place Bournemouth (7-2-6) have just one victory in their last nine over all competitions against Liverpool, but did snap a four-game Premier League losing streak with Tuesday's 2-1 victory over Huddersfield Town. Early goals from Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser helped Bournemouth end their longest slide of the campaign, and perhaps provide some momentum heading into this weekend's serious challenge against the Reds.

"It's a big relief to get the win," manager Eddie Howe told Bournemouth's official website. "We have to focus very quickly on Liverpool. It's kind of (a) relentless schedule now where it's game after game. Let's try and use this win to give us confidence to perform well against Liverpool."

Whilst the Cherries have something positive to build on, they'll move forward minus key midfielder Lewis Cook, who will be lost for at least six months after suffering a serious knee injury against Huddersfield.

"We are devastated for Lewis," Howe said of Cook, who according to the team has played in 56 games over all competitions since joining the Cherries in July 2016. "It's a huge blow to a very talented player who has been a very important part of our side over the last 18 months."

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