Efter två frustrerande kryss är det dags för Liverpool att leta sig upp på det vinnande spåret igen, det ska man försöka göra på en arena där man tappade säkra poäng senast det begav sig. Ni minns säkert hur 3-1 blev till 3-4 och noll poäng när vi mötte Bournemouth borta under förra säsongen, faktum är att vi inte slog dem i något av våra möten i Premier League den säsongen. En som håller tummarna för att den sviten fortsätter är Simon Reed(@ebths), som bland annat har en egen YouTube-kanal där han analyserar Bournemouths insatser, den går att hitta även på twitter och facebook. Här berättar han om söndagens motstånd:
1. Tell is a bit about the season so far, are you satisfied with your performances and the points you have collected?
It’s been a strange season so far. We’ve not managed to perform well across an entire game all campaign, and there’s a distinct feeling that we haven’t ’clicked’ yet. Therefore we’re all a bit disappointed that we aren’t further clearer of safety than we are. We’ll need a big second half of the campaign to avoid relegation, but there’s a lot of belief that we can achieve that – but we’ll be in the mix for the entire season, there’s no doubt about that.
2. Eddie Howe has been at your club for a long time now, do you think he will stay for years to come or do you think he is getting closer to a job at a more wealthy club?
I think he’ll be here for at least a couple more seasons. The way Everton fans were so repulsed by the idea of him becoming their manager shows he still has a fair bit to do to be seen as a viable option at a bigger club. He is enjoying the long-term project here, with a new training complex and ground planned for the coming years.
3. Has anything changed in the way you play compared to the previous seasons?
This season we have noticeably become more defensive against the better sides, as narrow one-goal defeats to Spurs, Manchester City, Chelsea, and Manchester United demonstrate. We’ve looked a lot more defensively astute overall too, but far less exciting going forward. We’ve been a little too predictable and toothless in general.
4. You signed a few players during the summer, how do you rate them so far?
We signed good players, but failed to address key positions. Despite this Asmir Begovic and Nathan Aké have been consistent performers, with the latter being our best player by some distance. The Dutchman never puts in a bad performance and reads the game so well. Jermain Defoe has been a generally frustrating presence however, not quite clicking with any our strikers in a pair – and failing to adapt to the all-energy style we look for from our strikers.
5. Jordon Ibe were signed from Liverpool a while ago, how has he developed?
Jordon Ibe is close to becoming a lost cause. His sensational cameo against Brighton earlier this season – where he assisted two goals, helping us to win 2-1 – was nothing but a cruel false dawn. His confidence looks completely shot, and he is no longer starting games after being given ample opportunities to impress early in the campaign. Many of our fans have already given up on him, and I can’t blame them.
6. Who is your player of the year so far?
Nathan Aké is our most consistent performer and is much-loved by every AFC Bournemouth fan. There’s a general bemusement as to why Chelsea let him go. But their loss is our gain.
7. How do you think you will lineup against Liverpool and what kind of game do you expect?
We will almost certainly play 4-4-2, or 4-4-1-1 if you want to be pedantic. We’ve been constantly rotating our two strikers and two central midfielders though, so who will start in those positions is anyone’s guess! I’m expecting a very difficult game in any case, naturally – but I’m hopeful with our improved defence we can cause Liverpool enough problems going forward to grab a much needed point.