After an absolutely sublime first half of the season from Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp’s side is on a less positive moment of form right now, which resulted on 3 losses on the last 4 encounters. This Saturday, against Bournemouth, they will try to return to winning ways.
Losses that are worrisome but that aren’t scary
If the loss at the Wanda Metropolitano by 1-0 against Atlético de Madrid can be considered relatively normal and doesn’t completely put Liverpool’s European campaign at risk, the same can’t be said about the loss against Watford.
Liverpool lost for the first time on this edition of the Premier League and it was by 3-0 against an opponent that is desperate to avoid relegation to the Championship.
But this week already, Liverpool suffered a loss again on the trip to Stamford Bridge, losing by 2-0 against Chelsea on a match of the FA Cup, that way being eliminated from the competition.
That was a competition where Liverpool were never truly focused and where they regularly played with players from their reserves. However, in London they played with several starters from the beginning, which was a worrying sign for the Reds’ fans.
Basically, Liverpool suffered 3 losses on 4 matches – having only beaten West Ham by 3-2 during that period – in what is a slightly unexpected streak of results for a club that reached this stage with only 2 official losses on the season.
This way, we can conclude that Liverpool lost more encounters on this streak of 4 matches than on the previous 40 they had already played this season.
Is that a worrying sign for what’s to come? This Saturday we might have a response when Liverpool hosts Bournemouth at Anfield.
Anxiety to clinch the English title can obviously affect them
Despite the team not showing great signs of nervousness or anxiety due to the fact they are close to accomplishing something historical for the club by winning the Premier League title, the truth is that anxiety will tend to be clearer in the next couple of weeks.
Liverpool haven’t won the Premier League since 1990 and their fans have been hungry for a title that puts an end to this agonizing drought, and although it is practically ensured, it is normal for the nervousness to be visible until the title is mathematically sealed.
The loss against Watford resulted from a clearly negative performance from the team that contrasted with the excellent performance from the home side, but now it’s time to recover the confidence levels with a victory on the reception to a modest Bournemouth.
— SPORT TV (@SPORTTVPortugal) March 4, 2020
The Cherries are on an awful moment of form and after 4 very solid seasons amongst the top dogs where they’ve always managed to escape danger on the final stages of the season, this year they are in 18th place with only 10 matches left to go.
In a certain way, this can be the ideal opponent for Jurgen Klopp’s side to once again show their quality getting a comfortable victory that offers some tranquility to their fans.
Liverpool are clear favourites to get the 3 points on this encounter, with odds of 1.24 on Bet365 but considering the poor moment of form of their opponents and the home side’s need to recover their morale, I believe that the -1.5 Handicap at 1.62 odds is also a tempting selection here.
Bournemouth is on a delicate position and they need points.
A draw at Anfield would already be an excellent result and it is currently priced at 5.65 on the main bookmakers, but obviously a victory (10.25) would be ideal at a time where the club currently sits on the relegation zone.
Gaining morale and confidence before the clash against Atl. Madrid
This will be Liverpool’s last encounter before hosting Atlético de Madrid at Anfield for a spot in the Champions League’s quarterfinals.
That’s why I believe it is essential for Liverpool to recover their confidence this Saturday, winning with authority and showing their strength at their fortress.
📊| A derrota do Liverpool contra o Watford foi a maior sofrida por uma equipe no topo da tabela contra um adversário na zona de rebaixamento desde que o Leicester venceu o Manchester United por 3 a 0 em 23 de novembro de 1985.
— Somos Liverpool (@Somos_Liverpool) February 29, 2020
On the next Wednesday, it will be time for “Los Colchoneros” to visit Liverpool’s stadium and the home side needs to recover from the 1-0 disadvantage they brought from Spain.
Right now, Liverpool’s victory is priced at 1.45 but that might not be enough because the Englishmen didn’t manage to score any goals away from home.
For that reason, Diego Simeone’s Atlético comes to Liverpool as favourite to win the tie with odds of 1.70 on 1XBet while the current European champions are priced at 1.78 to comeback on the tie and continue their title defence.