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Liverpool predicted line-up v Bournemouth

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Liverpool look to put their recent troubles behind them as they travel to Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night.

The Reds enter the tie after a disappointing week, first crashing out of the Champions League and then losing 3-0 to rivals Manchester United on Sunday.

Brendan Rodgers' job at the helm of the Merseyside club has come under severe and a pressure as his side are rooted to 11th in the Premier League and qualification for Europe's elite competition is looking more and more likely.

The Northern Irishman is yet to capture silverware at Anfield, however, the League Cup could be the antidote to save his job at Liverpool.

However, they meet an in-from Bournemouth side who sit at the summit of the Championship, just ten places behind the Reds. The South-East recently defeated Cardiff City 5-3 at the weekend.

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With a must-win league clash against Arsenal at the weekend, it could be interesting how Liverpool line-up.

Goalkeeper - Brad Jones

The Australian made his first league appearance for 21 months against United, replacing Simon Mignolet in goal.

Mignolet has been out-of-form this term, however, Jones did not prove much better either.

The ex-Middlesbrough man pre-judged Wayne Rooney's goal, diving too early and the wrong way in a strike he may have saved if he'd have went the correct side.

Jones did similar in the build up to Robin van Persie's goal, pre-mediating that Jaun Mata would shoot, but instead the Spaniard played in the Dutchman for an easy tap in.

It came as strange that Mignolet was dropped for the game and it seems Rodgers wants to show the Belgian his place is not guaranteed in between the sticks. 

It's likely Jones will once again be given the nod.

Right-back - Javier Manquillo

The Spaniard has been given the cold shoulder from the Liverpool team since putting in a poor performance in the 3-1 victory over Leicester City, being dragged off at half-time.

Manquillo generally has done well since his loan move from Athletico Madrid and seems solid on the right-hand side of defence.

Despite being just 20-years-old, he reads the play well and makes it difficult for wingers to get past him and also enjoys bombing forward when his side are on the attack.

Centre-back - Kolo Toure

There's not a shadow of a doubt that the Ivorian has been the Reds' best defender this season and will bring clarity at the back.

Bournemouth are capable of scoring goals, as they displayed on Saturday and Rodgers will need Toure to lead the Liverpool back-four.

The 33-year-old has 'been there and done that' and will feel no pressure for what is a must-win tie. 

Although he lacks in speed, the former Arsenal man makes up for that in experience and reads the play extremely well that allows him to make key blocks and tackles.

Centre-back - Mamadou Sakho

Sakho has been out injured for the past few months and this could be the perfect tie to nurture him back to full-fitness.

The Frenchman arrived at Anfield with a massive reputation as an international for his country at such a young age as well as captaining PSG aged just 17.

Since his move to Liverpool last summer, we're yet to see his full capabilities. There have been signs were he can be a big bonus for the Reds as he possesses a massive aerial threat as well as the strength of an ox.

Based on last season, the £16 million signing played his best football next to Toure and they could potentially be a solid partnership for the remainder of the season if all goes to plan.

Left-back - Jose Enrique 

Enrique has largely struggled to maintain a place this season and has been piped in the pecking order by both Alberto Moreno and Glen Johnson.

The Spaniard has struggled with injury during his time at Anfield and his performances this season haven't done him any favours either.

He was given the nod in the tie against FC Basel but put in a terrible display and was dragged off at half-time.

Although Bournemouth are a dangerous side, they are not on the same level at the Swiss champions and Enrique should be more suited to this type of game.

Defensive-midfield - Lucas

It was strange to see the Brazilian dropped for Sunday's game against United, given his recent form. 

Lucas has been solid since being brought into the set-up by Rodgers and offered the defence much needed protection. 

His experience is what Liverpool have been lacking in the centre-of-midfield. The ex-Gremio man reads the play well and is constantly snapping at the heels of the opposition.

He is limited going forward, however, he is not in the team to do so and always distributed the ball with accuracy.

Centre-midfield - Emre Can

Can has been one of the most impressive summer signings and you'd expect him to put a big performance in on Wednesday.

The German arrived at Anfield as one of Europe's most highly-touted players and his performances so far have suggested so.

He was strong in Liverpool's 1-0 loss to Real Madrid, always looking to make things happen for his side and then put in an even better effort in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.

Can has been left in the dark since and he must be frustrating sitting on the bench week after week. 

However, if given the chance, he should rise to the occasion and dominate the midfield.

Centre-midfield - Jordan Henderson

In the absence of Steven Gerrard, who will get a much needed break, Henderson will captain Liverpool.

The Wearside-native has been far from his best recently and put in a number of ordinary performances of late and was practically non-existent against both Basel and the Red Devils.

However, Henderson has became one of few characters in the Liverpool side and all will be on him to bring inspiration.

Left-midfield - Adam Lallana

Born and raised in Bournemouth, Lallana will desperately want to play in this fixture.

The England international was superb on Sunday at Old Trafford and menaced the United team for the whole of the first-half. His feet were quick, which forced players to fouling him and brought them cautions.

Lallana played Raheem Sterling in with an inch-perfect pass, which the youngster should have scored and it highlighted the talent he possesses.

It can as a shock to everyone when he was replaced by Mario Balotelli, given how well he was playing and how poor the Italian has been this term.

Right-wing - Lazar Markovic

 The Serb has been dreadful since his £20 million summer move from Benfica prior to the FC Basel game.

However, Markovic put in an excellent cameo against the Swiss outfit when coming on at half-time. He looked a real spark, making things happen for his side by being aggressive and taking the game to the opposition. 

Unfortunately, the 20-year-old daftly got himself sent off but he showed encouraging signs.

He continued that form against United when he made several skipping runs, one of which resulted in playing a sublime pass to Balotelli who could not finish.

Markovic must be full of confidence after two good games and whatever he's changed to improve, it's worked a treat.

Striker - Mario Balotelli

The Italian's troubles continue.

Balotelli was gifted with several chances against United, two of which he should have scored but was denied by David De Gea.

That took his record to just two goals in 15 games at he Reds, a statistic that is just not good enough.

The ex-Inter MIlan man has generally struggled to settle on Merseyside, not adapting to Rodgers style of play and his work-rate has not been good enough.

However, it's likely that Rodgers will want the 24-year-old to gain confidence quickly and a goal against Bournemouth could to the trick.

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