Liverpool-Bournemouth Preview

Has Jurgen Klopp's magic touch revealed itself with Liverpool?

If Thursday's impressive comeback against Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League quarterfinals is any indication, the two-time Bundesliga champion manager has claimed what could be his most impressive result of the season.

And with the Reds one step closer to potentially qualifying for next season's Champions League, the club looks to keep the positive form going in league play as they travel to the south coast to face Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium.

Liverpool (13-9-9) fought hard to earn a 1-1 draw against Dortmund in the opening leg of the tie at Signal Iduna Park despite losing captain Jordan Henderson for the remainder of the season due to a knee injury.

The club then cruised to a 4-1 win over Stoke City last weekend before turning their focus to the second leg against Dortmund at Anfield, which started poorly thanks to two quick goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Pierre Aubameyang inside the opening 10 minutes.

But Divock Origi's 48th-minute strike provided a lifeline, and the aura of those magical European nights at Anfield quickly returned as the hosts went on to score three goals in the final 25 minutes, including a 90th-minute winner from defender Dejan Lovren to send the club through with a 5-4 aggregate victory.

While not quite on the same level as the famous night in Istanbul in 2004-05 when Liverpool rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat AC Milan for the Champions League title, Klopp evoked that night in hopes of inspiring his lads.

"I saw the game, I saw all the different moments in the game and I thought from the first minute we were in the game. The problem is that after four minutes, we lost the ball in a not so good moment," Klopp said. The counter-attack of Dortmund is in some moments not to defend anymore, to be honest, and that's what we saw after four minutes, (and) after nine minutes.

"At half-time, there was a good atmosphere to be honest because I was satisfied with the game - not with the goals, but with the game in general. I told the lads, I was not there but a few Liverpool players who are a little bit older and work now as experts for television, they were 3-0 down at half-time but won a Champions League final. So even when it's not really likely, it is for sure possible and we should try it."

Now, the challenge will be for Klopp's men to avoid a letdown and get a result in a difficult venue against a chippy Bournemouth squad to stay within touching distance of Manchester United for fifth place in the table.

Bournemouth (11-8-14) have given an excellent representation of themselves in their maiden Premier League voyage and are in 11th place, having already surpassed the universally-accepted point total required for survival with 41.

Eddie Howe's men have already toppled Manchester United and champions Chelsea this term and would like nothing more to claim another win over a big club.

Steve Cook and Josh King found the back of the net to lift the Cherries to three points last week with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa, and the south coast club will need to keep their focus at home against a talented Liverpool side that comes in riding a wave of emotion.

"The way that they work, the way they press - that was the hallmark of his Dortmund side and you can see it now at Liverpool," Howe said of Klopp's imprint at Anfield. "So it's going to be a good and entertaining game for our crowd on Sunday - we will anticipate a hard-working Liverpool team full of energy.

"Every game is of huge importance, regardless of what your individual targets were at the start of the season. I said after the Aston Villa game that I will not say we are safe - we've still got five games to play. There are big games coming up for the football club against some of the bigger names in the division, so we want to do ourselves proud."

Liverpool beat Bournemouth 1-0 at Anfield in August, with Christian Benteke scoring the game's only goal on 26 minutes. The Reds also bounced Bournemouth from the League Cup in October as Nathaniel Clyne scored the goal in the 17th minute.

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