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Liverpool team news: Important man ruled out vs Cherries, but enforcer could return

Liverpool have been dealt a blow as goalkeeper Allison has been ruled out for the visit of Bournemouth on Saturday and the Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid in midweek due to a hip injury, reports BBC Sport.

The Reds suffered a shock 3-0 defeat to struggling Watford last week and face another team battling the drop when Eddie Howe’s side make the trip to Anfield for the Premier League’s early kick-off this weekend.

Adrian will likely keep his place in goal in place of the injured Allison as he did in the defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup on Tuesday night and will probably start in the second leg of the last 16 of the Champions League in midweek.

Liverpool have to overcome a 1-0 aggregate lead held by Atletico Madrid if they are to progress in the competition they won last season but have to deal with the visit of Bournemouth first.

The Reds, who will move 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League should they beat the Cherries, could welcome back Naby Keita into the fold as the midfielder has returned from a hip problem.

Victory over Eddie Howe’s men will set a new English top-flight record off 22 consecutive home wins while Mo Salah looks set to make his 100th Premier League appearance and will be looking to continue his hot streak against Bournemouth having scored seven times in his last five outings against them.

The Egypt international only needs one more goal to become the first Liverpool player since Michael Owen to score 20 goals in all competitions in three consecutive seasons.

Bournemouth have only won one of their last four games and have lost their last five away matches. The Cherries will also be without Harry Wilson who is on loan from Liverpool and is ineligible to face his parent club.

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