Liverpool tackle Bordeaux on Thursday night in their fifth Europa League game this season. Last time out Liverpool were still managed by Brendan Rodgers and the scoreline 1-1 but tonight the Reds will be hoping for a win which would see them qualify for the knock out stages of the tournament with a game to spare.
Despite a setback against Crystal Palace, Liverpool have been enjoying some great form recently. Last game the reds defeated then league leaders Manchester City 4-1 away in a dominant performance but Jürgen Klopp’s side has yet to show the same form at home. At the minute for Liverpool it doesn’t seem like the next match can come fast enough and the fans will fully be expecting another win tonight. Watching Liverpool under Klopp has been exciting, eventful and enjoyable as Liverpool take control of games and press highly when they lose the ball.
Bordeaux haven’t been very impressive this season, sitting only 13th in Ligue 1. They have been poor in the Europa Leauge as well and are yet to win a game the competition. Bordeaux are in desperate need of a win tonight and if they fail will find themselves on the verge of elimination. It looks unlikely that Bordeaux will win with both team’s recent form and will need to produce something special on the night to overcome Liverpool.
In terms of injuries there is no need to remind you of Liverpool’s big injury list although Phillipe Coutinho now looks set to join the likes of Jordan Henderson on the sidelines for this match. Daniel Sturridge may make his first appearance under Klopp as he returns from injury however I’d be surprised if he features unless Liverpool are in desperate need of a goal. As for Bordeaux they have been hit with a wave of injuries recently. Defenders Nicolas Pallois and Pablo, midfielder Gregory Sertic and striker Thomas Toure have all been ruled out for this tie. Tunisian international Wahbi Khazri is also unavailable after being suspended following a red card in the defeat to FC Sion.
With Coutinho injured all eyes will be on Firmino to come up with the goods on the night. Himself and Coutinho were involved together in three of Liverpool’s four goals at the weekend and with Phillipe out injured, Firmino will have to take charge. Of course he’ll have Ibe and Benteke to support him and make runs but he may find himself isolated in that number ten role at times.
I think Liverpool will win this match against a side who they really are expected to beat. The reds have been in fine form under their new manager and come into the match off the back of a 4-1 demolishing of Man City. Now the team have the job of transferring these results back to Anfield and they will be watched on by many eager fans wanting a win, who I don’t believe will be disappointed.
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Prediction: 3-0 Liverpool
Written by @lfcfan00