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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said his team "have to improve" as they prepare to host promoted Bournemouth.

The Reds fell to a 2-1 defeat away at Manchester United on Monday, making it two draws and a defeat in their first three games after finishing just one point behind Premier League champions Manchester City last season.

Klopp's men are already seven points off early league leaders Arsenal, and the German knows his team must do better if they are to mount another title challenge.

"We have to improve. We can improve effort immediately," Klopp told reporters.

"It was maybe 95 but we need 100 per cent. It's all football things and we have the football solutions for it. Things we achieved were never easy, so no-one should expect it's easy now.

"I want to be the one team no-one wants to play against again. That's the plan for tomorrow."

The Cherries won promotion back to the top-flight last season and beat Aston Villa on the opening day, but have since lost two on the trot.

And head coach Scott Parker knows his team are in for another tough game at Anfield, saying: "Like I said, many teams have gone there and failed in all sorts of plans.

"There are teams that have done all sorts of things. They've sat off it in a low block, they've looked to counter, they've gone to try and put pressure high up.

"So, these are all elements that certainly we're studying, and trying to work out how I think is best, with the personnel we have as well in our team. That's probably key."

Liverpool - Trent Alexander-Arnold

The right-back had a tough game against Manchester United and will look to bounce back with a better performance here. His attacking quality is clear, but Bournemouth could see Alexander-Arnold's defensive side as a potential area to exploit.

Bournemouth - Dominic Solanke

Solanke signed for Liverpool from Chelsea in 2017 but made just 21 Premier League appearances before leaving for Bournemouth. He bagged 29 Championship goals last season, and would love to net at Anfield as he returns from injury.

- Liverpool have won each of their last six Premier League games against Bournemouth, by an aggregate score of 19-1.

- Liverpool have lost just one of their last 33 Premier League games against promoted sides (W26 D6), though that did come at home to Scott Parker's Fulham in March 2021.

- Bournemouth have lost 13 of their last 15 Premier League away games, with the exceptions being a 1-0 win at Chelsea (December 2019) and a 3-1 win on Merseyside against Everton (July 2020).

- Liverpool are yet to win in their opening three Premier League matches this season (D2 L1), last starting a league season with four winless matches in the 2012-13 campaign, failing to win any of their opening five games that season.

- Bournemouth have only managed 16 shots at goal in their opening three Premier League matches, the lowest by a side in their first three games of a season since Huddersfield Town in 2018-19 (also 16). The fewest shots on record (since 2003-04) for a team in their opening four games is Sunderland in 2012-13, who only managed 20.

Updated August 26, 2022

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