Hamann on why tonight's game could be crucial for Liverpool's season

Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann believes beating Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup could be vital turning point for the club's season.

The pressure is on Liverpool as they prepare to face buoyant Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup, but Dietmar Hamann believes they have everything to gain.

While there has been speculation about what will happen to manager Brendan Rodgers should the Reds be humbled by their Championship opponents, Hamann has discussed the other side of the coin.

Liverpool are struggling in the league and in dire need of a tonic and negotiating a tough quarter-final clash at the Goldsands Stadium could be a big boost ahead of a massive Premier League game against Arsenal.

"In a season, sometimes you just need one result and one spark from somewhere then all of a sudden the whole complex of the season and team changes," Hamann told Liverpool's official website.

"If you go to Bournemouth and win the game, then you look forward to the Arsenal game. A week is a long time in football. They just have to keep working hard now, believe in themselves, get a result on Wednesday and then move on to Arsenal."

Bournemouth have confounded pre-season expectations to sit top of the Championship and could provide a stern test for a Liverpool team short of confidence.

But Liverpool came out 2-0 winners last season when the two clubs met in the FA Cup.

"Eddie Howe has got them playing very good football. Liverpool had a tough game there last season, where for the first 20 minutes they had to defend really well against a very good Bournemouth side," Hamann recalled.

"It is an opportunity; I'd rather go to Bournemouth away than Chelsea or Manchester City away, and Liverpool will be favourites. They have just got to get out there."

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