Liverpool will face off against Aston Villa at Anfield on Saturday afternoon hoping to secure all three points at home.
Redemption, revenge and a return to form at home will be on the agenda for Liverpool when they welcome Aston Villa to Anfield on Saturday. The champions were on the end of a 7-2 humiliation in the reverse fixture at Villa Park in October – one of nine defeats they have suffered this season to leave them playing catch-up in the top-four race.
Jurgen Klopp’s side tasted bitter defeat in their previous fixture at the hands of Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg. It has not been the best couple of weeks for Liverpool and a win against Aston Villa on home soil could potentially put the Reds back on track.
Alisson Becker will function in goal for the Reds after shipping in three goals in his last appearance. Nathaniel Phillips will continue to partner Ozan Kabak at the heart of the Liverpool backline as they try to keep Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins quiet throughout the 90 minutes.
Trent Alexander-Arnold will probably keep his place at right-back despite a horror performance against Madrid in the UCL while Andrew Robertson looks to produce a productive performance on the other side as the left-back. Klopp will give both of them the freedom to get forward and cause some problems for the Villa full-backs out on the flanks.
The German tactician will probably tweak his midfield a little in the hopes of a better performance at the centre of the park. The talented trio of Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho and Naby Keita are expected to start while Georginio Wijnaldum gets some needed rest on the bench.
Sadio Mane was woeful in midweek, so he would be eager to catch the eye down the left flank. Mohamed Salah scored in his last outing, so he will once again carry most of the goal-scoring burden from the right while Diogo Jota once again leads the charge for Liverpool down the middle.