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Dec 11, 2021 at 3pm UK
LiverpoolLiverpool
1-0
Aston VillaAston Villa
Salah (67' pen.)
van Dijk (13')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Nakamba (19'), Watkins (24')

Preview: Liverpool vs. Aston Villa - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Liverpool vs. Aston Villa - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Saturday's Premier League clash between Liverpool and Aston Villa, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Seeking a seventh win on the bounce in all competitions, Liverpool welcome Steven Gerrard back home for Saturday's Premier League clash with Aston Villa.

The Reds saw off AC Milan 2-1 in the Champions League in midweek, while the visitors triumphed over Leicester City by the same scoreline last weekend.


Match preview

Who else but Divock Origi? After enduring 94 minutes of frustration and Diogo Jota producing one of the worst misses in Premier League history, the brilliant Belgian added to his long list of last-minute goals with the winner in a 1-0 success at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Hailed as a legend by Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool players and fans alike, Origi was also on target at San Siro to propel the Reds to a 2-1 win over AC Milan - who took the lead through Fikayo Tomori before Mohamed Salah's leveller - which saw Klopp's men guarantee progression to the last-16 as the first-ever English side to win all six of their group games.

Victory at San Siro marked the Reds' sixth in a row across all competitions - four of which have come in the Premier League - and they have now leapfrogged Chelsea into second place as Manchester City remain one point clear at the top of the pile.

All four of Liverpool's most recent encounters at Anfield have also seen them come up trumps - scoring 12 goals and conceding a grand total of zero in the process - and not even the hectic winter schedule appears capable of stopping Klopp's ruthless machine.

The German recently made his disdain towards the fixture pile-up known once again, and if Villa are to produce even half as heroic a showing as they did on their own turf against Liverpool last term, they are under the tutelage of the right man.

All the highs and the lows of Steven Gerrard's Liverpool career will dominate the pre-match talk before the Anfield encounter kicks off, with the former Champions League-winning Red returning to his old home and desperate to get one over his former club.

Gerrard's bright start to life in the West Midlands must not be overlooked either, as a double from centre-back Ezri Konsa saw Villa claim a 2-1 win over FA Cup holders Leicester last weekend, cancelling out Harvey Barnes's opener for the Foxes.

Scottish Premiership-winning manager Gerrard has seen an immediate upturn in fortunes at Villa with three wins from four since taking the reins, and even in their defeat to champions Manchester City did they give Pep Guardiola's men a good run for their money.

Villa have now risen to 10th in the table amid their recent hot streak, with Gerrard's only away game so far ending in a 2-1 win against Crystal Palace, and the visitors certainly know what it takes to leave the Liverpool supporters shell-shocked.

Reds players may still be having nightmares about that infamous 7-2 humiliation at Villa Park last season, although they won 2-1 at Anfield back in April and are going in search of a fourth Premier League home win on the bounce versus Villa this week.

Liverpool Premier League form:
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

Liverpool form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

Aston Villa Premier League form:
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W



Team News

Liverpool duo Naby Keita and Joe Gomez were fit enough to return to the pitch as substitutes in the win at AC Milan, but Nat Phillips, Curtis Jones, Roberto Firmino and Harvey Elliott all remain absent for the Reds.

As expected, Klopp made numerous alterations for the trip to Italy, and the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara are all poised to return to the first XI here.

Origi will come into serious consideration for a start following his recent hot streak, especially with Jota now a fitness doubt, but the Portuguese has not been ruled out.

As for Villa, attackers Leon Bailey, Bertrand Traore and Trezeguet remain unavailable for selection, although the latter did recently return for the Under-23s against Birmingham City.

Danny Ings is thought to have a good chance of returning against his former club, while Matt Targett could also come back from a head injury to displace Ashley Young at left-back.

Young will not cede his place easily, though, with Gerrard potentially seeing no reason to alter his starting XI after a morale-boosting win over Leicester.

Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Jota, Mane

Aston Villa possible starting lineup:
Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Young; McGinn, Nakamba, Luiz; Ramsey, Buendia; Watkins


We say: Liverpool 3-1 Aston Villa

Gerrard is yet to completely shore up this Villa defence, and a first-choice Liverpool XI - many of whom are well-rested - will likely give the visitors a harsh dose of reality on Saturday.

There can be no room for sentimentality upon Gerrard's return to Anfield, but his side are highly unlikely to compete with a near full-strength Liverpool team away from home.



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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City1713224093141
2Liverpool16114145123337
3Chelsea16113238112736
4West Ham UnitedWest Ham168442819928
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd168352624227
6Arsenal168262122-126
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs148151617-125
8Leicester CityLeicester166462727022
9Aston Villa177192325-222
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166371214-221
11Brentford165562122-120
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton154831416-220
13Crystal Palace164752222019
14Everton165382028-818
15Southampton163761424-1016
16Leeds UnitedLeeds173771732-1516
17Watford1641112131-1013
18Burnley151861421-711
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle161781734-1710
20Norwich CityNorwich172411834-2610
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