Liverpool vs Aston Villa LIVE: Jurgen Klopp’s men look to exact revenge on the Villans after THAT 7-2 thrashing earlier this season, with victory enough to see them climb into a Champions League place
- Liverpool can move into a Champions League spot with victory over Aston Villa
- Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson, Milner, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Jota
- Substitutes: Thiago, Keita, Mane, Adrian, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tsimikas, Shaqiri, Ben Davies, Rhys Williams
- Aston Villa: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Douglas Luiz, Nakamba, Traore, McGinn, Trezeguet, Watkins
- Substitutes: Heaton, Taylor, Barkley, El Ghazi, Engels, Elmohamady, Hause, Davis, Ramsey
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If the chance to move into a Champions League spot wasn’t enough of an incentive, Liverpool will also still have that 7-2 drubbing Aston Villa inflicted on them earlier this season fresh on their minds when they welcome them to Anfield later this afternoon.
Klopp has already thrown down the gauntlet to his players, saying they must ‘put things right’ by exacting revenge on a Villa side, who have their own ambitions of breaking into Europe.
Dean Smith’s side currently lie in ninth but are only five points off a potential Europa League place and will give themselves a huge boost in their efforts to finish in the top six if they can spring another surprise today.
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Jurgen Klopp has told his Liverpool stars to ‘put right’ their 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa as the Reds boss revealed the hammering showed problems he had not seen before in his side.
The Premier League champions host Dean Smith’s side at Anfield for the first time since they suffered the shock thrashing at Villa Park last October, as Ollie Watkins and Jack Grealish ran riot to put seven past the Reds.
Villa have maintained their strong form throughout the campaign and are still targeting a place in European football next season, while Liverpool are in the hunt for a top four spot.
Would you believe it? The 10 men of Leeds United have stolen it right at the end.
A stoppage time counter-attack and Stuart Dallas has broken through to slot home his second goal of the afternoon.
Aston Villa have only won one of their last 27 top-flight away games against the reigning champions (D6 L20), winning 1-0 against Man Utd at Old Trafford in December 2009. The last reigning champions Villa did the league double over was Arsenal in 1989-90.
No side has kept more away clean sheets in the Premier League this season than Aston Villa (8), while they have never kept more than eight shutouts on the road in a single top-flight campaign.
Sadio Mané has scored eight goals in seven appearances in all competitions against Aston Villa across spells with Southampton and Liverpool, netting in all three games for the Reds against Villa (four goals in total).
After a run of 32 shots without a Premier League goal since July, Aston Villa forward Trézéguet has found the net with two of his last three attempts in the competition.
Liverpool’s Diogo Jota has scored more Premier League goals as a substitute this season than any other player (4), while only Christian Benteke (6 in 2015-16) has scored more substitute goals for Liverpool in a Premier League campaign than the Portuguese forward.
Jack Grealish faces an anxious wait to prove his fitness for England’s Euro 2020 campaign after Aston Villa boss Dean Smith admitted his captain would be missing ‘for at least a few more weeks’.
The playmaker has suffered a setback in his return from a shin problem that has caused him to miss Villa’s previous seven games. Smith insists Grealish will be back before the end of the campaign but refused to put a timeline on his recovery.
Grealish is so important to Villa that Smith accepted both he and the player had been ‘too optimistic’ in trying to ensure he would return against Fulham last Sunday. The 25-year-old was ruled out of the game after complaining of further shin pain during training the day before.
Andy Robertson today’s cover star on the matchday programme at Anfield.
Liverpool have won their last two home Premier League meetings with Aston Villa, last winning more consecutively between 2003-04 and 2006-07 (four in a row).
Following their 7-2 win earlier in the campaign, Aston Villa are looking to complete a Premier League double over Liverpool for the first time since the inaugural season in 1992-93 under Ron Atkinson.
Liverpool have lost six home Premier League games against Aston Villa, only losing more against Manchester United (12) and Chelsea (7).
Aston Villa have already netted seven league goals against Liverpool this season, with only Man City in 2017-18 ever scoring more against the Reds in a single Premier League season (8). The last team to score as many as 10 goals against Liverpool in a top-flight season was Arsenal in 1952-53 (10).
Liverpool have lost their last six home Premier League matches, with Huddersfield Town the last team to lose seven in a row back in February 2019. Prior to this season, the highest a team has finished in a top-flight season when they’ve lost six or more home games in a row is ninth, achieved by Sunderland in 1946-47.
Sadio Mane could be left out of Liverpool’s revenge mission against Aston Villa after Jurgen Klopp recognised there is an issue with his form.
The Senegal international has been one of Liverpool’s most important players since he arrived at the club in 2016 but his impact this season has been way short of what has come to be expected of him – he has only scored seven Premier League goals, the last of which was on January 28.
Mane has had a hectic schedule over the past three campaigns but Klopp insists physical fatigue has nothing to do with the way he has struggled; Liverpool’s manager has alluded to an issue with his confidence and expects one good performance will change the tide.
Ah, well it turns out Leeds couldn’t hold out. Ferran Torres has just equalised for the leaders and they have 15 minutes plus stoppages to find themselves a winner.
No, that isn’t a typo… the leaders Manchester City are trailing Leeds 1-0 and we are into the final 20 minutes.
In a dramatic end to the first half at the Etihad, Stuart Dallas fired Leeds into the lead from the edge of the box but the visitors were reduced to 10 men shortly afterwards with Liam Cooper dismissed for a high tackle on Gabriel Jesus.
They are impressively holding out though with that man disadvantage. We’ll keep you updated on any further goals.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson, Milner, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Jota
Substitutes: Thiago, Keita, Mane, Adrian, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tsimikas, Shaqiri, Ben Davies, Rhys Williams
Aston Villa: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Douglas Luiz, Nakamba, Traore, McGinn, Trezeguet, Watkins
Substitutes: Heaton, Taylor, Barkley, El Ghazi, Engels, Elmohamady, Hause, Davis, Ramsey
Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire)
Villa make two changes from their win over Fulham last Sunday with Marvelous Makamba and Trezeguet replacing Anwar El Ghazi and Morgan Sanson.
The headline from the Liverpool team is that Sadio Mane – who is without a Premier League goals since the end of January – will start on the bench. Roberto Firmino comes in to replace him.
Meanwhile, James Milner replaces Naby Keita in midfield after Keita struggled during the midweek Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.
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It truly was one of the most jaw-dropping scorelines of this – or indeed any other – Premier League campaign. Aston Villa 7 (SEVEN) Liverpool 2.
A shocking low point in Jurgen Klopp’s time as Liverpool manager and the humbling of the champions from which they arguably haven’t recovered.
Yet they still retain a good hope of finishing in the top four and qualifying for the Champions League if they can get a strong set of results together during the run-in.
Just as remarkably, Aston Villa fancy some European adventures next season as well. They are a little behind Liverpool but are, nonetheless, part of a cluster of sides who could finish anywhere between third and ninth.
Welcome along to our live coverage of the 3pm Premier League game today from Anfield.
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