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Liverpool vs Aston Villa: Match preview, team news, key facts and predicted lineup

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Liverpool will welcome back club legend Steven Gerrard as they face Aston Villa at Anfield on Saturday on Game-week 16 of the Premier League.

Steven Gerrard will be back at Anfield against his former side Liverpool for the first time in his career but as Aston Villa manager. The Liverpool legend would certainly be hoping to haunt his former side and keep Aston Villa’s decent run of form going. While Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to beat Villa and make it seven consecutive wins in all competitions.

Both teams come into the match after positive results in the last Game-week. Villa beat Leicester City 2-1 last time around. While for the Reds, Divock Origi scored the match-winner during their Premier League match against Wolves and in the midweek Champions League clash against AC Milan.

Aston Villa have only suffered one defeat under Steven Gerrard, which was again Manchester City. Villa currently sit 10th in the league table with 19 points from 15 league matches. Liverpool are 2nd in the league table and just one point behind league leaders Manchester City. They have picked up 34 points from 15 league games so far.

Key stats

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  • Aston Villa are on a three match losing streak against Liverpool at Anfield in the league.
  • The reds have won six of the last seven Premier League meetings against Villa.
  • The reds have scored at least two goals in each of these last seven meetings.
  • Liverpool have won their last two Premier League home matches with the score line of 4-0.
  • Aston Villa have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last three Premier League matches.

Team news

Jurgen Klopp heavily rotated the starting line-up in the mid-week clash against AC Milan in the Champions League. The likes of Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara will certainly return to the starting line-up.

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Curtis Jones, Roberto Firmino and Harvey Elliott are still out with injuries and ruled out of the clash against Villa. Divock Origi repaid his manager’s trust by scoring yet another match-winner, this time against AC Milan. The Belgium striker will be in serious contention to start the game ahead of Jota in the Striker spot.

Former Liverpool striker Danny Ings is set to return from injury and has a good chance to make the bench against his former side. Forward trio Leon Bailey, Bertrand Traore and Trezeguet remain on the sidelines and are ruled out of the clash.

Predicted lineup

Liverpool:

Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago, Salah, Mane, Origi

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Aston Villa:

Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Young, McGinn, Nakamba, Luiz; Ramsey, Buendia, Watkins

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