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How Liverpool could lineup against Aston Villa

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Liverpool will aim to keep their superb winning run going when they welcome Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa to Anfield on Saturday.

The action across Europe is coming at break-neck speed, and this weekend, Gameweek 16 in the 2021/22 Premier League season is getting underway. Liverpool will be in action on Saturday afternoon, when they play hosts to Aston Villa at Anfield.

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Liverpool have established themselves as one of the most fearsome teams in Europe on the back of stunning performances in the final third. The Reds are the most prolific side in the Premier League, having scored 44 goals in 15 top-flight games thus far this season. Jurgen Klopp’s men head into the contest on the back of a hard-fought 2-1 win over AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League.

On the other hand, Aston Villa are going through the famous “new manager bounce”, winning three of their four games since Steven Gerrard took over from Dean Smith. The only setback came in a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City, wherein the Villans proved a handful for the reigning Premier League champions.

The corresponding fixture last season saw Liverpool come from a goal down to beat Aston Villa 2-1, with Trent Alexander-Arnold scoring an injury-time winner.

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Team News, Tactics & Predicted Lineup

Jurgen Klopp has a new injury concern hampering his preparations ahead of the visit of Aston Villa. On Saturday, the Liverpool manager could be bereft of the services of as many as five first-team players.

Curtis Jones (eyes), Harvey Elliott (ankle) and Roberto Firmino (hamstring) remain on the sidelines, although Firmino is inching closer to his return from injury. And after sustaining a head injury this week, Nathaniel Phillips has joined the trio on the sidelines. In addition, Klopp is also sweating over the fitness of Diogo Jota.

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The Portuguese international is recovering from a knock that kept him on the sidelines for the game against AC Milan earlier this week. And with games coming thick and fast, Klopp might not risk Jota versus Aston Villa, leaving him as an emergency option on the bench.

In his stead, Divock Origi will spearhead the Liverpool attack, with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane starting alongside him in the final third. As for the midfield unit, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara, and Jordan Henderson are certainties following Klopp’s decision to rest give them a breather earlier this week.

At the back, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson will return to the starting eleven after being rested in the midweek European fixture, which gives Liverpool a timely boost on the defensive front. Finally, in goal, there is no looking past Alisson Becker.

Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Origi, Mane

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