Seeking a seventh win on the bounce in all competitions and a continuation of their invincibility at home this season, Liverpool welcome Steven Gerrard back home for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa.
Liverpool, following on from their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after the 1-2 Champions League triumph against AC Milan.
In that game, Liverpool managed 51% possession and 22 attempts at goal with 7 of them on target. For Liverpool, goals were scored by Mohamed Salah (36′) and Divock Origi (55′). AC Milan got 8 shots at goal with 3 on target. Fikayo Tomori (29′) was the scorer for AC Milan.
Their latest results really do illustrate the point that things are going according to plan in the Liverpool backline. Liverpool have given the opposition little, seeing the total number of goals that have gone past their goalkeeper during their past 6 outings standing at 2. We shall soon find out if that trend will be continued on into this next match.
Heading into this fixture, Liverpool are undefeated in their last 11 home league matches. It’s been impressive.
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.
The Villans head into the meeting following a 2-1 Premier League win to defeat Leicester City in their previous game.
In that match, Aston Villa had 40% possession and 13 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Aston Villa was Ezri Konsa (17′, 54′). Leicester City got 12 attempts at goal with 5 on target. Harvey Barnes (14′) was the scorer for Leicester City.
Looking at their form, and Aston Villa have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, conceding 9 goals in total. Defensively, Aston Villa have some weaknesses to address.
Coming into this meeting, Aston Villa have not registered a win against Liverpool when they have played them away from home in the previous 3 league matches.
Liverpool vs Aston Villa Head to Head
Checking on their prior head to head clashes stretching back to 02/11/2019 shows us that Liverpool have won 4 of these games and Aston Villa 2, with the tally of drawn results standing at 0.
Loads of goals were seen in those games, too – 27 in all which averages out at 4.5 goals per match.
The previous league meeting between the two was Premier League match day 31 on 10/04/2021 and the score finished Liverpool 2-1 Aston Villa.
In that game, Liverpool managed 66% possession and 22 shots at goal with 9 of them on target. The goals were scored by Mohamed Salah (57′) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (91′).
Aston Villa had 9 shots at goal with 5 of them on target. Ollie Watkins (43′) was the scorer.
The referee was Paul Tierney
Team News: Liverpool
Liverpool duo Naby Keita and Joe Gomez were fit enough to return to the pitch as substitutes in the win at AC Milan, but 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, but Jota was left out of the midweek squad entirely and should slot back into the first XI with minimal fuss.
Team News: Aston Villa
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.