Liverpool will travel to Villa Park to take on Aston Villa on Saturday hoping to return to winning ways on the road in the Premier League. The Reds played out an incredible 5-5 draw with Arsenal in the EFL Cup, but they still managed to progress by winning the penalty shootout. The victory over the Gunners in midweek will give some of Jurgen Klopp’s fringe players a confidence boost heading into this clash at the West Midlands.
The European champions will set themselves up in a 4-3-3 formation with Klopp expected to bring back most of his first-team starters for this contest versus the Villans.
4-3-3 Liverpool Predicted Lineup To Face Aston Villa
Alisson Becker will return to the Liverpool starting XI after being rested against Arsenal in midweek. Adrian will have to settle for a place on the bench. Joel Matip is still sidelined due to injury so Dejan Lovren will once again lineup alongside Virgil Van Dijk at the heart of the Reds backline. However, Van Dijk is a slight doubt for this game as he is suffering from a dead leg.
Trent Alexander-Arnold should be fit enough to start as the right-back as he looks to create some decent chances going forward. Andrew Robertson will operate on the other side in the left-back position. The Scottish full-back has upped his game in recent matches so we can expect another impressive display from him versus Dean Smith’s men this weekend.
The Merseyside outfit has struggled to keep clean sheets at the back this season. Therefore, Klopp will be desperate to see his defenders secure a shut-out against the Villans.
The hardworking trio of Georginio Wijnaldum, Fabinho and Jordan Henderson will return to make up the Reds midfield as they try to dictate play and create a few openings going forward. All three midfielders will work their socks off to win back possession for Liverpool but whether they can contribute in the final third, remains to be seen.
Both Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have put in some impressive cameos over the past couple of weeks so we can expect them to be utilised off the bench. James Milner could be rested after being heavily involved in midweek, but he might get a chance to influence the game if Klopp decides to call upon his services.
The majestic front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah should continue to feature for the Reds up top. All three forwards have shared the goal-scoring and creative workload amongst each other this season, so one of them will be expected to step up and make a real difference in this upcoming contest at Villa Park.
Divock Origi will have to be content with a place on the bench despite his match-saving heroics against the Gunners on Wednesday night.
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