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Van Dijk And Matip To Start | 4-3-3 Liverpool Predicted Lineup Vs Aston Villa

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Liverpool will welcome Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa at Anfield this Saturday afternoon as they try to pick up another Premier League win at home. The Reds managed to secure a 2-1 victory over AC Milan in midweek, so they will be full of confidence going into this league clash versus the Villans.

Jurgen Klopp will set his side up in a 4-3-3 formation and is expected to make a lot of tweaks to his first XI for this game. Both Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip will definitely play from the start as they look to secure a clean sheet in front of their home fans.

4-3-3 Liverpool Predicted Lineup To Face Aston Villa

Defence

Alisson Becker will function in between the sticks for the Merseyside outfit after shipping in one goal versus AC Milan in his last league outing. As mentioned earlier, Virgil Van Dijk will partner Joel Matip in central defence as the centre-back duo focus on keeping Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins frustrated during the 90 minutes.

Trent Alexander-Arnold will fill in at right-back while Andrew Robertson hopes to put in another energetic display as the left-back. Klopp will ask both of them to be adventurous in the Villans half so that they can offer some decent service to their teammates up top.

Ibrahima Konate will be available for selection on the bench as he provides cover for the centre-half spots.

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Midfield

Klopp would opt for a midfield three of Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara once again for this game. All three of them have enjoyed a good run of form in the Premier League of late and will be expected to dominate possession at the centre of the park.

Curtis Jones will be sidelined for this game because of a head injury but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should be fit for a place on the Liverpool bench and might come on to influence the game in the latter stages if required.

Attack

Mohamed Salah will look to weave his magic as the right-winger while Sadio Mane gets another chance to produce an influential display from the left flank. Diogo Jota will once again get the nod to lead the charge for the Reds down the middle.

Both Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi will have to be content with a place on the bench as they wait for their opportunity to shine as the second-half substitutes if needed.

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