Liverpool lineup against Aston Villa today looking to bounce back from a chastening defeat at the Etihad this week. The Reds were thoroughly beaten following their lengthy title winning celebrations and will be determined to set the record straight. Dean Smith’s side are desperate for a win as they fight relegation, the Midlands side are currently a point from safety with a game in hand.

Virgil van Dijk starts in the confirmed Liverpool lineup to face Aston Villa.

Virgil van Dijk starts in the confirmed Liverpool lineup to face Aston Villa. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker

The Brazilian is unlikely to have much to do this afternoon but he could be crucial to launching counter attacks.

Right back: Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent could shoulder most of the playmaking responsibility with Aston Villa’s defence strongest on the right. With the visitors likely to sit deep Trent’s direct balls could be vital to catching the opposition unawares.

Centre back: Joe Gomez

The Englishman was beaten all ends up by Raheem Sterling on Thursday, he’ll be itching to prove himself again, although he may not have much opportunity to do so.

Centre back: Virgil van Dijk

Big Virg could pose an attacking threat today, Aston Villa have conceded more set piece goals than any other side in the league this season.

Left back: Andy Robertson

Andy Robbo was particularly poor against Manchester City, we can rest assured that it was just a blip.

Defensive midfield: Fabinho


The best defensive midfielder in the world had a blinder last time he played at home, more of the same please Fabby.

Centre midfield: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

The Ox is in the midfield to ensure some pace to the Reds’ approach play. We can’t afford to get bogged down in possession.

Centre midfield: Naby Keita

The skipper will be sitting out whilst Naby Keita gets some vital game time, his quick feet and partnership with Mo Salah could prove deadly.

Right wing: Mo Salah

Mo should prove too technical for a struggling Villa side. They can’t bank on a draw, there should be gaps to exploit on the counter.

Left wing: Sadio Mane

Sadio isn’t shy of taking a game by the scruff of its neck, we can bank on him doing so today.

Striker: Divock Origi

Big Div scores goals when it matters, it doesn’t matter today but fingers crossed he scored anyway.

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