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'Like last season': Aston Villa's £17m player says he's 'confident' they will beat Liverpool tomorrow

Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez claims that he is confident of beating Liverpool tomorrow.

Speaking to avfc.co.uk, Martinez said he was drawing on last season’s result at Villa Park to inspire his team to another win on Tuesday night.

“We play a team fighting for the Premier League title. They’re a team who really need to win, but we’re confident that we can beat Liverpool at home, like last season,” said the 29-year-old.

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Revisiting a nightmare

The Reds infamously took a battering at Villa Park last season. In an astonishing game, Liverpool came away with a remarkable 7-2 defeat.

Things are mighty different now. For one thing, there are fans back in the grounds. That may help Villa on this occasion, but Liverpool are a team who just couldn’t get to grips with behind-closed-doors football, wherever it was played.

Liverpool are also a different beast to the team that last came to Villa in October 2020. With the momentum of a quadruple hunt behind them, they are well into their stride.

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Despite that, Martinez, who joined Villa for £17m in 2020, is confident that the three points will belong to the home team.

“We beat them last season, it was a close game at Anfield this season, so I don’t want to have that regret that we respect Liverpool too much, I think they have to respect us as well. Villa park is not an easy ground to play at and we have to go for the three points,” said the ‘keeper.

Gerrard plays his part in the title race

If this game goes to form, there’s only likely to be one winner. But Liverpool may be slightly winded by the 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

That result put a pretty large dent in their Premier League title hopes. There’s still three tricky games to go for both Liverpool and Manchester City though, and The Reds simply have to hold up their end of the bargain here.

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Should Villa repeat their trick and beat Liverpool, Kop icon Steven Gerrard might have a few questions to answer next time he ventures home.

He’s already poached Liverpool’s academy player care manager in the last few days, which may not go down well.

Gerrard and his team can still have a big say in where this title ends up. They take on City at the Etihad on the final day. Three points for Liverpool tomorrow and a win at City will do very nicely indeed please Stevie!

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