Predicted Liverpool line-up against Aston Villa


Liverpool have the chance to avenge their humiliation of Aston Villa earlier in the season when the two teams meet at Anfield on Saturday.

It has not gone smoothly for the Reds since the 7-2 defeat, and their inconsistency was summed up perfectly this week. They were overwhelmingly dominant when they beat Arsenal 3-0, only to be deservedly beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid a few days later.

It’s time to try to get things on the right track again, this is how Jurgen Klopp will line up.

Alexander-Arnold needs a big show | Visionhaus / Getty Images

Alisson (GK) – It was Adrian in goal when these two sides met earlier in the season, so Alisson and his mustache will be keen to show how it will not fly on his watch.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) – In the spotlight now more than ever, Alexander-Arnold must bounce back again after a flawless performance in the middle of the week.

Ozan Kabak (CB) – Kabak quickly becomes a crucial player for Liverpool when he thinks about how to impress in England. No wonder they are willing to pay to sign him permanently.

Nat Phillips (CB) – The most polarizing player in Liverpool these days, Phillips is hoping for one of his better performances here.

Andy Robertson (LB) – The Scots probably need a rest, but due to his importance to Liverpool, Klopp can not afford to give him one yet.

Thiago was surprisingly benched last time Angel Martinez / Getty Images

Fabinho (DM) – Klopp will be happy to have Fabinho back in midfield. The Brazilian’s calming influence is so important to Liverpool.

Thiago (CM) – No Naby Keita this time. Thiago should have started against Real and he has to start this one. Enough said.

Georginio Wijnaldum (CM) – A regular with the captain’s bracelet in the absence of Jordan Henderson, it’s not hard to see why Klopp wants to keep Wijnaldum.

Jota’s form should cause a reconsideration of Jurgen Klopp | Catherine Ivill / Getty Images

Mohamed Salah (RW) – Salah has not even been very good this year, and yet he is still chasing the Premier League Golden Boot. The man scores.

Roberto Firmino (ST) – Released for Diogo Jota for the Real game, Firmino should have the fire in his stomach to start finding his best form again.

Diogo Jota (LW) – Firmino returning to the starting line should not see Jota lost, far from it. Instead, it now seems like the perfect opportunity to take Sadio Mane – with just seven goals to his name all season – out of the firing line. Temporarily, at least.

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