Liverpool claimed back to back league victories for the first time this season with the 3-2 victory over West Ham on Sunday and the Reds will be hoping to make it three in a row when we host Aston Villa. That win over the Hammers moved Liverpool up to 10th, while Aston Villa sit in 17th. The two sides drew the corresponding fixture last season 1-1 with Luis Suarez scoring a late equalizer to cancel out Chris Herd’s 10th minute strike.
The Villains have scored the fewest goals in the league this season with 12 in 16 games and four of those goals have came on their travels. Villa’s 0-0 stalemate with Stoke last Saturday was the sixth occasion they had failed to score this campaign, the joint highest in the league alongside Stoke and Wigan. Despite their poor form in the league, Paul Lambert’s side have progressed to the Capital One Cup semi-final after defeating Norwich City 4-1 on Tuesday evening, although the victory may have came at a cost with Darren Bent picking up a hamstring injury in the first half.
Both teams are very weak in finishing off chances so it could be a low scoring game.
Enrique is a doubt with his hamstring, otherwise, knowing Rodgers previous choices, most of the positions seem almost predictable apart from the left flank. It would be nice to see Assaidi get a run out at left wing as he has been exciting, but the likelihood is Suso or Shelvey or Cole playing ahead of Downing
Predicted Line up
Only three players have made the move from Villa to Liverpool. Steve McMahon was the first, signing for £350,000 in September 1985. Steve Staunton then made his return to Anfield as a free transfer in 1998, seven years after Graeme Souness sold him to Aston Villa. Finally, Stewart Downing joined the Reds in 2011 for a fee of £18.5m.
12 Reds have gone in the other direction with Steve Staunton making the move to Villa Park on two occasions, re-joining Villa in 2000 on a free transfer to add to his earlier sale as mentioned above. Other well known Reds to have made the move include Gordon Hodgson (sold for £3000 in 1936), Alun Evans (sold for £72,000 in 1972), Ray Houghton (£825,000; 1992), Dean Saunders (£2.3m; 1992), Stan Collymore (£7m; 1997), David James (£1.8m; 1999) and Milan Baros (£6.5m 2005).
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