Here is the latest form and team news from Villa Park and Anfield:
Aston Villa Form and Team News
Villa’s European chances are as good as non-existent, with the club unable to turn their occasional sparks of brilliance into consistent deliveries. Indeed, they have a squad filled with some promising players and other established performers like Danny Ings and Philippe Coutinho, but they have found themselves on the losing side too many times this season (17).
They will draw some positives from their 3-1 win against Burnley over the weekend, ahead of Liverpool’s visit. A run of back-to-back wins is also promising after a disappointing four-match losing run and a draw. Their form at home has also been below average, with three wins, two draws, and five losses in their last ten home games, although they will be inspired by their famous 7-2 win here in 2020.
Leon Bailey and Kourtney Hause will not feature in this match as they picked up a muscle injury and an abdominal strain, respectively. Jacob Ramsey is also doubtful to feature after he picked up a knock recently.
Liverpool Form and Team News
The Reds travel to Villa Park on the back of a disappointing 1-1 draw against Tottenham, a game they were fortunate not to lose in the dying stages. They were dominant for much of the match but could not find that cutting-edge brilliance for which they are rather famous.
They have not lost away from home since a 1-0 deficit at the King Power Stadium in December, winning eleven times and drawing once since that loss. However, their last visit to Villa Park in the Premier League produced a humiliating 7-2 loss, which they will be desperate to avoid. They have also won their last three outings against Aston Villa and will hope to build on that winning run.
Roberto Firmino remains on the sidelines with a foot injury and will not feature in this fixture.