Aston Villa returns to Premier League action tomorrow when Liverpool are the visitors at Villa Park. A weakened side beat local rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup.
Liverpool will not be easy opponents for Dean Smith’s men as they remain unbeaten in their opening 10 Premier League games. The only team who have been able to take points off Jurgen Klopp’s men has been Manchester United who managed a share of the points on the day.
In some way, you could say this game is a free pass for Aston Villa. Not many believe they have a chance against Liverpool so we can approach the game with no pressure and everything to gain. If and it’s a big if, we are able to approach the game, in the same manner, we did against Manchester City in the opening 45 minutes, anything is possible.
Liverpool, on the other hand, will be looking for nothing but a win. They come up against Manchester City next weekend and have quite openly spoken about their fixture pile-up next month so won’t want to be dropping any points in their pursuit of Premier League glory.
Jack Grealish is expected to be fit to play Liverpool. The captain hobbled off in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City last week with a calf problem. Jota will step up his return to fitness when he returns to full training on Monday.
It is not all good news on the injury front though. Striker Keinan Davis is expected to be out for about four weeks with a hamstring injury.
Liverpool’s Naby Keita is rated 50/50 after picking up a knock in the Carabao Cup game against Arsenal in mid-week. Joel Matip (knee) and Xherdan Shaqiri (calf) have both been ruled out.
Klopp also has to make a decision on Fabinho who is one booking away from suspension. A yellow card would see him ruled out against Manchester City next week.