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Liverpool team news and predicted XI vs Aston Villa

Liverpool Team News

  • Out: Thiago Alcântara, Stefan Bajčetić, Calvin Ramsay
  • Doubt: Roberto Firmino, Darwin Núñez, Naby Keïta

Liverpool’s resurgence under Jürgen Klopp across the second half of the 2022-23 Premier League season has put the Reds in the shock position of possibly qualifying for the Champions League next term after many pundits and fans alike expected the English giants to finish outside of the top six for the first time since Klopp initially took charge at Anfield.

The immensely popular German tactician, who was under fire across certain periods of the season, has led his side on a fantastic run of form which was aided by the return to fitness of a number of key senior figures in the team who are helping Liverpool push the envelope regarding performance. Coming into the weekend, the Reds are one point adrift of bitter rivals Manchester United in 4th, who do own a match in hand in their favor.

A clash with Aston Villa at Anfield presents a difficult challenge for the form side on the back of Unai Emery’s body of work since his return to England which has placed Villa in their own shot at qualifying for Europe next season. The third highest-scoring outfit this season, Liverpool remains thin in the middle of the park thanks to the guaranteed unavailability of Thiago Alcântara and teenage sensation Stefan Bajčetić, while young right-back Calvin Ramsay is also out. Questions surround the selection status of Roberto Firmino, Darwin Núñez, and Naby Keïta as well and will face late assessments if they are to be involved here.

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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.

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