Brendan Rodgers takes his men to Villa Park as Liverpool take on an in-form Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday. In the corresponding fixture last season, the Reds emerged as 2-1 victors.

Daniel Sturridge

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 5:30pm BST. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Catch the highlights of the game on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10:20pm BST.


Villa come into this game after an unlucky 2-1 defeat against Chelsea. An Antonio Luna own goal and a Branislav Ivanovic's header sealed victory for the Blues. Christian Benteke scored Villa's goal.

Minutes before scoring the winner, Ivanovic was seen elbowing Benteke, an offence that could have earned him a red card. Paul Lambert claimed his side did not deserve to lose. The defeat comes after the hosts started the league campaign on a brighter note, defeating Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates.

The Belgian striker is currently the league's top scorer with three goals. He scored in both away and home fixtures against the Reds last season and Villa will be hoping he can continue that run.

Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers' men also started the season with a win - a narrow victory over Stoke City in the season opener. Daniel Sturridge scored the only goal of the game before the Reds' stopper Simon Mignolet made a brilliant save from a spot kick in the final moments of the match.

Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool have been active in the transfer market this summer and have already added five players to their squad. The Northern Irishman has confirmed his side are still active as the Reds look to bring in further additions.

What Managers Say

Paul Lambert: "People talk about 'player-power' but sometimes you have to draw a line under it and say: "No, you can't go." Sometimes the reaction from them will be: "I don't want to be here." Okay, that's coming from me, an ex-player, so "pot and kettle" maybe springs to mind, but Brendan handled the [Luis Suarez] situation great."

Brendan Rodgers: "They are very much a counter-attacking team. They set up to defend half a pitch and then they break out with pace - Benteke and (Gabriel) Agbonlahor in particular. There is no doubt Benteke is the real reference point for the team. The ball goes up to him and he holds it up well. He is a big powerful boy."

Team Form

Aston Villa

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L W W W L
  • Last Result: Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W L W W W
  • Last Result: Liverpool 1-0 Stoke City

Team News

Christian Benteke

Aston Villa

  • Injured: Yacouba Sylla (knee), Charles N'Zogbia (Achilles)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable LineUp: Guzan; Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Luna; El Ahmadi, Delph, Westwood, Weimann, Agbonlahor; Benteke


  • Injured: Sebastian Coates (knee)
  • Doubtful: Martin Skrtel (knee)
  • Suspended: Luis Suarez

Probable Lineup: Mignolet; Johnson, Toure, Agger, Enrique; Lucas, Gerrad; Coutinho, Henderson, Aspas; Sturridge

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