Liverpool make a welcome return to action on Saturday evening at Anfield where they’ll take on Aston Villa. They play 2:2 on the last season at Anfield and after that Rodgers admitted that they entered the match too aggressively. Aston Villa travel to Liverpool unbeaten in three at Anfield and without a loss yet this season. Paul Lambert’s men were hotly tipped for another difficult season, but are currently defying the odds and flying high in third place. The Villans are unbeaten in three Premier League trips to Anfield, winning once and drawing twice. Can Liverpool win Villa on Anfield this time. Yes they can and they will, but also Villa can score on Anfield.
Liverpool responded perfectly to defeat against Manchester City, recording an impressive 3-0 victory against Tottenham last time out. Liverpool will be weakened that striker Daniel Sturridge returns from international duty nursing a thigh injury. More bad news is that Emre Can is also ruled out after returning from international duty with an ankle injury. Martin Skrtel and Glen Johnson, who both missed the comfortable win against Spurs through injury, are unavailable again.
A home debut for Mario Balotelli is likely and he looking for his first goal for the Reds. Rodgers also confirmed that Adam Lallana is fit to play and he could receive his first outing in a red shirt on Saturday. Lazar Markovic will be hoping to be handed his first start at Anfield and Philippe Coutinho too will be eager for a recall to the starting eleven.
Aston Villa recruited six new players in the transfer window including former Reds, Joe Cole and Aly Cissokho – who could be set for a return to Anfield. Also Philippe Senderos, Kieran Richardson, Carlos Sanchez and Tom Cleverley. Two wins from their opening three games have given Villa a strong start to the season.
Brendan Rodgers said:"Aston Villa have started well. I’m please for Paul Lambert, he’s built a young groups of players, developed them, they’ve got better.This season we’ll see the faith Lambert has put in his talented young players this season. They always give us a tough game."
Possible starting lineups:
We think that Villa can score on this match but Liverpool can score at least one goal more.