Liverpool will hope to continue their winning streak in the Premier League with a victory on the road against Aston Villa.
The Reds may look to be favourites on paper, but Dean Smith’s side have come flying out of the blocks to make amends for their poor 2019/20 campaign. The Villans have won two out of their two games played and are yet to concede a goal, which puts huge pressure on Liverpool this evening.
Football FanCast has predicted how Jurgen Klopp might line-up to face Aston Villa, including two changes from their last league game against Arsenal.
With Sadio Mane ruled out due to illness, Klopp could choose to hand Diogo Jota his first Premier League start following on from his late goal against Arsenal last time out in the division. It will be exciting to watch the new signing operate with Mohamed Salah on the opposite flank and Roberto Firmino creating pockets of space up front. A second goal may be on the cards for the Portugal international.
With Takumi Minamino having found his feet in a more central role, Klopp may opt to start him to help break down Villa’s tough backline. The support of Naby Keita and Gini Wijnaldum will help create play and keep passes flowing.
However, with a more attacking midfielder deployed, it’s difficult to see Fabinho being dropped. Instead, he may return to the heart of the Liverpool defence to pair up with Virgil van Dijk. The Brazilian played the centre-back role against Chelsea and tallied a very impressive 97% passing accuracy along with four interceptions, four tackles and 5/8 successful long balls (via Sofascore). This would mean that £36m-valued Joe Gomez drops to the bench.
The usual full-back combination of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson will help create chances but also restore Liverpool’s full-strength defence.
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