This time, if Gerrard is to prevent Jurgen Klopp’s side from acquiring all three points, he will effectively be handing Manchester City the title. Albeit unlikely, a win for Villa tonight would see them overtake Crystal Palace in 10th place.
In terms of injury news, Gerrard has confirmed that Jacob Ramsey will not feature against Liverpool, but the 20-year-old has an “outside chance” in securing a return to action against Palace at the weekend.
Meanwhile, Leon Bailey remains sidelined with an ankle injury that he sustained against Norwich City at the end of April.
Speaking on Monday ahead of the match tonight, Gerrard told the media (via Birmingham Mail): “Jacob’s got a chance for the weekend, unfortunately he won’t be involved tomorrow. The squad will be very similar to what it was against Burnley. We haven’t got any fresh injury worries or anyone out of the squad.”
Will Gerrard make any changes to the team which started in the 3-1 win against Burnley last Saturday? Here is how we at Football Fancast believe Aston Villa will line up in the game against Liverpool.
Our predicted XI sees just one personnel change, with a slight switch in positioning. Calum Chambers, who played as a holding midfielder in the game against Burnley, drops back to form a central defensive partnership with Tyrone Mings, just like he did against Norwich as Gerrard’s side kept a clean sheet.
The £72k-per week Ezri Konsa, who was dubbed “crazy” by BBC pundit Stephen Kelly, misses out; with the £18m-rated Coutinho – hailed as a “magician” by former Reds team-mate Roberto Firmino – coming into a left central midfield role to offer a burst of creativity in a slightly deeper position just behind the front three which featured last time out against Burnley.
Emi Buendia, who scored against Burnley, will function as an attacking midfielder, whilst the partnership of Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings will most likely be deployed, with the pair having scored in back-to-back games.
The likes of Emi Martinez, Matty Cash, Mings, Lucas Digne and John McGinn are likely to keep their places and occupy the same positions as they did last time out.
With the inclusion of Coutinho almost inevitable considering his cameo from the bench last time out, and with no doubt that he will want to face his former club, it seems impossible to omit Buendia, Ings or Watkins after their performances of late. It would also be difficult to ditch the 4-3-1-2 formation which has worked for Gerrard over the last few games.