Liverpool will hope for more Daniel Sturridge goals against an Aston Villa side that has scored in eight straight Premier League away games.
Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino and Dejan Lovren have joined Jordan Henderson, Jon Flanagan and Kolo Toure on the list of injured Liverpool players ahead of the game.
“Benteke will probably be out for a little bit of time,” said Brendan Rodgers at his press conference on Friday.
“Young Firmino landed awkwardly and may have cracked a bone in his back and Dejan Lovren will be out for a few weeks with a ligament injury.”
Aston Villa, meanwhile, should have Idrissa Gana and Adama Traore available again following hamstring and ankle injuries respectively, but Gabby Agbonlahor is unlikely to feature after sustaining a hamstring injury in the Capital One Cup win over Birmingham City in midweek.
- Liverpool have won 24 Premier League games against Aston Villa – only against Newcastle (also 24) have they won as many.
- None of the last eight meetings between Aston Villa and Liverpool in the Premier League have ended as a home win (six away wins & two draws).
- Fit-again Daniel Sturridge has scored in both of his appearances against Aston Villa for Liverpool.
- Liverpool are on a four game winless run in the Premier League (L2 D2) – the last time they failed to win five in a row in the PL under Brendan Rodgers was in his first five games as boss (L3 D2).
- Aston Villa have lost six and won just one of their last eight Premier League games (D1).
- No side has lost more Premier League games in 2015 than Aston Villa (16 – level with Newcastle).
- Villa have scored in their last eight successive Premier League away games; this after failing to score in the previous six before this run.
- Christian Benteke has scored five goals in six games in this fixture in all competitions, while playing for Aston Villa.
- Simon Mignolet has kept a clean sheet in 12 of his 25 Premier League appearances in 2015 – only Joe Hart (12) has as many in this calendar year.