Kuyt set for return against Villa

Date published: Monday 28th December 2009 9:42

The Dutchman was rested by boss Rafael Benitez for the Boxing Day home win over Wolves at Anfield, having figured in more matches this season than any of his colleagues apart from Yossi Benayoun who has also now played in 26 Liverpool games this term.

But for a difficult game at Villa Park, where Liverpool dare not lose if they want to stay in the hunt for a Champions League spot, Kuyt’s running and effort will be vital. Liverpool will be without the suspended Javier Mascherano.

Benitez must also decide whether to continue with Alberto Aquilani in midfield.

The Italian made his first Premier League start on Saturday but came off late in the game with a minor hamstring problem.

Liverpool (from): Reina, Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Carragher, Aurelio, Insua, Benayoun, Gerrard, Lucas, Babel, Torres, Kuyt, Aquilani, Cavalieri, Ngog, Spearing, Darby, Pacheco, Dossena.

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