Stewart Downing, who makes his return to the Midlands, scored the winner in this fixture last year and there could be a reunion for Emile Heskey against Kenny Dalglish's side.
Hutton, Dunne, Collins, Warnock
Herd, Petrov, Bannan
Albrighton, Bent, N’Zogbia
Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Enrique
Adam, Henderson, Rodriguez
Kuyt, Suarez, Downing
For Liverpool, Jay Spearing is suspended for the second game of his ban and Steven Gerrard has not recovered from his ankle injury.
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- Aston Villa’s 2-1 win at Bolton was its first away win this season in all competitions.
- It had just 63 shots on target in the league, fewer than any other team.
- Villa has lost two of its last three home games.
- At Villa Park, the home side has 38 league wins to Liverpool’s 27, and 21 have ended in a draw.
- Villa player of the year Stewart Downing (pictured right) could make his return at Villa Park. Downing scored the only goal in this fixture on the last day of last season before making the move to Anfield.
- That was Villa’s first win at home against Liverpool in 13 matches going back to a 2-1 win in 1998.
- Liverpool has the best defensive record in the Premier League, having only conceded more than a single goal on one occasion – a 4-0 loss at Tottenham Hotspur.
- Liverpool’s games have produced the fewest goals this season with only 31 in 15 matches.
- Its win against QPR was just its third at Anfield in eight matches.
- The Reds have tasted defeat in just one of their last 13 matches in all competitions.