Match Preview: Liverpool vs Aston Villa
Date & time: July 5th, 2020 - 16:30
Is it on: Sky Sports
Ref: Paul Tierney
It was a defeat that doesn't matter, in the grand scheme of things, but still one that brought is back down to earth against City on Thursday. Albeit only slightly.
Liverpool went in the match as champions, were given the fated guard of honour by our title rivals, before being promptly torn to shreds.
It was almost inevitable, in many ways, that City wouldn't react well to how we'd embarrassed them for 8 months.
So what also needs to be inevitable is our reaction on Sunday. Points matter little now; the Premier League is won. But there is also a fair few records that we can still break and 6 more games to break them in.
Liverpool could still finish the season on 104 points - that would break our rival's previous record - and the standing record - of 101 points. Even equalling it would be nice.
So that should start on Sunday, at home to the possibly soon to be relegated Aston Villa. If there is any fight left in them, we have to ensure it doesn't last long tomorrow evening.
Injuries & Suspension
The same collection of players are out again, with Matip, Shaqiri are still out. James Milner and Dejan Lovren missed the match on Thursday, but may be fit to return.
It's highly likely he'll take Joe Gomez's place, after a pretty dreadful display from the young centre back in the week.
For Villa, the only player they will be missing tomorrow is Matt Targett, so we'd expect them to go with their strongest XI.
Last 5 games:
Liverpool (all comps): L-W-D-W-L
Aston Villa (all comps): L-D-L-D-L
Predicted Line up
Mark my words: there will be changes. Not simply because of tiredness, but one or two players still looked like they were either drunk or hungover mid-week.
Jurgen will look to freshen things up against Villa, particularly with Brighton on Wednesday, before Burnley visit Anfield for our penultimate home game of the season next Saturday.
Starting XI: Alisson, Milner, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Fabinho, Keita, Henderson, Minamino, Salah and Firmino.
Subs: Adrian, Gomez, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones and Origi.