Liverpool injury news: Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino among absentees for Aston Villa

A look at those who will miss this weekend's game

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Liverpool take on Aston Villa this weekend amid mounting speculation around the future of manager Brendan Rodgers.

Concerns over a mediocre start to the season were compounded by the need for penalties to get past Carlisle in the Capital One Cup in midweek.

A home fixture against Aston Villa is just the sort of game Rodgers needs - winnable and relatively low key. But he will go into the match without a few key players.

Here, we take a look at those who could and definitely will be absent from Saturday's match...

Dejan Lovren (defender)

Rodgers has confirmed that the centre-back will be out for a "few weeks" due to ligament damage.

Roberto Firmino (forward)

The summer signing will miss this weekend's match and could be out for a few more after that. He landed awkwardly in the win over Carlisle and may have fractured a bone in his back.

Christian Benteke (forward)

The striker won't be able to line up against his former side this weekend due to a hamstring complaint triggered in the 1-1 draw with Norwich. Rodgers has said he will "probably be out for a little bit of time".

 

Jordan Henderson (midfielder)

The captain has a foot injury and will be out for around eight weeks after having an operation to fix a broken bone.

Jon Flanagan (defender)

Missed all of last season with a knee injury and continues to be out - it's hoped the young defender will return before the end of the year.

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