Aston Villa travel to Liverpool unbeaten in three at Anfield and without a loss yet this season. Paul Lambert’s men were hotly tipped for another difficult season, but are currently defying the odds and flying high in third place.
New loan signing Tom Cleverly’s move to Villa Park has provoked a range of reaction from the fans, but the majority will be delighted with the news that Gabby Agbonlahor has signed a new contact. Agbonlahor will likely be partnered in attack by Austrian international Andres Weimann, and the pace the pair possess will cause Liverpool’s backline a few problems come Saturday.
Liverpool meanwhile will be rueing the news that striker Daniel Sturridge returns from international duty nursing a thigh injury. A home debut for Mario Balotelli is likely, the iconic Italian looking for his first goal for the Reds after squandering a golden chance against Spurs. Brendon Rogers’ side have made a positive start to the season thus far, finding themselves in 5 position. Aston Villa are not a team they can afford to show any complacency against though, and Rogers will be priming his team to deal with the threat the Villians’ front line poses.
A win for Villa could see them reach the summit of the league, while Liverpool could break into the top two with three points.
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KICK-OFF: Saturday, 5:30pm
Tottenham 0 Liverpool 3 player ratings
Tottenham 0 Liverpool 3 player ratings
1/22 Hugo Lloris
Unusually poor distribution from the Frenchman in a below par display. 5/10
2/22 Eric Dier
The star of Spurs' start to the season struggled against superior opposition and gave away the penalty. 5
3/22 Danny Rose
Was caught horribly out of position for first goal early on and his afternoon failed to improve from there. 4
4/22 Younes Kaboul
Looked all at sea throughout. 4
5/22 Jan Vertonghen
Given an uncomfortable afternoon by the pace and movement of the Liverpool front three. 5
6/22 Etienne Capoue
Was found wanting in his role of screening the Spurs back four. 5
7/22 Nabil Bentaleb
Failed to impose himself on the game and was subbed before the hour mark. 4
8/22 Erik Lamela
Struggled to get into the game and was an anonymous presence. 5
9/22 Christian Eriksen
Failed to provide a creative spark and was unusually wasteful with his set pieces. 5
10/22 Nacer Chadli
Should have buried a glorious chance late in the first half but volleyed straight at Mignolet. 5
11/22 Emmanuel Adebayor
Frustrating and inconsistent, as ever, but lacked any service from the Spurs midfield. 5
12/22 Simon Mignolet
The Belgian stopper was on the few occasions he was needed and saved well from a Chadli volley. 6
13/22 Javi Manquillo
Steady but unspectacular display from the Spaniard. 7
14/22 Alberto Moreno
Tenacious defensively and ran from inside his own half to score a wonderful solo goal. 8
15/22 Dejan Lovren
Already looking like a superb signing for Liverpool. Easily their best defender. 8
16/22 Mamado Sakho
Had to rely on Lovren to cover for his occasional lapses in concentration. 6
17/22 Joe Allen
Booked for a cynical tackle in the first half before winning the penalty by making the most of soft challenge from Dier. 6
18/22 Steven Gerrard
A typical Gerrard performance. Tackled well, overhit passes and scored a penalty. 7
19/22 Jordan Henderson
Another assured display from the England man. Tackled well, passed well and provided the assist for Sterling's goal. 8
20/22 Raheem Sterling
Another outstanding display from the teenager. Caused havoc all afternoon as well as scoring the opening goal. 9
21/22 Daniel Sturridge
Dangerous throughout and his excellent run and pass led to the first goal. 7
22/22 Mario Balotelli
Missed a host of chances but his hold up and link play was impressive. 6
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Liverpool 2 (Sturridge, Gerrard) Aston Villa 2 (Weimann Benteke), Premier League, January 2014
Aston Villa 0 Liverpool 1 (Sturridge), FA Cup, August 2013
Aston Villa 1 (Benteke) Liverpool 2 (Henderson, Gerrard), Premier League, March 2013
Christian Benteke has scored four goals in his last four games against Liverpool.
Liverpool have failed to beat Villa in their last three games at Anfield, but have won 61% of their home games against Villa.
Andres Weimann and Raheem Stirling lead the scoring charts for their respective sides, each on two.
Liverpool to win: 1.31
Aston Villa to win: 12.5
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