Liverpool will be eager to kick their impressive early season form up a notch when they play hosts to Aston Vila at Anfield in Sunday’s lunchtime fixture.
After picking up four points from their opening two Premier League games, Jurgen Klopp’s men looked to continue on that terrain when they travelled to Tyneside last weekend.
However, they were not received with a warm welcome from a Newcastle United side determined to cement their spot amongst the “big boys” this term – although their Champions League draw could hand them a reality check.
Anthony Gordon gave the Magpies the lead early on, and things went from bad to worse for the hosts as a controversial decision saw Virgil Van Dijk handed his first red card in a Liverpool shirt.
Reduced to ten men, Klopp’s side looked dead in the water until Darwin Nunez emerged from the bench to spearhead a remarkable comeback victory in front of the Kop after scoring twice in the final ten minutes.
Riding off the waves of their extraordinary success, Liverpool will be eager to make it three wins in a row when the Villans storm Anfield at the weekend.
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However, they will do well to be wary of a Villa side that have gone from strength to strength since their embarrassing 5-1 defeat at Newcastle on matchday one.
Looking to put their forgettable trip to St. James’ Park behind them, Unai Emery’s side marked their debut home game of the season with a thumping 4-0 victory over last season’s relegation survivors Everton.
They followed that up with another emphatic 3-1 success over newly promoted Burnley, four days after announcing their re-emergence on the continental stage with a thumping 5-0 win over Hibernian.
The Villans had all but secured their place in the Europa Conference League group stages with their resounding success, making their return leg only a formality – although they finished the job with another 3-0 win (Agg: 8-0).
Klopp’s side will undoubtedly be brimming with confidence following last weekend’s success, which has now seen them pick up seven points from a possible nine thus far.
The Reds look primed to exceed expectations in our Liverpool 2023/24 season preview, and their home form gives cause for plenty of optimism heading into Sunday’s fixture.
Klopp’s side have not lost a league game at Anfield since Leeds United snatched all three points in October last year, going 13 games without defeat on home soil (W11, D3).
They have only dropped points once in their last six games in front of the Kop (W5, D1), with Villa grinding out a 1-1 draw in their penultimate fixture of the previous season.
Emery’s side look to have found their gear since their opening-day humiliation in Tyneside, picking up back-to-back wins with a combined scoreline of 7-1.
Their early season form suggests they could manifest another top-seven run as predicted in our Villa 2023/24 season preview, but the trip to Liverpool represents a huge test of their ambitions.
The Villans will travel to Merseyside confident of their chances of nicking a positive result, but it does not bode well that they have picked up just one win in their last 11 encounters with Liverpool (D1, L9).
They have also failed to come away from Anfield with a victory in their last five visits (D1, L4), although they can draw confidence from their 1-1 draw against the Reds last season.
Premier League Form
Aston Villa: LWW
Liverpool potential starting line-up:
(4-3-3): Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ibrahima Konate, Joe Gomez, Andrew Robertson; Dominik Szoboszlai, Wataru Endo, Alexis Mac Allister; Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez, Luis Diaz.
Aston Villa potential starting line-up:
(3-4-2-1): Emiliano Martinez; Pau Torres, Diego Carlos, Ezri Konsa; Lucas Digne, Douglas Luiz, Boubacar Kamara, Matty Cash; John McGinn, Moussa Diaby, Ollie Watkins.
We Say: Liverpool 3-1 Aston Villa
This fixture has always produced an entertaining showdown, with both sides finding the back of the net in four of their last five meetings, so we expect another goal-laden encounter.
All eye will be on Nunes following last weekend’s heroics, but Salah will be licking his lips at the prospect of facing Villa, having scored in five of his last seven meetings with Villa.
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