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LIVERPOOL take on former captain Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa knowing nothing less than a win will do to keep them in the title race.

The Reds faltered in their pursuit of leaders Man City on Saturday, drawing 1-1 at home to Spurs.

That draw leaves them three points behind City with three matches remaining.

Aston Villa have little more than pride to play for in their final four games, but they did manage to secure a comfortable 3-1 victory at Burnley on Saturday, which ended the Lancastrians’ recent winning run.

  • Start time: 8pm GMT
  • TV/ live stream: Sky Sports Main Event and Premier League
  • Aston Villa XI: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Digne; McGinn, Nakamba, Douglas Luiz; Coutinho; Ings, Watkins
  • Liverpool XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Fabinho, Keita, Jones; Diaz, Jota, Mane

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  • Aston Villa 1-1 Liverpool

    62. Chukwuemeka comes on for Nakamba.

    Liverpool look set to bring Thiago on for some creativity.

    He is receiving his instructions on the bench still at the moment.

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    60. Cash puts a good searching cross in from the right.

    He is looking for Watkins in the centre.

    Matip manages to read it and clear.

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    58. The longer this game goes on the more it seems it could well be decided by just one more goal.

    Villa are trying to probe but are all too often missing that final pass.

    Either that or a poor touch allows Liverpool to steal in.

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    56. Another Liverpool free kick not too far outside the Villa box.

    Alexander-Arnold takes it and slices it wide of the right-hand post.

    Klopp will be wanting his side to work Martinez at the very least from some of these positions.

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    54. Gerrard must have identified Coutinho as the big player he needed to bring into this game more.

    In the opening exchanges he seems to be floating more, looking for the ball in space.

    He is already causing Liverpool problems here.

  • Aston Villa 1-1 Liverpool – Watkins chance!

    54. For the first time in this half, Villa ask questions of Liverpool.

    Ollie Watkins is at the back post and is found perfectly.

    His heavy first touch allows Tsimikas to get a touch in and Watkins fouls the Greek full-back.

    Good work in the build up by Ings to find his strike-partner.

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    52. Diaz has been coming inside more to get the ball.

    He is finding pockets of space as his marker isn’t going with him.

    Liverpool starting to build some pressure.

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    50. Aston Villa counter attack at pace themselves.

    Coutinho touches it through the legs of van Dijk and is away.

    The big Dutch centre half gets back to make amends.

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    48. Alexander-Arnold will feel that a chance for a player of his calibre.

    He gets the ball up and down but it shaves the upright.

    Inches the margin there but Martinez seemed to have it covered.

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    46. No changes for either side at the break.

    The next goal may prove crucial.

    Liverpool looking to get back into their passing game early on.

    Jones is fouled around five yards outside of the box.

  • Kick-off: Aston Villa 1-1 Liverpool

    Aston Villa get the second-half started.

    Their objective is to make the top-half of the table.

    Liverpool have bigger concerns.

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    This is a massive 45 minutes ahead in the title race.

    Anything but all three points for Liverpool gives City a huge advantage and potentially gives them the chance to all but win the title with their game at Molineux against Wolves.

    Klopp will have asked his players to give all they can in this second half and bombard Martinez with efforts.

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    Jurgen Klopp will be concerned how easily his side are being opened up at the back, reminders of last season’s encounter.

    When The Reds go forward these cause Aston Villa some real issues and if the final ball had been better for the visitors they should be ahead.

    Possession won’t win you silverware but goals will.

  • HT: Aston Villa 1-1 Liverpool

    The referee brings the half to a close.

    A lot of action at both ends and either side could argue they should be ahead.

    Now it may come down to whichever manager can motivate their side the most during the half-time interval.

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    45+1. We are into three additional minutes of added time.

    Jones drops his shoulder and cuts inside but again his shot is wide of the target.

    The atmosphere has dropped here, it must be pie and a pint time.

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    44. Luis Diaz will never let you settle as a defender.

    With his pace he can make up the distance on you even if you think you are are safe.

    Brilliant signing and piece of business by Klopp and his staff.

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    42. It has been an even first half at Villa Park.

    The scoreline reflects the performances.

    Curtis Jones tries to bend one in the corner from outside of the box but Martinez saves with ease.

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    40. The visitors push forward and the press forces Konsa to put the ball out for a throw in.

    Matip goes on one of his adventures forward before feeding Alexander-Arnold.

    On this occasion his cross is just too deep.

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    38. Villa are managing to crowd Liverpool out defensively.

    This time Coutinho fouls Jones.

    Immediately Diaz is poleaxed by Digne.

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    36. Villa are looking to frustrate Liverpool.

    The tactic seems to be to evade the high press and use the additional numbers.

    Liverpool are lapping the ball up when they have to go long as their out-ball from defence.

  • Aston Villa 1-1 Liverpool – Keita chance!

    34. What a chance wasted by Liverpool’s Naby Keita.

    Alexander-Arnold gets forward down the right for the first time.

    He delivers perfectly but Keita cannot sort his feet out, unmarked yards from goal.

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    32. The Klopp half-time hairdryer treatment is becoming a regular thing for their German manager in recent games.

    He will need to rile these players up as they are creating all of their own problems still.

    Mane puts the ball in the net as Diaz lays it off but both players were well offside.

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    30. Liverpool try to get their passing game going again.

    Their fans get behind them, knowing how important the points are.

    Villa turn the ball over and look to attack themselves.

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    28. Fabinho is replaced by Jordan Henderson.

    The Liverpool captain will need to get his side going.

    It has taken the wind out of the Villa sails somewhat.

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    26. Fabinho has a rare loose touch and gifts it to Coutinho.

    Liverpool are the architects of their own problems here.

    Diaz wins a Liverpool throw in own Digne.

    Fabinho on the ground, Thiago and Henderson out warming up.



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