? Liverpool vs Aston Villa: Match preview & line-ups

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Liverpool are six points clear of nearest rivals Manchester City and are looking to remain top of the table by winning at Villa Park.

Competition: Premier League

Date: November 2, 2019

Time: 11 a.m. ET, 3:00 pm, November 2, 2019 (UK time)

Venue: Villa Park

The Reds scored five goals in the last game and conceded four, but that was a match that didn't feature any regular starters. They will be rested, energized, and ready to go. They will certainly be looking to improve defensively, as they have conceded in six straight games in all competitions.

Liverpool will welcome a host of first-team players back into their starting lineup for this one after making 11 changes in midweek, including star duo Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk.

Both players picked up knocks during the win over Tottenham last weekend but have recovered fully and will return to the starting XI alongside Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Alisson Becker.

The spot alongside Van Dijk is likely to be filled by Dejan Lovren once again with Joel Matip still sidelined by a knee injury, which is expected to keep him out for at least six weeks.

Klopp does have a decision to make over Fabinho, who has been in fine form this season but is just one booking away from a suspension which, should he get it in this match, would mean he misses the Manchester City game.

A 3-2-5 record so far this season has Villa out of the drop zone, but they only have a three-point cushion. These are those games where you are playing a team you are expected to lose to, so getting anything here can be golden. Expect Villa go to all out on defense if it can take the lead and try and hold on for a split of the points at worst.

Aston Villa are still sweating over the fitness of captain Grealish, who missed the midweek win over Wolves due to a calf injury.

Smith is optimistic that the midfielder will have recovered in time to feature, while Henri Lansbury and Keinan Davis should also be available after suffering cramp on Wednesday.

Key Statistics:

-Aston Villa have won just four of their last 29 Premier League games against Liverpool (D8 L17), with three of those wins coming at Anfield.

-Liverpool have lost just one of their last 18 away league games against Aston Villa (W12 D5), winning the last five by an aggregate score of 13-1. Only against West Brom (8 games, 1983-2009) and Norwich (6 games, 1995-2016) have they had longer winning away runs in their top-flight history.

-Liverpool have won 13 Premier League away games against Aston Villa, more than they've beaten any other side on the road in the competition.

-Aston Villa have won just four of their 38 Premier League games against sides starting the day top of the table (W4 D8 L26), most recently beating Chelsea 1-0 in March 2014.

-Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 27 Premier League games, their second-longest unbeaten run in top-flight history (31 within May 1987-March 1988).

-Liverpool have won their last 13 Premier League games against promoted sides. Only Chelsea (27, 2002-2006), Manchester United (17, 2006-2009) and Tottenham (16, 2015-2018) have had longer such runs in the competition.

Head to head results:

This will be the 192nd edition of this fixture with Liverpool winning 94 of them over the years.

Possible starting lineups:

Liverpool XI:

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Aston Villa XI:

Heaton; Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Targett; Trezeguet, McGinn, Nakamba, Hourihane, Grealish; Wesley

source: SportMob