Can Gerrard Put the Title Race to Bed?

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Liverpool travel to Villa Park tonight were they hope to get back on level points with current leader City, before the Manchester club head to The Molineux tomorrow to face Wolves.

After surprise inclusions Kostas Tsimikas and Curtis Jones in Liverpool’s line-up, it has raised eyebrows as people wonder whether LFC legend Steven Gerrard can now break the hearts of the supporters of the club he loves to take Villa up to 10th in the table.

It could be an interesting fixture, as Villa are coming into the game fresh from a 3-1 win over Burnley at the weekend, while Liverpool suffered a disappointing blow in their quadruple hopes, being held by Spurs in the Premier League. With ex Liverpool player Danny Ings being a goal scorer in Villa’s last two fixtures, it is left to be seen whether he will be able to carry his goal scoring form into another game to help his team climb further up the table.

Conceding just one goal in their last 3 games, Gerrard’s squad will be hopeful of another clean sheet after the surprise submission of Premier League top goal scorer Mohammed Salah, who has been dropped to the bench tonight by Jurgen Klopp, along with key play maker Andrew Robertson, leaving the questions as to whether Liverpool can still go on to create the high number of chances they do in their other fixtures.

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Jurgen Klopp will be aiming for his team to bounce back from the underwhelming result at the weekend, presumably looking towards his newest squad addition, Luis Diaz to put on another outstanding display and continue his amazing form since joining the Merseyside club.

A key turning point in this match could be thanks to substitutions, with Jurgen Klopp’s bench looking stronger than ever. Star players like, Thiago, Bobby Firmino and Mo Salah will be on the bench, waiting for the gaffer to call on them to positively impact the game to keep the slim title hopes the Red’s may have alive.

A key player for The Villans could be another ex LFC player, Phillipe Coutinho. The Brazilian play maker joined Villa on loan in January of this year and will be hoping to make an impact versus his former club who he left to join Barcelona in January of 2018. His current 4 goals for the Birmingham club will certainly be in the back of his mind as he looks to remind the world that there is no love lost between him and the Merseyside club.

With the sentimentality of this fixture being so high, it should be interesting to see how Steven Gerrard and Aston Villa will set up as they hope to tactically outclass Liverpool and snatch their quadruple hopes away.