Liverpool’s English Premier League title defence continues on Sunday when they travel to Aston Villa for the evening kick off.
The Reds have made the perfect start to the new EPL season thanks to victories over Leeds, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Last Monday’s success over the Gunners came after the Reds went a goal down at Anfield, with Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Diogo Jota, on his home debut, netting the goals in a 3-1 win.
Thiago is in quarantine following his positive Covid-19 test after his transfer from Bayern Munich – and he was joined on Friday by Mane, who is also suffering mild coronavirus symptoms.
Captain Jordan Henderson is edging his way back from injury, with Joel Matip, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Konstantinos Tsimikas all sidelined.
A punishing start to the campaign saw stars Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk starting in the EFL Cup against Arsenal on Thursday night – a match the Reds lost on penalties.
Aston Villa were also in the goals on Monday, polishing off sorry Fulham for a 3-0 victory with Jack Grealish, Conor Hourihane and Tyrone Mings doing the damage against the promoted side at Craven Cottage.
It means Dean Smith’s side are right up at the sharp end of the embryonic table, having also beaten Sheffield United on the opening weekend.
Ross Barkley has joined on loan from Chelsea this week, with the England midfielder jostling for a starting place in midfield ahead of Conor Hourihane.
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: EPL Line-up predictions
Probable Aston Villa Starting XI: Emiliano Martinez, Matthew Cash, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, Matthew Targett, John McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Conor Hourihane, Trezeguet, Ollie Watkins, Jack Grealish.
Probable Liverpool Starting XI: Allison, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson, Naby Keita, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota.