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Who else but Divock Origi? After enduring 94 minutes of frustration and Diogo Jota producing one of the worst misses in Premier League history, the brilliant Belgian added to his long list of last-minute goals with the winner in a 1-0 success at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Hailed as a legend by Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool players and fans alike, Origi was also on target at San Siro to propel the Reds to a 2-1 win over AC Milan – who took the lead through Fikayo Tomori before Mohamed Salah‘s leveller – which saw Klopp’s men guarantee progression to the last-16 as the first-ever English side to win all six of their group games.
Victory at San Siro marked the Reds’ sixth in a row across all competitions – four of which have come in the Premier League – and they have now leapfrogged Chelsea into second place as Manchester City remain one point clear at the top of the pile.
All four of Liverpool’s most recent encounters at Anfield have also seen them come up trumps – scoring 12 goals and conceding a grand total of zero in the process – and not even the hectic winter schedule appears capable of stopping Klopp’s ruthless machine.
The German recently made his disdain towards the fixture pile-up known once again, and if Villa are to produce even half as heroic a showing as they did on their own turf against Liverpool last term, they are under the tutelage of the right man.
Liverpool duo Naby Keita and Joe Gomez were fit enough to return to the pitch as substitutes in the win at AC Milan, but Nat Phillips, Curtis Jones, Roberto Firmino and Harvey Elliott all remain absent for the Reds.
As expected, Klopp made numerous alterations for the trip to Italy, and the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara are all poised to return to the first XI here.
Origi will come into serious consideration for a start following his recent hot streak, especially with Jota now a fitness doubt, but the Portuguese has not been ruled out.
As for Villa, attackers Leon Bailey, Bertrand Traore and Trezeguet remain unavailable for selection, although the latter did recently return for the Under-23s against Birmingham City.
Danny Ings is thought to have a good chance of returning against his former club, while Matt Targett could also come back from a head injury to displace Ashley Young at left-back.
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Young will not cede his place easily, though, with Gerrard potentially seeing no reason to alter his starting XI after a morale-boosting win over Leicester.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Jota, Mane
Aston Villa possible starting lineup:
Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Young; McGinn, Nakamba, Luiz; Ramsey, Buendia; Watkins