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Aston Villa vs. Liverpool: Match Preview, Team News, and Ways to Watch

Liverpool travel to Villa Park to take on bottom-dwellers Aston Villa.

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Klopp's Reds head to Villa Park to take on Aston Villa in the Premier League this Sunday. After a disappointing last gasp loss to West Ham in the FA Cup, Liverpool return their attention to the league. They'll go into this game with the boost of having Philippe Coutinho, Divock Origi, and Daniel Sturridge to choose from, but without the services of Joe Allen, who has been ruled out for a month, thanks to that old faithful, the hamstring injury.

Liverpool will be looking for a little love from the football gods this Valentine's Day after a poor week, in order to boost morale going into the last stretch of this season. Aston Villa are dead last in the table and will be desperate for any sort of lifeline to crawl out of the bottom three. If they're going to mount a comeback, it's going to have to start right about now. They won their last game against Norwich City and have only lost one in their last five league games, and this would appear to be a good time to come up against Liverpool, so expect a tough game.

The last meeting between these two teams saw Liverpool come out on top after a five goal thriller. James Milner opened the scoring for the Reds in the second minute, and then Daniel Sturridge and Rudy Gestede both bagged braces for their respective teams. While Sturridge is back but unlikely to start for Liverpool, Rudy Gestede is a serious doubt to even make the Aston Villa bench as he tries to recover from, you guessed it, a hamstring injury.

Villa will also be without Jack Grealish, Libor Kozak, Carlos Sanchez, Adama Traore, and Jordan Amavi due to injury, while Alan Hutton joins Rudy Gestede as doubtful in this game. Jordan Ayew is currently serving the second game of a three game ban.

For Liverpool:

Clyne/ Toure/ Sakho/ Moreno
Henderson/ Milner/ Can
Lallana/ Firmino/ Coutinho

The defense picks itself again this week, with Skrtel and Lovren still out. Steven Caulker may be back from the injury that kept him out of the game against West Ham on Tuesday, but Klopp hasn't shown any inclination to start him during league games, whether or not he's fit. We could see Lucas slot into the midfield, perhaps in place of James Milner, depending on Klopp's preference. Daniel Sturridge may not yet be fit to start, even after clocking some important minutes on the pitch mid-week. However, fans should get excited about the return of the attacking trio of Lallana, Firmino, and Coutinho up front.

Dejan Lovren, Martin Skrtel, Joe Allen, Jordan Rossiter, Danny Ings, and Joe Gomez are all out injured for Liverpool, with Steven Caulker as doubtful.

Kickoff is set for 2:05PM GMT/9:05AM EST Sunday. Television coverage will be on Sky Sports 1/HD and NOW TV UK in the UK and NBC Sports Network for the US. Elsewhere, Fox Sports 4 Australia in Australia, TSN1, TSN3, and TSN4 in Canada, Star Sports HD 4 in India, SuperSport 3 Africa in Kenya, Fox Sports in Malaysia, and 102 (hd) mio Stadium in Singapore are carrying the match. You can find other listings at LiveSoccerTV. Online streaming is also available with NBC Sports Extra in the US and Sky GO Extra in the UK. For Online radio, fans worldwide can check out LFCTV GO and TalkSport Radio World.

We'll be keeping you updated with all the buildup to the game, including team news as it's released, our live matchday thread and post-match recaps from The Liverpool Offside staff. If you want to join the discussion, sign up for an SB Nation account to have your say on all the action as it happens.

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