As expected, Klopp has chosen to rest Liverpool’s in form Brazilian midfielder Fabinho in today’s match against Aston Villa. The decision is a precaution with an eye towards next week’s colossal clash with title rivals Manchester City. Fabinho already has four yellow cards in his book this season, and one more would have meant a one-game ban.
In his place is Adam Lallana, who scored the game-saving goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford. He’ll start in the midfield alongside bestie Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum.
Meanwhile, in happy Scouser news, local hero Trent Alexander-Arnold will be making his 100th Liverpool appearance when he steps out onto the pitch at Villa Park. This is an extraordinary accomplishment for a player so young. Despite only being 20-years-old, Alexander-Arnold grabbed his chance to play with the first team in the wake of Nathaniel Clyne’s season-long injury and never looked back. He soon replaced the veteran right-back in Klopp’s favour, and has proved his worth in every game since.
Liverpool take on Aston Villa today at 3pm BST / 11am EST, and they will be fighting to maintain that crucial six point buffer against Manchester City before they face each other next weekend.