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Steven Gerrard returns to Anfield for Premier League clash – kick-off time, latest news and talkSPORT coverage

Steven Gerrard returns to Anfield this weekend as his Aston Villa side take on in-form Liverpool.

Gerrard has been impressive since becoming Villa boss and saw his side beat Leicester last Sunday.

Steven Gerrard returns to Anfield this weekend

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Steven Gerrard returns to Anfield this weekend

The Reds legend will get a warm reception on Merseyside but his team are in for a tough test on the field.

Liverpool have been brilliant recently and saw off Wolves last weekend for their fourth league win in a row.

These two faced each other three times last season with 17 goals scored those matches so this could be another belter.

Liverpool v Aston Villa: Date and time

The Premier League contest is set to take place on Saturday, December 11.

It will take place at Anfield with a kick-off time of 3pm.

Liverpool won 2-1 in this fixture last season but were hammered 7-2 at Villa Park.

Liverpool v Aston Villa: How to follow

Adrian Durham will be at Anfield for our GameDay Live show.

We’ll have updates on talkSPORT throughout the afternoon while talkSPORT.com will be running a live blog to follow all the action.

Unfortunately, this fixture will not be televised on UK screens due to the 3pm blackout in English football.

However, highlights will be available on the Sky Sports website and app shortly after the end of the match and then later on Match of the Day.

Klopp will welcome the man who might one day replace him at Liverpool

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Klopp will welcome the man who might one day replace him at Liverpool

Liverpool v Aston Villa: Team news

Roberto Firmino could return to the squad for this clash following his hamstring issue.

Liverpool have a clean bill of health otherwise with just Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott remaining as long-term absentees.

Danny Ings is nearing fitness again and could be involved while Trezeguet could make his first appearance for the season.

Matt Targett is a doubt while Leon Bailey and Bertrand Traore are out.

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Liverpool v Aston Villa: What’s been said?

Villa boss Steven Gerrard: “For me, I really respect and understand the noise around the game for obvious reasons as I’m going back to a club I spent many years there.

“So it brings a smile to my face for many reasons. One, because I’ve got a good relationship with a lot of people at the club. I had a fantastic time there. I had a really good journey and I’m a local boy and supported them growing up and always will support that team. Of course I will.

“At the same time, it brings a smile to my face because I’ve got the opportunity to go there and compete against a good team and a good manager with the opportunity to try and win the game. 

“That’s my only focus. The noise is for other people to get excited about. For me, it’s about preparing the team in the best way I can to get a positive result for Aston Villa. That’s the way I will be.

“Everyone in that stadium will know me well enough to know what I’m about and what I’m going to Anfield for.”

Aston Villa stunned Liverpool last season, beating them 7-2

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Aston Villa stunned Liverpool last season, beating them 7-2

Liverpool v Aston Villa: Match facts

  • Liverpool have won six of their last seven Premier League games against Aston Villa (L1), scoring at least twice in all seven games.
  • After a four-game unbeaten away run against Liverpool in the Premier League between 2012 and 2014, Aston Villa have now lost each of their last three visits to Anfield in the competition.
  • Aston Villa against Liverpool has been won by the away side on 20 occasions in the Premier League, with only Manchester City vs Manchester United (21) seeing more away wins in the competition’s history.
  • Only Arsenal against Liverpool (6) has seen more hat-tricks scored than Aston Villa vs Liverpool (4) in Premier League history, with Villa’s Ollie Watkins the last player to score one in October 2020.
  • Liverpool have won their last two home Premier League matches 4-0, against Arsenal and Southampton. The Reds haven’t won three consecutive home league games by a margin of at least four goals since September/October 1987, beating Derby, Portsmouth and QPR 4-0 back then.
  • Liverpool lost eight of their first 12 Premier League games in 2021 (W3 D1), failing to score on seven occasions in that run. Since then, the Reds have scored in all 25 of their Premier League games and lost just once (W18 D6).
  • With an expected goals against total of 18.6, Aston Villa (24 goals conceded) have shipped just over five goals more than expected based on the quality of chances they’ve faced – only Norwich and Crystal Palace have more this season. However, the Villans have also scored (21) around five more than their xG suggests (16.2), with only Chelsea, Liverpool and West Ham over performing more this term.
  • Aston Villa have won three of their four Premier League games under Steven Gerrard (L1), as many as they had in 11 games under Dean Smith this season (D1 L7). Gerrard is looking to be the first Villa manager to win his first two Premier League away games in charge of the club since John Gregory (first 5 in 1998).
  • This will be Steven Gerrard’s first match against Liverpool as a manager, the club he played for 710 times in all competitions, the third-most in the Reds’ history. Former players managing against the Reds at Anfield in the Premier League have lost 14 of their last 16 visits (W1 D1), with Kevin Keegan the last former Liverpool player to win there, in May 2003 with Manchester City.
  • Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has either scored or assisted a goal in 13 consecutive Premier League games, setting up Divock Origi’s late winner against Wolves last time out. It’s the second longest run of consecutive games with a goal involvement in the competition’s history, after Jamie Vardy’s run of 15 between August and December 2015.




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