Liverpool vs Aston Villa: Reds target revenge after 7-2 humiliation

Liverpool's hunt for Champions League places continues this weekend when they host Aston Villa. The Reds will also be seeking revenge after their 7-2 defeat to the Villains in October.

When: Saturday, April 10, 15:00 GMT

How to watch: Sky Sports Main Event

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Best Bets

Double Chance Draw/Aston Villa at 6/4 (SkyBet)

Over 3.5 goals at 15/8 (Betfair)

Mo Salah to score anytime at 7/10 (William Hill)

Jurgen Klopp during Liverpool's recent Champions League clash with Real Madrid
Jurgen Klopp during Liverpool's recent Champions League clash with Real Madrid

Things change fast in football. Just a few months ago, you would have backed Liverpool to win at home no matter who they were playing against. Today, you wouldn't touch them with a barge pole.

The Reds are winless at Anfield in eight games and they're currently in the midst of a six-match losing run. Put it like this, Jurgen Klopp's men haven't won at home in 2021 - even though we're already in April.

If clubs like Fulham, Burnley and Brighton can win three points at Anfield these days, then we should be able to make a pretty good case for Aston Villa.

The Villains currently sit ninth in the Premier League table; five points behind Liverpool and eight points short of the top four.

Dean Smith's side are well in the hunt for a possible top six finish and a win this weekend would certainly boost that ambition.

Last Three Matches

Aston Villa 1-4 Liverpool (FA Cup - January 8, 2021)

The scoreline alone may hint at a clinical performance from the Reds however, your perceptions may change once we add a little bit of context.

Aston Villa were hit with a Covid outbreak on the eve of this FA Cup third round clash with Liverpool and as a result, the club was forced to put together a side using academy players with no elite level experience.

Sadio Mane opened the scoring after just four minutes and many Villa fans feared the worst. Though despite the quick opener, the floodgates never opened and the side full of youngsters defended admirably.

In a sensational turn of events, 17-year-old Louie Barry then scored an equaliser in the 40th minute as both teams went into half-time on level terms.

Experience shone through in the end as second half goals from Georginio Wijnaldum, Mo Salah and a second for Mane, helped the Reds to a 4-1 victory.

Villa may have exited the cup but their youngsters certainly made the club proud.

Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool (Premier League - October 4, 2020)

Last time these two clubs met in the Premier League, television viewers were treated to one of the most spectacular games in the competition's history. Although Liverpool fans wouldn't necessarily use the word 'treated'.

An Ollie Watkins hat-trick, a Jack Grealish brace and further goals from John McGinn and Ross Barkley helped Aston Villa to a 7-2 victory.

Mo Salah bagged two goals for Liverpool however, his efforts were overshadowed by the grandeur of this result.

This was Liverpool's biggest defeat in 57 years and Jurgen Klopp's biggest loss in his entire managerial career.

Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa (Premier League - July 5, 2020)

Liverpool completed a season double over Aston Villa when they met towards the end of the previous campaign.

Sadio Mane and Curtis Jones scored second half goals as the Reds won their 17th straight match at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp's men were already confirmed as champions by that point while Villa continued their battle against relegation.

Last ten head-to-head games

Liverpool wins: 6

Draws: 0

Aston Villa wins: 4

Liverpool goals: 22

Aston Villa goals: 19

Eight games left to secure Champions League football

Aston Villa, Leeds, Newcastle, Man United, Southampton, West Brom, Burnley and Crystal Palace. These are the eight games that could either make or break Liverpool's season.

Jurgen Klopp's men are currently three points adrift of the top four and cannot afford anymore slip-ups.

Diogo Jota's return has boosted Liverpool's top four ambitions
Diogo Jota's return has boosted Liverpool's top four ambitions

Recent returns of Diogo Jota and Fabinho have certainly boosted Liverpool's top four ambitions as the two men played a big part in wins over Wolves and Arsenal.

They are undoubtedly the two main players to watch from a Liverpool perspective.

Aston Villa need a string of wins to challenge for Europe

A top four finish may be a little out of Aston Villa's reach however, they are more than capable of challenging for a possible Europa League spot.

Dean Smith's men still face games against Everton, Man City, Man United, Tottenham and Chelsea - a list of fixtures which on paper may not look too appetising.

Can Dean Smith lead Villa to the Europa League?
Can Dean Smith lead Villa to the Europa League?

However, this run of games could also be seen as an opportunity - an opportunity to take points away from their top six challengers.

Villa are currently five points adrift of the top six and if they are to challenge for a European spot, they not only have to win more games but also hope that their opponents begin to slip-up.

Goalscorer bets

One man to watch in-particular is Mohamed Salah. The Egypt international has bagged four goals in his last three games - including one from the recent international break.

The striker is just one goal behind Harry Kane in the race for Premier League's golden boot and he will not want to go down without a fight.

Mo Salah is back in goal scoring form
Mo Salah is back in goal scoring form

With that in mind, our recommendation is to back Salah to score anytime at 7/10 with William Hill. 

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