Liverpool Look To Escape The Rut

McLeish's needs a win as much as Dalglish...
Aston Villa are the visitors to Anfield on Saturday as the Reds look to readdress their form in the league. Dalglish's side have only had some joy of late when they beat Everton but results against the likes of Newcastle, QPR and Wigan have brought Liverpool back to a cruel reality. Aston Villa also find themselves in a bit of trouble as they risk being dragged into a relegation dog fight.

Liverpool are still without Charlie Adam but Daniel Agger could be a possible choice for manager Kenny Dalglish. The real problem of course for the boss though isn't with injuries it's concerning the fact that Pepe Reina is suspended for 3 matches. Doni or Jones will make a start on Saturday and it will be interesting to see who is chosen.

For Villa they are without Weimann who has an ankle injury and Cuellar is considered to be a doubt for Saturday's fixture.

The last time the two sides met was in December when Liverpool put 2 past the Villa side. The previous May though Villa got the better of the Reds in a 1-0 win.

Liverpool have an inconsistent record against Aston Villa to say the least and we only have to go back to 2009 for a Villa win at Anfield. Bearing this in mind and considering Liverpool's current form, Saturday's match should be an interesting one.

Stat Sandwich

  • The last time Liverpool lost 4 league games in a row was in 2002.
  • Villa haven't won in their last 4 away league games.
  • If Jose Enrique starts it'll be his 150th appearance in the English league.

After the embarrassment of Newcastle for me i think it's time that certain players were given a kick up the arse. I personally would love to see Kuyt start on Saturday because as i mentioned previously, he's one of very few with the will to fight when things aren't going Liverpool's way.

I'd start Bellamy again because even though he wasn't fantastic last match he still offers that extra bit of ingenuity which can sometimes win you games.

Villa aren't fantastic, we know this but they certainly have the ability to get a result and as they look to get themselves out of that relegation battle they'll have more incentive than ever.

Reluctantly I'll have to punt for a 1-1 for Liverpool on Saturday. I hope it's more but whilst i feel we have the ability to beat Villa and i feel there may be a slight improvement, i still don't think it will be enough.

Enjoy the match folks!