Brendan Rodgers takes his side to Villa Park to take on Paul Lambert’s strugglers.
Venue Villa Park, Easter Sunday 1.30pm
Last season Aston Villa 0 Liverpool 2
Referee L Mason
This season’s matches 19 Y60, R0, 3.16 cards per game
Subs from Given, Lichaj, Stevens, Bennett, Sylla, El Ahmadi, Ireland, Westwood, Bent, Bowery
Doubtful Clark (shoulder), Holman (hamstring) Injured Herd (ankle, unknown), Albrighton (ankle, unk), Dunne (groin, unk), Petrov (illness, unk), Gardner (knee, season)
Form guide WWLLWD
Disciplinary record Y65 R2
Leading scorer Benteke 13
Subs from Gulacsi, Jones, Carragher, Assaidi, Henderson, Coates, Suso, Sterling, Shelvey, Wisdom, Yesil
Injured Allen (shoulder, season), Borini (shoulder, unknown), Kelly (knee, season)
Form guide LWWWLD
Disciplinary record Y42 R2
Leading scorer Suárez 22
Aston Villa are looking to complete a league double over Liverpool for the first time since the inaugural Premier League season of 1992-93 – if successful they will become the third club to do the double over Liverpool this season, after West Brom and Manchester United.
Villa have scored only four times in Liverpool’s last 13 league visits to Villa Park. The last time they scored more than once was a 4-2 defeat in November 1998.
Liverpool have beaten Villa only once in their last four league encounters, a 2-0 away win in December 2011 when Craig Bellamy and Martin Skrtel scored inside the opening 15 minutes.
Villa have won three of their last five league matches. Prior to this they had won only four of their opening 25 games.
Christian Benteke has scored six goals in his last seven league games for Villa. He is four goals away from equalling Dwight Yorke’s record Premier League tally of 17 for the club in a single season.
The Villans have conceded more goals after half time (37) than any other club, and their negative goal difference (-22) for the second half of matches is double that of any other team.
Paul Lambert’s side have conceded 56 goals this season, three goals shy of their highest ever Premier League season total of 59 set two years ago.
Ciaran Clark (328) has made more defensive clearances than any other Premier League player.
Liverpool have scored more Premier League goals (26) than any other team in 2013.
The Reds are yet to win a league game this season after conceding the opening goal, rescuing just four draws in 11 such instances.
Brendan Rodgers’s side are yet to beat a side from the Midlands in five attempts this campaign (D1, L4).
Despite conceding two goals or more in six of their last nine league games, only Manchester City (13) have kept more clean sheets than Liverpool (11) this campaign.
Philippe Coutinho has been involved in four goals in four starts for Liverpool in the Premier League (two goals, two assists).