Liverpool vs Aston Villa team news: five players ruled out, two doubts and one return - gallery
Liverpool and Aston Villa injury news ahead of the Premier League fixture at Anfield.
The Reds have successfully qualified for next season’s Europa League after a run of seven successive victories - but it is the Champions League which they would rather be in.
Jurgen Klopp’s side comprehensive 3-0 win over Leicester City moved them within a point of third-placed Newcastle United and fourth-placed Manchester United. But having played a game more than their rivals, a pair triumphs in the final two games is the absolute minimum required to at least apply the pressure.
Villa themselves still have a chance to reaching Europe after an incredible turnaround in fortunes since Unai Emery replaced Steven Gerrard as manager. The Birmingham-based side are up to seventh in the table and beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 last time out.
Ahead of the encounter, here’s an early look at the team news for both sides.