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Predicted Liverpool XI v Aston Villa: Firmino returns as Klopp changes shape

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Predicted Liverpool XI v Aston Villa: Firmino returns as Klopp changes shape

Liverpool take on Aston Villa this weekend looking to avenge their humbling at the hands of Dean Smith’s men earlier in the season.

Villa romped to a 7-2 win that night as Ollie Watkins helped himself to a hat-trick on a memorable night at Villa Park.

However, the Villans will be without they key influence of Jack Grealish this time out and Liverpool, fresh off the back of another defeat in Madrid this week, will be itching to come back fighting,

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Jurgen Klopp is likely to juggle his pack a little bit in order to build on last week’s 3-0 win at Arsenal. Diogo Jota is a certain starter for the Reds given his two goals last weekend, while Roberto Firmino could also return after being on the bench in Madrid.

 

That could mean Klopp goes with a four-pronged attack of Mane, Salah, Jota, and Firmino, with the Brazilian forward dropping into a deeper number ten role to try and influence the game.

Here, then, is our predicted XI for Liverpool this week, which also features a return to midfield for Spanish star, Thiago.

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