Liverpool vs. Aston Villa: 5 Key Battles to Watch at Anfield

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Liverpool vs. Aston Villa: 5 Key Battles to Watch at Anfield
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Liverpool return to Premier League action Saturday after a week of rest with a home fixture against Aston Villa, with Brendan Rodgers' men looking to string three league victories together for the first time this season.

Last week's late turnaround saw the Reds record a 3-2 win over West Ham United which, despite at times an indifferent start to the league campaign, leaves Rodgers' side just four points off a top-four spot.

Two consecutive home matches will now provide the side with a chance to close that gap further, with an important game against a resurgent Villa first up. Paul Lambert's men have struggled early in the season but are unbeaten in four now in the league, as well as having won 4-1 at Norwich City in the League Cup midweek.

Whether Liverpool's extra days of rest ahead of this fixture will be telling remains to be seen.

Here are the five key battles of the match to watch out for.

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