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Liverpool vs. Aston Villa: Reds Will Continue to Climb EPL Table with Win

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Glen Johnson of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on September 23, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 15, 2012

After a poor start to the season, Liverpool is finally getting back on the right track. This should continue on Saturday against Aston Villa.

The historic club is currently tied for 10th place in the English Premier League. If the team finishes at this point, it would be the lowest standing since the 1954-55 season in Division 2.

While Liverpool did not get its first win until its sixth league match, the club has played much better as of late. It is currently in the middle of a three-match win streak that included a tough come-from-behind victory over West Ham United.

Saturday presents a great opportunity to keep up this great play.

Few clubs have played worse this season than Aston Villa. The squad is 17th in the EPL, but it has been even worse on the road. Through eight games, the club has only won a single match and has been outscored 15-4. Conversely, Liverpool has earned a respectable 12 points in eight home games.

Playing in Anfield should help the Reds keep pressure on the opponent and use this to their advantage.

In addition, the players should be fresher than they have been for a long time.

Between the Premier League, the Europa League and the Capital One Cup, the club has had little time to rest. In the last eight weeks, the Reds have played 14 matches. But for the first time in almost a month, they had a full week to rest and prepare for the next contest.

Finally, the club showed a great amount of resolve in the latest win over West Ham.

A couple of defensive mistakes—an own goal and a hand ball in the penalty box—caused the team to go down 2-1 in the first half. In the past, this would have derailed the players, and they would not have put up much of a fight. However, they kept the pressure on and scored two goals to earn the win.

Liverpool should keep this mindset throughout the year, as it could lead to a few more wins.

Despite the poor standing in the league table, the entire group is very close together. In fact, the Reds are only four points away from the No. 4 spot. If they keep the fighter mentality, they could reach that point in the next couple of weeks.

This is something the club and its fans should look forward to after a rough couple of years.

 

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