Liverpool vs. Aston Villa Preview: Picking a Reds Starting XI to Beat Villa

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Liverpool vs. Aston Villa Preview: Picking a Reds Starting XI to Beat Villa
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The stakes are high at Villa Park on Sunday: Time is running out both for hosts Aston Villa to secure Premier League safety, and for Liverpool to launch a final run at the European places for next season.

Villa go into Sunday’s clash in high spirits, on the back of two straight league wins—three in their past five games—against fellow relegation strugglers Reading and Queens Park Rangers.

For Liverpool, three straight morale-boosting league victories against Swansea City, Wigan Athletic and Tottenham Hotspur were dampened by a comprehensive 1-3 loss at Southampton before the international break.

Brendan Rodgers will be well aware of the threat that Villa pose on the counterattack: Powerhouse striker Christian Benteke tore Liverpool apart almost single-handedly as Villa beat the Reds 3-1 at Anfield back in December.

So how should Liverpool approach another tricky away tie? Here is our starting XI, in a 4-2-3-1, for the Reds this Sunday. Let us know your thoughts below.

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