GERRARDS RETURN TO ANFIELD

Its the long awaited return to Anfield for Villa boss Steven Gerrard as he aims to grab a big 3 points against his former side...


 

This Saturday, the Villans look ahead to their next game against Liverpool. Steven Gerrard's men come into this game off the back of a massive 2-1 victory over fellow Midlands side Leicester City. Despite the result, the game itself wasn't an easy one. Harvey Barnes opened the scoring with a well composed finish into the bottom corner, he slotted the ball past Martinez with ease, after the ball went through the legs of Ezri Konsa. However, shortly after Villa found the equaliser through Ezri Konsa, a free-kick comes through from Douglas Luiz and after a little scuffle in the box, Matty Cash was able to head the ball across the goal, onto the head of Buendia who thought he had the goal, until Konsa got the vital touch to direct the ball into the back of the net.

Jacob Ramsey thought he had the goal to send Villa into the lead but Kasper Schmeichel had different ideas, he claimed he was 'kicked in the hand' by Ramsey, after a VAR check, the goal was controversially disallowed.

The second half starts, to boos from the Aston Villa fans, as Schmeichel comes out towards the Holte End.

It didn't take long at all for Villa to grab the winning goal, as once again Ezri Konsa scores from the in-swinging corner from John Mcginn. Villa won 2-1, after a very shaky start.


Liverpool come into this game, with 6 games unbeaten in all competitions. However, their last league game, was a tight 1-0 victory, Klopp had to look at substitute Divock Origi to find all 3 points, after he scored in the 90+4 minute. That result could possibly be a sign of Liverpool tiredness.


Villa are without Leon Bailey for this game, as he managed to pick up an injury earlier on in the season against Manchester City. Trezeguet, played some minutes for the U23 side against the Birmingham U23'S during the week, but he may not be ready to be part of the squad for the game on the weekend. Bertrand Traore is still a while away. Striker Danny Ings has been pictured back in training after a setback in his recovery process.


This game is the return of Gerrard to Liverpool, Gerrard has said that he has 'no sentimental thoughts' ahead of the game, and wants to get 'all 3 points'. Villa seem to be in a really good place so far under Gerrard, with 3 wins in his first 4 games, the only loss coming to champions Manchester City. Whether Villa are at the level of a very in-form Liverpool side is undecided, but to show that we can put up a fight, or a shock result, will show the rest of the league that we are not here to play around... Let's not forget, we have beat a strong Liverpool side 7-2 before. The 3 Villa players in midfield, have been amazing, but the one player that stands out is Marvelous Nakamba, he really has been marvellous. The way he allows the two midfield players alongside him to push up and help the team attack, while he sits back and does the dirty work for the team. He has deservedly earned the 'Club Player of the Month' for November. Unfortunately, Nakamba will be off at the start of January, for AFCON.


VillaTV spoke to Ezri Konsa ahead of our trip to Anfield:


“It’s been really good,” he said. “Confidence is high after the win on Sunday. “We’re all looking forward to playing at Anfield, we know how much of a good team they are but we’re relishing the challenge.”
“We all know that we have a good team.
“We know that if we stick to our game plan and we focus on ourselves, and we do what’s right, we know we can come away with something in every game we play.”

A possible upset in the making, but we cannot afford to be complacent, and get too over our heads following some amazing form. Everyone knows the attack of Liverpool; Salah, Mane and Jota they will be very hard players to keep quiet. Thankfully, Matt Targett is available for selection after a knock against Manchester City, ruled him out of the game against Leicester.


A tough game on our hands, but nothing that will scare us.


BY KIAN DAVIES

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