Jurgen Klopp will not be able to lead Liverpool from the touchline when they face Aston Villa in a crucial match in their bid to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League. The Reds have won their last seven games and are just one point behind fourth-placed Manchester united, but they need to win both of their remaining games and hope for a slip-up from either Manchester United or Newcastle to qualify for the Champions League.
Liverpool’s recent form has been impressive, with wins over Manchester United, Southampton, and West Brom, among others. The return of key players such as Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, and Diogo Jota has been a major boost for the Reds, who have struggled with injuries throughout the season.
However, the match against Aston Villa will be a tough encounter, as Villa have been one of the best teams in the Premier League in recent times. Under the management of Unai Emery, they have claimed big scalps against Newcastle and Tottenham in recent weeks.
For Liverpool, this match will be the last true test of their season, and they will need to be at their best to secure a win and keep their hopes of a top-four finish alive. Villa, on the other hand, will be hoping to end their season on a high note and secure a top-half finish.
One injury concern for Villa is Philippe Coutinho, who is out with a long-term injury. However, Matty Cash is available, and Calum Chambers is expected to recover fromillness in time to make the trip to Anfield.
Liverpool’s attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino will be looking to continue their fine form, while the likes of Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, and Curtis Jones will be tasked with controlling the midfield. The Reds will need to be at their best to secure a win against Villa, who have a strong defence and are dangerous on the counter-attack.
Klopp’s absence from the touchline due to his touchline ban will be a blow for Liverpool, but the German manager will be hoping that his team can deliver a strong performance and keep their hopes of a top-four finish alive.
The match against Aston Villa is a must-win for Liverpool, and they will be looking to put pressure on Manchester United and Newcastle in the race for a Champions League spot. With just two games remaining in the season, every point counts, and Liverpool will be hoping to secure all three against a strong Villa side.