Liverpool v Aston Villa

Liverpool will be hoping to close the gap on the three sides above them in the Premier League with a victory over Aston Villa at Anfield on Saturday.

In fourth spot, the Reds are six points adrift of pace-setters Arsenal, while Villa are in 11th position, although only five points above the relegation zone.

Since losing 2-1 to Chelsea late last year, Liverpool have won all three of their matches, beating Stoke and Hull in the league, while accounting for Oldham in the FA Cup.

Reds boss Brendon Rodgers is likely to hand a start to striker Daniel Sturridge, who marked his return from injury with a goal off the bench in the 5-3 hammering of Stoke.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert will have to do without defender Nathan Baker, who suffered concussion during a 2-1 loss to Arsenal on Monday, a second successive defeat for the Birmingham-based team, who were knocked out of the FA Cup by Sheffield United.

Lambert will however have his two new loan signings, Grant Holt and Ryan Bertrand, available for the Anfield clash.

The home side will be looking to avoid a repeat of last season's match, a 3-1 win for a Villa side who at that point had been struggling for form, the visiting team having only lost once in their last four trips to Anfield.