Aston Villa vs Liverpool live stream: Liverpool will begin their quest for FA Cup glory on Friday when they travel to Villa Park for the third round, with the hosts’ coronavirus outbreak failing to see the game called off.
Jurgen Klopp’s side come off the back of their third Premier League game without winning, with former Liverpool striker Danny Ings scoring early for Southampton to take a 1-0 win.
The Reds will also be looking for revenge against Villa who put seven past them back in October, and Klopp is likely to put out a strong side to avoid another embarrassment.
Villa’s 2-1 defeat against Manchester United last Friday ended their five-game unbeaten run, but of greater concern this week was their “significant” Covid-19 outbreak on Thursday, which saw their training ground closed.
What is the team news?
Liverpool have a number of absent players, with Joel Matip, Naby Keita, Diego Jota, Kostas Tsimikas, Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk all out injured.
Klopp could be making some drastic changes from the clash with Southampton, possibly meaning a new goalkeeper and back four, which may include James Milner.
Thiago Alcantara and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are likely to keep their spots, with Klopp keen to get them plenty of playing time at this stage of the season.
The Reds’ could see three changes in attack with Xherdan Shaqiri, Divock Origi and Taukmi Minamino all in with a chance of starting, while Curtis Jones could also feature in the line-up.
Villa had injury concerns surrounding Trezeguet and Wesley, while Ross Barkley was set to return to the starting XI on Friday. Dean Smith will be wanting to field a strong side, but his side’s Covid outbreak means that is unlikely to be possible. It is as yet unclear which players have tested positive for the disease and/or are self-isolating, though Smith, who may not even be present at the game, will likely discuss an XI with a mixture of Under-23 and Under-18 players.
While it remains unclear which players could be used, as some may have trained in the first team bubble and will therefore be unavailable, below is the last Under-23 XI used by the club.
Villa XI: Onodi, Bridge, Revan, Walker, Rowe, Chrisene, Barry, Kesler, Sylla, Raikhy, Bogarde
Liverpool XI: Kelleher, N. Williams, R. Williams, Fabinho, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Jones, Mane, Minamino, Salah
Aston Villa 14.0, 13/1
Liverpool – 1.2, 1/5
Draw – 10.5, 19/2
In an almost impossible situation for Aston Villa, Dean Smith, likely not involved tonight either due to the club’s Covid-19 outbreak, will be hoping for respectability from his youthful side, even against a much-changed Liverpool side. With that being said, the Reds have enough depth to make this a comfortable night’s work should the entirety of the Villa first team be out, so we’ll go for a 4-0 away with, with Jurgen Klopp’s side easing off once the game is safe in what promises to be peculiar circumstances. Villa 0-4 Liverpool.
Where can I watch it?
The match will be shown live on BT Sport 2. Subscribers can also stream the match via the BT Sport website or app.
TV Channel: Aston Villa vs Liverpool FA Cup is available to be streamed live on BT Sport, beIN Sports and SuperSport.