It is six months since the defending champions fell to a stunning 7-2 defeat at Villa Park, with Ollie Watkins netting a hat-trick and Jack Grealish scoring twice in a memorable rout.
It was Liverpool’s heaviest league defeat since 1963 and remains the lowest point of a hugely disappointing title defence under Jurgen Klopp.
The two clubs have met once more since then, though Covid-19 chaos meant that Villa had to field a team of mostly academy players for a 4-1 loss in the third round of the FA Cup back in early January.
Successive top-flight wins - including a dominant 3-0 triumph at Arsenal - have Liverpool firmly in the race to regain their top-four status, though a subsequent 3-1 first-leg defeat by Real Madrid has left them with an uphill battle in the fight to reach the Champions League semi-finals.
Meanwhile, Dean Smith’s Villa sit ninth and only five points adrift of the top six after returning from the international break with a 3-1 win over relegation-threatened Fulham.
Date, time and venue
Liverpool vs Aston Villa is scheduled for a 3pm BST kick-off today, April 10, 2021.
The match will be held behind closed doors at Anfield due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions.
How to watch Liverpool vs Aston Villa
TV channel: Today’s match will be televised live on Sky Sports’ Main Event and Premier League channels, with coverage beginning at 2:30pm.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the Sky Go app.
Liverpool vs Aston Villa team news
Klopp has no fresh injury worries, but indicated he will assess some members of his squad following the defeat to Real Madrid.
Divock Origi has been absent for the Reds' last three matches because of a muscle problem, while captain Jordan Henderson and defenders Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk remain on the treatment table.
Liverpool provisional squad: Alisson, Adrian, H Davies, Alexander-Arnold, Kabak, Phillips, B Davies, Robertson, Tsimikas, R Williams, N Williams, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Thiago, Milner, Jones, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri, Cain, Salah, Jota, Mane, Firmino.
Grealish remains sidelined for Villa as he continues to battle a shin problem. The skipper returned to training this week but suffered a setback and could miss a further three games.
Kortney Hause is back after a foot injury while Wesley is closing in on a return from 15 months out with a serious knee issue.
Aston Villa provisional squad: Martinez, Steer, Heaton, Mings, Engles, Elmohamady, Cash, Targett, Taylor, Konsa, Hause, McGinn, Luiz, Barkley, Sanson, Trezeguet, El Ghazi, Ramsey, Nakamba, Davis, Traore, Watkins.
Liverpool vs Aston Villa prediction
Liverpool cannot allow the disappointment of that defeat in Madrid to linger, with such a result only increasing the importance of Klopp’s men finishing in the top four as they seek to return to the Champions League next term.
Arsenal were abject last week, but a repeat of such a dominant display should be comfortably enough to see off a spirited Villa side still weakened by the absence of captain fantastic Grealish.
2-0 home win.
Liverpool vs Aston Villa head to head results
Liverpool wins: 28
Aston Villa wins: 13
Last meeting: Aston Villa 1-4 Liverpool (FA Cup third round - 08/01/2021)
Betting odds and tips (subject to change)
Liverpool win: 8/15
Aston Villa win: 6/1
Liverpool to win 2-0: 17/2
Odds via Betfair Exchange. Click here to find out more.