Predicted Liverpool Starting XI To Take On Aston Villa – Sterling Dropped?

By on January 16, 2014

Raheem Sterling

Liverpool entertain Aston Villa at Anfield on Saturday evening with the Reds hoping to cement their place in the top four of the Premier League.

Brendan Rodgers gave the latest team news earlier today and confirmed that midfielder Joe Allen is back in contention after returning to training this week following three weeks on the sidelines.

The Welshman may, however, have to make do with a place among the substitutes with Rodgers likely to stick with his trusted central midfielder partnership of Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva.

The back five are expected to remain unchanged, despite shipping three goals at Stoke last time out. Daniel Agger remains out with a calf strain, Mamadou Sakho faces a late fitness test following a hamstring injury while Jon Flanagan and Jose Enrique are still working their way back to full fitness, so Rodgers is left with little options at the back.

Daniel Sturridge returned from a seven week lay-off last weekend, coming off the bench to score one and set up another, so he’s expected to be recalled to the starting line-up on Saturday and resume his deadly partnership with Luis Suarez.

The man who could make way is winger Raheem Sterling. The youngster has played a lot of football lately so Rodgers may decide to give him a well-earned breather.

Here’s our predicted starting eleven:

What do you think of our team? What would your starting eleven be? Share your suggestions below.

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8 Comments

  1. Zahid

    January 16, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Coutinho will be the one to make way if Sturridge starts as Coutinho hasn’t been his best recently and it would be stupid to put Raheem on the bench after his recent performances.

  2. patrick

    January 16, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Can’t really see Rodgers dropping Sterling, tho not sure what he’s gonna do. Coutinho is the playmaker so you’d imagine him starting too.

    …………..Suarez…..Sturridge

    Coutinho…..Henderson..Gerrard…..Sterling

    Drop Lucas and play all the attacking talent in a 442?

    …………….Suarez
    Coutinho………………….Sterling

    ………..Lucas….Henderson

    …………..Gerrard

    Or keep it the same as the Stoke game so he has a top player on the bench to change the match if needed? Personally I wouldn’t play Gerrard in that Alonso role again cause he played it pretty badly imo and Villa feed off mistakes in midfield to counter attack. I think our best midfield performance this season was away to Spurs without Gerrard. Allen, Lucas and Henderson playing fantastic and pressed Spurs midfield perfectly.

  3. PETER ADEYEMI

    January 16, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    I DONT INMAGIN HIM DROP STARLIN,HE SHOULD DROP SISOKCO OR JOHNSON AND PLAY 3 DEDENDER AND SEE THAT WE DID NOT LOSS BALL IN THE MIDFIELD WITH RAHEEM, LUCAS,HENDO, GERALD AND COTIHO WITH SAS IN FRONT

  4. pascal

    January 16, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    It’s very important we win this game on our ground. Br Knows how to make the selection. all I care is the three point no matter who plays. But I think sterling deserve another start, he’s doing well.

  5. Fernando

    January 16, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Defnitly drop gerard he n liabilty in that holding position gave to many balls away against stoke and wth villas pace upfront gona be risky its time stevie starts frm the bench we are pushing teams much beter wthout him ynwa

  6. augustine

    January 17, 2014 at 6:04 am

    All I want is the three point I don’t care who plAy or start but I think sterling shoul start

  7. chukwukaandrew

    January 17, 2014 at 8:05 am

    drop cotiho

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