Liverpool’s long victory lap continues on Sunday afternoon after finally being confirmed champions last week. They host an Aston Villa side in the bottom three and desperate for points, but Jurgen Klopp’s Reds will be eager to maintain their 100% win record at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp sounded immensely unhappy in his post-match interview after Thursday evening’s shock 4-0 defeat to Manchester City, an uncharacteristically lackadaisical performance at the back, but with the record points total still well within reach, expect the German coach to demand an emphatic response from his men here.
He may make some changes from the side that featured just three days prior, with the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, January recruit Takumi Minamino, James Milner and Naby Keita all pushing for more minutes on this home stretch. But Mohammed Salah will be eager to feature, up to 17 goals for the season and just two behind top scorer Jamie Vardy, well within reach of a third consecutive Premier League golden boot award. He’s 3/1 to score first, just 4/6 to score anytime and 11/1 to bag a hat-trick.
The Egyptian will certainly fancy his chances of coming up against a sorry Aston Villa outfit that boast the joint-worst defensive record in the division with 60 goals conceded from 32 games, averaging nearly two shipped per match.
Villa boss Dean Smith is under pressure amid rumours of his job being under threat ahead of the final stretch. They’re only one point off safety so still have everything to play for but are on a terrible run of form stretching to long before lockdown with no wins in their last eight league outings (six defeats, two draws)
Any doubts about Liverpool’s freshness post-lockdown were extinguished when they produced one of their performances of the season to thrash Crystal Palace 4-0 in their last home game. They’ll be in a similarly focused mood on this occasion as they look to bounce back from a rare off-night in midweek.
At just 1/3 there’s no value in a home win, but another thrashing is certainly on the cards against a Villa side that have taken just two points from the last 24 on offer. To win by four or more goals is available at 5/1, and 4-0 again specifically is 16/1.
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