A few months ago, none of us expected to be asking whether Liverpool can avoid a seventh straight home defeat. That's the situation though as seventh placed Liverpool host Aston Villa who are ninth. The Reds will go fourth if able to win this match but will have played a game more than West Ham United. That will only happen if Liverpool can sort out their home form. They have gone eight home league games without a win with the last six all lost. Just one goal has been scored in those six games with ten conceded. That only goal was a penalty, their last home league goal from open play was on December 27. They do know how to win games though with their last five away Premier League games producing four wins and one loss. Players such as Mane, Salah and Jota have been scoring of late, now they need to do it on home soil. That's particularly needed as a top four finish may be the only route into next season's Champions League after the loss in Madrid.
Aston Villa's hopes of European football next season received a boost when beating Fulham last weekend. They are five points behind Liverpool but do have a game in hand. Villa will still be without Jack Grealish for this game.. A win in this match will take them into eighth place in the Premier League. They had gone four league games without a win before beating Fulham. Away form has seen Villa win only two of their last nine league fixtures. They have just two goals in the last four, one of those being scored by their opponents. Some more goals by Ollie Watkins would be handy as he's only scored one on his travels since November. He scored a hat-trick for Villa when they beat Liverpool 7-2 in the reverse fixture, Liverpool did beat them 4-1 in the FA Cup though. Liverpool have to sort this Anfield problem out, Klopp is bound to have them fired up. Go for them to win this match.