Next Up: Aston Villa (A)

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How ironic that the day before the transfer window closes, Liverpool travel to Aston Villa for their third Premier League match of the season.

With the Gareth Barry transfer saga now ended with the player remaining at Villa – something which seemed highly unlikely all summer.

Liverpool are looking to make their start to the new campaign nine points from nine, after seeing off Sunderland (away) and Middlesbrough (home) in their opening two games.

Rafa Benitez will be without captain Steven Gerrard who underwent a groin operation on Thursday which will also see him miss the international fixtures.

Javier Mascherano and Lucas Leiva are available after Olympic duty. Mascherano is likely to replace Gerrard the Liverpool line-up.

Kick-off at Villa Park is 4pm and the match is live on Sky Sports.

To mark the end of the 30-year wait for a league title, the ‘Liverpool Mishmash’ poster is available to order exclusively on This Is Anfield — the history of the Reds in one image!

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