Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs. Aston Villa – Sturridge and Ings start up front

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Liverpool host Aston Villa at Anfield this afternoon (3pm BST kick-off), looking for their first win in seven games.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 26, 2015: Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho and Emre Can arrive at Anfield before the Premier League match against Aston Villa. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
Sakho and Emre Can arrive for today’s game.

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Brendan Rodgers is under pressure after six games without a win in all competitions and he’s named his strongest available side for the visit of a team who haven’t lost at Anfield since 2010.

Rodgers is without the injured quarter of Jordan Henderson, Christian Benteke, Dejan Lovren and Roberto Firmino, making his team selection relatively straight forward.

As expected, Danny Ings keeps his place after two goals in his last two appearances, starting alongside Daniel Sturridge. The English duo looked good together in partnership vs. Norwich City last week, albeit very briefly at the start of the second half only – they’ll be looking to continue that today.

The back three is the same as vs. Norwich, with Emre Can and Mamadou Sakho either side of Martin Skrtel.

James Milner continues in midfield, with Lucas Leiva replacing Joe Allen from the side that started against Carlisle. Nathaniel Clyne and Alberto Moreno continue as the wing-backs.

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Liverpool: Mignolet – Can, Skrtel, Sakho – Clyne, Milner, Lucas, Moreno – Coutinho – Ings, Sturridge.

Subs: Bogdan, Toure, Gomez, Lallana, Allen, Origi, Ibe.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 26, 2015: Liverpool's Main Stand at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
Anfield ahead of today’s game.

Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Richards, Lescott, Amavi, Sanchez, Gana, Westwood, Gestede, Grealish, Sinclair.

Subs: Bunn, Clark, Bacuna, Adama, Veretout, Gil, Ayew.

PRE-MATCH READING: The Kop Magazine Match Preview

Referee: Jonathan Moss.

This game last season: Liverpool 0-1 Aston Villa

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