Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs. Villa: Sturridge starts with Coutinho and Firmino

14 February 2016

Liverpool are back in Premier League action this afternoon (2.05pm GMT kick off), away to Aston Villa.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 26, 2015: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge scores the second goal against Aston Villa during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jurgen Klopp makes nine changes to the Liverpool lineup from the side that started against West Ham in the FA Cup in the week.

The most exciting news is that Daniel Sturridge starts alongside Brazilian duo Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho – the first time the trio have ever lined up together.

Sturridge scored twice in the corresponding fixture at Anfield earlier in the season, with Liverpool overcoming Villa 3-2.

Simon Mignolet and Coutinho are the only ones to start against West Ham.

Kolo Toure gets the nod alongside Mamadou Sakho in defence. Emre Can, Jordan Henderson and James Milner make up the midfield.

Christian Benteke is among the subs against his former side. Midfielder Kevin Stewart is also on the bench and could make his first league appearance for the club after impressing in the FA Cup.

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Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Toure, Sakho, Moreno, Can, Henderson, Milner, Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge.

Subs: Ward, Benteke, Caulker, Origi, Ibe, Stewart, Flanagan.

Aston Villa: Bunn; Richards, Okore, Lescott, Cissokho; Westwood, Gana; Bacuna, Veretout, Gil; Agbonlahor.

Subs: Guzan, Clark, Sinclair, Richardson, Hutton, Lyden, Davis.

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