Lucas and Henderson to play centrally in captain’s absence…
Here’s the side we expect Liverpool to start with against Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday…
GK) Simon Mignolet
The Belgian keeper will definitely start unless he picks up a late injury, with Brad Jones already on the sidelines unfit.
DRC) Emre Can
Dejan Lovren is back in contention for a starting spot, but Brendan Rodgers is unlikely to switch the back-line which kept a clean-sheet last time out.
DLC) Mamadou Sakho
Sakho provides superb aerial defence, and has probably been our best defender since he earned a spot back in the starting XI following his lengthy injury.
DC) Martin Skrtel
The Slovakian, who’s rumoured to be close to signing a contract extension, will play the pivotal central role in defence. He’ll likely see a lot of the ball at the back, and can expect a tough physical battle with Villa forward Christian Benteke.