Liverpool’s predicted XI v Aston Villa, with Steven Gerrard missing out

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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…

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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.

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