Liverpool v Aston Villa preview

Team news for Monday night's Premier League clash between Liverpool and Aston Villa at Anfield (kick-off 8pm).

Last Updated: 03/12/10 at 15:10   

Kyrgiakos: Set to start

Kyrgiakos: Set to start

Sotirios Kyrgiakos will take Jamie Carragher's place in central defence as the vice-captain undergoes a shoulder operation on Friday.

Carragher sustained a dislocation in last weekend's defeat at Tottenham and is likely to be out for three months, leaving the team with only two senior centre-backs in the former Greece international and Martin Skrtel.

Manager Roy Hodgson will welcome back his first-choice players having left eight at home - only three of whom were injured - for the Europa League draw with Steaua Bucharest.

Captain Steven Gerrard is likely to be at least another week away from returning from a hamstring injury sustained on England duty last month while no date has been set for defender Daniel Agger's return.

Aston Villa winger Ashley Young is suspended for the game.

Young collected his fifth booking of the campaign during the Carling Cup semi-final defeat against Birmingham in midweek and will have to serve a one-game ban.

Midfielder Barry Bannan is also rated doubtful by Villa boss Gerard Houllier after being substituted with a groin injury against Blues.

Stephen Ireland and Robert Pires will come under consideration for a recall to the starting line-up.

Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey has resumed training following a knee problem but it is too early for him to be considered against the Reds.

Liverpool (from): Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Kyrgiakos, Konchesky, Lucas, Meireles, Kuyt, Rodriguez, Torres, Ngog, Jones, Aurelio, Kelly, Poulsen, Cole, Babel, Jovanovic, Pacheco.

Villa (from): Friedel, Guzan, L Young, Collins, Dunne, Cuellar, Warnock, Bannan, Clark, Hogg, Downing, Agbonlahor, Ireland, Pires, Bannan, Carew, Delfouneso, Lichaj, Lowry, Johnson.

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 19 April 2014
17:30
Chelsea v Sunderland  
Sunday, 20 April 2014
12:00
Norwich v Liverpool
14:05
Hull City v Arsenal
16:10
Everton v Man Utd
Monday, 21 April 2014
20:00
Man City v West Brom
Saturday, 26 April 2014
12:45
Southampton v Everton  
15:00
Fulham v Hull City  
Stoke City v Tottenham  
Swansea v A Villa  
West Brom v West Ham  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 34 51 77
2 Chelsea 34 42 75
3 Man City 33 54 71
4 Arsenal 34 18 67
5 Everton 34 21 66
6 Tottenham 35 2 63
7 Man Utd 33 18 57
8 Southampton 35 5 49
9 Newcastle 35 -15 46
10 Stoke City 35 -10 44
11 C Palace 35 -13 43
12 West Ham 35 -10 37
13 Swansea 35 -4 36
14 Hull City 33 -6 36
15 A Villa 34 -14 35
16 West Brom 33 -11 33
17 Norwich 34 -27 32
18 Cardiff 35 -34 30
19 Fulham 35 -42 30
20 Sunderland 33 -25 26

Updated Sat, 19 Apr 2014

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