ANFIELD, LIVERPOOL — Liverpool’s hopes of reaching next season’s Champions League are hanging by a thread after victory for rivals Newcastle United in midweek.
But, even if the Reds cannot sneak into the top four across the next two games, there is clear value in rounding off the season with a nine-game winning streak.
That is the sort of run that can provide a perfect springboard into a new campaign that they hope will bring better fortune.
However, securing yet another three points against one of the division’s form teams in Aston Villa, who have enjoyed a remarkable uptick since Unai Emery’s appointment, will be not be easy.
Follow all the action from Anfield with The Sporting News’ live coverage below.
Liverpool vs. Aston Villa live score
|1st Half||Goal scorers|
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson (GK) — Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson — Henderson, Fabinho, Jones — Salah, Gakpo, Diaz
Aston Villa (4-5-1): Martinez (GK) — Cash, Konsa, Mings, Digne — Bailey, McGinn, Luiz, Kamara Ramsey — Watkins
Liverpool vs. Aston Villa live updates, highlights
5th min: A break in play after Liverpool whip a freekick into the box as both Ollie Watkins and Virgil van Dijk require treatment as a result of a clash of heads.
That looked painful.
1st min: Under way at Anfield and the home crowd are straight into Roberto Firmino’s song. We’ll be hearing a lot of that today.
10 mins from kickoff: Here come the players to a warm reception. Can either of these two sides provide a boost to their European hopes with a win, or will we see a draw that in truth suits neither?
30 mins from kickoff: James Milner and Roberto Firmino get a warm welcome from all four sides of the ground as they emerge for their warm-ups. It must be such an odd feeling for both men to be saying goodbye after so long at the same club.
1 hr from kickoff: The team news is in! Roberto Firmino will get his chance at a final Anfield appearance after being passed fit to take a place on the bench.
1.5 hrs from kickoff: The Liverpool squad will get a 90-minute break from being shouted at for not tracking back today with Jurgen Klopp serving a touchline ban for this game. The German has been censured by the FA for his comments on referee Paul Tierney following a dramatic 4-3 win over Tottenham here.
2 hrs from kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of Liverpool vs. Aston Villa in the Premier League. Not only is this a big day in terms of both sides’ European aspirations next term, it is sure to be an emotional send-off for Roberto Firmino, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita, who will play their final Anfield games before departing on free transfers.
— David Lynch (@dmlynch) May 20, 2023
Liverpool vs Aston Villa lineups, team news
Jurgen Klopp perhaps unsurprisingly has stuck with the same starting XI that demolished Leicester City last time out.
There is a place on the bench for the fit-again Roberto Firmino as well as James Milner as they say farewell to Anfield, but Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both miss out.
Liverpool lineup (4-3-3): Alisson (GK) — Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson — Henderson, Fabinho, Jones — Salah, Gakpo, Diaz
Subs: Kelleher, Gomez, Milner, Firmino, Elliott, Jota, Tsimikas, Carvalho, Matip.
Unai Emery has opted to make three changes to the team that beat Tottenham last time out, with Matty Cash and Lucas Digne coming in on either side of defence.
The Spaniard has also added heft to his midfield in replacing playmaker Emi Buendia with Boubacar Kamara.
Aston Villa lineup (4-5-1): Martinez (GK) — Cash, Konsa, Mings, Digne — Bailey, McGinn, Luiz, Kamara Ramsey — Watkins
Subs: Olsen, Sinisalo, Traore, Buendia, Alex Moreno, A.Young, Duran, Dendoncker.
What time does Liverpool vs Aston Villa kick off?
This Premier League match at Anfield kicks off on Saturday, May 20 at 3 p.m. BST.
Here’s how that time translates across some of the major territories:
|USA||Sat, May. 20||10 a.m. ET|
|Canada||Sat, May. 20||10 a.m. ET|
|UK||Sat, May. 20||3 p.m. BST|
|Australia||Sun, May. 21||12 a.m. AEST|
|India||Sat, May. 20||7 p.m. IST|
|Hong Kong||Sat, May. 20||10 p.m. HKT|
|Malaysia||Sat, May. 20||10 p.m. MYT|
|Singapore||Sat, May. 20||10 p.m. SGT|
|New Zealand||Sun, May. 21||2 a.m. NZST|
Liverpool vs Aston Villa live stream, TV channel
|New Zealand||Sky Sport 6 NZ||Sky Sport NOW, Sky Go NZ|
|Hong Kong||Now Premier League
|Malaysia||Astro SuperSport 3||Astro Go, sooka|
UK: The match will not be broadcast live in the UK due to the Saturday 3 p.m. kickoff broadcast embargo.
USA: This match will be streamed via Peacock, with additional streaming options available on Fubo, available to new users on a free trial.
Canada: Every Premier League game streams live in Canada on Fubo.
Australia: Optus Sport is the exclusive broadcaster of Premier League football in Australia with live and on-demand coverage.
Published at Sat, 20 May 2023 14:05:00 +0000