Liverpool current positive run in the league is set to face a tricky test this weekend as they host mid-table side Aston Villa at Anfield Stadium. Playing against Villa are never an easy task as they can provide all sort of troubles, especially for top sides such as The Reds' themselves. However, playing in front of their loyal devotees, Brendan Rodgers' men will surely keen on maintaining that positive run going as a win this weekend could lift them even closer into the top three seat.
Meanwhile, Villa themselves are keen to redeem their previous weekend home defeat over Arsenal and despite facing another top sides, Paul Lambert's men won't be afraid to play an attacking football as that's been one of their traits. Having many young and energetic players could very well help Lambert in setting up a tactical scheme to stop Luis Suarez and co from taking full control of that Saturday, January 18 encounter.
Liverpool's ambition in pushing up for top three challenge got halted as Brendan Rodgers' men only managed to snatch a point from that home fixture against Villa. The Reds even found themselves in deep trouble early on as their opponent went a goal up on 25 minutes from Andreas Weimann's effort, which was soon followed by a second through Christian Benteke, who netted home on 36 minutes. Rodgers' men did manage to pull one back before half time through Daniel Sturridge. That game eventually ended in a draw when Steven Gerrard successfully converted a spot kick on 53 minutes.