When Gerrard was announced as Villa manager, eyes started to dart towards the fixture list to see when he would be facing Liverpool, especially at Anfield. The former England midfielder played 710 times for Liverpool across all competitions, the third-most in the club’s history, behind only Jamie Carragher (737) and Ian Callaghan (857). Well fans would only have to wait five games for Gerrard’s first trip to Anfield, and he goes back to Liverpool with a pretty decent record. Villa have won three of their four games under the former Rangers boss, beating Brighton, Crystal Palace and Leicester. The only blot on the record so far was a 2-1 defeat at home to Manchester City, a result many expected.
Liverpool will be looking to ruin the homecoming though, once the honours and applause has finished at kick-off. The Reds are chasing Premier League leaders Man City having jumped up to second last weekend and are just one point behind Pep Guardiola’s side. Since losing 3-2 to West Ham, their first league defeat of the season, Liverpool have responded in perfect fashion winning each of their past four matches. Arsenal, Southampton, Everton and Wolves have all fallen, with only the Toffees managing to breach the Reds’ defence. Liverpool have also been perfect in the Champions League, beating AC Milan in midweek to become the first English team to win all six group stage matches in a single campaign.
Liverpool vs Aston Villa: Match Stats
It’s proving tough to stop Mohamed Salah this season, with the Egyptian already scoring 20 goals across all competitions, eight more than any other Premier League player. He drew a blank against Wolves last weekend (though he did assist) but bounced back immediately to strike against AC Milan in midweek, only going more than one game without a goal once this season (a run of three before the November international break. Ollie Watkins has also started to find form under Gerrard, with two goals in four games since the takeover.
Liverpool have been fantastic in front of goal this season, scoring 44 goals in 15 Premier League games so far, averaging just under three per game. They have also scored at least three goals in nine of their 15 league matches, including four in each of the past two at Anfield.
10 April 2021 – Liverpool 2-1 Aston Villa – Premier League
8 January 2021 – Aston Villa 1-4 Liverpool – FA Cup
4 October 2020 – Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool – Premier League
5 July 2020 – Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa – Premier League
17 December 2019 – Aston Villa 5-0 Liverpool – Premier League
Liverpool usually dominate this fixture, but Aston Villa have got some big results in over the past few seasons. First there was the 5-0 win in the League Cup, when Liverpool’s entire first-team squad was contesting the Club World Cup. But nothing could be taken away from Villa beating Liverpool 7-2 in the Premier League last season, one of just two league wins over the Reds in the past 10 matches.