Nuri Sahin, who missed the West Ham game because of a broken nose, may also be available but Jose Enrique is a doubt due to a tight hamstring.
Enrique was named as Liverpool’s Standard Chartered Player of the Month for November and he will be sorely missed if he is unavailable for Saturday’s game. Stewart Downing filled in at left-back after Enrique was taken off against West Ham and if the Spaniard is ruled out, Downing may play in defence once more against his former club. Brendan Rodgers’ other options are to play Daniel Agger or Glen Johnson at left-back, or to give youngster Jack Robinson his first league appearance of the season.
Glen Johnson and Joe Cole scored their first league goals of the season against West Ham, but apart from Luis Suarez no Liverpool player has scored more than once in the league. “Own goals” remains the team’s second highest goalscorer, with four of Liverpool’s 22 league goals coming from opposition players.
Villa’s main dangerman is Belgian striker Christian Benteke, who has scored six league goals for the club since signing from Genk in the summer. Benteke has kept Villa’s record signing Darren Bent out of the team and sometimes out of the squad as rumours persist that Bent will move elsewhere in the January transfer window. The former Sunderland striker may miss out again on Saturday after coming off with an injury in midweek.
History is on Liverpool’s side going into Saturday’s game – Aston Villa have only won one of their last ten matches at Anfield. Depending on results elsewhere, a victory over Villa could see Liverpool move up to seventh in the table.