LIVERPOOL take on former captain Steven Gerrard's Aston Villa knowing nothing less than a win will do to keep them in the title race.

The Reds faltered in their pursuit of leaders Man City on Saturday, drawing 1-1 at home to Spurs.

That draw leaves them three points behind City with three matches remaining.

Aston Villa have little more than pride to play for in their final four games, but they did manage to secure a comfortable 3-1 victory at Burnley on Saturday, which ended the Lancastrians' recent winning run.

  • Kick-off: 8pm
  • TV/ live stream: Sky Sports Main Event, Premier League
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  • Kieran Davies

    Rewriting the record books

    Villa are aiming to beat Liverpool in consecutive home league games for the first time since February 1998.

    This fixture has produced 20 away wins in the Premier League, second only to Man City's clashes with Man Utd (21).

    Last season Aston Villa humiliated Liverpool 7-2.

  • Kieran Davies

    Got to keep City honest

    With only three Premier League games remaining, Liverpool know nothing but 9 points will give them even a glimmer of hope of finishing at the top of the table.

    Every league match is now a cup final.

    Klopp will need his match winners to step up and lead his group to three huge victories.

  • Kieran Davies

    Manager who knows crowd is key

    Villa manager Steven Gerrard is more than aware how influential the 'twelfth man' can be at home in games.

    He will be looking for the Villa fans to make this a cauldron of noise this evening.

    Villa Park will be rocking.

  • Kieran Davies

    'Master versus student' face each other

    Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has often been lauded as a future Liverpool manager.

    The football romantics see their ex-talisman as the ideal predecessor for when Jurgen Klopp finally decides to leave the club.

    Some see these games as Gerrard’s interview for the potential future position.

  • Kieran Davies

    The hunt for Pep Guardiola

    The Liverpool manager was asked how he sees the situation in their pursuit of Man City after dropping points to City on the weekend:

    It's easy to describe our situation. We drew, they won, the goal difference too. We can decide for ourselves how we see it. There are some facts but I try to help the boys see it like me.

    Jurgen KloppLiverpool

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    Pressure on perfect performances

    After Son Heung-Min put Tottenham ahead at Anfield on Saturday, Liverpool’s push for the Premier League crown was dealt a huge blow.

    Luis Diaz was able to equalise in the second-half for Jurgen Klopp’s side, avoiding defeat with a draw.

    With City winning comfortably against Newcastle, Liverpool cannot afford anything other than victories to stand any chance of their rivals slipping up at all.

  • Kieran Davies

    Welcome to Aston Villa vs Liverpool

    Liverpool travel to Villa Park looking to bounce back from a disappointing draw against Tottenham, desperately needing three points to put pressure on Man City at the top of the table.

    Anything but victory for the Anfield-outift would no doubt hand the Premier League title back to the reigning champions.

    Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard scored 186 goals  in 710 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions but will be looking to derail the title challenge of the team that has adorned him for so many years with victory this evening.

    Jacob Ramsey has been ruled out due to the groin injury that kept him out of Villa’s win over Burnley.

    Leon Bailey and Kortney Hause remain on the sidelines, while Phillipe Coutinho will hope for a recall against his former club.

    Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino could make his return after six matches out with a foot injury.

    With the FA Cup final in mind, Jurgen Klopp may rotate his squad with Joe Gomez and Kostas Tsimikas slotting into the full-back areas.

    Naby Keita, Diogo Jota and Joel Matip may all return to the starting XI with the Chelsea game on the weekend in mind.

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