Liverpool will welcome Aston Villa to Anfield on Sunday with the Reds aiming to get their Champions League quest on track in what is their final game of the season at Anfield.
The Reds will put on a "special occasion" for Naby Keita, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Roberto Firmino this weekend, as it is set to be the last time they step out in front of an Anfield crowd as Liverpool players. It doesn't, however, mean they will start, as this game has an almighty importance behind it because of their one-point gap on Manchester United.
United do have a game in hand to play against Chelsea next Thursday, and it does mean that Champions League football is still out of the hands of Jurgen Klopp. All they can do is keep on winning just as they have done for the past seven games in a row that has seen them defeat Leeds United, Nottingham Forest, West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham, Brentford and Leicester City on Monday.
In fact, combine this with a 0-0 draw with Chelsea and a 2-2 draw against Arsenal and it now means nine games unbeaten for Klopp's side since their 4-1 battering at the Etihad to Manchester City. It puts the Reds as one of the most in-form sides in the league right now and ahead of the likes of Arsenal, Newcastle United and United in the form table.
As for Villa, their hopes of getting into Europe after a rally under Unai Emery have now faded with them sititng eight points behind Liverpool with just six left on the table. They can still finish above Brighton & Hove Albion in sixth, but again, this seems unlikely.
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