Aston Villa v Liverpool: Match Preview


Aston Villa v Liverpool
Barclays Premier League
Villa Park
Sunday, 18th December; 14:05

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Emile Heskey is in line to start against his former club with Gabriel Agbonlahor serving a one-match suspension

Midfielder Fabian Delph is available following a knee injury that forced him out of the trip to Bolton Wanderers.

Luis Suarez's availability for Liverpool is yet unknown, while Jay Spearing misses out as he serves the second of his three-match suspension after his dismissal against Fulham.

Dalglish open to additions

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has not written off making a signing in the January transfer window.

The Scot brought in both Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez during this year's winter window, and rumours are abound that he's looking to add to his goal shy attack, who have scored just 18 league goals between them this season.

The likes of Roberto Soldado and David Villa had been linked with a move to Anfield, but Dalglish isn't ruling out some sort of dealing in the upcoming window.

"We have the option to add if we want to, but we also have another option that we don't have to," he said.

"We don't speculate on anybody - either our own players or somebody else's players.

"It doesn't matter what we say, there is going to be speculation in the newspapers - but we won't be here to answer every question that's in newspapers.

"We'll do our business the way we've been brought up to do our business and that's privately behind closed doors."

While Dalglish might be looking to add to his attack, Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish is rueing the suspension of Gabriel Agbonlahor, as Aston Villa look to conquer their own scoring problems.

The midlanders have also only scored 18 league goals this season, and have to tackle away-day favourites Liverpool without Agbnonlahor spearheading the club's attack.

“Gabby scored a great goal at Everton and had a booking for taking his shirt off so we have to try to eradicate these silly bookings.

“It sounds extremely unfair to do that to a player who’s just scored, especially to the ladies in the crowd who like to see a footballer’s bare torso!

“But we have to play by the rules and it’s very disappointing to lose him because he was excellent in the first half against Bolton along with Darren Bent – the front four were great.

“You have to have rules for everybody and we will take some of them into account. At the end of the day, we have rules in black and white.”

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