Liverpool started the season with the all-important three points that they wanted. However, the Premier League season is a marathon, not a sprint.
Liverpool face Aston Villa in their second Premier League game of the season. The free-scoring side have many options in attack, with the likes of Gabriel Agbonlahor, Andreas Weimann, and Christian Benteke all capable of scoring.
Benteke, in particular, is on fire having scored three goals in two games. Villa have had a rough start to the season as they opened with games against Arsenal and Chelsea.
Liverpool will be yet another challenge that Villa will approach with confidence. After having defeated Arsenal by a comfortable score of 3-1, they then narrowly lost to Chelsea by a score of 2-1.
As for Liverpool, they dominated a Stoke City side incapable of scoring. Stoke came close to scoring many times, but they were unable to get the ball past Simon Mignolet.
Liverpool's domination of possession simply meant that they went according to plan, but they have to be more clinical. Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic did well and was unfortunate to allow a goal to go in after all of his hard work.
One of the most important things that must go right for Liverpool is their defence. This cannot be overstated, especially in a match like this.
Aston Villa are very capable of scoring a couple of goals and they have speed and strength. Daniel Agger and Kolo Toure must not be bossed around by Benteke. Even should The Reds completely keep out Benteke, they must be wary of the threat that Agbonlahor and Weimann pose.
Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho link up particularly well. Coutinho is the Brazilian magician in Liverpool, and has a seemingly telepathic relationship with Sturridge.
Sturridge will have plenty of opportunities to shoot on goal and it's his job to make sure one of those chances actually ends up in a goal.
Sturridge will have to beat American goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who has been in phenomenal form after having taken the starting job from veteran shot stopper Shay Given last season.
Iago Aspas will also prove to be detrimental to Liverpool's chances of scoring a goal, as he has the capability to score and assist. Liverpool must be more clinical as they took 25 shots last week, but only 11 were on target.
It will be important for Liverpool to not only dominate possession, but actually use it and go forward, wary of the threat that Villa carry.
Liverpool are in for a rough ride against Aston Villa and will definitely be pushed to their limits but will just about nick the win.
Predicted Result: Liverpool 2-1 Aston Villa
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