LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Liverpool will look to build on their 3-0 thrashing of Tottenham in their last game when they face Aston Villa in the English Premier League on Saturday.
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The Reds have won two of their opening three games in the new EPL campaign – losing only to champions Manchester City in Week 2 of the fixtures.
Aston Villa are undefeated on the season, after winning two and drawing the other from the three games played.
Liverpool look well set to be without striker Daniel Sturridge after the forward picked up a thigh strain during a training session with England national squad.
This means that manager Brendan Rodgers will be forced to make adjustments to his team, with summer signing Mario Balotelli set to play at the central position in attack.
There is encouraging news though for Liverpool fans, as summer signings Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic are fit again and will be battling for places in the starting XI.
The pair are in line for the one place to join Balotelli and Raheem Sterling on the frontline.
Defenders Martin Skrtel and Jon Flanagan are both out injured.
Dutch World Cup star Ron Vlaar remains a doubt for Aston Villa, but fellow defender Jores Okore could finally make his come back from a long-term injury.
Vlaar pulled out of the Netherlands squad for their Euro 2016 qualifier against the Czech Republic on Tuesday night as he continues to recover from a calf injury.
Okore, meanwhile, is in line to step into Vlaar place, should the skipper fail his fitness test.
Okore has been battle with a long-standing knee problem, but the 22-year-old who featured for Denmark in midweek, is now fully recovered.