Unai Emery enjoyed a good start to life in the Villa dugout ahead of the World Cup break, which has seen the Midlands club beat Chelsea amid two defeats and a draw in friendlies.
Liverpool returned to action on Thursday with a narrow Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester City, and Reds fans will expect Jurgen Klopp’s charges to up their game in the second half of the season, having so far won only six of their 14 league matches.
Here are all the details…
Date, kick-off time and venue
Aston Villa vs Liverpool is scheduled for a 5.30pm GMT kick-off today, December 26, 2022.
The match will take place at Villa Park in Birmingham.
Where to watch Aston Villa vs Liverpool
TV channel: In the UK, the match will be televised live on Amazon Prime Video.
Live stream: Fans can also catch the game live online via the Amazon Prime Video app and website.
Live blog: You can follow all the action on matchday via Standard Sport’s live blog.
Aston Villa vs Liverpool team news
World Cup finalists Emi Martinez and Ibrahima Konate will miss out for their respective sides, although Philippe Coutinho could feature against his old club after returning to training.
Jacob Ramsey (hamstring) has been ruled out for three matches and Diego Carlos is a long-term absentee for Villa.
James Milner will miss out for Liverpool after picking up a hamstring injury against City, a game which Trent Alexander-Arnold missed due to illness. The right-back is a doubt, Klopp has confirmed, but otherwise match fit after barely featuring at the World Cup. The same for Fabinho, who played just once for Brazil.
Roberto Fimirno joins Diogo Jota (calf), Arthur Melo (thigh) and Luis Diaz (knee) in the treatment room after suffering a calf issue.
Aston Villa vs Liverpool prediction
Villa’s promise under Emery should see them put in a good display, back by a hyped Boxing Day home crowd. Liverpool can thrive in that environment too and, if stars return, this could make for a fascinating watch.
A 2-2 draw.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Villa’s last league win over Liverpool in front of fans at Villa Park came in May 2011.
Aston Villa wins: 59
Liverpool wins: 100
Aston Villa vs Liverpool match odds
Aston Villa: 7/2
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).