Aston Villa are seeking a third consecutive win in the Premier League for the first time since April 2010. Liverpool could become the first team in top-flight history to win each of their opening four league games in three consecutive campaigns.
Villa’s new loan signing Ross Barkley could make his debut against the Reds this weekend.
Jack Grealish appears to have recovered from the knock he sustained against Fulham but Bjorn Engels and Kortney Hause are sidelined.
Liverpool will assess the fitness of Jordan Henderson, who has been out for two weeks with a muscular injury.
Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantara are self-isolating after both tested positive for COVID-19, while Joel Matip and Kostas Tsimikas remain out.
What has been said?
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith: “It’s going to be very tough because you just have to look at the cumulative totals they’ve got over the last two years and they’ve started this season exactly the same.
“We feel, with the additions we’ve made, we should be closer than we were last season to them but where that takes us, who knows.
“Them and Man City over the last two or three seasons have been the ones (to beat) but they pushed on from City last season.