Aston Villa vs Liverpool LIVE! Premier League result, match stream and latest updates today

Aston Villa vs Liverpool LIVE!

Jhon Duran scored twice in the final 10 minutes to earn Aston Villa a thrilling 3-3 draw against Liverpool which moves them closer to Champions League qualification.

Villa looked dead and buried as Emiliano Martinez’s astonishing gaffe handed the Reds a second-minute goal, which was cancelled out by Youri Tielemans, before strikes from Cody Gakpo and Jarell Quansah put them 3-1 up in Jurgen Klopp’s final away game in charge.

But Duran climbed off the bench to score twice in four minutes and put Villa on the brink of qualification for the Champions League for the first time.

The draw means they will be guaranteed a top-four spot if Tottenham fail to beat Manchester City on Tuesday night.

Aston Villa vs Liverpool highlights

GOAL! Martinez howler in second minute

GOAL! Tielemans levels against run of play

GOAL! VAR confirms Gakpo tap-in

GOAL! Quansah extends Reds’ advantage

GOAL! Duran threatens comeback late on

GOAL! Second for Duran levels up

Champions League beckons for Aston Villa after late fightback

22:21 , Marc Mayo

Aston Villa may not have secured Champions League qualification in their 3-3 draw with Liverpool on Monday night, but the nature of their spirited late comeback meant they at least signed off on a superb year at Villa Park on a high.

It certainly didn’t look to be heading that way when Emi Martinez put through his own net in the second minute, but Villa clawed their way back into it via Youri Tielemans’ strike.

Liverpool looked to have secured the win via goals from Cody Gakpo and Jarell Quansah before Jhon Duran emerged off the bench to snatch a stunning point with a late brace.

Thanks for joining us tonight and we’ll be back tomorrow to cover Spurs vs Man City…

Recap the action at Villa Park with our match report!

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John McGinn reacts to the draw

22:17 , Marc Mayo

“A brilliant effort, I know we got a bit of fortune with the third goal but it’s been a tough couple of weeks.

“Boys are out on their feet, Youri’s just back and playing through the pain barrier…

Story continues

“Big Jhon is a bit nuts, he can be a nightmare to have on your team but the first was a top finish. We’ll have to try and keep his feet on the ground next couple of days.

“Some of us have never been close to Champions League football, it’s massive. What’s gone under the radar is the injuries, but the manager has a no-excuse mentality.

“We’ve floated under the radar and we’ll have the Man City tops on tomorrow night!”

How the table looks

22:14 , Marc Mayo

Aston Villa hold a five-point lead over Tottenham in fourth place.

Spurs have two games to go and must win them both, against Manchester City and Sheffield United, while either overturning an eight-goal deficit in goal difference if Villa draw at Crystal Palace on the last day OR two wins will do it if Villa lose in south London.

The least we deserved. 😤

Jhon Durán’s late double earns what could be a vital point. pic.twitter.com/ALQPPVODZW — Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) May 13, 2024

Full time!

22:02 , Marc Mayo

Aston Villa fight back late on to claim a 3-3 draw at home to Liverpool.

That puts them one step closer to the Champions League after a wild night at Villa Park!

Aston Villa 3-3 Liverpool | 90+7 mins

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Villa survive a Liverpool corner, is there time for one last attack from either side?

Aston Villa 3-3 Liverpool | 90+4 mins

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Villa want a handball for Virgil van Dijk in the box and VAR has a look. No way that’s clear and obvious, it brushed him while falling in competition for a header.

Simon Hooper waves play on and Liverpool win a goal kick.

Aston Villa 3-3 Liverpool | 90+3 mins

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SAVE!

The ball falls for Moussa Diaby on the edge of the box and a strong arm from Alisson Becker turns it wide.

Watch Jhon Duran score second to level up

21:54 , Marc Mayo

Couldn’t have scored that again if he’d have tried..!

Jhon Durán scores again, Aston Villa are LEVEL! 😱 pic.twitter.com/OO3tfV30bw — Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 13, 2024

Aston Villa 3-3 Liverpool | 90+1 mins

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NINE added minutes.

What a turnaround this is. And it’s not done yet.

(Action Images via Reuters)

GGGGOOOOAAALLLL!!! Aston Villa 3-3 Liverpool | Duran, 88′

21:51 , Marc Mayo

THEY ARE LEVEL!

WOW! Jhon Duran didn’t know much about that but he fortuitously turns home a pass while running through on goal.

Watch Jhon Duran get Villa back in it

21:50 , Marc Mayo

Game on…

Clinical finish from Jhon Durán 😍🎯 pic.twitter.com/KqFRL3HbTK — Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 13, 2024

Aston Villa 2-3 Liverpool | 87 mins

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Villa Park has ratcheted up the volume levels but Liverpool are still a threat in behind their high line.

Darwin Nunez races in on goal, scores… and the flag is up. Offside for sure.

GGGOOOOAAALLL!!! Aston Villa 2-3 Liverpool | Duran, 85′

21:47 , Marc Mayo

JHON DURAN HALVES THE DEFICIT!

Alexis Mac Allister sloppily loses out in his own half and a superb shot from Duran beats the keeper.

Aston Villa 1-3 Liverpool | 81 mins

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Those substitutes have really pressed home Liverpool’s authority on this match.

Those fresh legs and quality in abundance have put this comeback mission a bit further beyond the hosts, who will continue to pluck away but even holding onto the ball is a tall task now.

(Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Aston Villa 1-3 Liverpool | 79 mins

21:42 , Marc Mayo

Jhon Duran and Calum Chambers come on for Villa, who lose Nicolo Zaniolo to injury having only just brought him on earlier in the half. Douglas Luiz also off.

Aston Villa 1-3 Liverpool | 77 mins

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Dominik Szoboszlai into the action with a run onto Mohamed Salah’s cute reverse pass, he shoots into the midriff of the keeper.

Jarell Quansah becomes the 24th @LFC player to score their first Premier League goal under Jurgen Klopp 🔴 pic.twitter.com/wb9pwXvwYb — Premier League (@premierleague) May 13, 2024

Aston Villa 1-3 Liverpool | 75 mins

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Curtis Jones, Darwin Nunez, Ryan Gravenberch and Dominik Szoboszlai enter the game for the away side.

Harvey Elliott, Cody Gakpo, Luis Diaz and Wataru Endo depart.

Aston Villa 1-3 Liverpool | 73 mins

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A quieter spell for Liverpool to enjoy, Cody Gakpo keeps an attack alive at the corner flag before Joe Gomez lofts a shot over.

Four changes coming from Jurgen Klopp…

Aston Villa 1-3 Liverpool | 70 mins

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Nicolo Zaniolo, Douglas Luiz and Leon Bailey are next to fire on goal in a flurry of shots of decreasing accuracy.

Liverpool escape and John McGinn is booked for grabbing Luis Diaz back.

Aston Villa 1-3 Liverpool | 68 mins

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Moussa Diaby bombs into the box and slaps a shot into the side netting from a tight angle.

Aston Villa 1-3 Liverpool | 67 mins

21:28 , Marc Mayo

Great effort from the Villa fans as ‘Allez, allez, allez’ belts off the Holte End.

They are having plenty of the ball in the Liverpool half, although it’s been a bit sloppy in terms of finding a killer pass.

Aston Villa 1-3 Liverpool | 65 mins

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Villa’s players look shattered but are giving their all still. And they look incredibly vulnerable to being picked off on the counter, too.

Nicolo Zaniolo enters the fray for Youri Tielemans, both of whom are back from injury tonight.

Frustrations boiling over with Aston Villa players 😳 pic.twitter.com/Pi1tKWG4mC — Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 13, 2024

Aston Villa 1-3 Liverpool | 60 mins

21:22 , Marc Mayo

VAR confirms the on-field decision and we stay at 3-1 to Liverpool.

Plenty of goals left in this game, yet.

Goal disallowed!

21:21 , Marc Mayo

Luis Diaz looks offside as he races in on goal, before teeing up Harvey Elliott and Mohamed Salah.

They fall over each other in scoring but Diaz is the man who draws the flag.

VAR will check it…

Watch Jarell Quansah make it 3-1

21:18 , Marc Mayo

The Liverpool youngster’s first league goal.

“An absolutely brilliant climb”

Quansah’s first Premier League goal ✅👏 pic.twitter.com/Ya5HKMIOLq — Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 13, 2024

Aston Villa 1-3 Liverpool | 55 mins

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CHANCE!

Huge error from Alisson Becker but Villa cannot make him pay!

Leon Bailey finds Ollie Watkins, who flicks a shot wide and maybe took it off his teammates’ toe…

Goal disallowed!

21:15 , Marc Mayo

Leon Bailey is offside! Liverpool remain 3-1 up.

GGGGOOOOAAALLLL!!! Aston Villa 2-3 Liverpool | Watkins, 52′

21:14 , Marc Mayo

GAME ON!

Leon Bailey might just be offside here…

Ollie Watkins finishes off but VAR is having a look.

Aston Villa 1-3 Liverpool | 50 mins

21:12 , Marc Mayo

Well they might just be that for Villa.

A suckerpunch time to concede and Jarell Quansah has his first Premier League goal.

Will Liverpool look to stick the knife in? Goal difference may prove important to Villa in their race for fourth place, they have six-goal advantage over Tottenham as things stand.

GGGGOOOAAALLL!!! Aston Villa 1-3 Liverpool | Quansah, 48′

21:10 , Marc Mayo

JARELL QUANSAH SCORES!

A delightful looping header from the young defender diverts home a free-kick.

Aston Villa vs Liverpool | Kick-off!

21:07 , Marc Mayo

Time for the second half. Villa need to win if they are to seal qualification to the Champions League tonight.

(Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Aston Villa look ragged

21:02 , Marc Mayo

All is not lost for Aston Villa, who will be disappointed to have conceded the second goal after fighting back to equalise against the run of play.

They really should have levelled up again when Diego Carlos managed to shoot wide from a yard out, particularly as it took the ball off Ollie Watkins.

You can see why they’ve been described as running on empty as they stare down a fourth defeat in a row.

(AP)

Liverpool good value for their lead

20:56 , Marc Mayo

The away team have certainly been the better of the two sides and are causing issues with some fairly straightforward runs in behind.

But it’s been another case of them failing to kill off their opponents, having only scored via an early Emi Martinez own goal and Cody Gakpo’s tap-in.

You can’t see them winning this without scoring at least another goal.

(Action Images via Reuters)

Half-time!

20:51 , Marc Mayo

A fairly low-key period of stoppage time draws an entertaining half to a close.

Liverpool ahead at the break!

Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool | 45+4 mins

20:49 , Marc Mayo

Issue for John McGinn, who looks to be feeling the coming together with Alexis Mac Allister a little bit earlier.

Looked legal but he’s adamant there was a cheeky elbow in there. Wouldn’t catch him doing anything of the sort, of course.

Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool | 45 mins

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Leon Bailey tries to trick his way into space from a free-kick but the pass is poor.

Liverpool come forward and the flag goes up to halt a poorly executed counter.

We’ll have five added minutes.

Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool | 43 mins

20:43 , Marc Mayo

CHANCE!

John McGinn nicks in and sends Moussa Diaby through on goal… over the bar! Well over, in fact.

Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool | 41 mins

20:42 , Marc Mayo

Plenty of fire about the hosts now and John McGinn needs a talking to from Simon Hooper after complaining of an elbow.

Liverpool look like they’re happy to kill the atmosphere with a spell on the ball, in a bid to wait out the half.

Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool | 38 mins

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Slick play from Liverpool down their right leads to Alexis Mac Allister taking aim. Shot blocked.

Villa then win a free-kick by the halfway line and Harvey Elliott is booked for kicking the ball away.

Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool | 36 mins

20:36 , Marc Mayo

CHANCE!

Painful-sounding one for Leon Bailey as Alexis Mac Allister catches him in a run down the right flank. He’ll continue though as John McGinn lines up the free-kick.

Decent position and Liverpool struggle to clear…

Bailey is played in and cuts a ball into the six-yard box – but Diego Carlos and Ollie Watkins can’t finish it off!

Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool | 33 mins

20:34 , Marc Mayo

Kieran McKenna, Ipswich coach, and Gareth Southgate, England manager, have been spotted by the TV cameras in free-flowing conversation a couple of times tonight.

Ollie Watkins, Harvey Elliott, Jarell Quansah and Joe Gomez among those perhaps being scouted by the Three Lions boss.

John McGinn, who could face England in the Euros, drives a shot into a Liverpool body as Villa look to assert from authority on the game.

Watch Cody Gakpo put Liverpool back ahead

20:30 , Marc Mayo

Liverpool’s goals have crossed the line with a combined speed of about 8mph tonight!

Gakpo taps it in and Liverpool are back in front! 🔻 pic.twitter.com/UQzTNjqj9Z — Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 13, 2024

Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool | 28 mins

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Well it’s been an entertaining first half hour in the Midlands.

Villa are very much there for the taking if Liverpool can keep the pressure up, pretty much any run in behind is going untracked by the home team.

(Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Goal given!

20:26 , Marc Mayo

Liverpool lead after the green light from VAR!

VAR check

20:25 , Marc Mayo

It could be Joe Gomez from the initial effort or it could be Cody Gakpo with the finish who could have infringed upon the regulations.

Looks tight, this won’t be a speedy review…

GGGGOOOOAAALLLL!!! Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool | Gakpo, 23′

20:24 , Marc Mayo

CODY GAKPO TAPS HOME!

Liverpool lead after Joe Gomez’s overlap leads to a shot parried right into the Dutchman for an easy finish.

VAR will check if he’s onside…

Aston Villa 1-1 Liverpool | 21 mins

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Half chance for Ollie Watkins after Ezri Konsa’s sharp tackle wins the ball.

Sent through by Leon Bailey, he gets the finish all wrong. Looks like he tried to chip it, but it’s easily blocked.

Aston Villa 1-1 Liverpool | 19 mins

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Liverpool waste the chance to play Mohamed Salah in behind before Villa resume their pressure.

The hosts are well and truly in this game now, having barely been a presence before scoring.

Youri Tielemans wins a foul after a hospital pass from Pau Torres put him under pressure 30 yards from goal, but again Villa give it away from the free-kick.

Watch Youri Tielemans score for Aston Villa

20:18 , Marc Mayo

A fine finish but not much effort from a couple of Liverpool defenders to block the shot.

“They’ve recovered from the shock start”

Youri Tielemans 👏🔥 pic.twitter.com/SaC5pp3AxZ — Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 13, 2024

Aston Villa 1-1 Liverpool | 16 mins

20:16 , Marc Mayo

Well this has summed up Liverpool’s season a fair bit. Plenty of attacking threat, a breakthrough, some missed chances to build on their lead, and conceding a sloppy goal out of nowhere.

GGGGOOOOOAAALLLL!!! Aston Villa 1-1 Liverpool | Tielemans, 12′

20:13 , Marc Mayo

VILLA LEVEL OUT OF NOWHERE!

Ollie Watkins glides down the left flank, into the box and he picks out Youri Tielemans to arrow into the bottom corner.

Aston Villa 0-1 Liverpool | 12 mins

20:12 , Marc Mayo

Flag is up as Liverpool come close. Luis Diaz borderline as his header is parried to Cody Gakpo, who hits the post on the rebound.

Aston Villa 0-1 Liverpool | 9 mins

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Harvey Elliott steals the ball inside Villa’s half and rushes into the box, but he loses the physical battle with Diego Carlos.

Forward come the home team and Moussa Diaby crosses low for Leon Bailey… he scuffs it wide.

Aston Villa 0-1 Liverpool | 7 mins

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Liverpool remain well on top and Emi Martinez combines with Youri Tielemans to deal with a threatening dink into the box.

Villa fans try to rally their players but they give the ball away quickly… those cheers may quickly turn to frustration for some corners of the home crowd.

Watch Emi Martinez own goal

20:06 , Marc Mayo

One of the howlers of the season…

Aston Villa fans look away 🫣

What a start at Villa Park! 🤯⚡ pic.twitter.com/VbGsconOpv — Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 13, 2024

Aston Villa 0-1 Liverpool | 4 mins

20:05 , Marc Mayo

Almost 2-0!

Mohamed Salah skips inside freely from the right flank and his shot flicks narrowly wide off Pau Torres.

Aston Villa 0-1 Liverpool | 3 mins

20:04 , Marc Mayo

The home team had barely touched the ball by the time Mohamed Salah and Harvey Elliott linked up down the right.

The latter’s cross deflected off Pau Torres and Emi Martinez looked primed to catch it easily… yet squandered the ball over his own line.

A dreadful start for a Villa team not in great form.

GGGGGOOOOAAALLLL!!! Aston Villa 0-1 Liverpool | Martinez OG, 2′

20:02 , Marc Mayo

OH MY WORD!

A massive error from Emi Martinez.

Aston Villa vs Liverpool | Kick-off!

20:00 , Marc Mayo

The away team are in their green, white and black with the hosts in their traditional claret and blue.

Simon Hooper is our referee tonight and his whistle gets the ball rolling…

Underway at Villa Park. UTV! ✊ pic.twitter.com/OmmCEEMpfZ — Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) May 13, 2024

Here come the teams!

19:56 , Marc Mayo

Villa Park is packed to the rafters and the home fans are flying their flags proudly as the teams emerge from the tunnel!

Ten-minute warning!

19:50 , Marc Mayo

It’s almost time to greet the teams at Villa Park.

A reminder: Liverpool will finish third in the Premier League no matter what happens in their final two games, but this is Jurgen Klopp’s final road trip at Reds boss.

Villa, meanwhile, will secure fourth place and Champions League football with a win.

A loss opens the door to Tottenham and a draw means Spurs will have to win both of their games to overtake Villa, along with Unai Emery’s side losing on the final day AND overturning what is currently an eight-goal deficit in goal difference.

(Action Images via Reuters)

Jurgen Klopp hints at thoughts on Arsenal treatment of Unai Emery

19:48 , Marc Mayo

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes some clubs paid the price for not proving willing to “wait” for former Arsenal boss Unai Emery to deliver success.

“He is one of the best we have in the business,” said Klopp.

“Some clubs weren’t ready to wait for it, but looking back, maybe these clubs would have made different decisions.

“I’ve known him for so long. He always had a clear idea. Won plenty of times with Sevilla.

“Really tricky with Villarreal. He always organises his team really well. The job he is doing is absolutely exceptional. We all know how difficult it is to qualify for the Champions League and that he will probably do that is absolutely exceptional.”

Why Andrew Robertson misses out tonight

19:43 , Marc Mayo

Latest reports reassuring Liverpool fans over Andrew Robertson.

He’s said to just be suffering from a minor issue which the Reds won’t risk given this is ultimately a dead rubber for them.

But he’s set to return to the team on Sunday for the final game of the season.

Aston Villa vs Liverpool | Countdown to kick-off

19:40 , Marc Mayo

We are now just 20 minutes away from this game at Villa Park getting underway.

Warm-ups are in full flow after a vibrant welcome for the home team bus earlier on.

(REUTERS)

Paul Merson explains why Arsenal fans must support Liverpool

19:35 , Marc Mayo

Former Arsenal star Paul Merson has told fans they have to want Liverpool to beat Aston Villa to aid their Premier League title challenge.

Villa Park will be bouncing for the visit of Jurgen Klopp’s side as a win will guarantee a top-four finish and Champions League football in the west Midlands next season.

Such a scenario would lead to Tottenham having practically nothing to play for when they host Manchester City a day later, a game in which Arsenal will be praying for their neighbours to take a result from the defending champions.

“If Villa get beat tomorrow, Tottenham are still in the race [for the Champions League],” Merson explained on Sky Sports.

“So they need to get something [against City], if Villa get beat. Every Arsenal fan needs Villa to get beat tomorrow. If Liverpool can get a result, Tottenham have to stay hungry on Tuesday.”

Read the full story!

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Jurgen Klopp on best behaviour

19:28 , Marc Mayo

A booking for Jurgen Klopp tonight and he will receive a touchline ban for the next Premier League game.

That, of course, would be his farewell match at Anfield on the final day.

Chatting to Sky Sports before the game, Klopp spoke of how he’ll handle himself with the referee.

He replies: “Yeah and they gave me Simon Hooper…

“That’s obviously the biggest challenge they could find. I’m alright, I should be fine.”

Youri Tielemans returns for Villa

19:12 , Marc Mayo

Aston Villa switch to a 4-3-3 formation with Youri Tielemans back from injury.

Unai Emery’s move to a five-man defence didn’t pay off in Greece so it’s a case of Ollie Watkins flanked by Leon Bailey and Moussa Diaby in attack.

Matty Cash is the man to make way.

Representing Aston Villa tonight! 👊 pic.twitter.com/PuqtMLuhva — Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) May 13, 2024

One change for Liverpool

19:07 , Marc Mayo

Andrew Robertson sits this one out having missed training at the back end of last week with an injury issue.

Joe Gomez starts while Harvey Elliott and Cody Gakpo retain their places in the XI having scored against Tottenham, meaning Darwin Nunez and Dominik Szoboszlai are on the bench.

Lining up on the road for the final time this season 👊🟢 #AVLLIV — Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2024

Aston Villa team news

19:02 , Marc Mayo

Aston Villa XI: Martinez; Konsa, Carlos, Torres, Digne; Tielemans, McGinn, Luiz; Bailey, Watkins, Diaby

Subs: Olsen, Chambers, Lenglet, Zaniolo, Duran, Kesler-Hayden, Iroegbunam, Munroe, Kellyman

Liverpool team news

19:00 , Marc Mayo

Liverpool XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Quansah, Van Dijk, Gomez; Elliott, Endo, Mac Allister; Salah, Gakpo, Diaz

Subs: Kelleher, Konate, Szoboszlai, Nunez, Jones, Tsimikas, Gravenberch, Bajcetic, Bradley

Tom Hanks in the house

18:54 , Marc Mayo

Hollywood actor Tom Hanks is backing his boys in claret and blue tonight.

A huge game for Villa and their most famous fan (sorry, Prince William) is in situ for every kick!

Surprise! 🤩

Villa fan Tom Hanks is at Villa Park for tonight’s match against Liverpool 🟪 pic.twitter.com/eiYSvWNJnJ — Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 13, 2024

Rewind: Aston Villa thrash Liverpool 7-2

18:50 , Marc Mayo

Ollie Watkins’ hat-trick against the then-defending champions was perhaps the most remarkable result of the Covid era.

It helped send Liverpool into a huge downward spiral that season and they went on to finish third.

Head-to-head record

18:44 , Marc Mayo

Villa have not beaten Liverpool since their famous 7-2 thrashing on home soil in 2020.

Aston Villa wins: 59

Draws: 41

Liverpool wins: 102

Aston Villa hoping to recover key players

18:36 , Marc Mayo

Team news due out in a little while and Aston Villa have a handful of players they’re monitoring.

“Each day is going to be very important because some players are with a small injury, having pain and there’s not a date when they will come back,” manager Unai Emery said at the end of last week.

“Like [Nicolo] Zaniolo, he’s close but until he’s feeling comfortable with his pain then he’s not available to play. Hopefully, he can progress.

“[Youri] Tielemans is close; Alex Moreno has a small injury and he needs some days, maybe he could be available.”

Villa fans to put on display for final home game

18:25 , Marc Mayo

Claret and blue flags have been set up around the ground for home fans to wave ahead of kick-off tonight as Aston Villa look to put on a spectacle for their last home game of the season.

(REUTERS)

Mixed emotions for Jurgen Klopp on Villa Park bow

18:15 , Marc Mayo

Jurgen Klopp has mixed feelings about Villa Park as he returns for the final time as Liverpool manager.

The ground witnessed a crucial moment in their title-winning season when Andy Robertson and Sadio Mane scored in the final three minutes to snatch a 2-1 win in November 2018 which extended their unbeaten start to that campaign and felt hugely significant.

However, the following season they returned as champions and were incredibly thumped 7-2.

Asked about his memories of Villa Park Klopp said: “You talk about that game (the 2-1 win). We had another night at Aston Villa…

“True, it was a really special game when we won 2-1. At half-time we had a little situation in the dressing room – a little argument between two players but you will not get the names from me (Robertson has previously admitted it was him and Mane) – and then we could calm it down and turned the game around, which was really special.

“That’s when you go for absolutely everything, when everything is on the edge and these kinds of things can happen as long as you settle as quick as possible.

“That was a very important one, a great feeling after the game absolutely.

“This group of players was really special. It meant so much and things can happen when you work together for a long time especially, that’s normal.”

Aston Villa ace rates Jurgen Klopp among the best

18:08 , Marc Mayo

John McGinn has said that the Premier League as a whole will miss Jurgen Klopp.

The Liverpool boss takes charge of his final Reds away game tonight before a fond farewell on Sunday.

“They are certainly slightly different but both of them are up there with the best managers in the world,” he said.

“The league has been very lucky to have Klopp. He has obviously got an identity and a really strong team.

“He will be missed in the league, definitely.”

(Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Aston Villa vs Liverpool | Countdown to kick-off

18:00 , Marc Mayo

We are now within two hours of the game getting underway at Villa Park.

The team buses are due to arrive shortly ahead of team news at 7pm.

See you soon, Villans. 👊

Join us to welcome Unai Emery’s team for #AVLLIV from 6:30pm tonight, near the William McGregor statue and Fan Zone. 💜 — Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) May 13, 2024

Match odds

17:52 , Marc Mayo

Aston Villa to win: 14/5

Draw: 15/4

Liverpool to win: 8/11

Odds via Bet365 (subject to change).

Score prediction

17:42 , Marc Mayo

With Villa limping towards the finish line in the Premier League after so many injuries across such a busy campaign, you’d have to back Liverpool for victory tonight.

Liverpool to win, 2-1.

How we expect Liverpool to line up

17:35 , Marc Mayo

Predicted Liverpool XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Quansah, Van Dijk, Robertson; Elliott, Endo, Mac Allister; Salah, Gakpo, Diaz

Doubts: Robertson

Injuries: Jota, Doak, Matip, Thiago, Clark

Early Liverpool team news

17:28 , Marc Mayo

Diogo Jota was not fit enough to return to Liverpool training before last week’s win over Spurs and no further update was provided by Klopp at Friday’s pre-match press conference.

Reports suggest Andrew Robertson is a doubt after missing Friday’s training session.

Ben Doak, Bobby Clark, Joel Matip and Thiago Alcantara are all confirmed absentees.

Our prediction for the home line-up

17:20 , Marc Mayo

Predicted Aston Villa XI: Martinez; Konsa, Carlos, Torres, Digne; McGinn, Luiz; Bailey, Rogers, Diaby; Watkins

Doubts: Rogers, Moreno, Tielemans, Zaniolo

Injuries: Buenida, Mings, Ramsey, Kamara

Early Aston Villa team news

17:12 , Marc Mayo

Villa are assessing Morgan Rogers, Alex Moreno, Nicolo Zaniolo and Youri Tielemans, who all missed Thursday’s defeat in Greece.

Jacob Ramsey, Tyrone Mings, Emi Buendia and Boubacar Kamara all out injured, meanwhile.

Where to watch Aston Villa vs Liverpool

17:05 , Marc Mayo

TV channel: In the UK, tonight’s game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HDR. Coverage of Monday Night Football starts at 6.30pm.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers also will be able to watch on a live stream online via the Sky Go app.

Aston Villa vs Liverpool LIVE!

16:58 , Marc Mayo

Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s coverage of Aston Villa vs Liverpool.

It’s a case of fourth meets third in the Premier League table and there is plenty on the line for the home team, who can guarantee qualification to the Champions League with a win. The Reds, meanwhile, are only playing for pride in Jurgen Klopp’s last away game as their manager.

Kick-off comes at 8pm BST from Villa Park.

Join us for all the build-up, team news, match action and reaction!

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