Title-chasing Liverpool surely have to win at Aston Villa this evening in order to keep their already dwindling hopes of usurping Manchester City at the top of the Premier League alive.
While drawing with an Antonio Conte-led Tottenham is by no means a bad result, the fine margins in the title race mean even that could prove terminal.
Although Liverpool will be expected to leave Villa Park with three points this evening, there is the slight pressure of knowing they simply have to win to add into the equation. Clearly, Klopp’s side have proven they can deal with such expectation before, but a slip-up could turn the closing week or so into a procession for City.
Villa, meanwhile, are coming off the back of one of their better performances under Steven Gerrard, whos presence on the touchline is another thing too big to ignore.
Their victory over Burnley has raised hope of a top-ten finish.
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Aston Villa team news: Jacob Ramsey unavailable
Jacob Ramsey will remain unavailable for Villa due to a small groin injury that also kept him out of the win over Burnley, while Kortney Hause and Morgan Sanson are also sidelined.
Leon Bailey also missed Saturday’s victory at Turf Moor with an ankle issue but is expected to return before the end of the season.
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TV channel: In the UK, tonight’s game will be televised live on Sky Sports Premier League, Main Event and Ultra HD, with coverage beginning at 7pm.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the match online via the Sky Go app.
Live blog: You can follow all the action via Standard Sport’s live blog.
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Kick-off from Villa Park is at 8pm BST.