Who else but Divock Origi? After enduring 94 minutes of frustration and Diogo Jota producing one of the worst misses in Premier League history, the brilliant Belgian added to his long list of last-minute goals with the winner in a 1-0 success at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Hailed as a legend by Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool players and fans alike, Origi was also on target at San Siro to propel the Reds to a 2-1 win over AC Milan – who took the lead through Fikayo Tomori before Mohamed Salah’s leveller – which saw Klopp’s men guarantee progression to the last-16 as the first-ever English side to win all six of their group games.
Victory at San Siro marked the Reds’ sixth in a row across all competitions – four of which have come in the Premier League – and they have now leapfrogged Chelsea into second place as Manchester City remain one point clear at the top of the pile.
All four of Liverpool’s most recent encounters at Anfield have also seen them come up trumps – scoring 12 goals and conceding a grand total of zero in the process – and not even the hectic winter schedule appears capable of stopping Klopp’s ruthless machine.
The German recently made his disdain towards the fixture pile-up known once again, and if Villa are to produce even half as heroic a showing as they did on their own turf against Liverpool last term, they are under the tutelage of the right man.
All the highs and the lows of Steven Gerrard’s Liverpool career will dominate the pre-match talk before the Anfield encounter kicks off, with the former Champions League-winning Red returning to his old home and desperate to get one over his former club.
Gerrard’s bright start to life in the West Midlands must not be overlooked either, as a double from centre-back Ezri Konsa saw Villa claim a 2-1 win over FA Cup holders Leicester last weekend, cancelling out Harvey Barnes’s opener for the Foxes.
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Scottish Premiership-winning manager Gerrard has seen an immediate upturn in fortunes at Villa with three wins from four since taking the reins, and even in their defeat to champions Manchester City did they give Pep Guardiola’s men a good run for their money.
Villa have now risen to 10th in the table amid their recent hot streak, with Gerrard’s only away game so far ending in a 2-1 win against Crystal Palace, and the visitors certainly know what it takes to leave the Liverpool supporters shell-shocked.
Reds players may still be having nightmares about that infamous 7-2 humiliation at Villa Park last season, although they won 2-1 at Anfield back in April and are going in search of a fourth Premier League home win on the bounce versus Villa this week