Liverpool line up for Aston Villa as Darwin Nunez decision and major defensive changes

Paul Gorst – Darwin Nunez on the bench as no changes were made

The penultimate game of the season, with third place already secured, could usually give a manager a chance to glimpse what’s to come after a storied campaign.

But for Jurgen Klopp, there is no need to start assessing things with a view to next season and the chance to break the 80-point barrier again will be the incentive at Villa Park tonight.

With eight days left between games, a well-rested Reds side will be fresh against a Villa side that have looked leggy in recent weeks after a superb campaign.

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As a result, I don’t anticipate much change from last week’s win over Tottenham. The likes of Harvey Elliott, Cody Gakpo and Jarell Quansah deserve to keep their spots, and I think Darwin Nunez’s pace can cause tiring problems off the bench later in the game.

My team (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Quansah, Van Dijk, Robertson; Endo, Elliott, MacAllister; Salah, Gakpo, Diaz.