Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Buoyed by back-to-back wins over Tottenham and Southampton, Liverpool will look to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Aston Villa on Boxing Day. The Reds have slim chances of winning the Premier League trophy, and, no doubt, the team’s new goal is to represent England in the Champions League next term. Both Virgil van Dijk and Darwin Nunez are back from international duty, as well as midfielder Fabinho, who did not see any game action at the World Cup finals.
Monday’s game comes too early for Diogo Jota, who has been struggling with a hamstring problem. A man to watch in the home team will be goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who won the World Cup trophy with Argentina, while defender Diego Carlos remains in the recovery room. Coutinho will be assessed ahead of the kick-off. Anyhow, away win should be considered as Liverpool were showing signs of improvement before the World Cup break.
Highlighted Player (Philippe Coutinho):
Philippe Coutinho is a Brazilian football player born on 12th of June 1992 in Rio de Janeiro. Coutinho started his football career for Vasco da Gama where he played in the youth as well. By the age of 16 Internazionale signed Coutinho but let him play in Brazil until he was 18 years old.
After 2 difficult seasons Internazionale let Coutinho go for a loan period to Espanyol and after 1 season he got transferred to Liverpool for approximately 8 million euro. Coutinho played in several youth teams of Brazil but made his debut for the first team in October 2010.
With a height of only 171cm Coutinho is physically weak. He compensates his physical ability by being very creative, having a great vision and passing. The preferred position of Coutinho is attacking midfielder where he gets easily into the right position to give an assist.
Coutinho won the Italian Suppercoppa, the worldcup for club teams and the World Cup of nations U20. Coutinho was part of the Liverpool team that was able to become second in the Premier League.
Highlighted Team (Liverpool):
Founded back in 1892, Liverpool are one of England’s and world’s most famous clubs. The Reds hold a high-profile rivalry with Everton and there have always been fireworks when the two teams take on each other in the Merseyside derby.
The Reds welcome their opponents at Anfield and it has to be noted that they have already won 18 first division trophies. Liverpool were on the verge of lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, but Steven Gerrard slipped in the decider against Chelsea and left the Reds without a title.
Liverpool won one of their last Champions League trophy's in 2005, with the team coming from three goals behind to beat Milan in a historic clash in Istanbul. The Reds have clinched six European Cups and it is no surprise they are regarded as one of the greatest European clubs.
The likes of Steven Gerrard, Robbie Fowler, Paul Ince, Ian Rush, Graeme Souness, Sami Hyypia and Luis Suarez are some of the most notable footballers to have represented the club over the years. The club’s anthem is You’ll Never Walk Alone and their shirt colour is red.