Watch Live: Liverpool vs. Aston Villa (Lineups)

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Liverpool looks to take advantage of Arsenal and Manchester City’s earlier draw to gain ground on the top of the table as they host Aston Villa at 12:30pm ET on NBC or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.

The Reds are missing Daniel Sturridge who picked up a semi-serious injury on England duty, so new boy Mario Balotelli gets the start as the lone striker up top.

Balotelli is supported by fellow summer signings Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic in the attacking midfield.

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For Aston Villa, American goalkeeper Brad Guzan is in goal while Gabriel Agbonlahor leads the attack with Andreas Weimann and Kieran Richardson. Late signing Tom Cleverley anchors the midfield for the visitors as well.

A surprising statistic says Aston Villa has not lost at Anfield since 2010, and manager Paul Lambert has never lost at Liverpool’s home turf.

LINEUPS:

Liverpool: Mignolet, Manquillo, Moreno, Lovren, Sakho, Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho, Markovic, Lallana, Balotelli.
Bench: Jones, Enrique, Lucas, Toure, Sterling, Lambert, Borini.

Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Baker, Senderos, Cissokho, Westwood, Delph, Cleverley, Richardson, Agbonlahor, Weimann.
Bench: Okore, Bacuna, Bent, Sanchez, N’Zogbia, Given, Grealish.