No respite for Liverpool manager Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will not take Aston Villa for granted after being embarrassed at home by them last season.

Brendan Rodgers

Just over 12 months ago the Reds looked to be recovering from a dreadful start to the season - Rodgers' first in charge - and went into the corresponding fixture on the back of their first successive league wins of the season.

However, Paul Lambert's team, boosted by two goals from Christian Benteke, came out 3-1 winners to damage that recovery.

Villa arrive on Merseyside today in a better position than they were last season so Rodgers will not take them lightly.

"They will always fight. I think what they showed in the game the other night (in the 2-1 defeat against Arsenal) is what they showed against us at Villa Park," he said.

"They get their tails up, gain a bit of momentum and you're up against it.

"They're a tough team, have good threats up front with their pace and their counter-attacks in particular and for us, we know we can't make any mistakes.

"Paul's an outstanding manager and he's gone into one of the great clubs of tradition in this country, and he's had a big job to do there, and I think with what he's got, he's doing it remarkably well."

Villa may have won three of their last four visits but Anfield is a very different place this season with Liverpool having won nine of their 10 matches.

Much of that is down to the form of strikers Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, who have 34 league goals between them, and are likely to start in attack after the latter returned from injury as a scoring substitute in last weekend's win at Stoke.

Suarez could equal a club record - held by Roger Hunt and Fernando Torres - by scoring in an eighth successive home league game.

Defender Aly Cissokho made his Liverpool debut in the 1-0 win at Villa Park in August and believes their front two are a handful for anyone.

"I think they are two players who really complement each other," he told liverpoolfc.com.

"Daniel likes to have the ball at his feet and to take players on, always trying to make things happen.

"Luis Suarez likes to get in behind the defence and in the area he can finish and score goals.

"They are strikers with different styles, and that's what you need, to be able to mix things up and really hurt your opponents."



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