Liverpool are essentially contesting this Carabao Cup quarter-final in name only, for the ‘Under-23’ suffix ought to be added as the first-team squad are in Qatar for the FIFA Club World Cup.
The vast majority of the visitors’ senior players will be in Qatar for the Club World Cup instead of this match, leaving Under-23 boss Neil Critchley to attempt the unlikely and unusual feat of using the youth team to secure the club’s place in the last four.
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Victims of their own success, Liverpool have suffered from a fixture scheduling nightmare with the Football League insisting this tie must be played in its usual slot even though it clashes with the Reds’ attempt to become club champions of the world.
Aston Villa: Nyland; Elmohamady, Konsa, Hause, Taylor; Lansbury, Luiz, McGinn; Jota, Kodjia, Trezeguet
Liverpool: Kelleher; Hoever, Van den Berg, Clayton, Larouci; Chirivella, Dixon-Bonner, Kane; Elliott, Brewster, Longstaff
Aston Villa vs Liverpool Match Info
Date: Tuesday December 17 2019
Kick-off time: 8.45pm EU
Venue: Villa Park
Referee: Lee Mason
Aston Villa vs Liverpool Head-To-Head Record
Last 3 matches (league games unless stated)
- November 2 2019: Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool
- February 14 2016: Aston Villa 0-6 Liverpool
- September 26 2015: Liverpool 3-2 Aston Villa
Total head-to-head matches played (all competitions): 192
- Aston Villa wins: 57
- Liverpool wins: 95
- Draws: 40