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Liverpool v Villa stats: Who's tipped to star against the Reds?


WhoScored.com, who offer the largest online database for detailed football statistics, preview today's clash with Liverpool and offer a focus on Villa's longest-serving player Gabby Agbonlahor, who signed a new four-year deal this week.

Villa will have certainly been well aware of the unenviable fixture list over the September-October period and will be delighted to have points on the board ahead of the upcoming matches.

However, there is reason to be confident despite the tough schedule.

Among the club's best results last term were wins over Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea, while the point they earned in this weekend's corresponding fixture was fully deserved.

The 2-2 draw with the Reds back in January 2014 was the third game in a row in which Villa had come away from Anfield with something.

In fact, Paul Lambert's men are one of only two remaining Barclays Premier League sides - along with Chelsea - that Liverpool haven't beaten at home under Brendan Rodgers.

One man that impressed on that New Year day, despite his evening being cut short by injury, was Gabby Agbonlahor, who penned a new long-term contract at his boyhood club this week.

The forward set up both goals as Christian Benteke and Andi Weimann profited from his superb industry on the day.

Many believe his withdrawal early in the second half had a big effect on a game that Villa led 2-0.

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The 27-year-old comes into this afternoon's encounter in good form too after an excellent display against Hull last time out.

Agbonlahor netted an impressive opener on the turn and was involved in Weimann's strike moments later to double the advantage.

His performance rating of 7.75 from WhoScored.com was the second best Agbonlahor has received since the start of last term.

His display at Anfield last time out ranks fifth in that list and the striker certainly tends to thrive in open encounters, where Villa can utilise his pace on the counter to its greatest effect.

It's telling that of Agbonlahor's top six ratings from WhoScored since the start of the 2013-14 campaign, five have come away from home.

Villa will certainly be hoping that the combination play in the attacking third against Hull will have carried over into this weekend and that the opportunity to hit Liverpool on the break will play into Agbonlahor's hands.

The promising start to the campaign no doubt gives Villa hope that they can come away from Anfield with a result for the fourth occasion running.

Find yet more statistics on Aston Villa and the rest of the Premier League, including live in-game data and unique player and team ratings at WhoScored.com. Follow @WhoScored and their editor-in-chief @martinlaurence7 on Twitter.

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