Liverpool will face Aston Villa on the fourth matchday of the 2023/24 Premier League
While Van Dijk’s straight red card from last weekend carries a one-game penalty, the Dutchman faces a longer term owing to an allegation of improper conduct for reportedly using abusive comments towards officials as he unwillingly made his way off the field.
While fans await the outcome of the charge, Klopp will be forced to work around Van Dijk’s absence this weekend, and the Reds manager has also admitted that Ibrahima Konate will not recover from an unidentified injury in time for the game.
In terms of midfielders, Ryan Gravenberch’s arrival from Bayern Munich was revealed late on deadline day, but he is unlikely to make his debut this weekend.
Meanwhile, Villa manager Emery has no new fitness worries to disclose following their recent victories over Hibs and Burnley, although long-term knee injuries Emi Buendia and Tyrone Mings remain out, as do Jacob Ramsey (ankle) and ex-Liverpool attacker Philippe Coutinho (thigh).
Emiliano Martinez, the team’s first-choice goalkeeper, has been dealing with a slight calf issue over the past week and is questionable for the weekend, as is Alex Moreno, whose thigh injury may or may not heal in time for him to play here.
The Lions made a loan signing from Barcelona on transfer deadline day, but Emery may see no need to change his effective defensive formula for the time being.
Date: Sunday, September 3
Time: 6:30 PM IST
TV: Sony Ten Network (India)
Live Stream: Disney+Hotstar, Jio TV (India)
Liverpool possible starting lineup: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Matip, Robertson; Mac Allister, Endo, Szoboszlai; Salah, Nunez, Diaz
Aston Villa possible starting lineup: Martinez; Konsa, Carlos, Torres; Cash, Kamara, Luiz, Digne; McGinn, Diaby; Watkins
Goalkeeper – Alisson
Defenders – Arnold, Robertson, Carlos, Konsa
Midfielders – Mac Allister, Endo, Digne
Attackers – Watkins, Salah, Diaz