Jurgen Klopp has told Liverpool to “put things right” when they welcome Aston Villa to Anfield on Saturday following their 7-2 mauling at the hands of Dean Smith’s men earlier this season.
It is a loss that lingers in the memory for Klopp, who dismissed suggestions a 4-1 FA Cup win in January counted as any payback as Villa fielded an academy side following a coronavirus outbreak among the first-team ranks.
Liverpool look to avenge their bad league defeat against Aston Villa
Ollie Watkins scored a hat-trick in Villa’s 7-2 win, and his goals have helped his team establish themselves in the top half of the table, just five points behind faltering champions Liverpool.
The Merseysiders is desperate to end their Anfield jinx as they seek to return to the top four, at least temporarily — Klopp’s men have lost their past six Premier League games at home.
Whether they will be able to banish their demons will soon be seen.