As Liverpool host Aston Villa at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp needs to go with his head over his heart when it comes to team selection. With the Reds needing to win to keep the pressure on fourth-placed Man United, Klopp will be firmly focused on the job at hand. Darwin Nunez will not be available due to inflammation of the tendon in his toe, while Roberto Firmino could play and has trained this week. With Liverpool in such good form, there isn’t much need for Klopp to tinker with his team for the final matches of the season. The biggest decision he has to make is who will play on the left, as Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz are both vying for the winger’s role. It is likely that Diaz will keep his place for a fourth start in five matches, while Cody Gakpo should retain his spot through the middle. Meanwhile, with James Milner leaving at the end of the season, Jordan Henderson is expected to transition into a more part-time player who starts games on the bench. This could mean that Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott get their just second start in 10 matches, with Jota playing instead of Diaz on the left and Gakpo retaining his position in the No. 9 role. Whatever happens, Klopp will be making his team selection based on who is most likely to win Liverpool the match, with emotions held back until after the final whistle has been blown.
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