4 Non-Negotiable Starters for Liverpool against Aston Villa

The Reds look to keep the winning feeling going, and there are some names that can't be left out.
Liverpool FC v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
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It was a winning sensation once again for Liverpool as they eased by Tottenham 4-2 on Sunday. It was a much needed turnaround as the vibe around the whole club had become quite stale and even a bit toxic, if you could believe it.

However, there were some more outstanding performances in that win and some players have continued to raise their game as the season comes to a rapid close.

In that arena, there are some players that should have spots locked in for the trip to Aston Villa on Monday, May 13.

Let's take a look at which players cannot be left out of this match.

Harvey Elliott

Elliott has been a spectacular asset for the majority of this season as his positional versatility has allowed him to contribute at varying levels on the pitch.

He was the Man of the Match in the win over Spurs and it was his super hit that was the goal that stood out from the affair.

He has been playing very well as of late and his effort and desire are never in doubt. As this season winds down, with Liverpool locked into third in the table at worst, Elliott should be allowed to use these final few games as a showcase for the incoming coaching staff.

He should probably start in the midfield which can allow him to link up nicely with Mohamed Salah which is something they are both very good at.

Cody Gakpo

The "Flying Dutchman" as I'm calling now following his soaring header against Tottenham, has been the best Liverpool forward for awhile now.

Even during the Reds struggles, he was one of the few bright spots as he has been playing with a self-belief in himself that was not always evident earlier this season. That could also be a result of Jurgen Klopp having him in and out of the lineup pretty regularly.

Gakpo has size, pace and great technical abilities that he has been showcasing recently. He is still probably best played wide left, but when he is locked in, he is a more than capable No. 9.

His ability to drop a bit deeper and receive the ball allows the likes of Salah, Elliott and Luis Diaz to cut in and wreak their havoc. He must be retained in the Starting XI.

Mohamed Salah

Salah had a much needed strong showing against Tottenham as he rose to the occasion following a week of doubts about his importance and skills.

He scored the opener with a confident and firm header at the near post from a Gakpo cross before he was constantly hounding and harassing the Spurs defense.

His layoff pass setup Elliott's wonder strike giving him multiple goal contributions on the day. He was smiling again on the pitch which is usually a dangerous sign for Liverpool's opponents. He is still so darn good and he elevates the attack so much when he is firing on all cylinders.

The club expects him back next season and he should given the chance to build some nice momentum going into it.

Andy Robertson

If you could believe it, there were some people that wanted Joe Gomez to supplant Robbo from his left-back spot.

While Gomez has been rock solid most of the season, he doesn't come close to Robertson when the Scot is in the form he is.

He's another player like Elliott where you can never question their heart and willingness to the cause. In addition, he is becoming more and more involved in the attack which adds a whole new dimension for Liverpool.

He bagged his 3rd Premier League goal of the season on Sunday and he has been an outlet on the wing for anyone that needed it.

Robbo has shown he still has plenty left in the tank and incoming boss Arne Slot could have a lot of fun with him as a potential wing-back in the new system. Robertson has once again entrenched himself in the Starting XI.