Three storylines to watch out for as Liverpool face Aston Villa

Liverpool head to Birmingham as they face Aston Villa in the club's second last match-day of the season. What are the storylines surrounding the Reds as they close out the campaign?
Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool / Vince Mignott/MB Media/GettyImages

1. Jurgen Klopp's final match away from Anfield

Okay, don't get teary-eyed when we say it, but Liverpool's match against Aston Villa will be the last time Jurgen Klopp manages the club away from home. Klopp is no stranger to showing passion to the fans, whether it's fist pumps towards the Kop or to the travelling fans away from Anfield.

In 166 away matches in the Premier League, Jurgen Klopp has won 91 times, with 313 goals recorded and 195 conceded. Generally speaking, Liverpool has faired well against Aston Villa away, with four wins, but the one loss being the infamous 7-2 loss during COVID.

2. Liverpool can reach the 80 points plateau

Mathematically, Liverpool can win the Premier League title, but realistically, the season is over. Liverpool will finish third place and have already qualified for a Champions League spot. However, the club can still reach the 80-point plateau, whether for pride or statistical significance—that's up to you to decide.

Since the inception of the Premier League, Liverpool have recorded 80 points or more seven times, three of those times coming under Klopp. Ahead of the Villa match, Jurgen spoke to the media about the objective of reaching 80 points (source):

""We have the chance to go above 80 points again; like pretty much everything in life, you never should take things like this for granted. And for that we need points, we need to win one of the two games at least.""

Jurgen Klopp

3. Could Jarell Quansah start again?

Quansah starting against Tottenham Hotspur was on the table for most, with the caveat that Virgil van Dijk would miss the game as he was a doubt. However, van Dijk was fit and started alongside Quansah, who was chosen over Joe Gomez and Ibrahima Konate by Jurgen Klopp. The 21-year-old defender has started eight games for the Reds in the Premier League since the beginning of February, signalling greater responsibility for the youngster as the season continues.

Could he be in line for another start against Aston Villa? It could very well happen and with the defender in the scope for a new contract, he will be eager to show his value to the club down the stretch.