Kuyt set for return against Villa

The Dutchman was rested by boss Rafael Benitez for the Boxing Day

home win over Wolves at Anfield, having figured in more matches

this season than any of his colleagues apart from Yossi Benayoun

who has also now played in 26 Liverpool games this term. But for a

difficult game at Villa Park, where Liverpool dare not lose if they

want to stay in the hunt for a Champions League spot, Kuyt’s

running and effort will be vital. Liverpool will be without the

suspended Javier Mascherano. Liverpool (from): Reina, Johnson,

Agger, Skrtel, Carragher, Aurelio, Insua, Benayoun, Gerrard, Lucas,

Babel, Torres, Kuyt, Aquilani, Cavalieri, Ngog, Spearing, Darby,

Pacheco, Dossena.