When and where: The Barclays Premier League match from Anfield kicks-off at 10 a.m. ET. A live stream will be available, with a subscription, on FoxSoccer2Go.
Preview: On a run of six defeats from their last seven Premier League matches, things are looking pretty grim right now for Liverpool and their manager Kenny Dalglish.
Yet there is the prospect for it to get a whole lot worse before the season reaches its conclusion. Just four points separate the 18-time champions of England from Stoke in 13th place in the Barclays Premier League.
And lifting the Carling Cup and being in the semi-finals of the FA Cup will count for very little if Liverpool cannot arrest their desperate slide--and fast.
Currently on course for their joint-lowest league finish since reentering the old first division in 1962, surely not even the legend that is Kenny Dalglish could survive if Liverpool ended the season in the bottom-half of the table.
All of which makes a win against a struggling Aston Villa at Anfield an absolute must.
But it will not be easy against a Villa side that are still fighting to confirm their Premier League status, sitting as they do just five points clear of the drop zone.
Like Liverpool, Villa have endured a wretched season, with new manager Alex McLeish seemingly failing to inspire either players or fans. But, after pulling back a 2-0 deficit against Chelsea last time out, albeit losing to two late goals, there is a sense that the Villa squad may show an extra togetherness in the wake of captain Stiliyan Petrov's diagnosis with acute leukemia.
Team News: Alexander Doni will make his first Premier League start for the Reds between the sticks, with Pepe Reina serving the first of this three-game suspension.
Much-missed center-back Daniel Agger is close to a return, though Saturday's match may just come to early for him. The same could be said for fellow defenders Glen Johnson and Martin Kelly who are also nearing full fitness.
Alan Hutton could be set for a return to the team after missing the defeat to Chelsea with a calf injury. But with Villa suffering a host of injuries to senior players, McLesih is likely to have to continue with a team packed with inexperience once more. One of those young players, Andreas Weimann, is a doubt himself, though, after picking up an ankle injury on his full league debut against Chelsea.
Prediction: Neither side comes into this contest exactly full of the joys of spring. While Liverpool, in theory, have the better players and the greater imperative to win the match on their home ground, it is hard to see where a victory will come from right now for Dalglish's side.
Both clubs are among the lowest scorers in the Premier League this season and there is a strong chance of that form continuing here with a bore draw.
Liverpool 0-0 Aston Villa