Liverpool were not all impressive against the Black Cats last weekend but effective enough to earn all three points.
The merseysiders put in a solid defensive performance and Markovic stepped up in the absence of star playmaker Raheem Sterling.
Brendan Rodgers’s men now face Aston Villa side who had 10 points in the first 4 league games and in the next 17 have only earned 12.
Reds must win and pressurize the teams above them competing for the fourth spot. As far as the team news is concerned, Liverpool quartet of Sterling, Allen, Jones and Johnson are set to return.
However, expect only two changes to be made to the starting XI that played last weekend. Sterling should get back in to strengthen Liverpool’s attack in place of Borini.
Captain Steven Gerrard was taken off in the game against Sunderland because of hamstring concerns and even though Reds are hopeful he can make it, Rodgers should not force the issue and must start him on the bench.
If he does not play, expect Manquillo to take the right and Henderson to come into midfield and form partnership with Lucas Leiva.
Here is Liverpool’s probable starting XI vs Aston Villa.