HOW IS THE VILLA SHAPE?
Aston Villa started their pre-season playing a match in England against Walsall, before traveling to Australia to compete in – and win – the Queensland Champions Cup. They beat Leeds United 1-0 and then beat Brisbane Roar by the same scoreline, after young England internationals Kaine Kesler-Hayden and Cameron Archer combined for the latter to score the winning goal.
Villa are unbeaten in pre-season, with head coach Gerrard taking many positives from previous games. The Midlanders will therefore hope to continue their momentum against the Reds on Saturday.
The Villa Touring Team: Emiliano Martínez, Robin Olsen, Oliwier Zych, Filip Marschall, Ashley Young, Tyrone Mings, Lucas Digne, Ezri Konsa, Calum Chambers, Diego Carlos, Matty Cash, Frederic Guilbert, Ludwig Augustinsson, Josh Feeney, Kaine Kesler Hayden, Ben Chrisene, Philippe Coutinho, Boubacar Kamara, Douglas Luiz, John McGinn, Jacob Ramsey, Emiliano Buendía, Leon Bailey, Marvelous Nakamba, Morgan Sanson, Bertrand Traoré, Jaden Philogene-Bidace, Tim Iroegbunam, Aaron Ramsey, Ollie Watkins, Danny Ings, Keinan Davis, Cameron Archer.