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Villans should prove too strong for youthful Reds
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Aston Villa should be too strong for what will essentially be a third-choice Liverpool side with the Reds’ senior players in Qatar ahead of their Club World Cup semi-final.
Many of the players will be drawn from Liverpool’s academy side who struggled in this season’s EFL Trophy, finishing at the foot of a section featuring Accrington, Fleetwood and Oldham.
Villa have knocked out Premier League sides Brighton (3-1) and Wolves (2-1), and can repeat the trick against a youthful Liverpool team, although they may again struggle to keep a clean sheet.
Aston Villa to win and both teams to score