Why Aston Villa could be a big threat to Liverpool this weekend

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Grant Holt signing means there is another big man who could potentially play alongside Christian Benteke against a vulnerable looking defence.

Grant Holt making the switch to Aston Villa is an interesting move for the Wigan Athletic forward. Having played for Villa boss Paul Lambert at Norwich City, they are hardly strangers, and the player will understand what his boss wants from him.

Holt could make his debut for Villa at Anfield against Liverpool, and standing at over six-feet tall, he could be a real handful for a defence that has struggled with big strikers.

Add him to Christian Benteke, and Villa really have a chance upsetting Liverpool’s back-line, who showed just how vulnerable they can be against Stoke City – Peter Crouch scored a header and hit the post with another against the Reds on Sunday.

Liverpool were bullied by Benteke at Anfield last season as Villa claimed a stunning 3-1 victory - Benteke scored twice - and Holt has also found himself on the score-sheet against Liverpool in the past, with his presence proving to be a handful.

Martin Skrtel can look vulnerable to a physical threat and looks likely to retain his place given that he has been an ever-present since the third game of the season, whilst his partnership with Kolo Toure did not look the best against the Potters. Mamadou Sakho returning to the side would be a welcome boost for Brendan Rodgers to deal with the likely threat of a physical battle which could be in the offing.

Though there may be a difference between the two sides in the league, the presence and threat that could be potentially carried by Holt and Benteke, could lead to Liverpool needing to outscore the opposition on a big scale again.

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