Zimbabwean international Marvelous Nakamba has been named in the starting XI against Liverpool by Aston Villa manager Dean Smith to earn him a 10th appearance this season.

Prior to this match, the 27 year old Hwange born has only started five times in this season as he is facing stiff competition from Douglas Luiz, Morgan Sanson, Jacob Ramey and John McGinn.

Nakamba, who was refered by teamate McGinn as “the fittest in the Villa squad” was substituted in 4 times and on the bench 20 times in the Premier League 2020/21 season.

Mean while, Sadio Mane has been dropped by Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp.

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