Zimbabwe international Marvelous Nakamba was dropped to the bench as Aston Villa faced newly-crowned English Premier League champions, Liverpool, at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
Birmingham-based publication Birmingham Mail, which covers the Claret and Blues appeared to point fingers at Nakamba for Wolverhampton Wanderers’ goal at Villa Park last Saturday.
In their post-match analysis of the game, the Birmingham Mail insinuated that the former Club Brugge man, who was making his first start since the return of the Premier League, was to blame for the Wolves goal.
Liverpool stumbled on their first outing since being confirmed as champions on Thursday night when they fell to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City.
Saturday’s 1-0 loss against Wolves made it two draws and two defeats from Villa’s four games since the top flight’s resumption last month.
Aston Villa and Liverpool have met on 193 occasions, dating back to their first game in 1894.
Villa have won 58 times, drawn 40 and lost 95 games against the Reds.
Here are the teams:
Liverpool: Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joseph Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabinho, Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah, Divock Origi, Sadio Mane.
Aston Villa: Pepe Reina, Ezri Konsa, Kortney Hause, Tyrone Mings, Neil Taylor, John McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Jack Grealish, Anwar El-Ghazi, Keinan Davis, Trezeguet.