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Liverpool Goalkeeper Doni is set to make his debut against Aston Villa as he stands in for the suspended Jose Reina.

The Brazilian, who joined from Roma in the summer, made a 57-minute appearance in a 1-0 friendly defeat against Rangers in October before dislocating his finger but has spent the whole season on the bench.

Centre-back Daniel Agger (rib) is edging closer to full fitness but fellow defenders Glen Johnson and Martin Kelly are slightly further away in terms of a return.

Aston Villa right-back Alan Hutton is expected to be fit for for the crucial clash. He missed the 4-2 home defeat by Chelsea last weekend with a calf injury but has made good progress with his recovery this week.

Rookie striker Andreas Weimann, who made his first league start against the Blues, is doubtful with an ankle injury suffered during that game.

Winger Charles N’Zogbia (knee), skipper Stiliyan Petrov (leukaemia), striker Darren Bent (ankle), defenders Richard Dunne (shoulder) and Carlos Cuellar (thigh) plus midfielder Fabian Delph (ankle) are all unavailable.

Teams:

(Liverpool from): Doni, Flanagan, Carragher, Skrtel, Enrique, Gerrard, Spearing, Downing, Bellamy, Carroll, Suarez, Jones, Coates, Aurelio, Shelvey, Rodriguez, Henderson, Kuyt.

(Aston Villa from): Given, Guzan, Hutton, Lichaj, Herd, Collins, Warnock, Baker, Bannan, Petrov, Gardner, Ireland, Albrighton, Agbonlahor, Heskey, Weimann, Marshall, Johnson, Stevens, Delfouneso.

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