Well he's back. Maybe. If Klopp plays him. It's Christian Benteke's return to Villa Park after getting Aston Villa more than £30 million he's headed to Liverpool where he has... uh... not made that look like a very good investment. So if I were the betting type, I'd put money on him scoring a hat-trick and making us all weep today.
All of this, of course, hinges on Benteke not injuring himself somehow in the first five minutes. You could bet on that too. Pretty good odds of either, I'd imagine.
Other than that it's just your standard match against Liverpool. You know, the type that if Villa lose we can maybe give up hope, and if they win we just keep clinging on for dear life for another week.
Let's hope they do the latter. As much as it might be relieving to move past this awkward hopeful phase, it's better than knowing doom is headed our way. I like hope. It's warm and fuzzy.
So come on, Villa. Keep the warm and fuzzy!
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