Last week's comeback at West Ham was important for self belief, not least as it was achieved without Luis Suarez. The return of a striker who has eight goals in his last 10 Premier League matches will hardly be welcomed by Villa.
A Liverpool striker has hit 20 league goals or more just once in the last 16 seasons - Fernando Torres claimed 24 in 2007-08. Suarez already has 10.
They go into the weekend just four points off the Champions League places and will feel, if they can continue their recent consistency, they could be closer than in recent years.