Alan Hutton claims that the Aston Villa players will be feeling buoyed by their performance against Liverpool despite suffering a heart-breaking 2-1 defeat to the Reds.
The former Villa and Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that he does not see Dean Smith’s men feeling sorry for themselves despite Liverpool netting an injury-time winner on Saturday, highlighting the upcoming clash with Midlands rivals Wolves.
Jurgen Klopp and his side left Villa Park with all three points thanks to goals from Andrew Robertson and Sadio Mane, the former netting an equaliser after 87 minutes and the latter four minutes into added time.
However, Hutton believes that his former manager would have been feeling extremely positive despite the result and says that the players, many of which he played alongside, will be happy on the training ground.
Asked how the players would be feeling, Hutton told Football Insider: “I think they’ll be up for it. There’s so many more positives than negatives from that game. Obviously you’ve got a derby, if you want, at the weekend so it’s obviously a big game for the fans.
“I think there’s too many positives you can take out the game. As a team they played brilliant, pressing, great energy, everybody looked up for it, good on the ball. At the end of the day you’re coming up against the European champions.
“I think the squad look in a good place at the moment. As a manager, my message would be more of the same.”
Villa have now played 11 games since being promoted back into the Premier League, with three wins, two draws and six defeats leaving them sitting 16th in the top-flight table.
Their next clash sees them take on Wolves just over a week after the two sides met in the League Cup, Villa coming out on top 2-0 against a youthful side put out by Nuno Espirito Santo.
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