At the turn of the year even the most positive of Liverpool fans wouldn't have given their team any chance of a top-five finish, and it's testimony to the remarkable job that Kenny Dalglish has done that European football still remains a possibility for next season. Remember, Liverpool were 12th in the table and a team without direction when he returned. He restored belief very quickly and a run of 32 points from 45 matches has certainly been top-four form. They'll be desperate for a victory to end their season on a high before one of the most important transfer summers at Anfield in a while. It's been a completely different tale for a former Liverpool manager at Villa Park this season. After his health problems and on-the-field issues, it would be a welcome sight to see Gerard Houllier in attendance at Villa Park. Houllier's future is an issue for the summer, though, with it still possible for Villa to secure a top-half finish in the Premier League. That would represent some achievement for a club that looked like being dragged into a relegation battle at one stage. They have, however, won only one of their last 18 games against Liverpool and have not won on home soil against the Reds since February 1998.