Steven Gerrard should be as chipper as the SNP ahead of Saturday’s late game (5.30pm) at home to Aston Villa.
For the first time in 14 years the Liverpool captain spent the international break in front of the telly-box – watching – rather than trying to drag a decent performance out of England and returns for the Reds to face Paul Lambert’s side.
Despite not being use to the dizzying heights of third place in the Premier League – Villa haven’t lost at the House of Scouse in their last three league trips (2-2,1-3,1-1) up the M6.
And with Brendan Rodgers’ side (3/10f) already without Dancing Daniel Sturridge up top for the next three weeks and Mario Ballotelli looking as rusty as Prince Philip’s social skills, Gerrard’s goalscoring record against Villa could be their secret weapon.
The Liverpool captain’s 53rd-minute penalty rescued a point for his side in this fixture last season after they trailed 2-0 after 36 minutes.
It was Gerrard’s 13th goal in the Premier League against the Midlanders and his third (including two penalties) in four Premier League games against the side who are 9/1 in the win-draw-win market for Saturday’s game.
Gerrard is 8/1 to score the first for of the game or 7/4 to score at anytime over the 90 mins with Liverpool 4/1 to score a penalty as they look for their second home win of the season after beating Southampton 2-1 on the opening weekend.