The 31-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at the Nou Camp and is keen on a move away, with the Premier League rumoured to be his preferred destination.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to bolster his forward line in January to provide support for Luis Suarez, who is the club’s only fit senior striker.
A deal for Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge is close to being wrapped up and it appears Rodgers is ready to add Villa to his squad as well.
However, while the Reds would prefer a loan move for the former Valencia hit-man, Barcelona will only entertain a permanent deal.
They value the forward at around £16million, which may be out of Liverpool’s price range, with Rodgers previously indicating he is not prepared to pay over the odds for players in January.
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has admitted he does not welcome allegations against him of diving, although he claims to be undistracted by them.
Karen Brady 'Let me be frank. The Board takes full responsibility for our predicament'
Despite being three wins away from FA Cup glory, Mauricio Pochettino has admitted the achievement would pale in comparison to a Premier League title.
Under-fire Baggies coach Alan Pardew has demanded his senior players improve their performance and help the troubled bottom of the table English Premier League side get a win in Saturday's fixture against Bournemouth.
Liverpool will want to banish the recent memory of losing to fierce rivals Manchester United with a big win against Watford at Anfield on Saturday evening.
Struggling Stoke City manager Paul Lambert is determined to keep his side in the Premier League ahead of Saturday's crucial clash against Everton at the Bet365 Stadium in Staffordshire.