Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp is convinced no one can be greater than Pele but what he marvelled at the most was the Brazilian football great's humility despite being one of the most popular people on the planet.
Maddison went off injured after scoring in Leicester's 2-0 win at West Ham United before the World Cup and while he was part of England's squad in Qatar he did not play.
Gakpo, who scored three goals at the World Cup before the Dutch went out in the quarter-finals to eventual champions Argentina, joined Liverpool from PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday for a reported initial fee of 37 million pounds ($44.56 million).
Liverpool are in sixth place in the league standings after a disappointing start to the season and face a Villa side who have moved up to 12th after the appointment of Unai Emery as manager in October.
Defender Nathan Ake headed in what proved to be the winning goal in the 58th minute after Mohamed Salah had equalised one minute after Riyad Mahrez restored City's advantage early in the second half.
Saudi Arabia's sports minister said his country's government would support any Saudi private sector bids to buy Premier League sides Manchester United and Liverpool.
FSG, who completed the takeover of Liverpool for 300 million pounds ($342.06 million) in 2010, earlier this week responded to reports of a sale by saying they would explore the option of bringing in investors if it was in Liverpool's "best interest".
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has been fined 30,000 pounds ($34,848.00) for clashing with the assistant referee during the 1-0 Premier League win against Manchester City
Liverpool overcame a slow start to beat hosts Ajax Amsterdam 3-0 on Wednesday, ensuring a top-two finish in Group A and progress into the knockout stage of the Champions League.
After thrashing Rangers 7-1 in a midweek Champions League encounter, Liverpool are "as confident as ever" ahead of their Premier League clash with big rivals Manchester City, midfielder Harvey Elliott said.
Norway striker Erling Haaland is a "perfect fit" for Manchester City and Liverpool will have to find ways to limit his threat in attack in Sunday's Premier League game at Anfield, manager Juergen Klopp said.
Substitute Mohamed Salah scored the fastest hat-trick in Champions League history as Liverpool came from behind to thrash Rangers 7-1 on Wednesday and put themselves on the verge of qualification for the competition's knockout stages.
Virgil van Dijk has admitted he made a poor start to the season for his club Liverpool and said he feels a heavy burden of responsibility as captain of both club and his country, the Netherlands.
In the heat of southern Italy, though, Liverpool produced their worst performance of the campaign, with even basic defending and midfield pressing lacking.
Everton manager Frank Lampard believes Saturday's goalless draw with Liverpool in their Merseyside derby was a clear sign that his team, who fought against the drop last season, are making real progress.
After spending around 2 billion pounds ($2.3 billion) on players across the 20 clubs, the Premier League has set itself up for another pulsating season of excitement, disappointment, protests, managerial sackings, failure and glory.
British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe has expressed an interest in buying United after Tesla founder Elon Musk said a Twitter post in which he said he planned to buy the club was part of "a long-running joke".
Liverpool, who were held to a disappointing draw by promoted Fulham on the opening weekend, have been hit with injuries to several key players.
Salah, who scored 31 times for Liverpool last season as they won the domestic cup double, put pen to paper on a three-year deal last month.
City beat Liverpool to the title by a point last season, and in the 2018-19 campaign.