Aston Villa v Liverpool: Matchweek 26

Aston Villa vs Liverpool

It was a rampant performance from the Reds [This is Anfield Associated Press]

It was a rampant performance from the Reds [This is Anfield Associated Press]

Final Score: 0-6

Starting XIs:

Aston Villa– Bunn, Richards, Okore, Lescott, Cissokho, Bacuna, Westwood, Gueye, Veretout, Gil, Agbonlahor

Liverpool– Mignolet, Clyne, K Toure, Sakho, Moreno, Milner, Henderson, Can, Coutinho, Sturridge, Firmino

Rank in BPL After Game:

8th

Sturridge got onto the score sheet to start the demolition [Getty Images]

Sturridge got onto the score sheet to start the demolition [Getty Images]

Match Summary:

Liverpool visited struggling Aston Villa this past Sunday, with the boost of Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho back in the starting lineup. The Reds got off to a good start, with Sturridge scoring in the 15th minute. James Milner then doubled their lead in the 25th minute with a great free kick. At 2-0 there was no way back for a deflated Aston Villa side, and Liverpool ran rampant after half time. Can, Origi, Clyne, and Kolo Toure all scored within a 15 minute period, with Liverpool asserting their dominance and really showing what attacking potential they have now that they have their main players back from injury. The game finished 6-0 Liverpool, with the last 20 minutes being some of the easiest Liverpool players will ever have to face.

Player Ratings:

Starting XI:

Mignolet- 7.0

A comfortable day for the Belgian as he was rarely troubled the by the Aston Villa front line. Made one good save that denied Aston Villa a route back into the match, and really set up the demolition by Liverpool.

Clyne- 9.0

One of the best performances I have seen by the English full back in a Liverpool shirt. His defensive duties were kept nice and tidy, which allowed to him to spring forward and get a goal for himself. He kept attacking until the end, and is proving to be a great signing for Liverpool after the troubles they have had in this position over the years.

Even Kolo Toure got on the score sheet [Goal Associated Press]

Even Kolo Toure got on the score sheet [Goal Associated Press]

K Toure- 8.0

A solid performance from the Ivorian as he was able to deal with the minimal threat while also bagging himself his first Premier League goal in 5 years to add to Liverpool’s goal tally. It will be a sad day when we see this veteran retire, but as of now he looks good and is contributing to this Liverpool side very well.

Sakho- 7.0

Some nervy moments on the ball have become normal for the Frenchman, but he dealt with any pressure that came his way well and also provided an attacking threat in the opposition’s penalty box.

Moreno- 7.0

Moreno did what you would expect from a good full back and interchanged quite well with Coutinho while doing his defensive duties well. A good day for the Spaniard.

Milner- 8.0

A great performance from the midfielder as he put some vital challenges in but also contributed to the scoresheet with a sublime free kick. A great signing for Liverpool as he has helped bring dynamic and work rate that the midfield really needed.

Henderson- 7.0

A better performance from the captain that has been struggling a bit since coming back from injury. Helped in attack more so than defence, but was solid all in all.

Can- 8.5

A great performance from the German who looks like he is finally finding his place in Klopp’s side. His defensive contributions were immense and he was able to notch himself a goal, which was probably the pick of the bunch.

Coutinho played a vital role in the victory [BBC Associated Press]

Coutinho played a vital role in the victory [BBC Associated Press]

Coutinho- 9

Man of the match in my eyes, Coutinho had an exceptional return to BPL action. He assisted two goals and played with such great quality and energy that Liverpool have been lacking. It is fantastic to have him back in the team for Jurgen Klopp.

Firmino- 8

He didn’t get on the score sheet, but he provided many good touches and moments of spark. It looks like he is finally coming to terms with the Premier League and its standards, which is a good sign for Liverpool.

Sturridge- 8

After such a long time out injured, it must be a relief for Daniel Sturridge to get back out onto the pitch. It did not take him long to get on the score sheet, and that just proves his importance in this Liverpool side. The biggest problem they now face is keeping him fit because a fit Daniel Sturridge changes teams for the better, and Liverpool need him right now.

Substitutes:

Origi- 8

Scored within 30 seconds of him coming on and had a good return from injury. It looks like with all of these players coming back from injury, Klopp is going to have a selection dilemma on his hands, which is not something he has experienced for quite some time and is a great omen for the future of the club.

Stewart- 7

A solid debut for the youngster who looks like a great prospect for the future of the club. Liverpool need to keep hold of him as he has a lot of potential.

Benteke- 7

Did not do much in his time on the pitch, but was not required to produce anything against his former club.

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