Aston Villa 0-2 Liverpool – Reds dominate Villains

By Jonathan Carroll.

There will be few easier games for Kenny Dalglish’s men like the game at Villa Park on Sunday. The reds eased to a 2-0 win but it could have been a cricket score.

Villa found themselves 2-0 inside fifteen minutes. Craig Bellamy side footed the visitors in front after Luis Suarez’s flick from a Stewart Downing corner was spilled by Brad Guzan in the Villa goal. It would soon get worse for Alex McLeish’s men as Martin Skrtel rose above Alan Hutton to glance home a Craig Bellamy corner.

Villa rarely threatened Pepe Reina’s goal and the only attempt of note was Charles N’Zogbia’s left footed strike midway through the first half. The second half saw Liverpool’s wastefulness on front of goal continue. Luis Suarez hit the woodwork twice after creating space for himself. Both the underside of the crossbar and the left hand post denied Suarez a goal to cap off a fantastic performance coming after only two days of training according to Dalglish. Charlie Adam also had a chance to put Jonjo Shelvey  in a clear scoring opportunity but elected to shoot himself only for his shot to be deflected wide. Indeed Liverpool could easily have won by five or six. The crossbar count for the season is now at seventeen. The hiding that threatens to be handed out goes on for another week.

Overall Liverpool’s performance deserved the three points. The worrying fact remains that as bad as Villa played, if they had managed to sneak one goal late on it would have set up a frantic finish. The positives outnumber the negatives with Shelvey returning to first team action and impressing, Charlie Adam continues to make midfield his own and Jose Enrique is probably the best left back in the Premier League at the moment. As for Luis Suarez, his talent is unquestioned, he just needs to have more of an end product to his movement and creativity and surely the goals will flow. Form is temporary but class is permanent as they say.

Aston Villa

  • 22 Guzan
  • 02 Hutton
  • 03 Warnock
  • 05 Dunne
  • 06 Collins
  • 10 N’Zogbia (yellow card)
  • 12 Albrighton
  • 16 Delph (Weimann 80)
  • 19 Petrov
  • 14 Delfouneso
  • 18 Heskey (Bannan 56)

Substitutes

  • 33 Marshall,
  • 21 Clark,
  • 24 Cuellar,
  • 25 Bannan,
  • 35 Johnson,
  • 26 Weimann,
  • 36 Burke

Liverpool

  • 25 Reina
  • 02 Johnson
  • 03 Jose Enrique
  • 05 Agger
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 14 Henderson
  • 19 Downing
  • 26 Adam (yellow card)
  • 33 Shelvey (Carragher 83)
  • 07 Suarez (Carroll 73)
  • 39 Bellamy (yellow card) (Kuyt 88)

Substitutes

  • 32 Doni,
  • 16 Coates,
  • 23 Carragher,
  • 34 Kelly,
  • 11 Maxi,
  • 09 Carroll,
  • 18 Kuyt

Referee: Peter Walton

Attendance: 37,460

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