Liverpool 1-3 Aston Villa – Current Plight Exposed

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By Jonathan Carroll

In a previous game review written following the West Ham game, this writer lead with the title, “Red’s On The Rise”. I still believe Liverpool FC are on the right path but the realization must be made by the masses that this rebuilding could and will most likely take some time. Do not be under any illusions, Liverpool Football Club are in transition and right now are not a top four team. Expectations need to be tempered and unless huge investment comes in January (don’t expect big money signings) this team will do well to finish in the top six. That’s the reality.

There are other factors to be considered in the equation. For the majority of games this season Liverpool dominated possession, shots and chances created. However, these chances have failed to be converted all season. A striker MUST be added in January and a proven one at that. This is an all too familiar story, dominate the game but fail to take all three points. The only variant to add to this equation is an improvement on the current starting eleven. Being blatantly honest, Steven Gerrard is getting his game every week based on who he is, it cannot possibly be on his recent performances. His goal today the only positive in another null and void performance. Then again, with Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva sub standard today and Nuri Sahin still trying to find his feet its hard to see where another midfielder could take his spot. Add the lack of depth in the current squad and its somewhat understandable we are carrying players.

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Brendan Rodgers has his team playing to his football philosophy, the transfer window cannot come quick enough for the manager. The hope is that with better players in certain positions that Liverpool will start to finish chances and thus win games. A focused approach to improving defensively wouldn’t go astray either.

Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann had the day of their lives at Anfield today combining to score all three goals for Villa. In previous era’s these players would never get a look in against a Liverpool team at Anfield. This is where the club finds itself, in the middle of average and bordering mediocrity. Liverpool, as the statistics confirm created many chances and with Luis Suarez back after his one game suspension, would have fancied themselves against a struggling Aston Villa team.

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Joe Allen looks like a player low on confidence and also in need of a compass to find a pass that goes north instead of east and west every time. Stewart Downing continues to fill in at left back and he did contribute some decent crosses today accompanied by some good movement out wide on the left. His defensive capabilities are somewhat questionable. Right now every Liverpool player needs to be performing at the top of their game in order for the team to take all three points and today there were too many passengers.

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In what looked to be an easy run of games with Villa, Fulham, Stoke and Queens Park Rangers upcoming the view has been altered drastically. Suddenly none of those games look like guaranteed wins and all things considered six points out of nine there would be an achievement. While the current team is rebuilt and a new era brought in maybe the manager should refrain from giving interviews about finishing in the top two. Reality set in at Anfield today, and if you havent realized the size of the task ahead of Rodgers to get Liverpool back into the top four, it is of mammoth proportions.

Match Statistics

Liverpool                                    Aston Villa

Possession                        61%                                              39%

Shots                                 26                                                  9

Shots on target                 17                                                   6

Corners                              7                                                    2


  • 25 Reina – 6
  • 02 Johnson – 6
  • 05 Agger – 5
  • 37 Skrtel – 5
  • 08 Gerrard – 2
  • 19 Downing – 6
  • 21 Lucas – 4 (Henderson – 60′ ) – 5
  • 24 Allen – 4
  • 31 Sterling – 5
  • 33 Shelvey – 6 (Cole – 46′ ) – 5
  • 07 Suarez – 5 (Booked)


  • 01 Jones
  • 16 Coates
  • 23 Carragher
  • 47 Wisdom
  • 10 Cole
  • 14 Henderson
  • 30 Suso

Aston Villa

  • 22 Guzan – 6
  • 06 Clark – 6
  • 30 Lichaj – 5
  • 32 Baker – 6
  • 34 Lowton – 6 9Booked)
  • 15 Westwood – 7
  • 25 Bannan – 7 (El Ahmadi – 85′ )
  • 31 Herd – 6
  • 14 Holman- 7  (Delph – 69′ )
  • 20 Benteke – 8 (Booked)
  • 26 Weimann – 8 (N’Zogbia – 90′ )


  • 01 Given
  • 27 Bennett
  • 08 El Ahmadi
  • 10 N’Zogbia
  • 12 Albrighton
  • 16 Delph
  • 21 Bowery
Referee: Swarbrick
Attendance: 44,607

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