Started the game well but his questionable positioning for the opener turned the tide of the game. Didn't cover himself in glory from then on.
Almost allowed Weimann in with a sloppy touch. Spent most of the game attacking down the right but was poorly supported by his team-mates. Created Liverpool's goal with a good run and shot.
Looked susceptible to speedy breaks much like his defensive partner and couldn't deal with Benteke.
Dealt with Benteke well in the opening minutes but was all at sea when hit on the counter - Villa's main method of attack.
Appeared keen to prove a point against his former employers and was one of the Reds' biggest attacking threats early on.
Struggled in a wide role and was withdrawn at half-time.
Allows himself to be bullied into positions where his lack of physicality is exposed. Should position himself far better.
Looks a spent force. Provided none of the goal threat of old and barely influenced the game. Did manage to deflect in Johnson's effort late on but it meant little.
Made some good tackles and moved the ball well but is still off the pace following his lengthy injury absence.
Typified the awful decision making in the opposition box which plagued the hosts. Still has a lot to learn.
As tricky and threatening as ever but did not find positions where he could truly hurt Villa by virtue of his desire to do everything.
Hardly tested as the Reds struggled to get clean efforts in at his goal, even when dominating.
Fortunate to get away with a blatant pull on Daniel Agger in the box but largely solid.
Ensured Raheem Sterling had at terrible game by defending sensibly against the pacey 18-year-old. Rarely threatened.
Stemmed Liverpool's threat from wide by forcing poor decisions with dogged pressing.
His brilliant, last-ditch slide tackle on Shelvey in the first half typified his commitment to keeping a clean sheet.
Showed great poise on the ball and provided some deadly set-piece deliveries.
Part of a brilliant Villa wall who did not give in under relentless pressure from Suarez in the opening period.
- 15 A. Westwood
A perfect centre-forward's performance. Held the ball up brilliantly for his team, took his two goals brilliantly and provided and excellent assist.
Worked incredibly hard up and down the wing for the Villans and proved a brilliant threat on the counter.
Took his goal well and led some lightning-quick counterattacking moves. An excellent performance.