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December 15, 2012 3:00 PM GMT
Anfield — Liverpool
Referee:‬ N. Swarbrick‎
Attendance:‬ 44607‎
 
C. Benteke 29′
 
 
C. Benteke 51′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Liverpool 1-3 Aston Villa

The Reds dominated the opening periods but were torn apart by some fantastic counterattacking from the visitors and an inspired performance from Christian Benteke

By David Lynch at Anfield

  • Pepe Reina
    15
    57
    2.50

    Pepe Reina

    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.

  • Glen Johnson
    52
    25
    3.00

    Glen Johnson

    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.

  • Daniel Agger
    22
    47
    2.50

    Daniel Agger

    Looked susceptible to speedy breaks much like his defensive partner and couldn't deal with Benteke.

  • Martin Skrtel
    18
    56
    2.50

    Martin Skrtel

    Dealt with Benteke well in the opening minutes but was all at sea when hit on the counter - Villa's main method of attack.

  • Steven Gerrard
    22
    73
    2.00

    Steven Gerrard

    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.

  • Stewart Downing
    52
    33
    3.00

    Stewart Downing

    Appeared keen to prove a point against his former employers and was one of the Reds' biggest attacking threats early on.

  • Lucas Leiva
    26
    42
    2.50

    Lucas Leiva

    Made some good tackles and moved the ball well but is still off the pace following his lengthy injury absence.

  • Joe Allen
    13
    74
    2.00

    Joe Allen

    Allows himself to be bullied into positions where his lack of physicality is exposed. Should position himself far better.

  • Raheem Sterling
    17
    89
    1.50

    Raheem Sterling Flop of the Match

    Typified the awful decision making in the opposition box which plagued the hosts. Still has a lot to learn.

  • Jonjo Shelvey
    11
    67
    2.50

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Struggled in a wide role and was withdrawn at half-time.

  • Luis Suárez
    48
    42
    3.00

    Luis Suárez

    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.

Substitutions

  • Joe Cole
    30
    42
    3.00

    Joe Cole

    Looked bright after coming on but the game was largely up by that point.

  • Jordan Henderson
    51
    28
    3.00

    Jordan Henderson

    Replaced Lucas with the Brazilian tiring but could not change the flow of the game, despite playing well for the most part.

  • Bradley Guzan
    33
    4
    3.00

    Bradley Guzan

    Hardly tested as the Reds struggled to get clean efforts in at his goal, even when dominating.

  • Ciaran Clark
    25
    4
    3.00

    Ciaran Clark

    Fortunate to get away with a blatant pull on Daniel Agger in the box but largely solid.

  • Eric Lichaj
    25
    4
    3.50

    Eric Lichaj

    Stemmed Liverpool's threat from wide by forcing poor decisions with dogged pressing.

  • Nathan Baker
    38
    2
    3.50

    Nathan Baker

    His brilliant, last-ditch slide tackle on Shelvey in the first half typified his commitment to keeping a clean sheet.

  • Matthew Lowton
    23
    3
    3.00

    Matthew Lowton

    Ensured Raheem Sterling had at terrible game by defending sensibly against the pacey 18-year-old. Rarely threatened.

  • Brett Holman
    33
    3
    3.50

    Brett Holman

    Worked incredibly hard up and down the wing for the Villans and proved a brilliant threat on the counter.

  • Ashley Westwood
    18
    2
    3.00

    Ashley Westwood

    Worked hard to give Bannan the time to play and pinched the ball away from the sloppy Joe Allen on numerous occasions.

  • Barry Bannan
    24
    3
    3.00

    Barry Bannan

    Showed great poise on the ball and provided some deadly set-piece deliveries.

  • Chris Herd
    24
    4
    3.00

    Chris Herd

    Part of a brilliant Villa wall who did not give in under relentless pressure from Suarez in the opening period.

  • C. Benteke
    101
    4
    4.00

    C. Benteke Top of the Match

    A perfect centre-forward's performance. Held the ball up brilliantly for his team, took his two goals brilliantly and provided and excellent assist.

  • Andreas Weimann
    42
    4
    3.50

    Andreas Weimann

    Took his goal well and led some lightning-quick counterattacking moves. An excellent performance.

Substitutions

  • Karim El Ahmadi
    20
    4

    Karim El Ahmadi

    Had little time to influence things with Villa on the back foot.

  • Charles N'Zogbia
    21
    3

    Charles N'Zogbia

    A late, time-wasting sub.

  • Fabian Delph
    23
    2
    3.00

    Fabian Delph

    Added trickery and legs to the Villans line-up as they held the lead.

Results
 
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Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
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18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
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15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0