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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
    3
    12
    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
    13
    7
    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
    6
    9
    2.50

    Daniel Agger

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

  • Martin Skrtel
    3
    13
    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
    3
    19
    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
    12
    9
    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
    7
    11
    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
    4
    15
    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
    3
    19
    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
    3
    13
    2.50

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Struggled in a wide role and was withdrawn at half-time.

  • Luis Suárez
    11
    9
    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
    7
    10
    3.00

    Joe Cole

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

  • Jordan Henderson
    10
    8
    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
    2
    0
    3.00

    Bradley Guzan

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

  • Ciaran Clark
    3
    0
    3.00

    Ciaran Clark

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

  • Eric Lichaj
    3
    0
    3.50

    Eric Lichaj

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

  • Nathan Baker
    3
    0
    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
    3
    0
    3.00

    Matthew Lowton

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

  • Brett Holman
    3
    2
    3.50

    Brett Holman

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

  • Barry Bannan
    3
    2
    3.00

    Barry Bannan

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

  • Chris Herd
    3
    2
    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
    14
    3
    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
    4
    3
    3.50

    Andreas Weimann

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

Substitutions

  • Karim El Ahmadi
    1
    1

    Karim El Ahmadi

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

  • Charles N'Zogbia
    1
    1

    Charles N'Zogbia

    A late, time-wasting sub.

  • Fabian Delph
    1
    0
    3.00

    Fabian Delph

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

Results
 
Player Ratings
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Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0