Kolo Toure took control of the Reds’ defence with much authority as he kept out Villa’s potent attack to preserve Liverpool’s narrow lead
|MAN OF THE MATCH
Aston Villa 0-1 Liverpool
Liverpool made it two from two as they picked up three points at Villa Park in the second gameweek of the latest English Premier League season.
Daniel Sturridge’s solitary strike was the difference-maker on the scoresheet when he netted in the first half after a sublime run from left to right, beating defenders with ease.
However, his superb solo effort was not enough to see him pick up the Man of the Match award as the Reds’ had to hold off Aston Villa’s second half barrage with Kolo Toure leading the back line.
On fire Christian Benteke was on the hunt to add to his goal tally but Liverpool’s new signing, Toure, was there every single time to snub out the Congo international.
As the Reds sat back in the second half, seeming rather reluctant to push on for another goal, Villa’s Ashley Westwood, Gabriel Agbonlahor and substitute Alexandar Tonev were piling on the pressure for a well-deserved equaliser.
Toure was the man who met each threat with nothing less than a no-nonsense, top-draw defensive display to head out and slam away every single ball that entered the Liverpool penalty area.
The former Manchester City player used his experience and pace expertly and looks to have been a shrewd signing by Brendan Rodgers to replace the legendary Jamie Carragher in the heart of the Liverpool defence.