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August 24, 2013 5:30 PM WAT
Villa Park — Birmingham
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 42098‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Aston Villa 0-1 Liverpool

Daniel Sturridge's well-taken goal in the first half proved the difference between the two sides as Brendan Rodgers' team continue their perfect start to the new season

By Gary Maiden at Villa Park

  • Bradley Guzan
    1
    2
    3.00

    Bradley Guzan

    Could do little to prevent the opener but looked assured throughout.

  • Ron Vlaar
    1
    2
    3.00

    Ron Vlaar

    Constantly commanding his team mates around the park and looked assured in possession. Very aware of the threat posed by Sturridge and did well to keep him quiet in the second half.

  • Jores Okore
    5
    0
    3.00

    Jores Okore

    Grew into the game the longer it went on after struggling to cope with the threat of Coutinho early on. Always looked troubled by the Brazilian but did his best to get forward also.

  • Luna
    1
    4
    3.00

    Luna

    Looked to get forward as much as possible but struggled to make an impact in the final third.

  • Matthew Lowton
    0
    0
    3.00

    Matthew Lowton

    Had a really quiet game and didn't offer the attacking presence that his manager will have wanted. Replaced on the hour.

  • Leandro Bacuna
    2
    0
    3.50

    Leandro Bacuna

    The Dutchman looked lively throughout and was a constant threat going forward. Pushed forward well and was one of the home sides stand out performers.

  • Ashley Westwood
    0
    3
    3.00

    Ashley Westwood

    Quiet first half, much improved in the second. Saw two long range efforts float over the bar. Always looking to play the ball around but often over ran by an energetic Liverpool midfield

  • Fabian Delph
    0
    1
    3.50

    Fabian Delph

    An extremely energetic display from the former Leeds midfield man. His quick feet drew in constant fouls.

  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
    0
    0
    3.00

    Gabriel Agbonlahor

    A quiet evening by his standards. Will have been disappointed to see his second half volley trickle wide as his side pushed for the equaliser.

  • C. Benteke
    2
    0
    3.50

    C. Benteke

    The constant threat that you'd expect from the forward man. Unlucky not to level the score towards the end of the first half.

  • Andreas Weimann
    1
    1
    3.00

    Andreas Weimann

    His driven effort was deflected over in the dying stages of the first half. Caused problems for Enrique in the second half before being replaced with 20 minutes remaining.

Substitutions

  • Karim El Ahmadi
    0
    1
    3.00

    Karim El Ahmadi

    Came on with half an hour to play as Villa looked for a way back in. Showed glimpses of talent but not the inspired change that Lambert was looking for.

  • Alexandar Tonev
    0
    2
    3.00

    Alexandar Tonev

    Came on with 20 minutes to play and had little impact on proceedings.

  • Simon Mignolet
    30
    5
    3.50

    Simon Mignolet

    Had very little to do despite Villa's second half possession. Met some crosses with confidence and will be pleased with another clean sheet. Saved well from Benteke late on.

  • Glen Johnson
    7
    0
    3.00

    Glen Johnson

    Had little to do defensively but offered little going forward. A solid if not unspectacular performance from the England full back.

  • José Enrique
    10
    2
    3.50

    José Enrique

    Looked solid all game and played a perfectly timed ball to set up Sturridge for the opener.

  • Kolo Toure
    20
    6
    3.50

    Kolo Toure Top of the Match

    Did brilliantly to stifle the threat posed by Benteke. Used his experience and pace expertly and looks to have been a shrewd signing by Brendan Rodgers.

  • Daniel Agger
    13
    2
    3.50

    Daniel Agger

    As solid as always. Looked keen to get the ball down and play out from the back. Asked very few questions from the Villa attacking line.

  • Steven Gerrard
    18
    0
    3.00

    Steven Gerrard

    Composed as ever in the middle and his crisp passing helped to set up some dangerous attacking play.

  • Coutinho
    13
    1
    3.00

    Coutinho

    Caused problems down the Liverpool left all afternoon but faded out of the game the longer it went on. Always a danger.

  • Jordan Henderson
    13
    0
    3.00

    Jordan Henderson

    Did well to impose himself on the game in the early exchanges but drifted in and out of the game. Defended well as Villa pressed.

  • Lucas Leiva
    11
    1
    3.00

    Lucas Leiva

    Some nice touches in the middle and set up some flowing moves for the visitors. Wasn't afraid to mix it with Villa's more physical players when asked to.

  • Iago Aspas
    9
    3
    2.50

    Iago Aspas Flop of the Match

    A disappointing evening from the summer signing despite the three points. Did little to trouble the Villa defence and replaced in the second half.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    22
    1
    4.00

    Daniel Sturridge

    Showed a real touch of class to round Brad Guzan for the opener. Really lively throughout and stepping up in the absence Luis Suarez.

Substitutions

  • Aly Cissokho
    15
    0
    3.00

    Aly Cissokho

    Came on with 20 minutes to play. An obvious physical presence and did well to help out in defence.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
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
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0