Could do little to prevent the opener but looked assured throughout.
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.
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.
Looked to get forward as much as possible but struggled to make an impact in the final third.
Had a really quiet game and didn't offer the attacking presence that his manager will have wanted. Replaced on the hour.
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
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.
An extremely energetic display from the former Leeds midfield man. His quick feet drew in constant fouls.
The constant threat that you'd expect from the forward man. Unlucky not to level the score towards the end of the first half.
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.
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.
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.
Had little to do defensively but offered little going forward. A solid if not unspectacular performance from the England full back.
Looked solid all game and played a perfectly timed ball to set up Sturridge for the opener.
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.
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.
Caused problems down the Liverpool left all afternoon but faded out of the game the longer it went on. Always a danger.
Composed as ever in the middle and his crisp passing helped to set up some dangerous attacking play.
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.
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.
A disappointing evening from the summer signing despite the three points. Did little to trouble the Villa defence and replaced in the second half.
Showed a real touch of class to round Brad Guzan for the opener. Really lively throughout and stepping up in the absence Luis Suarez.