Probably the coldest man in the ground during the first half but pulled off a magnificent reaction save to deny Agbonlahor.
Tough start against the pace and trickery of Albrighton but stuck to his task and grew into the game.
Got tight to the Aston Villa forwards and prevented them from running into any space. Towering header to create the first goal.
Another solid display from the Greek, who showed good positional sense and forced Agbonlahor deep in search of the ball. Nearly scored but saw header cleared off the line. Replaced by Kelly seven minutes from time.
The England right-back is often criticised for his poor defending but dealt impeccably with the in-form Downing and his pace was an asset in defence and attack. Nearly scored after cracking run and shot.
Scored the third goal to clinch the win with an expertly timed run and lovely finish into the corner. Always a threat with his runs into the area and combined well with the strikers with neat touches. Replaced by Aurelio in the 76th minute.
Played slightly deeper than Meireles but equally influential. Won tackles, hardly ever lost possession and kept the hosts ticking along to a comfortable win.
Another assured performance as Liverpool dominated the midfield. Assured touch, clever passing and strong tackling helped Liverpool control the game.
Probably his last chance to fight his way back into the reckoning at Anfield and might have saved his career with a beautifully taken goal on the volley and an impressive all-round performance. Added an assist with great run and cross to set up Maxi. Sometimes too weak when holding the ball up.
A typically energetic performance from the Dutchman, who nearly broke the deadlock with a fierce early volley that went just wide. Linked up well when on the ball and worked tirelessly off it.
The American has been in shaky form recently but had no chance with any of Liverpool's three goals on a miserable night for his side.
Outpaced by Babel for the second goal after a simple ball over the top. Won his fair share of headers but never looked comfortable.
Caught ball watching as he lost Ngog for the opener and seemed to struggle with the hosts' pace and vibrancy.
Villa's best defender on the night but it wasn't particularly hard. The England international enjoyed his battle with Kuyt but offered no attacking threat whatsoever.
Sloppily gave the ball away in the build-up to Liverpool's second goal and looked out of position and out of his depth in central midfield. Hauled off at the break.
Never got close enough to the strikers when they pulled wide and was punished as Babel ran past him to create Liverpool's third and final goal.
Showed a few glimpses of an eye for a pass but the youngster was completely overrun and couldn't cope with the hosts' passing and movement in midfield.
Came into the game in great form but seemed frozen by the cold. Realised early on he couldn't beat Johnson for pace and didn't see enough of the ball to whip in any dangerous crosses. Moved out to the right towards the end but fared no better.
Started well with a couple of sprightly dribbles but quickly faded as Liverpool took total command. Replaced by Pires midway through the second half.
He just doesn't look like the same player who starred as an attacking midfielder at Manchester City. Did not put any pressure on Liverpool's two central midfielders and workrate was poor throughout.
Hard to judge as he was given so little service. Forced deep in search of the ball in the first half as he was completely shackled. Had Villa's only chance of the game in the second half but was denied by Reina as he tried to slide home. Replaced by Carew.
- 22 B. Guzan
- 30 E. Lichaj
- 24 Carlos Cuéllar
- 31 C. Herd
Replaced Albrighton in the 65th minute but by then Villa seemed to have already given up.
Replaced Agbonlahor in the 66th minute. Offered a target but he wasn't hit.
Replaced Clark at half-time but hardly had a chance to use his pace as Villa toiled.