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December 18, 2011 2:05 PM GMT
Villa Park — Birmingham
Referee:‬ P. Walton‎
Attendance:‬ 37460‎
 
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Aston Villa 0-2 Liverpool

A routine win for the visitors saw Craig Bellamy score one and provide an assist for the other although they missed a number of chances to add to their tally

By Joel Lamy at Villa Park

  • Bradley Guzan
    17
    17
    3.00

    Bradley Guzan

    Will feel like he could have done better from Shelvey's flick which saw Bellamy score although he was put off by Suarez in front of him. Had no chance for Skrtel's goal but made some smart saves, including an excellent one to deny Johnson.

  • Alan Hutton
    12
    18
    3.00

    Alan Hutton

    Had the unenviable task of taking on an inspired Bellamy but held his own well and got him booked from a forward run. However, he was beaten to the ball by the running Skrtel for his goal and lost out to Bellamy once again which nearly resulted in a third goal.

  • Stephen Warnock
    17
    33
    2.00

    Stephen Warnock Flop of the Match

    Terrorised by Downing to begin with he also saw Johnson bomb past him on numerous occasions. A difficult match for one of Villa's most consistent performers this season. Gave the ball away to Johnson just outside his own area who then nearly scored.

  • Richard Dunne
    7
    21
    2.50

    Richard Dunne

    A determined effort from the Irishman but was fortunate that Suarez didn't punish him after he lost out to the striker in his own area.

  • James Collins
    9
    14
    3.00

    James Collins

    Without doubt the most assured of all his side's defenders which wasn't saying too much. Unfortunately he was unable to prevent Villa from losing easily

  • Charles N'Zogbia
    12
    17
    3.00

    Charles N'Zogbia

    Was praised by his manager for his performance at Bolton last week and he looked bright going forward with a couple of dangerous shots but he didn't offer enough cover to a struggling Warnock.

  • Marc Albrighton
    19
    15
    3.50

    Marc Albrighton

    Put in a lovely early cross to Heskey, although the striker was marginally offside. Looks to be confident on the right and he put in some decent deliveries which have been lacking in the past.

  • Fabian Delph
    8
    19
    3.00

    Fabian Delph

    Returned to the side after missing out last week through injury. Some forward runs allowed him opportunities to shoot which he couldn't take advantage of but he lacked the creativity to unlock the Liverpool defence.

  • Stilian Petrov
    6
    22
    2.50

    Stilian Petrov

    A disappointing display from Villa's captain who could provide little cover for his troubled backline. Looks more comfortable with the defensive Chris Herd behind him.

  • Nathan Delfouneso
    14
    17
    3.00

    Nathan Delfouneso

    Did not look fazed by going up against the best defence in the league and was unafraid to shoot from range but he could not convert his header from an Albrighton free kick.

  • Emile Heskey
    21
    17
    3.00

    Emile Heskey

    Full of running and endeavour. Headed a good chance straight at Reina but was fractionally offside and flicked another header over from a corner. Occasionally gave the ball away but also held it up well and linked up the play. Was taken off early in the second half with the Villa midfield needing an extra body.

Substitutions

  • Barry Bannan
    9
    17
    3.00

    Barry Bannan

    Brought on for Heskey with Villa being over-run in midfield. He brought some stability to the middle but could not create much beyond a late shot over the bar.

  • Andreas Weimann
    3
    18
    0.00

    Andreas Weimann

    With Bent and Agbonlahor out he got his chance to come on late but did little to threaten Reina's goal

  • Pepe Reina
    142
    5
    3.00

    Pepe Reina

    Made an easy save from an early Petrov free kick and had little to do afterwards as his side recorded another routine win.

  • Glen Johnson
    165
    9
    3.50

    Glen Johnson

    One bright run into the Villa area characterised Johnson's attacking adventure but he was a bit subdued in this match after Liverpool had taken an early two-goal lead. Defensively he looked solid against N'Zogbia and was unlucky to be denied by Guzan after an excellent shot from range.

  • José Enrique
    134
    15
    3.00

    José Enrique

    Struggled at times against Albrighton who was able to whip some crosses into the area under little pressure but he was able to stay back as Bellamy wreaked havoc on the left.

  • Daniel Agger
    191
    10
    3.50

    Daniel Agger

    Another excellent performance alongside Skrtel as he denied Delfouneso any decent opportunities. Missed a great chance to give his side a third goal early in the second half but it wasn't costly.

  • Martin Skrtel
    208
    11
    3.50

    Martin Skrtel

    Took his goal well after showing great determination to get to the ball first. Did well in the air against Heskey and was rewarded when the big striker was taken off.

  • Jordan Henderson
    111
    49
    3.00

    Jordan Henderson

    In a brilliant Liverpool performance Henderson proved to be the weak link as Villa were given too much space to take shots at Reina's goal.

  • Stewart Downing
    163
    13
    3.50

    Stewart Downing

    Roundly booed on his return to Villa Park but he put that behind him to cause Warnock all sorts of problems on the right. Provided the corner for the first goal but his final ball was not to the same standard as his dribbling.

  • Charlie Adam
    112
    28
    3.00

    Charlie Adam

    Nasty early tackle on Delfouneso and was deservedly booked later for a much more innocuous foul on Heskey. Showed some steel in the Liverpool midfield which was needed but when forward he shot instead of squaring to Shelvey.

  • Jonjo Shelvey
    179
    10
    3.00

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Had been in great scoring touch for Blackpool, scoring six times in 10 games and he looked comfortable in the Liverpool midfield. Going forward he saw one shot on the slide tipped wide and tried his luck soon after but it was tame and didn't trouble Guzan. Missed the target in the second half once again.

  • Luis Suárez
    212
    13
    3.50

    Luis Suárez

    A typical Suarez performance with moments of brilliance but without the goal to show for his efforts as is so often the case. Set up Shelvey in the first-half after nutmegging Petrov and after the break he hit the underside of the bar when he looked certain to score having dispossessed Dunne and side-stepped Collins. Saw a brilliant chip hit the post as the ball would just not go in for him.

  • Craig Bellamy
    290
    11
    4.00

    Craig Bellamy Top of the Match

    Recalled to the starting line-up the Welshman did not disappoint even if he was booked for taking out Hutton. After tapping in the opener he took the corner which saw Skrtel score the second. In the second-half he set up Agger and Suarez in what was an exceptional performance.

Substitutions

  • Jamie Carragher
    85
    38
    0.00

    Jamie Carragher

    Brought on at the end with the game wrapped up.

  • Andy Carroll
    82
    48
    0.00

    Andy Carroll

    Allowed to come on to the pitch for Suarez but was isolated up top with Liverpool defending.

  • Dirk Kuyt
    103
    13
    0.00

    Dirk Kuyt

    Another very late change with the game already up.

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