Crowned his 400th Premier League start with a fine piece of sweeping play to clear off Suarez’s feet. Produced remarkable save from the onrushing Meireles in the 62nd minute to prove enduring quality.
Similar no-nonsense approach bore fruit against Liverpool’s anaemic attack. Should have doubled lead but shinned volley wide of goal in second half.
The Tottenham Hotspur loanee’s probable final Villa appearance passed off without note. Rarely stretched legs and showed attacking endeavour of previous weeks.
Inches away from cross that eventually went to Downing for opener. Kept Kuyt quiet.
Kept it simple against Suarez and company. If ball was there to be cleared, he ensured it went to safety.
Youngster lasted until just the 28th minute before injury forced him to be removed for Albrighton.
Mixed it with opposite numbers and won more than a fair share of battles. Shot straight at Reina after one-two with Agbonlahor.
Took advantage of Flanagan’s inexperience to wait on back post and half-volley home opener. Seemed moist likely on an afternoon of few chances.
Snapped in a number of challenges. One in particular left its mark on Spearing. With his contract up in the summer and no agreement in place, the ex-West Ham man played a pivotal role in disrupting Liverpool’s midfield on his probable last Villa Park outing. Boos audible as he made way for Agbonlahor. Booked.
Wouldn’t have added anything to watching scouts’ notebooks. Drifted in and out of the action against the team linked with his signature in the summer. Seemed to wave goodbye to the Villa Park faithful when he was removed at the death for Bradley.
Starved of chances and possession. A £24 million club record signing shouldn’t be forced to feed off scraps. Criminal under use of best poacher in division.
Only action of note was to pick Downing’s half-volley out of his net. Not stretched by any other Villa effort.
Continued run of playing every minute of Premier League football this term. Will be disappointed he allowed Albrighton’s cross through to Downing.
Liverpool skipper’s warrior attitude was exemplified by the ‘Rambo’ style bandana he wore for the majority of the match.
Asked real questions by Albrighton and didn’t come up with the answer. Years of injuries seemed to prevent Brazilian from bombing forward.
The 18-year-old showed his inexperience as he was at fault for Downing’s opener. The youngster didn’t know whether to push inside or stick to his man.
Forced Ashley Young to clear off his line in 14th minute. Bossed early stages of midfield battle but faded away with team-mates.
Clattered into by Reo-Coker in the seventh minute and lasted five minutes more before he was forced off for Shelvey.
Mystery to everyone bar Dalglish why he chose to reinstate the uninterested Cole. Barely got a kick and never showed for the ball. Hooked for Ngog.
Seemed more interested in trading questionable tackles with Reo-Coker and feigning injury rather than finding a way through the Villa defence. Booked.
May as well have not bothered travelling down to the Midlands. Run of nine goals in nine games ended with a damp squib.
Never got close to his electrifying best but still looked dangerous. Friedel had to use all his 40-years of experience to steal from his toes.
- 33 A. Marshall
- 21 C. Clark
On loan American was given little chance to impress after he was thrown on in the 89th minute.
Took only five minutes after he came on in the 28th minute to produce cross that set up Downing for only goal.
- 8 R. Pirès
Brought on in the 68th minute on the left wing rather than up front with Bent. Was inches away from Bent centre before he teed up Petrov for chance.
- 18 E. Heskey