Aside from picking the ball out of the net, didn't have a lot to do.
Uncertain in some of his defensive work but put in some good deliveries from the left.
Anfield holds its collective breath when he has the ball and his decision to stay deep cost Liverpool the corner from which they conceded.
Some awkward moments for the Spanish right-back who struggled to link up with his colleagues on short passes in particular.
Content to take the ball from his goalkeeper and lead breaks and has now taken the lead in a reshuffled back four.
Lively Anfield debut for the England man who could have won a penalty and went close with two efforts. Booked.
Fielded in a number of different roles without the desired outcome. One shot off the post and another fired over was the best it got for him.
Looked the man most likely for Liverpool until his substitution. Will be a great favourite here once he settles into the side.
Played far too close to Steven Gerrard deep in midfield and relied too often on the long ball.
Always the first option for his colleagues' passes no matter if he is the best man to give it to. Inconsistent delivery with long passes.
A fruitless debut for the Italian. He was bullied out of the match by Senderos and Hutton and contributed little in the build up.
Barely had a save to make despite Liverpool's territorial dominance but will be relieved to have seen Coutinho's curler hit the post.
Involved in a running feud with Balotelli from which he ultimately emerged on top. Threat at set-pieces too.
The Scot's rehabilitation continues. Solid display here with a good mix of support play and aggression. Could have seen red for a foul on Sterling though.
Was on hand with some terrific interceptions and tackles inside his own area.
Another solid outing for the former Fulham man who got forward well in the first half before settling into the midfield.
Back at Anfield and acquitted himself well. Got forward when the opportunity permitted and was not beaten down his line.
Not his type of game with Villa chasing the ball for the most part but still played his role with good pressing and tackling.
Set the tone for Villa with his accurate set-piece delivery and also put himself around the midfield.
The new England man did well turning play in Villa's favour with clever turns and simple passes.
Very mature display from the lone frontman who gave his team an outlet as well as bundling in the winner.
Gave Villa some width on the right side but snatched at the only true chance which came his way.