Aston Villa

Sep 262015
Liverpool 3, Aston Villa 2 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 3, Aston Villa 2 Anfield, Liverpool (44,226) Liverpool scorers: Milner 2′, Sturridge 59′, 67′ Aston Villa scorer: Gestede 66′, 71′ Simon Mignolet – 5.5 Had little to do, but perhaps could have been sharper for Aston Villa’s first goal as the ball sailed through his six yard box while he watched. Emre Can – 5.5 Lost Gestede for the first goal, and had made a mistake previously to this which presented the striker with a good chance. Martin Skrtel – 6 Has an easy time of it in the middle of a back three. Clearing up scraps rather than being proactive. continue reading

Apr 222015
Aston Villa 2, Liverpool 1 - LFC FA Cup Semi Final Tactics & Ratings

Aston Villa 2, Liverpool 1 Wembley Stadium, London (85,416) Liverpool scorer: Coutinho 30′ Aston Villa scorers: Benteke 36′, Delph 54′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 5 Could have done better with the Aston Villa equaliser, which saw him poorly positioned as Benteke’s shot went in via the Belgian’s hand through the centre of the goal. Emre Can – 5.5 Showed glimpses of his forward drive and skill on the ball, but never settled into the game thanks to the manager’s continuous changing of his position in the various systems. Didn’t do a bad job at right back. Martin Skrtel – 4.5 Struggled on continue reading

Apr 182015
Liverpool v Aston Villa Preview - FA Cup Semi Final

Liverpool go into Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa on the back of a 2-0 win at home to Newcastle. The clean sheet and two goals scored make this look like an ideal scoreline to take confidence into Sunday, but to take comfort from an unconvincing performance against a poor Newcastle side would be a mistake. Aston Villa will pose an entirely different threat compared to the meek showing offered up by Newcastle’s players on Monday, and going into the game with the mindset that this game was a comfortable win could lead to complacency. Whilst Aston Villa manager Tim continue reading

Jan 172015
Aston Villa 0, Liverpool 2 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Aston Villa 0, Liverpool 2 Villa Park, Birmingham (39,758) Liverpool scorers: Borini 24′, Lambert 79′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 7 Hit and miss when coming for crosses, but played an important part in securing the win towards the end of the second half. Made a great save from Benteke then recovered to clear a cross shortly after. Emre Can – 6.5 Growing into his role at right centre back. Helps those around him when the team have the ball. Martin Skrtel – 7 Almost scored from a great header attacking a corner. Made a good last ditch tackle on Benteke in continue reading

Sep 142014
Liverpool 0, Aston Villa 1- LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

Liverpool 0, Aston Villa 1 14/09/2014 – Anfield, Liverpool (44,689) Aston Villa scorer: Agbonlahor (9′) Tactics The absence of Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling, and Joe Allen saw Liverpool unsuccessfully revert to a double pivot, a system which the side also struggled with in the first game of the season against Southampton. Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard were used as the deep two, with Philippe Coutinho in the number ten role ahead of them. The front three consisted of a trio making their Anfield debuts. Adam Lallana started on the left, with Lazar Markovic on the right and Mario Balotelli through continue reading

Jan 192014
LFC Player Ratings & Tactics - Liverpool 2, Aston Villa 2

Liverpool 2, Aston Villa 2 Anfield, Liverpool (Att: 44,737) Liverpool scorers: Sturridge (45), Gerrard (53 pen) Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 5 His uncertainty when dealing with crosses has been evident for most of the season, but today it cost Liverpool a goal as he failed to punch a cross from Agbonlahor. Was also tentative when passing out from the back. Glen Johnson – 5.5 Kolo Toure – 5 Looked off the pace and out of sorts. Struggled with both the pace of Agbonlahor, and the strength of Benteke. Martin Skrtel – 6.5 Won two of his four headed duels with Benteke, continue reading

Aug 252013
Aston Villa 0, Liverpool 1 - Player Ratings, Report, & Tactics

Aston Villa 0, Liverpool 1 Villa Park (Att: 42,098) Liverpool Scorer:  Sturridge (21) 22. Simon Mignolet – 7.5 Made a couple of vital saves to keep Christian Benteke off the score-sheet. Still looks unsure under crosses and high balls into the box. 2. Glen Johnson – 6.5 A solid enough performance from the right back, still needs to improve his end product going forward if he’s to get back to his best. 4. Kolo Touré – 7.5 Handled Benteke better than Skrtel did last season, and organises the defence well. Covered well and only lost one headed duel. 5. Daniel Agger continue reading

Mar 312013
Aston Villa 1, Liverpool 2 - LFC Player Ratings

Aston Villa 1, Liverpool 2 Villa Park, Birmingham  (Att: 42,037) Liverpool Scorers:  Henderson (47), Gerrard (60 pen) Pepe Reina – 6 Was positioned well for a close range Agbonlahor chance which went straight at him, but didn’t react to Benteke’s early shot for the Villa goal. Glen Johnson – 6 Had a couple of useful forays forward but doesn’t have the end product to match his early season form. Jamie Carragher – 6 Couldn’t cope with Benteke at times, but put in a good performance using his defensive nous to make up for lack of speed against Agbonlahor, and the strength continue reading

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