Aston Villa 0-6 Liverpool: Player Ratings

14.02.2016


Liverpool convincingly dispatched of a poor Aston Villa side, scoring six goals away from home for the second time this season.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - Sunday, February 14, 2016: Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring the fourth goal against Aston Villa during the Premier League match at Villa Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The goals were spread around the team, with one highlight being a first goal for the club from Kolo Toure.

Read on to see how we rated the reds as they ran riot at Villa Park.

Aston Villa 0 – 6 Liverpool

Premier League – Villa Park – Saturday 14th February 2016

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Goals: Sturridge (16′), Milner (25′), Can (58′), Origi (63′), Clyne (65′), K Touré (71′)

Simon Mignolet – 6

Had to gather one low cross in the first half, punch another clear, and spilled one in the second from Bacuna, but no opposition strikers were hanging around to take advantage.

Had little else to do.

Nathaniel Clyne – 8

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - Sunday, February 14, 2016: Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne celebrates scoring the fifth goal against Aston Villa with team-mate Roberto Firmino during the Premier League match at Villa Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Operated up and down the entire right flank, where he had plenty of space to manoeuvre and an array of attacking team-mates to find on the inside.

Scored the fifth goal following a surging run into the box when, after his initial shot was blocked, he was able to follow up to turn the ball into the net.

It’s this type of end product which could give him confidence to take his attacking play to the next level for the remainder of the season.

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Kolo Toure – 7

Scored his first goal for the club after being given the freedom of Villa Park by the opposition defence following a corner.

All he had to do was direct his header towards the goal to spark huge celebrations as the popular 34-year-old made it six on the day for The Reds.

Relatively untroubled defensively, but he and Sakho appear to be developing an understanding as a pair.

Mamadou Sakho – 7

Almost got his head on James Milner‘s cross which curled into the net untouched.

At the end of the pitch where he earns his money he was composed but – like the rest of the defensive unit – had little defensive work to do when compared with other Premier League games.

Both he and Toure provided a base for attacking moves with their accurate distribution, and the pair both come in at 93% pass accuracy.


Alberto Moreno – 8

Like Clyne he was given an attacking role from full-back, and regularly found himself in the box. It was getting to the point where you might almost call him a goal threat,

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The Spaniard also played a couple of dangerous crosses in from the left, and used his pace to cover well in defence.

Jordan Henderson – 7.5

It’s tempting to  rate Henderson and Can together, such was the completeness of their performance as a midfield pair.

From a starting position as a deep midfield two, they took in turns to roam forward, and also provided cover for the roaming full-backs.

It was a far cry from recent performances where they’ve looked sloppy and disjointed.

Amidst a usual workmanlike performance from the captain, he bagged an assist when Toure headed home his corner from the right.

Emre Can – 8

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - Sunday, February 14, 2016: Liverpool's Emre Can celebrates scoring the third goal against Aston Villa during the Premier League match at Villa Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Too often in recent league games Liverpool’s midfielders have been posting passing accuracies of around 70 – 80%, but Can’s 87% accuracy in this game was more like the kind of return you’d expect from a central midfielder.

While the German has always appeared to possess a dangerous shot with his right boot, he doesn’t score enough goals with it.

Today he began to change that with a powerful effort from outside the area following Firmino’s pass.

James Milner – 7

Scored Liverpool’s second goal when his free-kick cross from the left evaded everyone and curled inside the far post.

He might not have meant it, but the cross was so good that it deserved a goal whether it got a touch on the way through or not.

Roamed around the attacking third, and occasionally dropped into midfield to help out in defence.


Roberto Firmino – 7.5

Looked happy to have some help in attack, and played a role which knit the play together rather than having to do all the creating and scoring himself.

He still led the team in dribbles attempted with 4, but it was a day when the attacking burden was shared and Firmino took a well earned break when he was substituted in the second half.

Before being withdrawn, however, the former Hoffenheim man had added an assist when a pass with the outside of his right boot set up Can to score Liverpool’s third.

Philippe Coutinho – 9

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His pin-point, un-defendable cross from the left from open play led to the opening goal for Daniel Sturridge. The ball into the box was so accurate that it would have been more difficult for Sturridge to miss.

From then on he pulled all the strings in the attacking third from his slot just on the left.

Some excellent touches, clever passes, and great positional play saw him dictate his side’s attacking play.

He added another assist for Origi in the second half when he played a through-ball from the left and in behind the Villa defence which was even better than his firs-half cross.

Noticeable how he wasn’t shooting from distance, as he was prior to injury.

Daniel Sturridge – 8

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - Sunday, February 14, 2016: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge scores the first goal against Aston Villa during the Premier League match at Villa Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Back in the team and back in the goals. Making his first league start since October, he lingered in the area before running between the Villa centre-backs to get on the end of Coutinho’s excellent cross.

It was a great ball from the Brazilian, but Sturridge still had to be in the right place to nod it in.

Had another shot saved by Bunn in the first half, and looked a constant threat to the Villa back-line before being brought off after an hour.


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Divock Origi (on for Sturridge 62′) – 7

It took just seconds for the Belgian to score, as he latched on to Coutinho’s through ball before hitting his shot into the ground and past a sprawling Mark Bunn.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - Sunday, February 14, 2016: Liverpool's Divock Origi scores the fourth goal against Aston Villa during the Premier League match at Villa Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Kevin Stewart (on for Coutinho 66′) – 6.5

The ideal game for the 22-year-old midfielder to make his league debut for the club, following on from some impressive performances in the cup.

Sat in front of the back four, allowing Henderson and Can the freedom to nudge forward slightly.

Christian Benteke (on for Firmino 74′) – N/A

Would have liked to get in on the goals, but was unable to do so in the 15-minutes he was given.

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    • I’ve said it before and will again. Milner is underrated and can seriously play a part in our revamped squad next season. He had title winning experience and he is Mr professional – team first guy.

      No lallana, lucas or benteke and 6 goals?!

      Honestly it’s amazing how we play when the right type of players are played in the right places.

      • Lets not get carried away with a rush of blood to the head, Milner has been poor this season, and as a person who was all over his signing happily cheering his arrival, the odd game is great, but over all, he’s been very poor.

        • His last 6 or so games have been quite productive. I didn’t rate him, but he’s starting to change my mind.

        • I like that you think his support of Milner is the rush of blood to the head. “Honestly it’s amazing how we play when the right players are in the right places”… After one victory against the nailed on bottom club? Gotta back up Milner here, 6/6 goals/assists this season, if all the midfield could match him it’d be a cake walk.

          • I think it’s the amount of woeful moments that has my initial support of Milner wavering… For every good thing he has dine this season, he’s messed up 20. But if this is a sign of things to come, I will be hapy, I was lauding his arrival after all.

        • Milner as a CM is not very good and shouldn’t be played there.

          But milner in the wings in the 4231 formation suits him perfectly. Especially that Norwich game where every attack was on Ibe/Moreno flank as soon as Milner was moved over Norwich stopped scoring from that side….

          Not saying he would be in my IDEAL starting 11 for next season but he would definitely be on the bench and a useful squad player… Would rather start a true pacey winger with a shot on him there – like Jese Rodriguez. Though I would consider Milner over the winger for the tough away games to top 4 opposition. Where its more important to not lose than to win.

      • Cmon he’s one of our highest paid players his corner at the end summed him up he’s poor and gets skinned whenever he’s up against pace yes he’s a good honest pro but to make top four you need honest pros with more than Milner has . I watched two kids playing for Peterborough in midfield the other night that both looked better than him against wba

        • Yes hes our highest paid player but because he came for free it balances out.

          As a squad player he is very useful especially in away games to top 4 opposition that are MUST NOT LOSE.

          But long term I would definitely buy a replacement for him this summer – Jese or Insigne could be perfect for us on the wings. Fantastic shot and pace and can take set pieces..

  1. Great performance from the lads..showed a lot of fight but we must maintain this consistency to have any realistic chance of top 4

    Great to see cou studge and firmino up front !!! and we scored from a corner !!! YNWA

    • Top 4? What?? Lovely thought but don’t think so. Which of the current top 4 do you see us finishing higher than?

  2. Consistency, attack and closing teams down, fitness is what we need to do just that and I pray and hope we maintain such.

  3. Looked good…but against a very disjointed opposition…!
    Looking forward to seeing that starting eleven jelling and putting more confident displays in against better teams…:)

    • At liverpoolkop Jaimie, the owner and moderator still argues that Sturridge needs to be sold…

      Its pathetic.
      They don’t recognize pure class when its in front of them.
      Selling Sturridge would be an absolute disgrace.

      He is so classy and lethal.

      • He’s a pathetic human being.

        I’ve been blocked 4 times for calling him out on his bs. I detest he supports Liverpool.

      • He does probably recognise pure class, we all no doubt do, but he also sees a track record where for every game played multiple games are missed. Given such consideration and the right price, selling wouldn’t be a disgrace. Grow up.

        • You should grow up. You have no idea what you are talking about.
          You guys give up on our own players, even with fantastic stats, after one year of bad luck. Its just despicable. We bought him for only 12M and selling him to another club in the BPL, for example, will haunt us forever. You guys are overreacting when it comes to Sturridge. We have a hard time signing players that deliver, so for 12M it shouldn’t be even a topic of discussion.
          But you would be happy if we would receive like 20 or 25M for our most lethal striker. His stats are amazing when he is fit, but you, and that censoring Scot are so self righteous and you keep mistaking ‘critical realism’ with outright pessimism and negativity. Truly pathetic.
          It all started with his injury during training with England, but you only think in terms of sell and buy, and that every year. Short term thinking…
          Thankfully Klopp couldn’t disagree with you more.

          • No, I note the availability (or lack thereof), the negative impact this had in terms of continually frustrated expectations and take the view that, on balance, I would take the money in the bank (if that money is of a certain amount) than keep on with this farce. I’m sure Klopp thinks the same despite rating the player. I would love to be wrong and see him play every game from here on in but I just can’t see it. Hope has got the better of me one too many times. So Nicolas, please ,a bit of calm contemplation and reflection. You’ll learn.

          • I agree, £20-£25m for Sturridge would be absolute robbery!!! His stats in terms of goals mean he is worth atleast £50m at the very very least! His injury record means we won’t get what he’s worth tho, so I say don’t sell him! Keep him because if he stays fit he’ll fire is to trophies under Klopp!

          • if we could get 40 million of a chineese c lub i would sell him unless of course he can get injury free

          • Pity is he may go we’ve sold our best player last few yrs and he’s the last one to sell anyone else we have wouldn’t fetch 5 million

          • I think Klopp knows better than these short sighted, contemplating high horse riding fellow Reds. His remarks on Daniel’s qualities were quite clear.
            Our club will and should know better. Daniel is pure class, Klopp knows that.

          • its not one year though is it he as missed more games than hes played over 3 years now
            yes great when hes fit but injuried way to much

      • do not use his site then
        all his articles are click bait he was never off suarez,s back
        i bet he did not do one article about the fans walking out or the ticket rises
        not enough hits for him

  4. Can motm for me closely followed by Milner. They both done all the hard work which allowed the flair players to work their magic. Hendo still way of his best but the signs are there he’s on his way back.

  5. Glad to see signs of real attacking displays with class and cutting-edge—and a plentiful amount of goals too. Lets do the same against Augsburg next week

  6. Sorry 8s and 9s should only be for top performances against top teams.

    Villa were atrocious. Keep it real TIA.

  7. Neither Coutinhno nor Firmino scored and we had 6 goals – 2 from strikers, 2 from midfielders and 2 from defenders. Good to see the responsibilities of goals being spread around the team. Oh, and a clean sheet?! It’s a great day indeed!

  8. Perhaps it’s because I haven’t had enough sleep for this one, but it looked more like Villa were the sh***te team than we were good..perhaps I’m not giving enough credit to the team and the players today for getting the job done. Would love to get my hands on the replay at a later time to notice the finer points and nuances of the players in question.

    • How many teams scored 6 against Villa at home? They picked up 8 out of 12 from their previous 4 games was one of the stats mentioned before the game. So I’d say we made them look bad today

      • You make it sound like they’ve had equal performances for all matches this season. I think today they were especially bad even by their own standards. In any case, we did well for the 6-goal win.

        • Does it matter if they had equal performances? The fact still remains they picked up 8 from 12, which was more than us.

          • Hehe I’m guessing you didn’t really understand what I said if you’re questioning that and then go on to repeat the same stat again.

          • I think he had a fair point. I actually thought villa had the odd spell where they played some nice passes in midfield, but we pressed the life out of them. Villa have suffered the worst home result in 60 odd years and results like Southampton, City, and Chelsea should point to this not being an isolated result when our attack clicks.

          • His stance may have merit but the way he’s going about to support it is all wrong…previous match records don’t have much to do with this one if you can analyze what went on in these 90 minutes.

            I’d say first half I probably agree with you…their passing/shape wasn’t all that bad but still far too passive. Second half they absolutely crumpled down under pressure and a lot of those goals we wouldn’t be scoring against better opposition because they wouldn’t give us that much time and space. There was absolutely no fight from Villa for a lot of those goals. Like some have said, it felt like a testimonial. Great goals to see but Villa just weren’t putting in challenges/tackles of any sort.

    • Villa were poor but I was pleased to see our team performing well. Too many times in the past, we would have squandered the good chances we had today. Lot of players took their chances well and showed good composure. Perhaps that’s due to the return of some key players. Either way, this game was a step in the right direction for us.

      I will be interested to see how Sturridge, Firmino, Coutinho, and Origi all fare together. A partnership of Sturridge and Origi supported by our Brazilian duo does sound pretty lethal!

  9. “Noticeable how he wasn’t shooting from distance, as he was prior to injury.”
    Good point, regarding Coutinho, I for one was glad he didnt. He seemed to play without that burden of scoring and instead did what he does best. Wasnt a 9 for me but still gets my MOTM.

    • Spot on. Sturridge & Coutinho were head and shoulders above everyone else on quality. Other than them 2 we are bang average. Just Villa are way below average.

      • Keep them both fit, a couple of new signings, a couple loanees back and I really do believe we have a chance of top 4 next season.

        • It’ll be a busy summer for sure. I’m hoping the Academy kids can fill the squad out saving the kitty for just a couple of top drawer players. They’ll struggle to shift Rodgers lot though with the wages they’re earning.

        • Henderson is average. Clyne maybe bit above but certainly not top drawer. Can has moments but not consistent enough in game, or game to game.

          We are midtable. That is bang average.

          • Thank god I’m not the only one to put Clyne on a massive pedestal! I’d have Flanno over him any day.

          • I like Clyne, but too right, give me Flanagan rolling up his sleeves and getting stuck in to opponents any day.

          • Id play flanno RCB. Clyne as a RB is better than having Flano as RB and lovern/strkel as RCB. Flano could be our next Carragher, Moreno, Sahko, Flanagan and Clyne across the back with a purpose built DM in front, Can and Heno in front of him with Couthino, Sturridge and Firmino up top sounds alright to me!

          • Season is not over and even now only a few points off 5th. Would be even closer but for walk out. We’ve underachieved and are, on balance, better than our results to date have shown. We’re not bang average – you’re bang average in your analysis but otherwise a “good guy” who, one hopes, is willing to learn.

          • It was the eleven players on the pitch who dropped 2 points against Sunderland, not the fans who walked out.
            We are underachieving, we have been average which is reflected in our league position. But hopefully now we’ll keep our key players fit and get on an upward trajectory. Under Klopp there could be quite a dramatic improvement towards the end of the season.

          • Jamie Carragher – “Without him (Sturridge) and Coutinho, it’s an average team and we’ve been watching that for the last few months.”

            Ok Diego lad, we’re wrong and you’re right!

          • City without Aguero Average Iheanacho is the back up…. Most teams are like that you also forget we have Ings Injured.

            A healthy LFC is not Average its a scary sight.

          • If hendo is average so is Can. We are not Galacticos and not Average. We bring Benteke from the bench Ings is not healthy Origi possibly 4 option. Our midfield is not the best but face It no way Coutinho and Firmino expect to bench. We have are 2-3 quality players away from where we need to be

          • Hendo is at least two notches above average. I mean look at how easy it was for him to come up with another Rabona when the situation called for it…that came almost naturally. Even Brazillians don’t do that so often, and so effectively.

    • The big difference being that he had the movement in front of him that allows him not to feel like he *has* to try and do it himself, I think.

      • Not just him, the midfield/attack in general too, some of the poor ‘decision making’ was because they were having to wait for movement, which made some players look as they were dwaddling on the ball, and by then the’ve been tackled or lost the ball.

    • I mentioned in a post a bit back about how he was going for the “hollywood” goal to often and how much better he’d be if he just kept it simple. Worked well today :)

  10. great result but let’s face the fact that villa were absolutely horrible today. so many defensive mistakes, so little going forward from them. yes, we were efficient, but it was not a really brilliant performance either. players should get .5 lower ratings imho. still a very nice day!

      • that is true. just saying they made us look a lot better than any other team would have. a lot of positives today but we still have a lot of work to do.

        • I find it amazing some “supporters” blame the walkout for the loss of 3 points against Sunderland.

          Honestly, these people have got nothing to do with Liverpool football club.

          • especially when those fans are living on the other side of the world

            i See some fans are dissappointed that fsg backed down as they fear that we may lose out on our summer budget because those greedy fans refused to pay the extra money
            the mind boggles talk about stuff you jack

          • “especially when those fans are living on the other side of the world”

            That galls me to no end. They have no respect for the people of the city, it’s supporters or the institution they claim to support.

          • There are a couple on here. One is called “MightyDiego” and also Jason Le Page.

            Disgraceful.

        • Villa were terrible yet we could barely get the ball off them until the 1st goal went in, then they just collapsed. Let’s see what happens in the Derby before we get carried away about yet another corner turned.

          • sturridge hardley moved for the opening goal the villa defenders just never bothered tracking him if that was our defence we would be slating them

  11. Henderson a 6 and just about for me, continues to give away possession and always looking for the Hollywood ball, your not Stevie G mate and never will be.

  12. The day I put us in my bet for a goal rush plus Mignolet keeps a clean sheet and does me outta 3 hundred quid lolololol

  13. Absolutely agree with the Milner comment. He is a total work horse. We tend to give him more stick than he deserves imho.
    All together a team performance that was needed for eveyone.
    Let’s just all enjoy this victory, and salivate what is possible next season.
    Enjoy your day people, I’m hitting the replay button :)
    YNWA.

  14. kolo’s goal is an embarrassment to the premier league. meanwhile mignolet had his first ‘clean-sheet’ in 2016.

  15. He’s winning 6-0, He’s winning 6-0…
    Christian Benteke is winning 6-0!

    The last time they lost 1-7 was like 70 or 80 years ago.
    Villa are dead and buried.

  16. whilst it was pleasing to see players returning from injury and chances converted, lets take nothing away……but that Villa team surely must be one of the worst ever teams to grace the Premiership

  17. Sturridge is back!!! Benteke, take note. Firmino was class and is our best player atm. Milner again was outstanding.Henderson much improved. Can is da man. Coutinho got motm and 3 assists. Origi is he only Belgium ST we should play. Stewart looked comfortable again, very pleased with his contribution. Clyne finally had more of an impact in the attacking sense.
    Yes Villa were useless but we was very good which = the 6-0 pasting.

    Firmino 8
    Coutinho 8
    Milner 8
    Sturridge 7.5
    Can 8
    Hendo 7
    Clyne 8
    Moreno 8
    Sakho 7.5
    Kolo 7.5
    Migs 6
    Origi 8
    Stewart 7
    Benteke 4

      • Origi looks thrice the player of Benteke. More pace and movement and yet offers the big man role too…I like Benteke I just feel he needs to be sold as he doesn’t suit attractive footballing teams…that’s us ;)

    • Benteke is class no 9, but he was never designed for ”Liverpool way” of attacking football.He needs pacy wingers to feed him with crosses, something we lack.Ben is still main striker for Belgium- team that tops FIFA table.

  18. Not too much I disagree with, but I feel Toure out performed Sakho and Milner was better than Hendo. Great to see Coutinho and Sturridge back!

      • Or the Sakho of the team? ?
        He almost cost us a goal today by not making a challenge for the shot that hit the bar. Received a telling off from Toure. What worries me is that in general lots of his game is good, but he keeps making the same mistakes, normally waiting for a ball to bounce when he just needs to clear. So frustrating!

  19. Really think he wasn’t 100s when he returned and klopp subbing him off at 60 minutes mark several times showed that.

    I don’t understand all the stick and hate he gets. Why because he’s our captain? He didn’t chose to be bodgers did. And I personally don’t see any better in the current squad

    Milner showed he has a massive part to play especially in the 4231 formation. I much prefer him over ibe or lallana who are beyond wasteful.

    • First of all, it’s Rodgers. Just Rodgers. Stop the childish namecalling as it devalues your opinion.

      Lallana can be as massive for us as Milner was in this game. Remember City with Firmino and Coutinho up front?

      • Both of these points are just so, so accurate, I too lose respect for someone’s opinion when they say ‘bodgers’.

      • If Ibe grows in game intelligence – ie when to pass and when to take the man on he will be a great B class player (not world class). But until he actually does that Lallana upside looks better.

  20. Great to see Can on the score sheet. Gets fouled after hustling to win the ball, gets right back up and finds space then a clinical finish. He was a beast today.

    I see a lot of praise for Henderson’s work and while he did pretty good overall his passing was sub par, especially from him. Worked hard but Milner was heads above him today IMO.

    This front three can do wonders for our Europa run. Really excited to see if this continues.

    Oh and Kevin Stewart getting his time was good to see. Love his composure on the ball.

  21. The frustrating thing with scoring 6, and so many of the players getting involved, you struggle to understand just why they make it such a struggle on another day. Don’t expect many goals on Thursday.

  22. A bit high maybe, but can’t complain, were dominant, can only beat what you play ect. The big question; why isn’t Kolo a 10?

  23. According to TIA,Can fared better than Milner and Firmino and Hendo as good as them..Surely you are joking!
    Hendo was awful…I gave him a 5 and i am being generous.Can was bang average in the 1st half…But made up for it in the 2nd half with a wondefully taken goal.But no more than a 7 for me.
    Firmino and Milner — 8

          • This is funny, remember in that one wonderful season not so long ago, Hendo was integral to our performances, highlighted hugely by his ommision towards the end after getting sent off v City, we looked lost wiothout him.. There is no disputing this, he may be struggling for form at the moment, but to call him bang average just about sums up supporters today.

  24. It was a great win. Villa were absolutely terrible though. The ratings are quite a bit OTT. If these were 7/8/9 out of 10 then the Man. City game they must’ve been at least a 20 out of 10.
    As I said, good win, good for confidence, good to see a few back from injury.

  25. Let me start by saying let’s not carried away … we beat a very poor Villa team. However there was a lot of real positives from the game. One of which is Sturridge back in business. The other and most important thing is Coutinho now has 2 strikers that are able to play at the shoulder of the last defender thus enabling him to make those glorious through passes he hypnotized us with during the 13/14 season. Mario, Lambert and Benteke will never enable Coutinho to flourish. Put Iniesta infront of Benteke and he Iniesta will look average.

  26. Milner was monumental, I want to see him survive team overhaul.I like players like him, honest and hardworking.Dani Alves recently named Milner his toughest opponent in his career.

    • I’m sure he will. Klopp really rates him. Called him something like the ultimate professional or something. It’s one of the balance players you need to have.

      At that, I don’t think we’ll see a team overhaull. Fringe players may leave, which are quite a few. But I don’t think we’ll buy a lot.

      • Balo, Alberto, texeira, kolo, Enrique, bogdan are almost certainly out the door. Illori, yesil, rossiter, flanno doutbful ones. Media might call this an overhaul but the fact is that most of these are the fringe players leaving.

        • Allen might be off too. So it looks big, 9-10 players leaving. But these haven’t played 50 games combined.

          Would be nice if we can keep Rossiter and Flanno though. And I don’t mind seeing Skrtel and Lucas getting sold.

          • I’m hopeful of keeping rossiter and flanno too. Skrtel in the kolo role and Lucas as cover for Can is very good I believe. Skrtel has a good injury record so he is more than able cover and when in need a first team option (with sakho’s injury record and Gomez coming back from an ACL we shouldnt underestimate that) and Lucas is a top pro. Both are also, apart from hendo the only guys with experience of winning something at this club. Good to have them around. A balo on the bench or in the squad intentionally/unintentionally creates a toxic environment, but these guys are not like that. Also if we keep them, we don’t have to get too many squad players in either. We bring in too many players every summer. No stability.

          • Let Skrtel and Lucas go, upgrade Wisdom, Ilori and Stewart to fulltime options = no squad player needed. We’ve seen in recent weeks that our youth is more then capable of filling the fringe roles. If Stewart gets an ACL, Chirivella can step up etc. there’s absolutely no need for us to buy squad players.

          • I think illori might go as well. Same with wisdom probably. Don’t think klopp will rush the youngsters unless absolutely necessary

          • Illori and Wisdom have a long term contract, so why ditch them? They’re young, not expensive and Klopp rates Tiago at least. “You saw the potential” was his words. He likes those and Ilori has featured and did very well.

          • If the rumours of the matip signing are true then its more likely kolo and illori are on their way out than skrtel and kolo

          • Why? Matip is the preferred first choice (obviously) and Skrtel is on the highest wages of the lot. If he isn’t playing he should be sold.

          • Pfft, that’s boring! We got to analyze it like we’re Directors of Football! It’s what gets me through the day

  27. Stewart looks like Didi Hamman sitting in front of the back four, he is impressive, tough and good vision. Really appreciate this guy, I was shouting in front of my TV to play this kid. Overall great team performance, they did’nt waste the opportunity of overcoming the goal deficit. Next match bring on Brannagan and Stewart on the bench. YNWA

  28. Have to keep this in context. Villa will be lucky to break 20 point threshold this year. The big news for me was the front 3 finally playing & starting together. That more than anything else will determine our success in the cup and Europe for this year.

  29. Milner is hard worker you need those type of players in the squad. Hendo sprayed the ball good from deep. Benteke needs to go we do so well without him he just doesnt fit (Good player but works best for teams like wes Brom etc)

    • Yeah, sadly we move from back to front far too quickly for Benteke…Not his fault, just never been involved with teams who played this fast…Probably why Belgium opted for Origi at the WC over Benteke..

  30. Superb result and good to see us putting a poor team to tge sword. We need to go on a decent run now to give us confidence for next year.

    Part of me doesn’t want Studge to go to the Euros if he stays fit. We need him

  31. Was it just me, or did others notice that prior to being subbed, Sturridge wasn’t rerally making any challenges and seemed wary of physical contact?? Understandable considering his injury story. My thoughts are how he will fit into a pressing game if he is worried about getting hurt. I feel for him.

    • It will take some time. Studge is not that fast for now as he used to be. Let him give some more matches.

      • I hear you, and I know he will come good. He was frustrated at being subbed, but i believe it was the right thing. He needs to be eased in slowly. Looking forward to a fully firing Studge

    • It’s why the likes of Lallana and Milner are very important to keep. Coutinho and Sturridge won’t press as much. So you need a lad in the team that will work for 1,5-2 players.

      And it’s also to do with match fitness etc. of course.

    • That cross from Moreno was illuminating, he stopped short and the ball ran on by, but if he’d made the effort, he probably would have scored his second.

  32. Before we get carried away that was a very poor Villa side and yes we can only play against what is in front of us. I think we now realize how important Coutinho is to the team. Looking forward to seeing us play City with this side.

    • Coutinho and a striker (any striker) with movement forward, streching defenses. Whether that’s Sturridge, Origi or Ings is no matter. You really see how much that helps.

    • Not really, I have seen a fair few meaningless performances from Coutinho over his time here, and nowhere near as many from Danny Boy, the player who makes the greatest impact on the team is clearly Danny boy.

  33. Henderson was not playing well. Had some poor touches and decisions. He did nothing special that Brannagan couldn’t have done.

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  35. Sturridge makes movement, which creates space, which opens up the game to create options. I feel Coutinho carries the burden of the team at times, without that pressure he can play his game.

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