Premier League - Liverpool ease past awful Villa
Liverpool bossed the game, and took advantage of a pair of set-pieces inside the first 15 minutes to put away a poor Villa side.
Bellamy tucked away a rebound from a corner, before Skrtel headed in another corner just before the quarter-hour mark.
Alex McLeish's sides have built their reputation on solidity and defensive organisation, but that was in scant evidence as they conceded two poor set-piece goals.
The first came from a Charlie Adam corner on the Liverpool right. Shelvey flicked the ball goalwards, Suarez had a close-range effort blocked and Bellamy tucked the rebound away.
Four minutes later, a corner from the opposite flank undid Villa. Bellamy whipped the ball in, Skrtel met it at the near post and glanced the ball into the top-right corner. So simple, so poor from the home team.
Thereafter Villa improved, but had already dug themselves a deep hole.
Charles N'Zogbia shot into the side netting, though would have had a better sight of goal if not for a poor first touch. Delfouneso then headed over from an Albrighton free-kick - a chance Bent may well have snaffled.
Liverpool started the second half in a blur of attacking play. First Dan Agger galloped forward from the back and headed wide, then Suarez made his presence felt.
It was the 19th time Suarez has hit the woodwork in 42 matches for Liverpool. He has scored 12 goals.
Adam and Glen Johnson both went close for Liverpool, but their failure to convert meant little, so abject was Villa's failure to create any chances of note.
The Villans may go into the Christmas period in the top half of the table, but there will be little festive cheer at the club following this non-performance.