Monday December 6, 2010 Day 16 Finished Anfield

Liverpool 3 - 0 Aston Villa

  • N'Gog 14’
  • Babel 16’
  • Rodríguez 56’

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  1. Liverpool cruise to win over Villa

    Liverpool cruise to win over Villa

    Gerard Houllier's return to Anfield did not go to plan as his Aston Villa side was comfortably beaten 3-0 by Liverpool in the Premier League More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Liverpool
    • Aston Villa
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on tomorrow (UK only)."
    • 90+2' The final whistle goes, and it's a a fourth-straight league home win for Liverpool that lifts them up to eighth! Villa remain two points and two places above the relegation zone.
    • 90+2' Downing goes on a wander all the way across the pitch, turns and fires an effort wide of the upright. No final flourish for Villa.
    • 90+1' Appeals for handball against Collins on the edge of the Villa box, but the referee waves play on.
    • 90' Two minutes of added time are signalled.
    • 89' Right from that chance Liverpool break. N'Gog feeds Johnson down the channel and the right-back backheels it into the striekr's path, but his first touch lets him down and the ball runs away to Friedel. Would have been some goal, that.
    • 88' Downing controls Hogg's diagonal ball, comes inside and has his shot blocked.
    • 87' Aurelio swings in the dead ball from the right, but it's headed away first time by Dunne.
    • 86' The homes fans are going through their whole repertoire of chants as Liverpool play the ball happily among themselves. Babel wins a foul off Dunne with a skilful turn.
    • 84' Cole finds Meireles on the edge of the box, but the strike from the Portuguese takes a nick off a Villa player and Friedel can gather comfortably.
    • 83' Liverpool substitution: Martin Kelly replaces Kyrgiakos.
    • 81' Liverpool take a corner short but it doesn't lead to a chance.
    • 80' Liverpool substitution: Joe Cole replaces Kuyt.
    • 79' Lucas has a low drive from distance blocked and Villa play their way out of trouble.
    • 78' Collins watches N'Gog before clearing the ball into the stand for a throw.
    • 77' Only twice in PL history a team won away after falling 3-0 behind. On 9 Sep 1998, Wimbledon beat West Ham United 4-3 and on 29 Sep 2001, Manchester United won 5-3 at Spurs. (Infostrada)
    • 76' Liverpool substitution: Fabio Aurelio replaces Maxi.
    • 75' Kyrgiakos meets Meireles's corner and Jonathan Hogg clears it off the line!
    • 74' Good spell here from Liverpool, and Kuyt wins them a corner.
    • 72' Johnson fancies a goal tonight and he's on the box again, but this time floats an aimless effort over the far post.
    • 71' Delfouneso is a little harshly penalised for hauling down Skrtel after chesting the ball down in the box nicely.
    • 70' Downing hares down the right and feeds Young to cross in, but Delfouneso offers no aerial presence and Liverpool clear.
    • 69' Liverpool have a corner well cleared for once by Villa. They come again but Babel is caught offside once more.
    • 68' Johnson comes forward and weaves his way through Pires and Warnock into the box and forces a good save from Friedel at the near post!
    • 66' A Villa free-kick from deep comes to Downing inside the box. The winger turns on to his left boot and fires in a shot. It takes a deflection and Carew almost gets a foot to it to steer past Reina, but the big Norwegian can't quite get his first touch.
    • 65' Villa substitutions: Robert Pires and John Carew replace Albrighton and Agbonalhor.
    • 64' Villa beginning to build some pressure here, as Downing's curling cross is again plucked out of the air by Reina.
    • 63' Babel cuts into the area from the left but runs out of steam and Villa can clear.
    • 62' Here he is, popping up on the left wing, shielding the ball from Johnson. It doesn't lead directly to a chance, but Villa retain the ball. Hogg eventually loops in a diagonal cross, but Reina colllects.
    • 61' Kyrgiakos gets the better of Agbonlahor. Seen very little of Delfouneso since he came on.
    • 60' Ooh, Xabi Alonso is in the crowd. With Houllier and McAllister also here, it's a veritable Liverpool old boys reunion.
    • 59' Hogg plays a ball square across the edge of the Liverpool box which Downing aims to strike first tiem, but miscues his shot.
    • 58' Downing delivers a corner which is picked up on the edge of the area by Ireland. Liverpool clear the second ball.
    • 57' That's Maxi's third goal in his last seven games, and surely Liverpool are out of sight now.
    • 56' GOAL!! Maxi Rodriguez plays the ball out wide to N'Gog, who is in plenmty of space on the left. N'Gog comes forward before pulling the ball back across to Maxi, who sidefoots first time into the far top corner!
    • 55' Babel is caught offside. About half an hour too late for Villa though. The Dutchman was offside for his 16th-minute goals
    • 54' Already a much better showing from Villa. Can they make this period count?
    • 53' Best chance for Villa all night! Downing pings in an inviting low cross and Agbonlahor slides in to toe-poke it on target, but Reina is alert and spreads himself well to block the shot!
    • 52' Villa seeing more of the ball since the restart, and Albrighton is able to get in another decent cross that again finds no one in the box.
    • 51' Downing has to get to Warnock's defensive header first and plays the ball right to Babel. Richard Dunne stops the forward in his tracks.
    • 49' Agbonlahor outpaces Skrtel and fires a ball across , but there is no Villa player in the box to attack the ball. Promising for Villa though.
    • 48' Warnock is off the field receiving treatment following that passage of play. Downing covers at left-back until the defender comes back on to the field of play.
    • 47' Babel knocks the ball past Warnock on the wing and beats him for pace, but he slows down too early as he prepares to cross and the left-back does enough to put him off.
    • 46' Villa kick off and the second half is underway!
    • HT Villa substitution: Nathan Delfouneso will come on for the second half, replacing Ciaran Clark. Two up top for Villa then.
    • 45+1' That'll do for the first half, which Liverpool have completely bossed.
    • 45' One minute of added time is signalled by the fourth official.
    • 44' Villa play the ball around their back four, but there is hardly an outlet for them. Liverpool have retreated back, happy to go into the break two goals to the good.
    • 43' Collins sends a long ball up for Agbonlahor when Downing was in acres of space out wide. Villa have got to use the wings more. Agbonlahor is up against a brick wall in Kyrgiakos and Skrtel.
    • 41' Reina is almost halfway towards claiming his 100th clean sheet in the Premier League. He is yet to be called into action this evening. Both of Liverpool's shots on target have gone in tonight.
    • 40' Liverpool's defence, with only Agbonlahor in front of them, are running the clock down now as they pass the ball amongst one another.
    • 38' Clark will get the game's first booking for a foul on Lucas. The youngster will now be suspended for the upcoming derby against West Brom.
    • 37' Liverpool string passes together across the final third and back again before Babel curls his shot on the turn from the edge of the box a yard wide of the far post.
    • 36' Villa penned in inside their own half now.
    • 35' Liverpool look very aggressive this evening. They want a third goal. The more attacking nature of Roy Hodgson's team, as displayed in the 2-1 defeat at Spurs eight days ago, is replicated here.
    • 34' Babel does well to stay onside and latch on to Lucas's ball. He gets to the byline but his cross takes a nick off a defender and it's cleared.
    • 33' Bit of breaking news for you.... Martin Jol has just resigned as Ajax manager. In unrelated news, Newcastle sacked Chris Hughton earlier today.
    • 32' Babel nods the ball back to Kuyt, who bundles his way through Warnock and Clark has to cover and clear for a throw.
    • 30' Ireland is certainly putting in the hard yards this evening, getting about all over the pitch, but nothing seems to be coming off for him at the moment.
    • 29' A bit of handbags between Lucas and Luke Young as Villa win a free-kick near the halfway line. Lucas pushes the Villa full-back, who barely moves!
    • 28' Liverpool have won every PL match in which Ryan Babel scored at least once. (Infostrada)
    • 27' The ball comes to Krygiakos as the far post... headed high and wide! A free header for the Greek defender, who lost his marker with ease.
    • 26' A late challenge on N'Gog from Albrighton gives Liverpool another free-kick wide on the right. Meireles will send it in as Skrtel and Kyrgiakos come forward...
    • 25' Villa midfielder Jonathan Hogg and Ciaran Clark are starting to see more of the ball, but have so far been unable to pick out Agbonlahor through the middle.
    • 24' A promising Liverpool attack is ended by a foul on Collins by N'Gog.
    • 23' Krgiakos has his hands all over Agbonlahor as the striker tries to make progress down the left, but the referee sees nothing wrong and Liverpool eventually win the ball.
    • 22' Collins meets the corner, which is a much better delivery from Downing this time, but the defender can't steer it on target.
    • 21' Agbonlahor shrgs Skrtel off the ball. The move loses some of its momentum, but Villa earn a corner.
    • 20' Kyrgiakos heads away the poor delivery with ease, and Villa are forced to play the ball all the way back to Friedel.
    • 19' Downing motors into the box on the left-hand side but Glen Johnson tracks him all the way and slides in to concede a corner.
    • 18' Only one of the last seven meetings between Aston Villa and Liverpool has ended as a home win. (Opta)
    • 17' Well, well... Babel's first goal since a Europa League match against Trabzonspor in August means that both members of Liverpool's reserve strikeforce have scored this evening!
    • 16' GOAL!! Liverpool are two up! There is a shade of offside as Lucas dinks a ball over the top for Babel, who fires his half-volley across Freidel and in!
    • 15' That is David N'Gog's eighth goal of the season, but his first in the league since the opening day draw with Arsenal.
    • 14' GOAL!! Skrtel rises highest to head the corner back across goal and N'Gog is completely unmarked to head past Brad Friedel for the opener! Villa have already showed a weakness at set pieces this evening, and they have paid the price.
    • 13' Ryan Babel finds N'Gog with a nice touch. The return pass is intercepted by Stepehn Warnock, but the left-back is bullied into conceding a corner by Kuyt.
    • 12' Collins gets up higher than N'Gog to head away Sotirios Kyrgiakos's ball forward.
    • 11' It's all coming down the right-hand side for Villa at the moment. Luke Young, who turned down a move to Anfield in the summer, bends in a cross but it doesn't reach a Villa player.
    • 10' In the last seven Premier League games against Liverpool, Villa have failed to score four times and scored only six, two of which were own goals and two of which were penalties. (Opta)
    • 9' The initial ball is cleared. The ball is worked back to Downing but again Liverpool win the aerial battle. Villa come again but Paul Konchesky shows a cool head to deny Albrighton the ball and pass back to Reina.
    • 8' Nice quick passing from Villa and Martin Skrtel fouls Gabriel Agbonlahor. Downing will send the set piece in...
    • 7' First foray forward from Villa. Stewart Downing's cross almost finds Marc Albrighton, but the returning midfielder can't get a telling touch.
    • 7' HEAD-TO-HEAD: Liverpool have won 19 PL matches against Aston Villa - only Manchester United (24) have won more PL matches against the Birmingham club. Villa’s only win in their last 17 PL matches against Liverpool was 3-1 at Anfield last season – a Lucas OG, Curtis Davies and Ashley Young penalty won it for them. (Infostrada)
    • 6' Kuyt lifts a ball over the top for N'Gog, who was caught offside. James Collins was alert enough to step up.
    • 5' David N'Gog weaves his way through three players and is brought down. The referee plays the advantage, but Liverpool can only claim a throw-in.
    • 4' Meireles sends in a free-kick from a similar position, and again Villa struggle to clear before Stephen Ireland finally hacks the ball away. Threatening early spell here for the home side.
    • 3' Raul Meireles sends in a free-kick from wide on the right. Villa can't clear the ball and it's played back for Dirk Kuyt to strike... fired wide from 12 yards! The ball bounced quite high before the Dutchman strucklhis half-volley.
    • 2' Liverpool knock the ball around the defence. Pepe Reina, wearing the captain's armband tonight, gets an early touch.
    • 1' Liverpool kick off and we're underway! The Reds will move up to eighth with a win this evening, while Villa will move above this evening's opponents and into 11th if they can claim the three points.
    • 19:58 The players are walking out on to the Anfield turf now. This is a big night for Liverpool's Ryan Babel, who is handed his first league start of the season, and in his preferred position up front. The Dutchman joined Liverpool in the summer of 2007, at the same time as Torres. Since then, Babel has scored 21 goals for the club, while Torres has netted 77.
    • 19:55 Houllier has also backed his good friend Roy Hodgson as the man the revive Liverpool's fortunes: "Roy is a great pal of mine, he has been a good friend for a long time. We first met when he was coach at Malmo and I was at Paris St Germain and we had an indoor tournament. I don't think we have ever managed teams that have played against one another before. I am sure he will turn it around at Liverpool. He will do it. No problem. Give him a bit of time. He needs to change a few things."
    • 19:50 This might make Liverpool fans re-appraise their view of Houllier - the former Liverpool boss has admitted that he turned down the chance to sign Cristiano Ronaldo when he was Liverpool manager back in 2003. Liverpool 'turned down Ronaldo'
    • 19:45 Tonight's referee is Phil Dowd. The Stoke-on-Trent official is taking charge of his 14th Premier League match of the season tonight, more than any other referee. He's shown four red cards so far this term, only Martin Atkinson (six) has sent more players off.
    • 19:40 MATCH ODDS: Liverpool 4/7, Draw 14/5, Aston Villa 11/2
    • 19:35 Villa winger Ashley Young collected his fifth booking of the campaign during the Carling Cup semi-final defeat against Birmingham in midweek and serves a one-game ban. Midfielder Barry Bannan is also left out after picking up a groin injury against Blues. Stephen Ireland earns a recall to the starting XI, while Marc Albrighton returns to the side after missing three games with appendicitis. Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey has resumed training following a knee problem but is not yet fit.
    • 19:30 As mentioned before, Fernando Torres misses out as his wife is due to give birth. Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes Jamie Carragher's place in central defence as the vice-captain undergoes a shoulder operation on Friday. Carragher is likely to be out for three months, leaving the team with only two senior centre-backs in the former Greece international and Martin Skrtel. Captain Steven Gerrard is likely to be at least another week away from returning from a hamstring injury sustained on England duty.
    • 19:30 LIVERPOOL: Reina, Johnson, Kyrgiakos, Skrtel, Konchesky, Kuyt, Meireles, Lucas, Maxi, Babel, Ngog. Subs: Jones, Aurelio, Cole, Jovanovic, Poulsen, Shelvey, Kelly /// ASTON VILLA: Friedel, Luke Young, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Albrighton, Clark, Hogg, Downing, Ireland, Agbonlahor. Subs: Guzan, Pires, Carew, Delfouneso, Cuellar, Lichaj, Herd
    • 19:25 During his six-year tenure at Liverpool, Houllier won the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and the League Cup (twice). He won 158 of his 307 games in charge at Anfield, where he should get a reception from the home fans much warmer than the weather. It's forecast to be minus three this evening on Merseyside. Brrrr...
    • 19:20 Full team news to follow, but the big surprise this evening is that Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is not included in the matchday squad. But don't worry, Liverpool fans, there hasn't been any fallout between Nando and manager Roy Hodgson - the Spain striker's wife has gone into labour. With Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher also out injured, all Liverpool need is for Pepe Reina to got hurt in the warm-up and the Reds will be without the whole spine of their team.
    • 19:15 Welcome to Eurosport-Yahoo!'s live coverage of the the Monday night Premier League clash between Liverpool and Aston Villa at Anfield!
  • Summary

    • 75' Kyrgiakos meets Meireles's corner and Jonathan Hogg clears it off the line!
    • 68' Johnson comes forward and weaves his way through Pires and Warnock into the box and forces a good save from Friedel at the near post!
    • 56' GOAL!! Maxi Rodriguez plays the ball out wide to N'Gog, who is in plenmty of space on the left. N'Gog comes forward before pulling the ball back across to Maxi, who sidefoots first time into the far top corner!
    • 53' Best chance for Villa all night! Downing pings in an inviting low cross and Agbonlahor slides in to toe-poke it on target, but Reina is alert and spreads himself well to block the shot!
    • 16' GOAL!! Liverpool are two up! There is a shade of offside as Lucas dinks a ball over the top for Babel, who fires his half-volley across Freidel and in!
    • 14' GOAL!! Skrtel rises highest to head the corner back across goal and N'Gog is completely unmarked to head past Brad Friedel for the opener! Villa have already showed a weakness at set pieces this evening, and they have paid the price.
    • 3' Raul Meireles sends in a free-kick from wide on the right. Villa can't clear the ball and it's played back for Dirk Kuyt to strike... fired wide from 12 yards! The ball bounced quite high before the Dutchman strucklhis half-volley.
    • 19:30 LIVERPOOL: Reina, Johnson, Kyrgiakos, Skrtel, Konchesky, Kuyt, Meireles, Lucas, Maxi, Babel, Ngog. Subs: Jones, Aurelio, Cole, Jovanovic, Poulsen, Shelvey, Kelly /// ASTON VILLA: Friedel, Luke Young, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Albrighton, Clark, Hogg, Downing, Ireland, Agbonlahor. Subs: Guzan, Pires, Carew, Delfouneso, Cuellar, Lichaj, Herd

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • J. Reina
      • G. Johnson
      • S. Kyrgiakos Substitution Out (84′)
      • M. Škrtel
      • P. Konchesky
      • Raul Meireles
      • Lucas
      • D. Kuyt Substitution Out (80′)
      • M. Rodríguez Goal Substitution Out (76′)
      • R. Babel Goal
      • D. N'Gog Goal

      Subs

      • J. Cole Substitution In80′
      • Fábio Aurélio Substitution In76′
      • C. Poulsen
      • B. Jones
      • M. Kelly Substitution In84′
      • J. Shelvey
      • M. Jovanovic
    • Starting line-up

      • B. Friedel
      • L. Young
      • J. Collins
      • R. Dunne
      • S. Warnock
      • C. Clark Yellow Card Substitution Out (45′)
      • J. Hogg
      • M. Albrighton Substitution Out (65′)
      • S. Downing
      • S. Ireland
      • G. Agbonlahor Substitution Out (66′)

      Subs

      • J. Carew Substitution In66′
      • R. Pires Substitution In65′
      • N. Delfouneso Substitution In45′
      • E. Lichaj
      • B. Guzan
      • C. Herd
      • C. Cuéllar
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