After a hectic week at Liverpool where the club were thrown out of the FA Cup with a 120th-minute header, they bounced back in great fashion against a relegation-threatened Aston Villa side, who with loss seem to be all but out of the Premier League next season. The Merseyside franchise put six past the Villains on the night as star striker Daniel Sturridge returned to score in his first Premier League start in since November.
Here are the player ratings for this game:
M Bunn (2):
Could have done better at times but was helpless in most of the goals that went in.
M Richards (2.5):
Struggled to keep up with the pace of Moreno and hardly helped his team in the final third.
J Lescott (2.5):
Had an off day against a fluid Liverpool front line as he was often caught out of position at the back.
J Okore (3):
One of the brightest players for the home side as he put in a solid shift to deny Liverpool easy chances at his goal.
A Cissokho (2.5):
Tried to take on the Liverpool defense at times but hardly provided any cover at the back as the visitors had an easy game in front of goal.
C Gil (2):
Hardly had any effect on the game as he rarely broke play in front of his back four and was almost absent from the game.
I Gueye (2.5):
Stuck to his task to give Liverpool no space but found it very hard against he likes of Coutinho and Firmino.
J Vertout (2.5):
Tried to make things happen in the final third but was just not good enough to beat the Liverpool defense.
L Bacuna (2.5):
Put in an energetic shift but his team needed a lot more of him as they lacked any quality going forward.
A Westwood (2):
Could not get enough time on the ball as his frustration showed in a number of mistimed tackles late in the game.
G Agbonlahor (2):
Had little impact on the game until he was subbed off after picking an injury.
S Sinclair (2.5):
Came close and struck the woodwork in the only good piece of play from the hosts but hardly provided any support for coming on.
J Lyden (2):
Should have scored when his header flew wide from inside the penalty box but was generally harmless for the visitors.
A Hutton (2):
Came into the game very late and had no chance whatsoever to showcase his talent coming back from injury.
S Mignolet (2.5):
Made a couple of saves keep a clean sheet but hardly had anything to do with Villa’s limited threat in the final third.
N Clyne (3):
Offered a constant energetic presence down the flank and also got himself a scrappy goal late in the second half.
K Toure (3):
Scored his first goal in a Liverpool shirt to cap off a solid performance at the back as he hardly gave the home side a sniff at his goal.
M Sakho (2.5):
Made no impact whatsoever with Liverpool in command for most of the game. Was a mere passerby for most of the game.
A Moreno (3):
Always looked to support his team in the final third but showed some good responsibility to track back and choke the home side.
Emre Can (3):
Offered great energy in the middle of the park and also thumped in a beautiful long strange strike early in the second half.
J Henderson (3):
Had a few half chances but was unlucky no to get on the score sheet but had an influential game in the midfield for his club.
J Milner (3.5):
Was industrious all night for his side and also picked up a goal with a curler of a free kick from a difficult angle in a solid game for the midfielder.
R Firmino (3):
Could not find the back of the net but was in the middle of most good things happening in the final third for the visitors.
P Coutinho (3.5):
Curled a number of deliveries into the box including the one that gave Sturridge his goal as he showed what Liverpool were missing in the last few games.
D Sturridge (3.5):
Coming back to start a Premier League game for the first time in more than 3 months, the England international showed no signs of rustiness as he picked himself a goal that opened the floodgates at Villa Park
K Stewart (3):
Showed great composure on the ball on his debut but was booked late in the game for a needless challenge.
D Origi (3):
Found the net with his first touch of the ball and was also good at holding up the play in the final third in the dying moments of the game.
C Benteke (2.5):
Came on too late in the game to have any kind of an impact.