After a frustrating few weeks in front of goal where Liverpool struggled to find the back of the net, the return of star striker Daniel Sturridge and midfielder Phillipe Coutinho gave the Reds plenty of ammunition as they hammered the Villains in their back year this weekend. Villa were just not able to get a grip on the game as it became all too easy for the visitors in the second half.
Here are 5 talking points from this game:
1. Liverpool’s new record:
The Merseyside outfit, with that headed goal from Kolo Toure now has 19 unique goal scorers in all competitions this season. Including the likes of Jerome Sinclair, Brad Smith and Sheyi Ojo, Liverpool have had a chance to play loads of players and it will be satisfying for the manager that most of his youngsters and first team players have found the net this season.
2. Kevin Stewart breakthrough?
Though Villa were almost down and out, the fact that Jurgen Klopp gave Kevin Stewart some game time in the middle after the 22-year old impressed in the previous outings might give us a hint that Klopp wants him to be in his long-term plans. Stewart did exceptionally well since coming on turning around possession and keeping the game moving. He still needs more game time under his belt if he is to reach his potential and Jurgen Klopp might be the right man to give him his time.
3. Coutinho-Sturridge-Firmino, the answer?
Liverpool have just not been able to play a settled front line with a proper striker who can give the club goals in every game. However, with the return of Coutinho and Sturridge from injury, it looks like the club has found the right balance and will surely be a hard team to beat with such an industrious front line. Sturridge can give goals galore while Coutinho and Firmino have recently shown what they are capable of. If Klopp can get them to start games in a stretch, Liverpool’s season might still end in a better position.
4. Tale of the Belgians:
With Divock Origi also fit for this game, it was always going to be interesting to see Jurgen Klopp and his decision making as to play Origi or Benteke in the second half. The manager opted to use Origi who obliged by scoring within seconds of coming on to the pitch and will surely be a hindrance for his Belgian team-mate Benteke who now seems to have lost the plot at the club. Falling down the pecking order, Benteke may have just had enough and may be plotting a move out of the club this summer.
5. Villa, barring a miracle are out:
This Villa side produced arguably the worst Premier League performance in some time and with just 16 points from 26 games, Remi Garde now needs at least another 16 to stay in the top flight from 12 games. This is not going to be easy for the struggling players who seem to have accepted defeat even before the final whistle. Surely, Villa need a miracle to save them and keep them in the top flight of English football next season.