Liverpool were under severe pressure going in to their game against Aston Villa as Brendan Rodgers was almost fighting for his job after the club has given him 10 days and 3-games to rescue the dismal recent performance.
Daniel Sturridge came to Rodgers’ rescue as the returning striker scored a classy brace to help his side ease to a 3-2 win over struggling Villa. It all started with Liverpool opening the scoring on 2 minutes with James Milner striking from distance. Then it was the Sturridge show as he slotted the ball home from Milner’s assist and the rolled the ball pass Guzan to make it 3-1.
Liverpool looked to have made a mess of the game when Rudy Gestede scored Villa’s second on 71 minute mark. Anfied faith-fulls have seen their team give away leads in recent weeks against Bordeaux and Carlisle, however, against Villa they held their advantage and sealed all three points.
With the win Liverpool jump to 7th in the place while Villa drop down to the bottom three with 11 points. Rodgers is still waiting on the confirmed news of Christian Benteke’s injury but in Sturridge and Ings, he saw a partnership developing and which will make it very tough for Benteke to win his place in starting XI once again.
Philippe Coutinho looked more like his old self with two assists as the gifted Brazilian dictated the play for Liverpool. Coutinho had two assists and the timing of it could not have been any better as Rodgers gets a week to breathe easily before the Merseyside Derby against Everton.