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Liverpool Players Ratings vs Aston Villa – Henderson, Sterling And Borini Steal The Show

They came down, they played, they conquered!! That was the story at Villa Park last evening, as Liverpool bagged in yet another convincing triumph against the hosts’ Aston Villa. Goals from Fabio Borini and the former Southampton man Rickie Lambert extended Liverpool’s unsurpassed run to eight games, thus, clinching the Reds’ closer to a slot in the top four of the Premier League.

The Italian forward Borini jabbed in an opener in the 24th minute with Lambert settling out the scores in the 78th minute with a superb finisher. Interestingly, both men scored their second career goals for the Reds last evening, to string out the hosts’ trouncing run in the Premier League to seven fixtures. Meanwhile, Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa seemed jaded and beleaguered in front of the enduring Liverpool line up. The Villans absolutely failed to create any inordinate chances whatsoever, while, the Reds moved in on their exorbitance, thus, comfortably outclassing the Birmingham side.

Here are the Liverpool players’ ratings

Simon Mignolet (7/10): The Belgian has been under the scanner for sometime now owing to his below par performances. However, he was solid between the bars last night. Made credible saves of Sanchez and Benteke’s efforts and looked more assured in the middle of the bars.

Mamadou Sakho (7/10): Impressive show from the Frenchman. Straightened out well with Skrtel and tackled the ambivalent Gabriel Agbonlahor well and good. Overall, the centre back kept it clean and tidy.

Martin Skrtel (8.5/10): One of the better players of the evening. Gave in a splendorous sliding counter attack to Benteke’s shot in the second half. Solid performance at the defence by the Slovak

Alberto Moreno (6.5/10): Started well at the left wing and contrived with great effort past Brad Guzan, just to be warded off as on off side. Although, called back to the dug out in the second half, nevertheless, undefiled show from the Spaniard.

Lucas Leiva (6.5/10): The Brazilian had a rather ordinary day in the park last evening. Quite conventional and conservative in his possessions and tackles. Overall, good but not exceptional.

Emre Can (6/10): The German has been in good form altogether. Nonetheless, had quite a run-of-the-mill at the Villa Park. Comparatively untested the other night.

Jordan Henderson (7.5/10): Performed really well at the right-wing back. Intensified the midfield without sparing any space for the Villa attack. Provided a great assist which eventualized into Borini’s goal. All in all, impressive stuff from the Englishman.

Philippe Coutinho (5/10): Just one word- Disappointing. The Brazilian has been one of the better players in the Liverpool squad. However, looked completely off sync against Aston Villa. Could not really make any substantial imprint on the game.

Raheem Sterling (8/10): Another brilliant performer for the Reds. Agile in his maneuvers and solid in his tackles. Had a good chance of making it 2-0 in the first half, however, it was saved by Guzan. Equally good in the second half. Overall, an impactful comeback by the youngster.

Fabio Borini (8/10): Provided a much needed breakthrough for the Reds in the first half with a clean finish. Made to subsequent great attempts, though, reclaimed by Brad Guzan. Undoubtedly, the star of the night.


José Enrique (6.5/10): Came in for Moreno with 20 minutes of play outstanding. Countered opponent sub Andreas Weimann to his fullest capabilities. Overall, solid at the park.

Jordan Ashley Ibe (6/10): Replaced Sterling at the fag end of the game. Set up a good opportunity for Coutinho to score by making a brilliant assist from the right. However, the Brazilian literally screwed up the beautiful opportunity. To sum up, great effort from the English man.

Rickie Lambert (8/10): Set foot in the field in the 70th minute as a replacement to Borini. Settled out the scores with a maverick finisher within 8 minutes of coming to play. A solid cameo by the veteran striker.

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