Liverpool entertained Aston Villa at Anfield this evening in the Premier League’s late Saturday kick-off. The Reds had their eyes victory to maintain momentum in their Champions League push, whilst the points were the priority for the visitors – Paul Lambert’s side had claimed just four in their last seven league fixtures.
But it was surprisingly the Villians who came out of the blocks flying. Gabby Agbonlahor could have put them ahead in the first minute after finding himself alone in the Liverpool box, but the breakthrough eventually came via Andreas Weimann in the 24th minute, who applied a sliding finish to a low cross. Christian Benteke then found his second goal in successive games ten minutes later.
It seemed Liverpool would enter the interval 2-0 down, but a Daniel Sturridge goal before the break made Brendan Rodgers’ half-time team-talk a little easier. Early in the second half, Brad Guzan then brought down Luis Suarez in the box, with Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard converting the spot kick with a powerful effort.
Here’s how the key events unfolded on Twitter:
What a chance that is for Villa. Agbonlahor prods wide after Benteke headed the ball on. #LIVAVL
— Richard Browne (@richbrowne6) January 18, 2014
— ByTheMin LFC (@ByTheMinLFC) January 18, 2014
What a move. What a goal. Fully deserved. 1-0! #avfc
— Jack Woodward Villa (@JackWoodwardAV) January 18, 2014
Counter attacking masterclass #avfc
— Kristian Jack (@KristianJack) January 18, 2014
— James Hughes-Tranter (@JamesHT_Avfc) January 18, 2014
#Avfc are bringing the game to these liverfools
— Mütu Mnene (@Skarmau) January 18, 2014
— Paul Gardiner™ (@PaulGardinerLP) January 18, 2014
— Jordan Yap (@JordanYap35) January 18, 2014
Never, Never write #lfc off. That deadly duo of S&S will alway's come up with the goods. Game on!!
— Big Geordie. (@BigGeordie1) January 18, 2014
1.2!! Perhaps and hopefully a big goal back before the break! Great assist/flick Henderson, dunked finish Sturridge, GAME ON!! HT #LFC
— Anfield Talk (@Anfield_Talk) January 18, 2014
#LFC more goals in this now I think. What a pass from Gerard and cool finish for the penalty
— Leigh Cleasby (@leigh_cleasby) January 18, 2014
— Tom Birks (@birksy1983) January 18, 2014
I don't know why I have to cover my eyes when we get a penalty…Stevie G never disappoints! #LFC
— Louise Begley (@louisebegley) January 18, 2014
— Crippy Cooke (@Crippy4Villa) January 18, 2014