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Aston Villa 0-6 Liverpool

By Mandeep SangheraBBC Sport
Daniel Sturridge scores his fifth goal of the season for Liverpool
Daniel Sturridge has scored five goals this season for Liverpool

Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring for Liverpool as the Reds thrashed bottom club Aston Villa to move up to eighth in the Premier League.

Sturridge, making his first league start since October, headed home before James Milner's free-kick crept in after being missed by keeper Mark Bunn.

Emre Can rifled in a shot, Divock Origi slotted home and Nathaniel Clyne bundled in to add to the Reds' lead.

Kolo Toure headed in a sixth as Villa were punished for a poor performance.

Villa 'humiliated' by Liverpool - Garde

The home side's disgruntled fans started streaming out of Villa Park following Liverpool's fifth after 65 minutes and there were plenty of empty seats at the final whistle.

It is the first time Villa have conceded six at home in a league game since October 1983 and leaves the Midlands side eight points from safety with 12 games left.

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Sturridge sends out message

Sturridge was making his first league start since manager Jurgen Klopp took over in October in only his eighth appearance of an injury-hit campaign.

He was not mentioned by Roy Hodgson when the England manager was speaking about his striking options on Match of the Day on Saturday.

Sturridge did not take long to remind people of his qualities as he nodded in for his fifth goal of the season, while he also had an effort well saved by keeper Bunn following a good move.

The 26-year-old certainly gave Liverpool a greater cutting edge in attack and Klopp had the luxury of taking him off after 62 minutes as he eased him back with the League Cup final against Manchester City on 28 February in mind.

"It was great to be back but it was more important that the team won," said Sturridge. "It was great to get so many goals."

Villa's heatmap on the left compared to Liverpool's heatmap on the right shows the Reds worked harder as they covered 110km, while the home side covered 99km
Villa's heatmap on the left compared to Liverpool's heatmap on the right shows the Reds worked harder as they covered 110km, while the home side covered 99km

Aston Villa look Championship-bound

Villa went into the game in better form than Liverpool, with eight points from their last six league outings compared to five for the Reds.

However, any hope it was the start of some kind of great escape quickly dissolved.

Villa had a doomed look about them as the game became a damage limitation exercise with their crowd booing their side off at the break and the final whistle.

Their performance was littered with poor defending, a lack of discipline and individual mistakes, with Remi Garde's team letting in four goals in 13 second-half minutes.

A consolation goal even deserted Villa when Scott Sinclair's late curler hit the woodwork in their heaviest defeat of the season.

Liverpool looking strong

Liverpool not only had the boost of having Sturridge back but the return of Philippe Coutinho was also an important factor.

The Brazilian playmaker has also returned from injury this week and provided two assists as he gave the visitors a constant menace in attack.

Liverpool had a look of strength with Sturridge, Coutinho and Roberto Firmino in attack and Jordan Henderson, Can and Milner in midfield.

"It makes a difference having both Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge are on the pitch," said Klopp. "You can only play them when they are fit and available."

Man of the match - Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho (left) in action for Liverpool against Aston Villa
Coutinho has a big impact on Liverpool's threat in attack and set up two of Liverpool's six goals

The stats you need to know

  • Daniel Sturridge has the best minutes per goal ratio of any Liverpool player in Premier League history (118 mins per goal).
  • James Milner has now scored in 40 different Premier League matches and never lost - only Darius Vassell (46 games) has a superior record to this in the competition.
  • Divock Origi scored just 37 seconds after coming on as a substitute in this match - the fastest goal by a substitute in the Premier League in 2015-16.
  • This was the first time that Liverpool have had six different scorers in a single Premier League match.
  • This was the eighth 6-0 away win in Premier League history - four of those have been wins for Liverpool.

'Good for the soul'

Today is a day for the soul - Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "We are not in the most easy moment at Liverpool. That is not pessimistic, that is the truth.

"It is hard work and you need to be ready for it. We want to change things with work and this was good for the soul. We have needed 26 games to get a positive goal difference."

What next?

Liverpool are next in action when they resume their Europa League campaign with a trip to Augsburg on Thursday, 18 February for the first leg of their last-32 tie. Aston Villa play again on Saturday, 27 February when they visit Stoke.

Line-ups

Aston Villa

  • 31Bunn
  • 4RichardsSubstituted forHuttonat 85'minutes
  • 5Okore
  • 16Lescott
  • 43Cissokho
  • 7BacunaBooked at 42minsSubstituted forLydenat 66'minutes
  • 15WestwoodBooked at 65mins
  • 8Gueye
  • 17VeretoutBooked at 77mins
  • 25Gil
  • 11AgbonlahorSubstituted forSinclairat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Guzan
  • 6Clark
  • 9Sinclair
  • 18Richardson
  • 21Hutton
  • 38Lyden
  • 45Davis

Liverpool

  • 22Mignolet
  • 2Clyne
  • 4K Touré
  • 17Sakho
  • 18Moreno
  • 7Milner
  • 14Henderson
  • 23Can
  • 10CoutinhoSubstituted forStewartat 66'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 15SturridgeSubstituted forOrigiat 62'minutes
  • 11FirminoSubstituted forBentekeat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Benteke
  • 19Caulker
  • 27Origi
  • 33Ibe
  • 35Stewart
  • 38Flanagan
  • 52Ward
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
35,798

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home6
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away9
Corners
Home0
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aston Villa 0, Liverpool 6.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aston Villa 0, Liverpool 6.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Emre Can (Liverpool).

  4. Post update

    Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Lyden with a headed pass.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Alan Hutton.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Alan Hutton replaces Micah Richards.

  8. Booking

    Kevin Stewart (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Stewart (Liverpool).

  10. Post update

    Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Lyden (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Emre Can (Liverpool).

  13. Post update

    Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Divock Origi (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Joleon Lescott (Aston Villa).

  16. Post update

    Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Joleon Lescott.

  17. Booking

    Jordan Veretout (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Kevin Stewart (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Veretout (Aston Villa).

  20. Post update

    Kevin Stewart (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester26158348291953
2Tottenham26149347202751
3Arsenal26156541231851
4Man City26145748282047
5Man Utd2611873324941
6Southampton26117834241040
7West Ham26101064031940
8Liverpool2610883836238
9Watford26106102928136
10Stoke26106102732-536
11Everton26811746351135
12Chelsea268993836233
13Crystal Palace2695122732-532
14West Brom2688102432-832
15Bournemouth2677123044-1428
16Swansea2669112434-1027
17Norwich2666143050-2024
18Newcastle2666142749-2224
19Sunderland2665153250-1823
20Aston Villa2637162046-2616
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