Liverpool vs Aston Villa – Premier League best and worst

Ahead of their latest meeting on Saturday, here is a look back at some of the most memorable moments from past Premier League games between Liverpool and Aston Villa at Anfield.

Last Meeting

Liverpool were in unstoppable form at home when they hosted Aston Villa in January, and it was a game that they were expected to win comfortably. However, the visitors dominated the first half and opened up a two goal lead trough Andreas Weimann’s tap-in and Gabriel Agbonlahor’s low finish.

In an unconvincing performance from the Reds, they were rescued by their striking duo as Daniel Sturridge found the far corner on the stroke of half time, before Luis Suarez was brought down by Brad Guzan for a penalty, which Steven Gerrard converted to earn his side a point.

Best Goal

The 2005-06 season saw Steven Gerrard’s best goals return as a Liverpool player, and the second of his strikes which helped the Reds to a 3-1 victory over Aston Villa was typically superb, with his 30-yard shot finding the top corner of Thomas Sorensen’s goal. He had put Liverpool back ahead at 2-1 after Gareth Barry cancelled out Fernando Morientes’ opener.

Most Influential Performance

Lowly Villa stunned the hosts with a brilliant display of attacking football in December 2012, and Christian Benteke stole the show with two goals and an assist. First, he shot low past Jose Reina from outside the penalty area, before providing a glorious back-heel for Andreas Weimann to net the second.

The Belgian continued to torment Liverpool and his direct running saw him grab a fine third. Brendan Rodgers’ men did grab a consolation through Steven Gerrard, but they were well beaten.

Most Emphatic Victory

Liverpool delivered one of their best performances in the Premier League era to thrash Villa 5-0 in March 2009 and close the gap on leaders Manchester United. Dirk Kuyt shot through a crowd of players to get the ball rolling, while Albert Riera soon made it 2-0 with a dipping drive.

The remainder of the game saw Steven Gerrard grab a hat-trick, adding to his numerous goals against the Villans. He finished coolly before half time, and then scored with a free-kick and a penalty in the second period.

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