Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Liverpool v Aston Villa

The amazing comeback at West Ham a week old, Liverpool hosted Aston Villa in a game I personally expect a Liverpool win in each year.

Liverpool were on a three game winning streak and started well with Shelvey and Sterling both being denied in the early stages by fine defending and Liverpool were on top.

However in the 29th minute against the run of play, Villa opened the scoring as Benteke swooped the ball in past Reina to the surprise of the home fans and sent the away fans into a roar.

Suarez could have equalised instantly but hit his shot against the side netting and Weimann came close to adding to Villa's score but his lob went over.

The second goal did come and it came for Villa after a scorching breakaway allowed Weimann to fire past Reina and send the Kop into stunned silence with five minutes until the break.

Liverpool came out in the second half needing a minor miracle to keep up the winning streak but hopes were dashed within seven minutes as Benteke broke on the defence and side footed past Reina to put Villa 3-0 up and all but seal a win.

Liverpool had a great chance as after Suarez's shot was blocked, Cole and Henderson both were denied in a goalmouth scramble.

The game seemed die off a touch and it wasn't until the 87th minute, that Liverpool found the net as an exquisite drive from Johnson took a touch off the head of Gerrard and flew in to give the Anfield faithful something to finally cheer about even though it only served as a consolation.

The winning streak ended for Liverpool and in emphatic fashion with a shock loss but hopes will be up for the visit of Fulham to L4 on Saturday evening.