Liverpool 4-1 Aston Villa
Liverpool 4, Aston Villa 0 (Full Time) Full Time.
Full Report from @molly_cannella on #Liverpool v Aston Villa.
#StokeCity — Liverpool FC (@LiverpoolFC) December 6, 2016 Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Southampton on Saturday evening means the Reds have secured their top-four position and they’ll now look to avenge a 2-1 loss to Aston Villa on Saturday night.
It’s the second consecutive match in which Liverpool have kept the lead, after scoring two goals in a 2.5-1 win at Anfield on October 25.
It was the second time in two games Liverpool have won both of their opening Premier League fixtures, after the 3-0 thrashing of Stoke City in October.
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert will be hoping to add to his squad ahead of the trip to Anfield, with the midfielder Ross McCormack and midfielder Joe Allen expected to return after recovering from injury.
Lambert also revealed that defender James Milner will be back in training on Tuesday.
He told Sky Sports: “He is out for a while, but we’ll see.
We’ll see what happens.”
It’s a good team.
They’re in a very good position, they’re strong, they play a very attacking style, and they’re not afraid to put forward crosses.
I thought they had a good game.
They had one or two bad decisions, but the one they really got punished for was their defensive line.
It was a mistake.
The home side were excellent and deserved their win, but Lambert will want to put in a few more chances, and if he does, it could be the difference between victory and defeat.
Stoke City have also returned from their winter break, and are unbeaten in their last five league matches.
It took a goal in the second half to give the visitors a comfortable win at the Liberty Stadium, with their striker Marko Arnautovic getting a second chance when he found space in the box.
The visitors also managed to keep out striker Christian Benteke with a superb effort, but it was their goalkeeper that could have given the hosts the lead.
Marko Arnautsic was denied a late penalty after a challenge from Liverpool’s Adam Bogdan.
The win will take the Reds top-flight positions to 14th, two points clear of fifth-placed Crystal Palace and six points ahead of leaders Leicester City.
The game will be broadcast on Sky Sports 1 HD, Kick-Off 1, 3:00pm and Sky Sports GO.