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Another game and another no show as an average Liverpool team simply cruised past rudderless Aston Villa.

Villa's frailties at the back were again exposed from set pieces as Liverpools first 2 corners of the game put them into a 2-0 lead inside 15 minutes. Villa have now conceded more goals from corners than any other team in the premiership and fans are growing tired of hearing Alex McLeish moaning about poor defending from set pieces.
McLeish has set the team up to defend corners with a zonal marking system that simply does not work. It was exposed for the first goal when Jonjo Shelvey was afforded the space to flick the ball goalward and the second goal was worse as Skrtel emerged amongst a sea of claret and blue shirts to glance home a free header on the edge of the six yard box.
Indeed McLeish is on record as threatening to drop defenders if there are repeat performances but these threats have no substance as the same back four get picked week in week out.
Quite what Carlos Cuellar and Ciaran Clark have to do to get an opportunity is uncertain but by far the worst defender at Villa Park is undoubtedly McLeish's signing Alan Hutton.
Only Richard Dunne has emerged this season with any credibility and the forthcoming arrival in January of Irish left back Enda Stevens will be a welcome addition to the squad.
If McLeish is prepared to give Clark the opportunity he deserves Villa could have three of the Irish national team playing in their back line for the remainder of the season.
Looking at both teams today the main differences were the Liverpool full backs and their centre midfield interlinking with Bellamy and Suarez. Both Liverpool full backs were always available to receive the ball and unlike their Villa counterparts they made intelligent use of their possession and their attacking intent was a constant threat.
Bellamy and Suarez were both good outlets for Liverpool and they both constantly posed problems for the Villa defence to deal with.
Villa were again exposed as a team lacking the ambition to attack as a team, they seemed completely disjointed, lacking any guile and cutting edge. It does beg the question of what exactly is Villa's game plan?
Leadership is another issue where this Villa team are found lacking and Alex McLeish is on record as saying this is the quietest group of players he has ever had to work with.

This is all very frustrating for Villains everywhere as they believe they should be challenging for champions league places. Unfortunately with the management of this squad of players Villa are not good enough but the good news is they will not get relegated either as there are worse teams in this division who will suffer that plight.

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Aston Villa vs Liverpool Dec 18th 2011

Aston Villa vs Liverpool Dec 18th 2011 Reviewed by Michael Joseph

Another game and another no show as an average Liverpool team simply cruised past rudderless Aston Villa.

Looking at both teams today the main differences were the Liverpool full backs and their centre midfield interlinking with Bellamy and Suarez. Both Liverpool full backs were always available to receive the ball and unlike their Villa counterparts they made intelligent use of their possession and their attacking intent was a constant threat.

Aston Villa Rating: 2.0
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Liverpool Rating: 3.0
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Liverpool Line Up

  • GK Pepe Reina
  • RB Glen Johnson
  • LB Jose Enrique
  • CH Daniel Agger
  • CH Martin Skrtel
  • RM Stewart Downing
  • LM Craig Bellamy
  • AM Jonjo Shelvey
  • CM Jordan Henderson
  • CM Charlie Adam
  • CF Luis Suarez
  • Sub Alexander Doni
  • Sub Jamie Carragher
  • Sub Martin Kelly
  • Sub Dirk Kuyt
  • Sub Sebastian Coates
  • Sub Andy Caroll
  • Sub Maxi Rodriguez
    Aston Villa Line Up

  • GK Brad Guzan
  • RB Alan Hutton
  • LB Stephen Warnock
  • CH Richard Dunne
  • CH James Collins
  • DM Fabian Delph
  • RM Marc Albrighton
  • CM Stylian Petrov
  • LM Charles N'Zogbia
  • CF Nathan Delfouneso
  • AM Emile Heskey
  • Sub Andy Marshall
  • Sub Ciaran Clark
  • Sub Carlos Culler
  • Sub Barry Bannan
  • Sub Daniel Johnson
  • Sub Graham Burke
  • Sub Andreas Weimann