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Liverpool coast to victory against Aston Villa - reaction

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Liverpool absolutely demolished Aston Villa in a Valentine's Day massacre at Villa Park this afternoon, putting six past Remi Garde's side.

Daniel Sturridge got the rout going nice and early, before James Milner and Emre Can made it 3-0. 

Divock Origi emerged from the bench and instantly made it 4-0, before Nathaniel Clyne and Kolo Toure - with his first goal since 2011 - rubbed salt in the wound.

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While the win does little for Jurgen Klopp's side in terms of their chances of making the top four and qualifying for the Champions League, it did offer the club's fans a tantalising glimpse of their future as Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge all started a game together for the first time.

The attacking trio linked up superbly well in the first half in particular, and it was Sturridge who bagged his first goal since December after an injury-hit season from Coutinho's cross.

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Milner got in on the act to double the Reds' lead, before Firmino teed up Emre Can to smash the ball home superbly.

Things took a turn for the worse in the second half when Origi and Clyne scored in the space of two minutes, and then it was down to Toure to hit the final nail into Villa's coffin with a rare strike.

Of course, Liverpool fans were purring over their side's performance as Jurgen Klopp recorded his biggest win as Liverpool boss, and the German could be seen chuckling on the sidelines as the minutes ticked down in the second half.

Villa fans were understandably upset, and while those in the ground aimed their anger at the club's owners as well as Garde, those on Twitter turned on the players themselves after watching a string of defensive errors from the men in claret and blue. Plenty of other fans took the opportunity to twist the knife, too.

Next up for Liverpool is an away trip in the Europa League against Augsburg, while Villa will continue their battle against relegation against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.

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