Liverpool player ratings vs Aston Villa

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Fabio Borini scored his first Premier League goal this season as Liverpool beat Aston Villa 2-0 at Villa Park.

The Reds started the game in the Midlands brightly and after 24 minutes, Jordan Henderson found Borini lurking in the box and the Italian smartly slotted his diving volley past Brad Guzan.

In the second-period, the home side had a few chances of their own, including Christian Benteke's firing shot being saved by Simon Mignolet.

Rickie Lambert came on as a substitute and repaid the faith that manager Brendan Rodgers put him in by accurately slotting his shot from 18 yards into the back of the net to wrap the three points up for his side.

Player Ratings

Simon Mignolet: 7

An improved effort from the under-pressure goalkeeper. Looked much more confident from the first whistle and was off his line positively, making solid punches and comfortable catches. Excellent stop to deny Benteke in the second-half.

Emre Can: 6.5

Barely put a foot wrong all game and kept Gabriel Agbonlahor quiet. Developing into a top prospect on Merseyside as he used the ball efficiently and won plenty of aerial clearances.

Martin Skrtel: 7

Had the task of marking Benteke and kept the Belgian quiet for the most part. A lot more positive the way he went about his game, winning aerial duals well and making a number of blocks, including one on Benkeke who looked destined to score. Beginning to get back to his old self.

Mamadou Sakho: 7

Another solid performance from Sakho, who is enjoying a consistent run of games in the Liverpool side. Strong in the tackle, shrugging off Villa attackers with ease and his passing was crisp that started forward moves for his side.

Lazar Markovic: 6.5

Quieter than his superb display last week against Sunderland, however still looked good in possession. Used his pace to test Aly Cissokho and a lot more sensible when passing.

Jordan Henderson: 7.5

An impressive effort for the stand-in captain. Henderson looks a different player when Steven Gerrard is not in the side, taking responsibility to be an engine in the midfield and winning the ball for his side. Sublime ball to find Borini for his goal.

Lucas: 7

A tidy performance from the Brazilian, who went about his business calmly. Quiet in the first-half, but his work-load was a lot busier in the second and broke up play very well. 

Alberto Moreno: 6

The ball did not come to his side of the pitch as the Spaniard wished, but made use when he did gain it. Bundles of speed saw him drive at the Villa back-four and had a goal disallowed when he burst into the box, only to be offside.

Philippe Coutinho: 7

A bright display early on from the 22-year-old and really looked to unlock the home side's defence. Glided past defenders with ease and was on the end of several heavy challenges. Made a hash of a chance late on

Raheem Sterling: 6

Disappointing from the youngster who returned after a week off. Didn't look as agile as usual and blundered a glorious chance straight at Guzan. 

Fabio Borini: 6.5

Good early movement from the Italian and took his goal superbly. However, poor decision making in good areas let his performance down.


Rickie Lambert: 7

Worked hard, played some neat balls and his finish late in the game was excellent.

Jose Enrique: 6

Came on to put a shift in and did so, chasing the ball for 20 minutes.

Jordan Ibe: 6

Came on late, but played Coutinho in smartly. Plenty of potential.

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