Liverpool have been in cruise control for the majority of the first 45 minutes at Villa Park. So much so that Philippe Coutinho has already started showboating.
Goals from Daniel Sturridge - on his first Premier League start since October 4 - and James Milner gave the Reds a comfortable 2-0 lead after just 25 minutes.
It’s the first time Sturridge, Coutinho and Roberto Firmino have all played together and their link-up play at times during the first-half was scintillating.
But the best piece of skill during the first-half was the outrageous no-look pass from Coutinho.
In the 43rd minute, the away side were on yet another attack when Coutinho picked up the ball on the left side of the penalty away.
He threatened to unleash a shot but playing a simply brilliant no-look reverse pass into the path of Milner which split the Villa defence open.
Milner’s cross was pushed out by Mark Bunn before Sturridge forced the goalkeeper into a fine save but the chance was created thanks to the genius of Coutinho.
Watch the video of the superb piece of skill here:
Liverpool fans were obviously impressed with the incredible pass from the 23-year-old and took to Twitter to praise the talents of the gifted midfielder.
It wasn’t the only superb ball from Coutinho in the match. The Brazilian whipped in an inch perfect cross in the 16th onto the head of Sturridge who inevitably gave the Reds the lead.
Coutinho also played a part in Liverpool’s second by winning the free-kick which Milner whipped into the top corner the double the lead.
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