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Game #5103

Aston Villa

Monday, 6 December 2010


16th (-1)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

Premier League

Attendance: 39,079



The sheer folly of appointing Gรฉrard Houllier is laid bare at Anfield as Villa are defeated for a fourth successive game, fail to score for the fifth time in ten Premier League games having won just once. A team that had finished six for three consecutive seasons under Martin O'Neill was now languishing in 16th place, just two points above the relegation places as the divisive Houllier continued to strip any semblance of competence from the club.



Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None


Stewart Downing puts it in for Villa only to hear his manager exclaim โ€œIf I have got to lose 3-0, I would prefer it to be to them as I like Liverpool.โ€, Monday, 6 December 2010




Monday, 6 December 2010

๐Ÿฅ… | 14โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Liverpool), David Nโ€™Gog
๐Ÿฅ… | 16โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Liverpool), Ryan Babel
๐ŸŸจ | 38โ€™ Booking, Ciaran Clark
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Ciaran Clark, Sub on, Nathan Delfouneso
๐Ÿฅ… | 55โ€™ Goal, 0-3, (Liverpool), Maxi Rodrรญguez
๐Ÿ” | 65โ€™ Sub off, Marc Albrighton, Sub on, Robert Pirรจs
๐Ÿ” | 66โ€™ Sub off, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Sub on, John Carew
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Liverpool 3-0 Aston Villa


Gรฉrard Houllier's unreciprocated Liverpool love in on his return to Anfield was as unhelpful as it was embarrassing. Touching the "This is Anfield' sign was beyond the pale, the fact that the Liverpool fans only sang Houllier's name once they were three goals to the good was beyond excruciating. A lover unrequited passed over for something new, something he didn't really feel affection for but was with nonetheless. And his new flame couldn't stand him. Put us out of this misery.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup / Europa League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96


European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup / Europa League: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2005-06



Previous 5 vs. Liverpool: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ


Season | 2010-11 |
Matchday | #21 |
League Game | #16 |
Manager Game | #14 |
Monday, 6 December 2010


Manager: Gรฉrard Houllier | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Thรฉrouanne, 2010-2011
Referee: Phil Dowd | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Stoke on Trent, 1998-2016
Kick off: 8.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-3
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ


Referee: Phil Dowd | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Stoke on Trent, 1998-2016
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 28 Feb 10, Villa 1-2 United (n) ๐Ÿ†˜
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Mick McDonough, Glenn Turner






Phil Dowd


Stephen Ireland and Marc Albrighton replace Barry Bannan and Ashley Young.


Starting XI Average Age
| 27.07 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 39.58 |

Youngest Player |
W Marc Albrighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.06 |



Gรฉrard Houllier | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

Rafa Benรญtez | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB James Collins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
RB Luke Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Jonathan Hogg | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Stephen Ireland | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
W Stewart Downing | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Marc Albrighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |


GK Pepe Reina | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Paul Konchesky | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Sotirios Kyrgiakos | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Martin ล krtel | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Glenn Johnson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Raรบl Meireles | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
M Lucas Leiva | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
W Maxi Rodrรญguez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Ryan Babel | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | โšฝ |
CF Dirk Kuyt | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF David Nโ€™Gog | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | โšฝ |


๐Ÿ” CF Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Robert Pirรจs | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | for W Marc Albrighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 65โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | for CF Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 66โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | CB Sotirios Kyrgiakos | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท | (RB Martin Kelly | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | W Maxi Rodrรญguez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | (LB Fรกbio Aurรฉlio | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Dirk Kuyt | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | (M Joe Cole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)


GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Eric Lichaj | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Chris Herd | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |


GK Brad Jones | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
M Christian Poulsen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
M Jonjo Shelvey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Milan Jovanoviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ |


1st XI: ยฃ44.73m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 7/11
Homegrown: 4/11

Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 8/18
Homegrown: 7/18



Team Cost: ยฃ96.53m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 4/14



Injury | 7 |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Steve Sidwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Barry Bannan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Bomb Squad | 2 |
M Moustapha Salifou | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
RB Habib Bรจye | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |

Out on Loan | 1 |
CB Curtis Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leicester


Not Reported

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game


โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance




Possession F | 50%
Possession A | 50%
Shots F | 5
Shots A | 12
Shots on Target F | 2
Shots on Target A | 7
Corners F | 3
Corners A | 4
Fouls F | 13
Fouls A | 12


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โ€œWeโ€™re concerned.

โ€œThe players and the staff have to take things in our hands.

โ€œWe conceded a goal and then we conceded another goal, which to me was offside, the second goal.

โ€œI think the second half started extremely well. Everybody would have expected we would score a goal. We had a good chance with Gabby [Agbonlahor] but unfortunately on the back of that we conceded a third goal so it was game over.

โ€œ[But] I cannot fault the players for the effort, they tried hard. When you concede a goal after 13 minutes at Anfield itโ€™s hard to come back. Itโ€™s a shame because we could have done something here. We are not the most confident team at the moment and we are aware of that.

โ€œI donโ€™t think things will improve if you start moaning about injuries and sickness. We rushed Marc Albrighton back after an appendicitis operation two weeks ago and last night Gabby [Agbonlahor] was sick and we didnโ€™t know until this morning whether he would be playing or not.

โ€œ[But] this for me is not a way to progress - to look for excuses or blame others.

โ€œTwo or three wins and we would be back in the top half of the table but we need to concentrate on the fact that there are a few errors in our game which can be improved and one of those is the need to defend better.โ€

Gรฉrard Houllier.

*BBC Sport*
Monday, 6 December 2010

Gerard Houllier suffered a miserable return to Anfield as struggling Aston Villa were comprehensively swept aside by Liverpool.

Houllier received a warm welcome from Liverpoolโ€™s supporters on his managerial comeback to the club he left in 2004, but that was as good as it got for the man who won four major cup competitions in a six-year Anfield reign.

And on the grim evidence Aston Villa produced here, Houllier will have to undertake major reconstruction if he is to enjoy even a slice of that success at Villa Park.

Liverpool strolled to victory, even without the injured Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and striker Fernando Torres, who missed the game after his wife went into labour.

It meant Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson fielded an unfamiliar strike force of David Ngog and Ryan Babel, and they made the most of their opportunity with the early goals that set their side on the way to victory to leave Villa with just two wins in their last 12 games.

Ngog headed Liverpool into a 14th-minute lead as Villa failed miserably to deal with a corner, and Babel added a second two minutes later with a fine low finish.

Liverpool provided the scoreline with an even more convincing look after 55 minutes when Maxi Rodriguez warmed an Anfield crowd shivering in sub-zero temperatures with a delightful finish from Ngogโ€™s pass.

Villaโ€™s fans did themselves far more credit than their players - although the heavy sarcasm and gallows humour aimed at their team will have hurt Houllier as he tries to win over those still sceptical about his appointment.

Liverpool never needed to hit top gear to dispose of Villa, but Hodgsonโ€™s side deserve full credit for the manner in which they made light of the absence of three such influential figures.

It was also a landmark night for Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina, who kept his 100th clean sheet for the club in record time.

Houllier, however, looks to have inherited a Villa defence in terminal decline, and the cracks were apparent early on as Liverpool established a lead they never looked like relinquishing.

Martin Skrtel was unmarked when he met Raul Meirelesโ€™ corner, and Ngog was in even more splendid isolation as he headed past the badly exposed Villa keeper Brad Friedel.

Liverpool doubled their lead two minutes later when Villa were guilty of more shoddy defending as Babel took control of Lucasโ€™s pass on the turn ahead of Stephen Warnock to beat Friedel with a low drive into the bottom corner.

The rest of the half meandered to an uneventful conclusion, but any slim hopes Villa had of hauling Liverpool back evaporated with a superb third goal 10 minutes after the break.

Gabriel Agbonlahor had wasted Villaโ€™s best chance when he allowed keeper Reina to block from close range, and he paid the price for his generosity as Liverpool wrapped up the game in style.

Maxi found Ngog on the left, then continued his run to take the return pass and place a precise side-foot finish high into the top corner, a move and a finish that drew full appreciation from a frozen Anfield gallery.

Houllier made a double change, sending on John Carew and Robert Pires for Agbonlahor and Marc Albrighton, but by this stage the game was well beyond Villaโ€™s reach.

And Liverpool almost added to Houllierโ€™s misery with a fourth after 67 minutes when Glen Johnson broke into the penalty area, only to be thwarted by Friedelโ€™s fine block.

Sotirios Kyrgiakos was even closer with a header that was goalbound until Jonathan Hogg smuggled it off the line by the post.

Liverpool closed out the win with the minimum of fuss, to leave Hodgson delighted with another home win and Houllier with a graphic demonstration of the scale of the work he has to do to revive floundering Villa.