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Aston Villa suffer Valentine’s Day Massacre against Liverpool

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Liverpool were feeling the love at Villa Park today, while for Aston Villa it was a Valentines Day to forget.

The Reds went into this most romantic of days looking to close the gap on the top four.

They welcomed Daniel Sturridge back for his first Premier League start since October.

And it was he who put Liverpool in front on sixteen minutes. Villa afforded far too much space to Philippe Coutinho, and he duly found Sturridge who headed home from six yards out.

Sturridge clearly likes playing against Villa: This was the fifth straight game in the Premier League against them that he has found the net.

Nine minutes later, it was two-nil. James Milner floated a free-kick straight into the net from the left, goalkeeper Mark Bunn misjudging the flight of the ball.

Liverpool were now smelling blood: Bunn redeeming himself slightly to deny Alberto Moreno and Sturridge.

It got even worse for the home side when Gabby Agbonlahor was forced off through injury on the hour mark.

Emre Can effectively made it game over two minutes later, firing past Bunn from just outside the box.

Sturridge was then substituted, and any hopes Villa fans had that that was the end of proceedings disappeared when his replacement, Divock Origi, got number four.

He raced onto another fine pass from Coutinho before slotting past Bunn.

Villa Park was starting to empty, the home fans had obviously seen enough. They would miss further goals.

Reds full-back Nathaniel Clyne got Liverpool’s fifth, following up his initial effort that was blocked, tapping home the rebound from six yards.

Villa’s Valentines misery was complete when Kolo Toure nodded home Jordan Henderson’s corner, still with nineteen minutes to play.

The only real effort of note for Villa came right at the end, when Scott Sinclair hit the post, but the result was never in doubt.

Liverpool became the first side to score six in the top flight at Villa Park since Arsenal in 1983, and it is their biggest win under manager Jurgen Klopp,

As for Villa, you do have to wonder where they go from here. There is surely no love in this side of Birmingham tonight.

 

By Steve Osborne                      @BlizzardSteve75

 

 

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