• Liverpool win fourth league game out of five
  • Villa go seven league games without win
  • Fabio Borini scores first goal of the season

Liverpool increased the pressure on Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert by beating his struggling side to secure a third away league win in succession.

The threat of a pre-match protest by Villa fans did not materialise but the home side went behind when Fabio Borini prodded in a Jordan Henderson cross.

Christian Benteke had a chance to level but his powerful strike was saved.

Liverpool survived a number of other scares before Rickie Lambert arrowed in an 18-yard shot to secure victory.

The Reds have lost only one of their last 10 league games and earned the three points without captain Steven Gerrard, who had not been risked after going off with a tight hamstring during last Saturday's win at Sunderland.

Villa, who improved after the break, failed to score for a fifth league game on the trot and they are now three points above the relegation zone, with their next two top-flight games against Arsenal and Chelsea.

Some Villa fans had threatened a protest by boycotting their seats in the Holte End for the first eight minutes of the match to mark each year that Randy Lerner had owned the club.

Villa's Lambert had urged against such action and the supporters appeared to have listened to his request with hardly an empty seat to be seen.

Holte End

Villa fans last saw their side score a league goal on 20 December

However, the home side found themselves behind after striker Borini guided home an inviting Henderson cross to score his first goal of the campaign.

Villa could have fallen further behind but Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling failed to take two promising chances for the Reds.

Keeper Brad Guzan also kept Villa in the game when he tipped a Martin Skrtel header against the post.

Carles Gil, signed by Villa this week, came on to make his debut and his arrival signalled a spell of pressure from the home side.

However, Benteke had a well-struck half-volley saved by fellow Belgium international Simon Mignolet, while Baker headed a corner just over.

Benteke also volleyed wide before Lambert gave Liverpool the breathing space they needed by scoring his third goal of the season with a low shot into the bottom corner.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers:

"It was always going to be a difficult game. Aston Villa are a hard team to try to break down but we were very complete in our performance.

"We passed the ball around really well at times and our counter-attack was very good and we probably should have exploited that more than we did.

"Importantly, when we had to defend at important moments of the game we stood up to the challenge."

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert:

"The second half I thought we were excellent. I didn't think there was too much in it in the first half.

"We lost a poor goal but the second half was relentless pressure from us and their goalkeeper has probably kept them in it with the save from Christian Benteke.

"I don't think anyone could fault us for the way we played in the second half.

"We just have to keep doing what we did today, keep getting the chances and they will go in."

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert

Villa's goal drought now stands at 522 minutes in the Premier League

Rickie Lambert scores Liverpool's second at Aston Villa

Four of Rickie Lambert’s last five Premier League have been scored away from home

Liverpool have lost just one of their last 17 Premier League visits to Villa Park

Liverpool have lost just one of their last 17 Premier League visits to Villa Park

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Aston Villa

  • 01 Guzan
  • 21 Hutton
  • 05 Okore Booked
  • 02 Baker
  • 23 Cissokho
  • 24 Sánchez
  • 15 Westwood (Gil de Pareja Vicent - 59' )
  • 16 Delph
  • 08 Cleverley (Weimann - 59' )
  • 20 Benteke
  • 11 Agbonlahor

Substitutes

  • 07 Bacuna
  • 10 Weimann
  • 18 Richardson
  • 25 Gil de Pareja Vicent
  • 28 N'Zogbia
  • 31 Given
  • 34 Lowton

Liverpool

  • 22 Mignolet
  • 23 Can
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 17 Sakho
  • 50 Markovic
  • 14 Henderson
  • 21 Lucas
  • 18 Moreno (Jose Enrique - 71' )
  • 31 Sterling (Ibe - 85' )
  • 29 Borini (Lambert - 71' Booked )
  • 10 Coutinho

Substitutes

  • 03 Jose Enrique
  • 09 Lambert
  • 19 Manquillo
  • 20 Lallana
  • 33 Ibe
  • 49 Williams
  • 52 Ward
Ref: Mark Clattenburg
Att: 39,758

Match Stats

Possession

48 52

Shots

15 12

On target

4 5

Corners

9 5

Fouls

13 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Aston Villa 0, Liverpool 2.

90:00 +4:07 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Aston Villa 0, Liverpool 2.

90:00 +3:30

Attempt saved. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

90:00 +2:56

Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) left footed shot from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Jordon Ibe.

88:52

Attempt missed. Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Fabian Delph with a cross following a set piece situation.

88:13

Foul by José Enrique (Liverpool).

88:13

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:12

Attempt missed. Emre Can (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

87:02

Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by José Enrique.

86:25

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Alan Hutton.

84:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Jordon Ibe replaces Raheem Sterling.

82:17

Attempt missed. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Christian Benteke.

80:47 Booking

Booking Rickie Lambert (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

80:20

Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:20

Foul by Nathan Baker (Aston Villa).

79:54

Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).

79:54

Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Aston Villa 0, Liverpool 2. Rickie Lambert (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

77:50

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Brad Guzan.

77:49

Attempt saved. Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by José Enrique.

76:26

Offside, Aston Villa. Nathan Baker tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside.

74:39

Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rickie Lambert with a headed pass.

73:14

Foul by Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa).

73:14

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:56

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Carles Gil with a cross following a corner.

72:33

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Martin Skrtel.

71:48

Foul by Rickie Lambert (Liverpool).

71:48

Jores Okore (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:52

Foul by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

70:52

José Enrique (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. José Enrique replaces Alberto Moreno.

70:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Rickie Lambert replaces Fabio Borini.

69:22

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alan Hutton with a cross.

68:18

Attempt blocked. Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

68:15

Attempt blocked. Carles Gil (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

67:16

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Martin Skrtel.

67:16

Attempt blocked. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fabian Delph.

66:29

Attempt missed. Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Fabian Delph with a cross following a corner.

65:56

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Jordan Henderson.

65:25

Attempt blocked. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

63:18

Attempt missed. Fabio Borini (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Alberto Moreno.

60:43

Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:43

Foul by Christian Benteke (Aston Villa).

60:32

Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Baker with a headed pass.

59:52

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Emre Can.

58:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Carles Gil replaces Ashley Westwood.

58:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Andreas Weimann replaces Tom Cleverley.

57:56

Hand ball by Lazar Markovic (Liverpool).

54:25

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

53:08

Delay in match Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) because of an injury.

51:32 Booking

Booking Jores Okore (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

51:30

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:30

Foul by Jores Okore (Aston Villa).

50:43

Offside, Liverpool. Alberto Moreno tries a through ball, but Philippe Coutinho is caught offside.

49:43

Offside, Liverpool. Martin Skrtel tries a through ball, but Fabio Borini is caught offside.

48:59

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Nathan Baker.

47:27

Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:27

Foul by Nathan Baker (Aston Villa).

47:04

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Lazar Markovic.

46:08

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Lazar Markovic.

45:00

Second Half begins Aston Villa 0, Liverpool 1.

45:00 +1:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Aston Villa 0, Liverpool 1.

44:41

Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).

44:41

Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:59

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:59

Foul by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa).

42:02

Attempt missed. Tom Cleverley (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.

41:21

Hand ball by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool).

40:08

Attempt saved. Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.

39:53

Foul by Lazar Markovic (Liverpool).

39:53

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:09

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Martin Skrtel.

37:37

Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucas Leiva with a headed pass.

37:03

Attempt missed. Fabio Borini (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

36:30

Fabio Borini (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

36:30

Foul by Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa).

33:40

Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:40

Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

32:55

Emre Can (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:55

Foul by Jores Okore (Aston Villa).

31:58

Foul by Fabio Borini (Liverpool).

31:58

Jores Okore (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:59

Attempt saved. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lazar Markovic with a cross.

26:43

Offside, Liverpool. Raheem Sterling tries a through ball, but Philippe Coutinho is caught offside.

23:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Aston Villa 0, Liverpool 1. Fabio Borini (Liverpool) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jordan Henderson with a cross.

23:03

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:03

Foul by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa).

18:19

Offside, Liverpool. Jordan Henderson tries a through ball, but Fabio Borini is caught offside.

17:24

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Martin Skrtel.

16:51

Offside, Liverpool. Fabio Borini tries a through ball, but Alberto Moreno is caught offside.

16:09

Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alan Hutton with a cross.

15:48

Foul by Alberto Moreno (Liverpool).

15:48

Tom Cleverley (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

14:49

Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:49

Foul by Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa).

10:24

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:24

Foul by Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa).

9:08

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Emre Can.

8:05

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Carlos Sánchez.

4:12

Attempt missed. Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ashley Westwood following a set piece situation.

3:45

Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

3:45

Foul by Lazar Markovic (Liverpool).

2:16

Foul by Emre Can (Liverpool).

2:16

Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

1:35

Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Henderson with a cross following a corner.

0:56

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Alan Hutton.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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