• English Barclays Premier League
  • 15 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Anfield
  • Attendance: 44,607
LiverpoolLiverpoolvAston VillaAston Villa
  • Gerrard, 87
  • Benteke, 29
  • Weimann, 40
  • Benteke, 51

live commentary


90 mins:Villa make a final change in stoppage time - Charles N'Zogbia coming on for Weimann.

90 mins:Suarez is booked for dissent after claims for handball inside the penalty area are turned down by the referee.

89 mins:Benteke picks up a late booking.

87 mins:LIVERPOOL 1-3 ASTON VILLA. A simple header by GERRARD from six yards out cuts the deficit.

86 mins:Villa bring on Karim El Ahmadi for Bannan.

85 mins:Villa are cruising to a victory that seemed extremely unlikely in the first 25 minutes.

83 mins:Liverpool have had lots of possession but remain terribly toothless in attack.

81 mins:It's almost another goal for Villa as the ball hits Bannan in the face and slides narrowly wide.

79 mins:Liverpool resort to a long hoof forward in the general direction of Suarez and the ball drifts out of play for a goal-kick.

77 mins:Maybe talk of a top-four challenge by Liverpool was a little premature - they've been poor since the first 20 minutes and a mid-table finish for them beckons.

75 mins:Suarez's free-kick deflects off the wall and Villa are able to clear their lines.

73 mins:The match already seems to be petering out to the home fans' frustration.

71 mins:Villa bring on Fabian Delph for Brett Holman.

70 mins:Johnson's left-footed drive flies high, wide and not very handsome.

68 mins:The free-kick leads to an almighty goalmouth scramble, but Villa survive with Henderson having one meaningful shot charged down.

66 mins:Sterling goes down on the edge of the area - free-kick to Liverpool.

64 mins:Villa appear to be comfortable at this stage, while Liverpool have run out of ideas.

62 mins:Suarez throws the ball away in disgust but somehow escapes a yellow card.

60 mins:A second change by Liverpool as Lucas makes way for Jordan Henderson.

58 mins:Suarez clatters into Guzan, who is far from happy with the challenge.

56 mins:Suarez looks dispirited while Villa look as though they could score every time they go forward.

54 mins:It's an amazing scoreline considering how poor Villa were and how dominant LIverpool were before the opening goal.

51 mins:LIVERPOOL 0-3 ASTON VILLA. That should be game over as the Liverpool defence parts, allowing BENTEKE to stride forward and place his shot past Reina.

50 mins:Liverpool swarm forward again and Downing gets a shot away, but Guzan makes a routine stop.

50 mins:Suarez barges his way through but the Uruguayan sees his shot saved by Guzan.

48 mins:Gerrard's deep corner is cleared by the Villa defence. Daniel Agger goes down but the referee waves away Liverpool's appeals for a penalty.

46 mins:Liverpool have made a change with Joe Cole replacing Shelvey.

46 mins:The second-half action is underway ay Anfield.


42 mins:Liverpool are shell-shocked, they won't be able to believe how they're behind in this one.

40 mins:LIVERPOOL 0-2 ASTON VILLA. Brilliant, brilliant play by Benteke who sets up WEIMANN to net from six yards out.

39 mins:Baker clatters into Raheem Sterling who takes a while before steadying himself and returning to the fray.

39 mins:The game has completely changed since the goal - it's all Villa now.

37 mins:All of a sudden the Liverpool defence is all at sea as Villa sense a second goal.

35 mins:Johnson passes straight to Weimann who lifts the ball past Reina but also over the bar.

33 mins:The ever-lively Suarez lashes a shot into the side-netting.

31 mins:That one will have to go down as yet another Reina error. He could be on his way in January.

29 mins:LIVERPOOL 0-1 ASTON VILLA. Completely against the run of play BENTEKE's shot slips past Reina. The Liverpool keeper will be disappointed with that.

28 mins:Some good one-touch play by Liverpool ends with Shelvey firing a shot straight at Guzan.

26 mins:Suarez seems to be the most likely scorer of the opening goal but Villa are starting to compete more in midfield.

24 mins:Villa seem intent on playing for a 0-0 draw, although Liverpool have lost their way in the last few minutes.

22 mins:Villa seem to have settled now and are finally starting to work themselves into the match.

20 mins:Suarez plays in Jonjo Shelvey but Nathan Baker gets in a superb last-ditch challenge to deny the Liverpool man.

18 mins:Villa appear to have weathered Liverpool's early storm as Weimann wastes a chance for the visitors.

16 mins:Guzan comes off his line to claim Johnson's cross.

14 mins:It can only be a matter of time before Liverpool take the lead. It's one-way traffic.

12 mins:Stewart Downing fires wide before Joe Allen sees his effort fail to trouble Guzan, but it's all Liverpool for the time being.

10 mins:Steven Gerrard's effort is easily saved by Guzan as Liverpool start to up the tempo.

8 mins:Villa look suspect at the back, Luis Suarez has looked dangerous already.

6 mins:Eric Lichaj almost turns the ball into his own net but it finds its way, fortunately for Villa, to Guzan.

4 mins:Pepe Reina makes a good early save, keeping Christian Benteke's header from Barry Bannan's free-kick out.

2 mins:Martin Skrtel and Glen Johnson get themselves in tangle and the Slovakian is fortunate to escape a booking after fouling Weimann.

1 mins:We're underway at Anfield.

Villa bring in Brad Guzan, Ashley Westwood, Barry Bannan and Andreas Weimann for Shay Given, Karim El Ahmadi, Fabian Delph and the injured Darren Bent.

Luis Suarez returns after being suspended for Liverpool's victory at West Ham, the Uruguayan coming in for Jose Enrique.

Liverpool take on Aston Villa at Anfield, with Brendan Rodgers' side eyeing a top-four spot after their recent good run.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 15 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Anfield
  • Attendance: 44,607
LiverpoolLiverpoolvAston VillaAston Villa
  • Gerrard, 87
  • Benteke, 29
  • Weimann, 40
  • Benteke, 51

match report

Christian Benteke inspired Aston Villa to a shock 3-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield with a superb brace to complete a memorable week for Paul Lambert's men.

Villa were two goals to the good at the break thanks to Benteke's long-range effort and Andreas Weimann's superb goal following more good work from Benteke.

Man of the match Benteke added a third soon after the restart before Liverpool grabbed a late consolation two minutes from time through captain Steven Gerrard.

Liverpool started off brightly, but for all their fine approach play they could not find a way past a stubborn Villa rearguard.

Villa stunned the home side when they broke the deadlock against the run of play on 29 minutes with a fine strike from Benteke.

There did not look much on when Benteke picked up a pass from Brett Holman 25 yards from goal, but the striker fired in a shot which clipped the inside of the right-hand post to beat Pepe Reina.

Four minutes later Villa were inches away from doubling their lead when Weimann capitalised on hesitant defending from the home side and chipped his effort over the stranded Reina only to see his effort land on top of the crossbar.

Liverpool continued to huff and puff as they tried to get back into the game, but it was Villa who doubled their advantage five minutes before the break with a superb goal from Weimann.

Weimann played a ball into Benteke inside the box and the striker brilliantly backheeled the ball back into the path of his strike partner who drilled his shot under Reina to send the visiting fans into raptures.

After a bright start to the second half from the home side, with Daniel Agger having a penalty claim waved away and Luis Suarez and Stewart Downing both seeing efforts saved by Brad Guzan, Villa put the game beyond Liverpool on 51 minutes with a third goal as Benteke netted his second of the contest.

Joe Cole was robbed of the ball inside his own half and Benteke burst past the two weak challenges from Martin Skrtel and Joe Allen before finishing from inside the box high into the net past Reina.

Liverpool pushed forward in a bid to get back into the game and they had two further shouts for a penalty for handball waved away by the officials.

The home side grabbed a consolation two minutes from time as Gerrard diverted Glen Johnson's shot into the net past Guzan, but it was too little too late for Liverpool as Villa eased to all three points.

team line-up

25José Reina
19Stewart Downing
2Glen Johnson
37Martin Skrtel
5Daniel Agger
8Steven Gerrard
21Lucas Leiva60
24Joe Allen
33Jonjo Shelvey45
31Raheem Sterling
7Luis Suárez


23Jamie Carragher
1Bradley Jones
47Andre Wisdom
16Sebastián Coates
14Jordan Henderson60
10Joe Cole45


Neil Swarbrick

team line-up

22Brad Guzan
32Nathan Baker
6Ciaran Clark
31Chris Herd
14Brett Holman70
30Eric Lichaj
34Matthew Lowton
15Ashley Westwood
25Barry Bannan86
26Andreas Weimann92
20Christian Benteke


27Joe Bennett
21Jordan Bowery
1Shay Given
16Fabian Delph70
8Karim El Ahmadi86
12Marc Albrighton
10Charles N'Zogbia92


Neil Swarbrick

match stats

possession %7227
shots on target86
shots off target105
tackles won918