Houllier return to Liverpool ends in defeat

Former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier returned to Anfield with Aston Villa and left with a 3-0 defeat as the Reds comfortably claimed three points to continue their climb up the table.
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Former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier returned to Anfield with Aston Villa and left with a 3-0 defeat as the Reds comfortably claimed three points to continue their climb up the table.

Goals from David Ngog, Ryan Babel and Maxi Rodriguez sent Liverpool up to eighth in the league, their highest of the campaign so far.

Even without Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and Jamie Carragher the host’s were much too strong for a disappointing Villa.

The visitor’s had only won once in the league against Liverpool in 17 attempts and there was little chance that miserable record would end at a sub-zero Anfield.

Two goals in the opening 16 minutes effectively sealed Houllier’s fate as Ngog with a header then Babel with a shot put Roy Hodgson’s team in command – a position they rarely looked like relinquishing.

Rodriguez ended the game as a spectacle with a third just after the break after which it was damage limitation for Villa who have now just two wins in their last twelve games.

Houllier received a warm welcome from the Anfield faithful he served so well for six years but that does not alter the fact his current team are 16th in the Premier League, just two points clear of the bottom three.

Referee: Phil Dowd

Venue: Anfield
Attendance: 39,079

Liverpool scorers: Ngog 14, Babel 16, Maxi 55
Aston Villa scorers:

LIVERPOOL
25 Reina
02 G Johnson
03 Konchesky
16 Kyrgiakos (Kelly 83)
37 Skrtel
04 Raul Meireles
17 Maxi (Aurelio 76)
21 Lucas
18 Kuyt (Cole 80)
19 Babel
24 Ngog

Substitutes
01 Jones,
06 Aurelio,
34 Kelly,
10 Cole,
28 C Poulsen,
33 Shelvey,
14 Jovanovic

ASTON VILLA
01 Friedel
02 L Young
03 Warnock
05 Dunne
21 Clark (yellow card) (Delfouneso 46)
29 Collins
06 Downing
09 Ireland
12 Albrighton (Pires 65)
28 Hogg
11 Agbonlahor (Carew 66)

Substitutes
22 Guzan,
24 Cuellar,
30 Lichaj,
08 Pires,
31 Herd,
10 Carew,
14 Delfouneso

 
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