Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert refused to be down over their performance in defeat to Liverpool.

Lambert was certain his team could take positives from the game.

While Villa might have not claimed any points, the Scot admitted he would have taken three points from the first three games of the season against Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, if they had been offered.

"I knew it was going to be a big ask," Lambert said. "We have always been in the games. We just got beaten by one today.

"I can't be too critical of the lads because they have given everything. We're a young side but the improvement is there for everyone to see.

"If someone said, 'Would you take three points from these games?', I would have taken it with the start we had.

"The lads have been brilliant and we are going to keep doing what we are doing."

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