Aston Villa stopper Brad Friedel felt his sending off for bringing down Liverpool striker Fernando Torres was harsh. The big American was dismissed in the second half and Steven Gerrard converted the resulting penalty to make it 5-0 to the Reds.

"I just stood my ground, and as the cameras show I turned my shoulders to show that I didn't try to make contact - he (Torres) is the one who ran in and made contact with me," Friedel told Sky Sports.

"Does he have an argument for a penalty sure, does he have an argument for a booking sure, but a sending off is very harsh considering he had a defender alongside him."