Liverpool beats Aston Villa 1-0 in Premier League
Daniel Sturridge scored with a superb finish in the first half
Saturday to give Liverpool a 1-0 win over Aston Villa and maintain
the team’s strong start to the Premier League season.
Sturridge, who started his youth career with Villa, received the
ball at the edge of the area in the 21st minute, rounded goalkeeper
Brad Guzan and maintained his balance to poke the ball into the
roof of the net with two Villa defenders rushing back to block the
It was Sturridge’s second goal of the season and Liverpool’s
second clean sheet as Brendan Rodgers’ team has now started with
two straight 1-0 wins despite having star striker Luis Suarez
”The manager’s philosophy is that we play well as a team and
that’s what we did,” Sturridge said. ”It’s nice to score, but
it’s more important we win. I am just playing my normal game. I
have matured a little bit in terms of confidence and playing
regularly. This is how I have been as a kid, but I’ve now been
given a chance to show what I can do in a first-team
Villa, which beat Arsenal 3-1 in its opening game, fell to its
second straight defeat after a midweek loss to Chelsea.
Liverpool had to wait until the end of September before
recording a win last year, but is making its best start to a
Premier League season in five years. The Reds are second behind
Chelsea in the standings on goal difference.
?”It was a terrific win for us,” Liverpool manager Brendan
Rodgers said. ”We didn’t have a good start at all last year. Since
the turn of the year we’ve been getting better and better. What’s
important now is the mentality of the group is to win and win
together. We just have to keep it going.”
Villa looked out of pace in the first half but dominated in the
second period, creating several chances only to be denied by
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
The Belgian goalie, who saved a penalty against Stoke, again
proved solid late in the game when he parried Christian Benteke’s
powerful shot from the right side of the box with a spectacular
dive in the 86th minute.
”In the second half you expect more pressure from them but
overall Simon has made a couple of terrific saves and we got three
points,” Rodgers said.