By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Away Games
Aston Villa suffered a defeat at the hands of Liverpool – themselves in need of a win to ease the pressure on manager Brendan Rodgers, an early James Milner goal setting them on the way to a 3-2 win.
Micah came head to head with good friend Daniel Sturridge but it was fellow Yorkshireman Milner who got the scoring underway, firing in a fine strike from the edge of the box to make it 1-0 after just 66 seconds.
Philippe Coutinho was pulling the strings in midfield but Rudy Gestede could have levelled for Villa, slicing wide, and the Reds were holding resolute as the sides went in at the break.
The hosts doubled their advantage courtesy of a fine Sturridge goal – his first in six months. Milner was the architect, picking the striker out, but the credit was all Sturridge’s as he fired home superbly to make it 2-0.
Gestede pulled one back for Tim Sherwood’s men, stabbing home to make it 2-1, but the glimmer of hope lasted just a minute as Sturridge grabbed his second of the afternoon, playing a neat one-two with Coutinho and slotting home to make it 3-1.
Still Villa wouldn’t relent and Gestede powered a header beyond Simon Mignolet to make it 3-2 – and four goals in 12 minutes – but despite a few further openings the home side wrapped up the three points.