The Reds had the first chance of the match as early as the third minute through Lazar Markovic, but it was the Villans who surged ahead. The goal came in the ninth minute through Gabriel Agbonlahor, who found the target from close range.
Mamadou Sakho could have equalised for Liverpool just minutes later had his header not been saved, before Villa’s Philippe Senderos saw his headed attempt go wide of the mark.
Brendan Rodgers’s side had two chances in quick succession at the start of the second half, but both Mario Balotelli and Jordan Henderson could not find the target with their respective headers.
Raheem Sterling tried his luck from distance midway through the second half, while Philippe Coutinho was unlucky to hit the post in the 81st minute.
Liverpool continued to pile up the pressure on Villa as the match approached full time, but in vain.