Villa have made an encouraging start to the new campaign as they have yet to lose a game, and have picked up ten points from their opening four games.
Saturday night's 1-0 win at Anfield proved that they have improved dramatically as a side over the summer, and Paul Lambert will be delighted with the early form his side have shown.
Roy Keane's influence from the bench could also have a lot to do with their improvements on the field, especially at the back as the Villains have conceded just one goal so far this season.
At the same stage last year, Villa had conceded six and scored three and despite an opening day victory at Arsenal, they went on to lose their next three games to Chelsea, Liverpool and Newcastle.
A much tougher run of fixtures, but they have faced two of those sides already this year in Newcastle and Liverpool and they will be tested against Arsenal and Chelsea in their next two games.
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Lambert's side have seen a lot less of the ball so far this season, and have adopted more of a counter-attacking style of play, and that is something several players are thriving under.
They have scored one less goal than at the same stage last year, and have registered fewer shots per game too, but have conceded five less and picked up three more clean sheets.
They are defensively solid and will be hoping to remain sound at the back for much of the campaign if they are to improve on last year's 15th place finish.
Villa face Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton in their next four matches in what is a brutal run of games, but Saturday's win at Anfield proved that they can face up against the best sides in the division.