Aston Villa could not get the better of Liverpool on Saturday, with Paul Lambert’s side losing 2-0 to the Reds.
Strikers Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert proved the goal-scoring heroes for Liverpool, with Villa failing to score from any of their four shots on target.
The result means Villa slipped to 14th in the Premier League table, just three points outside the relegation zone. But despite their latest disappointment the Villa fans did have one reason to be cheerful.
The second-half cameo of January signing Carles Gil suggested Villa have found a gem, after the 22-year-old attacking midfielder gave Liverpool a scare with a performance that hinted that he will not take long to settle into his new surroundings.
Gil arrived from Valencia last week and, while he will need to work on his goal-scoring and assist record in the years to come, his talent is such that he could cause Villa’s opponents no end of problems this season and beyond.
After their latest match, we took to Twitter to see what Villa fans thought of Gil’s performance and you can read a selection of what we found below:
Carles Gil looks a great player. Another loss but a very positive second half performance. Oh god, I sound like Lambert.— Richard Sumner (@pastiche520) January 17, 2015
Great to see Carles Gil though, somebody who looks to carry the ball and take people on, been looking for that for ages #AVFC— Jamie (@AvfcJamie) January 17, 2015
Woah Carles Gil got very quick feet. Looks promising!— rayotelli (@Rayyyshouse) January 17, 2015
Carles Gil looks like a good attacking player. I'll give Lambert 4 weeks to coach that out of him #avfc— Dan Beasley (@danbeasley1) January 17, 2015
We played well in parts, especially when Carles Gil came on, but it's not good enough. We need to perform at that level consistently. #AVFC— Daniel Bevington (@DanBevz) January 17, 2015
One positive to take from today was Carles Gil's fantastic debut, he was class when he came on! Never lost the ball once, always productive.— Ben (@TurnCruyff) January 17, 2015
Second half we played much better football. Just need that final touch. Carles Gil looks a fine player, needs to be starting! #AVFC— Simon Tame (@simontame) January 18, 2015
Watch out for Carles Gil . Villa's new signing. What a dribbler— Freddie (@freddiePBS) January 18, 2015