And after Philippe Coutinho handed the Reds a deserved lead midway through the first-half, an FA Cup final showdown with the Gunners looked to be on the cards.
However, Villa are a completely different proposition these days under straight-talking boss Tim Sherwood and they soon levelled through in-from striker Christian Benteke – his ninth goal in his last seven games.
The opening minutes of the second period were fairly even with both sides shooting off target, but it wasn’t long before the game really spiced up as Villa got their noses in front via a wonderful Fabian Delph goal.
Brendan Rodgers’ side reacted, Mario Balotelli causing havoc upfront and firing in a late equaliser – only to be wrongly denied by the referee’s assistant who flagged for offside.
That moment made it clear that it was Villa’s day, and the subsequent final whistle was met with jubilation among the Villa players and widespread praise from leading pundits on Twitter.
Well done to Aston Villa. Some performance that!— Gary Neville (@GNev2) abril 19, 2015
Congratulations to Aston Villa on a thoroughly deserved victory.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) abril 19, 2015
Up next for Villa is a trip to Manchester City before heading into two key home fixtures against Everton and West Ham United - games Sherwood will target to secure their Premier League status for next season.
As for the Reds, their season has all but ended with this defeat and Brendan Rodgers will perhaps use the remaining games as preparation for the summer ahead of a possible overhaul of the squad.