Aston Villa player ratings v Liverpool: Guzan stands out in defeat

Trinity Road Stand - Aston Villa

Rudy Gestede's second-half brace failed to prevent Tim Sherwood's men from falling to a 3-2 loss at Anfield.

Brad Guzan 8/10 – Could do little about Liverpool’s three goals, while a nine-save performance kept the scoreline from looking much worse.

Alan Hutton 6/10 – Set up Gestede’s first goal with a great cross but struggled to contain the marauding Alberto Moreno on his flank.

Micah Richards 7/10 – Despite conceding three goals, it was another strong performance from the skipper, as he recorded a match-leading 11 clearances and made a couple of crucial blocks. Should have scored from a headed chance that went wide, though.

Joleon Lescott 5/10 – Allowed James Milner too much space on Liverpool’s second-minute opener and had serious problems dealing with two-goal Daniel Sturridge over the course of the second-half. It’s not been a good start to his Villa career so far.

Jordan Amavi 7/10 – Continues to impress going forward, sending in the cross for Gestede’s headed second, but also put in a very solid defensive shift to limit Nathaniel Clyne’s impact.

Carlos Sanchez 7/10 – Performed his defensive duties to a tee in front of the back four before being withdrawn just before the hour when Sherwood elected to switch things up.

Ashley Westwood 6/10 – Neat on the ball as usual but didn’t impose himself in the middle of the park and should have gone off instead of Sanchez.

Idrissa Gana 5.5/10 – likely returned too quickly from his recent hamstring injury, as he looked a tad sluggish at times and was caught in possession on more than one occasion.

Jack Grealish 5/10 – Not the best day for the 20-year-old playmaker, as he failed to live up to the £60 million price tag Sherwood placed on him ahead of the match with an underwhelming performance.

Scott Sinclair 6/10 – Had a few bright moments down the left but didn’t get on the ball enough to make a real impact.

Rudy Gestede 7/10 – Like against Birmingham, his overall performance wasn’t the best but he still managed to produce the goods, netting twice within the space of five minutes to give Villa hope of getting back into the match with 20 minutes left.

SUBSTITUTES

Jordan Veretout (Sanchez 59) 6.5/10 – Having added a clear creative spark following his introduction, there’s a strong argument to make that he should have been on from the start.

Adama Traore (Grealish 68) 6/10 – Produced a few teasing runs in his 22-minute outing but does seem to hold onto the ball for far too long at times.

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