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Aston Villa 1 Liverpool 0

The Reds ended their season with a one nil loss at Aston Villa. It wasn't the greatest of days for the Reds despite captain Steven Gerrard being in the away end for the Reds.

Injuries hampered the Reds line up and Glen Johnson, Maxi and Andy Carroll were all injured and just eleven minutes in to the game Spearing joined them when he couldn't recover from an earlier knock.

As a result Aurelio, Cole and Meireles came in to the side.

Just eight minutes in to the game and a loose touch from Spearing in midfield gave Reo Coker a sight of the ball and he lunged in but caught the Reds midfielder. The Villa midfielder was shown a yellow card for the challenge and although Spearing carried on after treatment he didn't last much longer and was replaced by Jonjo Shelvey.

Shortly after the sub the Reds went close as Meireles curled a shot wide via a deflection. From the corner Lucas had a shot cleared from the line by Young.

Midway through the half and Carragher was forced to get treatment as blood started to rush from his head after he blocked a shot. It's only afterwards that I saw it was earlier and actually by Lucas. Carragher was forced off the pitch though as a result and raced down the tunnel.

In a very stop start game Fabian Delph was the next to go down with an injury which if nothing else gave Carra more time to come back although not quite enough to get back on. With just ten men the Reds tried to squash the play and Shelvey was the man filling in at right back whilst Flanagan moved central.

On twenty seven minutes Delph was forced off after he never fully recovered from his strain and Albrighton replaced him. When Carra did return he was sporting a big Red head bandage.

It was all making for a very stop start game so it was hard to say either side were the better although Villa were stringing a few more passes together.

On thirty two minutes Villa struck what turned out to be the winner when Downing smashed home a shot past Reina at his near post. Albrighton had crossed the ball and it evaded everyone in the box to fall to Downing at the back post and he controlled it before hitting it in to the roof of the net.

On forty minutes Meireles was booked when he took his man down from behind and can have no complaints. We were really struggling to put a move together really with Suarez looking very isolated up front.

After three extra minutes the half time whistle went and the Reds had to build things up from scratch again. There just wasn't a great flow to the Reds at all and it was all looking a bit end of season stuff.

Shortly in to the second half there was a huge roar went up from the Villa fans which meant one thing to us Reds - Spurs were winning and meant that whatever we did now it was a sixth place finish and no Europe.

Kyle Walker was booked on fifty six minutes when he puled Suarez back as the Uruguayan tried to get a return ball from Joe Cole. Sadly the Reds made a hash of the free kick and soon lost possession.

On sixty one minutes the Reds finally created a decent chance as Suarez burst in to the box before checking his run and pushed the ball across the six yard box to Meireles but he saw his shot superbly saved by Friedel.

On sixty four minutes Joe Cole was booked as he had a right go at the lino when he was adjudged to have fouled Walker in full flight. In fairness he had his hand on him pulling him back - one of the few things Cole did all day really. A few minutes later and it was Cole who was replaced by Ngog.

On seventy minutes Shelvey was brought down on the edge of the box by Collins but the Aurelio free kick was bent just beyond the post. The Reds were trying to up the pace a little more now and were the better side at this point.

On seventy five minutes a fine move was started by Flanagan and ended with Suarez striking a shot over the bar. A minute later at the other end saw Bent beat the offside trap and square a ball but Agbonlahor couldn't convert the chance.

With the clock ticking on the season was just petering out a little bit as we just couldn't create that clear chance to convert and knowing that Spurs were winning the season was over in reality anyway. We may have done enough for an equaliser but over the season we have to look back and think about the season as a whole rather than this game. We changed owners positively, we changed managers positively and got youngsters through from the academy positively. It was ultimately just a step too much to make that fifth place - mainly due to the awful start to the season we'd had.

The building blocks are there for us for next year though already and after four minutes added time in this game all thoughts were on the summer transfer window and what King Kenny can pull out of the bag.

MotM : Lucas - did as much as anyone in a Reds shirt on the afternoon and gets the vote for his overall season performance as well as probably our star player over the whole season.


Liverpool 25 Reina, 6 Aurelio, Flanagan, 23 Carragher, 37 Skrtel, 10 Cole, 21 Lucas, 26 Spearing (33 Shelvey 11), 4 Meireles, 10 Cole (24 Ngog 67), 7 Suarez
Unused Subs 42 Gulacsi, Robinson, 28 Poulsen, 22 Wilson, Wisdom
Bookings Meireles (40), Cole (64)
Shirt Worn Away-White
Manager Kenny Dalglish (2)

Aston Villa 1 Friedel, 2 L Young, 5 Dunne, 29 Collins, 36 Walker, 16 Delph (12 Albrighton 27), 20 Reo-Coker (11 Agbonlahor 67), 6 Downing, 19 Petrov, 7 A Young (13 Bradley 88), Bent
Unused Subs 33 Marshall, 8 Pires, 18 Heskey, 21 Clark
Goal(s) Downing (32)
Booking Reo-Coker (7), Walker (56)
Shirt Worn Claret and Blue
Manager Gary McAllister

Referee Lee Probert    
Att 42785
Venue Villa Park
Kick Off Sunday - 15:00
Date 22/05/2011 
HT/FT LL   ()/0-1
Goal Sequence (Liverpool first) 0-1
Competition Premiership  

Match Stats

Liverpool   Aston Villa
42% Possession 58%
4 Shots On Target 8
5 Shots Off Target 2
0 Blocked Shots 0
5 Corners 4
12 Fouls 12
5 Offsides 2
2 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0

Average Age of Starting Line-up - 26.6

Position at Start of match day - 6 / Opposition Position at Start of match day - 13

League Stats at end of match day

PWDLFAGDPtsPts to topPos
3817 71459441558226

Match Programme



Match number 54 of the season

Domestic Match number 40 of the season

Premiership Match number 38 of the season

Premiership Match number 734 of all time

League Match number 4258 of all time (excludes war time and Lancashire League)

Top Flight League Match number 3830 of all time (includes original Division 1 and Premiership)

Match number 5258 of all time (excludes war time matches and Friendly/Testimonials)

Match number 180 against Aston Villa

Away Match number 91 against Aston Villa

League Match number 172 against Aston Villa

League Away Match number 86 against Aston Villa

Premiership Match number 38 against Aston Villa

Premiership Away Match number 19 against Aston Villa

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