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Watkins Gets 7.5, Olsen With 7 | Aston Villa Players Rated In Disappointing Loss Vs Liverpool

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Aston Villa welcomed Liverpool at Villa Park earlier this evening as they focused on picking up a result at home in the Premier League. The Villans made a sloppy start to the game and conceded the opening goal in the fifth minute when Mohamed Salah scored from close range. Virgil Van Dijk doubled Liverpool’s advantage in the 37th minute as Unai Emery’s went into the half-time interval 2-0 down on the scoreline.

Ollie Watkins pulled a goal back for Aston Villa with a good header in the 59th minute. However, Stefan Bajcetic came off the bench and scored with a composed finish which killed the game off. The contest ended with the Villans suffering a disappointing 3-1 loss in front of their home fans.

Let’s take a look at how each Aston Villa player fared during the match against the Reds.

GK: Robin Olsen – 7/10

The Villans’ keeper made a few important saves at the back but won’t be happy after conceding three goals this evening.

RB: Ashley Young – 6/10

Young tried his best to keep things solid at the back but offered very little in the Liverpool half.

CB: Ezri Konsa – 6/10

Konsa did his fair share of defending but failed to cope with Darwin Nunez’s pace at times during the game.

CB: Tyrone Mings – 6/10

He was accurate with his passing but looked shaky when defending inside his half.

Villa Park
Villa Park

LB: Lucas Digne – 7/10

The French talent kept things solid at the back and made some decent chances in the final third.

RM: John McGinn – 6.5/10

McGinn won the ball back once and had a good game in the second half.

CM: Boubacar Kamara – 6/10

He failed to protect his backline and produced an underwhelming display at the centre of the park.

CM: Douglas Luiz – 7/10

Luiz got stuck in with some solid tackles and made some inviting opportunities for his teammates to score.

LM: Emiliano Buendia – 6.5/10

The talented playmaker worked hard at both ends of the field but never looked like he would score.

ST: Leon Bailey – 6/10

He showed some promising signs but lacked quality inside the Liverpool penalty box.

ST: Ollie Watkins – 7.5/10

Watkins was a constant menace and scored a deserved goal in the 59th minute with a solid header.

Substitutes:

LW: Philippe Coutinho – N/A

He didn’t get enough time to influence the game.

CM: Leander Dendoncker – N/A

Dendoncker added more energy to Aston Villa’s midfield.

ST: Danny Ings – N/A

He hardly had any time to score a goal.

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