So Liverpool FC win back to back Premier League games for the first time in three months and it was total domination at Villa Park. This win marked Liverpool’s 5th away win of the season and their excellent run away from Anfield continues.
Stewart Downing was the most accurate passer of the game for Liverpool with a 93%, whilst defensively Martin Skrtel continued his excellent form this season winning all of his tackles, 80% of ground duels (50-50’s) and all of his aerial duels too (not forgetting his excellent headed goal). It was quite surprising that Daniel Agger had a contrasting afternoon winning no duels at all even though he looked very comfortable in the game itself.
The Liverpool central midfield won all of their tackles although their duel win percentage was pretty low and they only created one chance between them. The majority of chances came from the wide players and striker. Craig Bellamy, Luis Suarez & Stewart Downing created 9 chances between them with Bellamy creating four and getting an assist. Bellamy’s delivery was brilliant all game with his corners testing Aston Villa at every opportunity. Out of Bellamy’s seven crosses – 43% of them found a fellow red whilst only 20% of Downing’s five crosses were accurate.
Luis Suarez came alive in the second half hitting the woodwork twice and he gave the Villa defenders a torrid time whilst he was on the pitch in the second period. Jonjo Shelvey had the most shots in the game (five) and 40% of them were accurate and also kept the ball well with an 83% pass accuracy. A good start from the young midfielder although he can improve on winning his duels/tackles (as shown in the image above).
Glen Johnson deserves a mention as a stand out player for Liverpool as he won 100% of his tackles, 82% of his duels and had an impressive pass accuracy of 92%. He was the Man of the Match had Bellamy not scored a goal and created one! Glen Johnson also dribbled past his opponents the most beating an Aston Villa player three times, Suarez was next with two.
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