Birmingham: Liverpool ran riot in a 6-0 hammering of Aston Villa at Villa Park yesterday.
Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge fends off a challenge by Aston Villa’s Aly Cissokho during their EPL tie in Birmingham
Daniel Sturridge made a dream return after injury with a 16th-minute opener that kicked off Liverpool’s surge.
Then, Villa slumped to their heaviest home defeat of the post-1992 EPL era to slide closer to relegation, finishing eight points adrift of the safety line. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool produced a slick display to claim a first win in six games in all competitions.
There were six different goal-scorers as James Milner, Emre Can, Divock Origi, Nathaniel Clyne and Kolo Toure added to Sturridge’s effort.
However, the home side helped with a feeble display that saw thousands of fans head for the exits with less than an hour played as four goals in 14 second-half minutes set Liverpool on course for a huge win. The win took Liverpool into eighth spot, just three points behind Manchester United in the Europa League place.
For Sturridge, who played for Villa as a schoolboy, it was the perfect way to mark his first league start since October following a series of injury setbacks.