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Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
The official flags Gabriel Agbonlahor offside.
Clearance made by Kolo Toure.
Sanchez Jose Enrique restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Jores Okore on Daniel Sturridge, free kick awarded.
Jordan Henderson makes a clearance.
Aleksandar Tonev has an effort direct from the free kick that misses left.
Leiva Lucas challenges Gabriel Agbonlahor unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Clearance made by Jores Okore.
Leiva Lucas makes a clearance.
Aleksandar Tonev takes a shot. Blocked by Leiva Lucas.
Christian Benteke has an effort at goal. Simon Mignolet parries the effort to safety.
Jordan Henderson manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Christian Benteke on Leiva Lucas.
(Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Joe Allen coming on for Phillippe Coutinho.
(Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Nicklas Helenius coming on for Ashley Westwood.
Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Aleksandar Tonev takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Simon Mignolet safely holds on.
A cross is delivered by Antonio Luna.
Karim El Ahmadi makes a clearance.
Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot and missed to the left of the goal.
Kolo Toure makes a clearance.
Foul by Leiva Lucas on Fabian Delph, free kick awarded.
Aleksandar Tonev on for Andreas Weimann.
Header by Andreas Weimann goes to the left of the goal.
Leandro Bacuna produces a cross.
Header at goal by Christian Benteke misses left of the target.
Corner taken by Ashley Westwood.
Clearance made by Daniel Agger.
Aly Cissokho joins the action as a substitute, replacing Iago Aspas.
The ball is crossed by Jordan Henderson.
Karim El Ahmadi takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Gerrard.
Matthew Lowton leaves the field to be replaced by Karim El Ahmadi.
The ball is swung over by Andreas Weimann.
Glen Johnson takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.
Booking for Matthew Lowton for unsporting behaviour.
Foul by Matthew Lowton on Phillippe Coutinho, free kick awarded.
Corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the right by-line.
Clearance made by Leiva Lucas.
Andreas Weimann sends in a cross.
Ashley Westwood takes a brilliant shot and cleared the net.
Clearance by Daniel Agger.
Unfair challenge on Leandro Bacuna by Daniel Agger results in a free kick.
Shot by Ashley Westwood went wide right of the target.
Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Leandro Bacuna. Blocked by Iago Aspas.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Gerrard on Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Daniel Agger on Bradley Guzan, free kick awarded.
Corner taken by Steven Gerrard.
Clearance by Ron Vlaar.
Ron Vlaar manages to make a clearance.
Phillippe Coutinho fouled by Matthew Lowton, the ref awards a free kick.
Header by Ron Vlaar misses right.
Foul by Glen Johnson on Christian Benteke, free kick awarded.
The ball is sent over by Andreas Weimann.
Steven Gerrard is ruled offside.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor on Glen Johnson.
Leandro Bacuna takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Ashley Westwood.
Andreas Weimann takes a shot. Daniel Agger gets a block in.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Ashley Westwood.
Shot by Christian Benteke. Simon Mignolet parries the effort to safety.
Foul by Fabian Delph on Daniel Sturridge, free kick awarded.
Antonio Luna produces a cross.
Shot by Leandro Bacuna went wide of the left-hand upright.
The referee cautions Iago Aspas for unsporting behaviour.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabian Delph by Iago Aspas.
Gabriel Agbonlahor manages to make a clearance.
Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Antonio Luna on Jordan Henderson.
Daniel Sturridge scores a left footed goal. Aston Villa 0-1 Liverpool.Sanchez Jose Enrique provided the assist for the goal.
Ron Vlaar makes a clearance.
Centre by Steven Gerrard.
Gabriel Agbonlahor makes a clearance.
Clearance by Fabian Delph.
Phillippe Coutinho takes a shot and missed to the right of the net.
Andreas Weimann crosses the ball.
Glen Johnson restarts play with the free kick.
Glen Johnson fouled by Gabriel Agbonlahor, the ref awards a free kick.
Jordan Henderson has a headed effort at goal. Ron Vlaar gets a block in.
Jores Okore manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Leiva Lucas challenges Fabian Delph unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Antonio Luna makes a clearance.
Jores Okore makes a clearance.
Glen Johnson takes a shot. Gabriel Agbonlahor gets a block in.
Clearance by Antonio Luna.
Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Steven Gerrard gets a block in.
Centre by Iago Aspas.
Fabian Delph manages to make a clearance.
Lambert looks to the future
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert feels the club are still "years away" from where they want to be - but has no doubt they are firmly heading in the right direction.
Lambert is very much working on a long-term project at Villa, which began with his appointment in June 2012 and has seen a considerable revamping of the squad.
With line-ups lacking in Barclays Premier League experience and featuring a number of players in their early 20s, the midlands outfit finished 15th last term after spending much of the season in or around the drop zone.
There were some notable highs for Villa during the campaign, though, and things have started encouragingly this season.
Lambert, who has brought in six new signings this summer, has been delighted with his side's two performances so far in a 3-1 win at Arsenal and 2-1 defeat at Chelsea.
And he says his players are in confident mood heading into Saturday's home clash with Liverpool - another club where there is a definite sense of an ongoing project.
Asked about the way the two teams are progressing, Lambert said: "We have not got the same resources as Liverpool - you look at the spending Liverpool can do compared to ourselves and we can't do that.
"But what we have got is a great football club, a great fanbase behind us and we have a team that I think is proud to be here. I think that is vital for us.
"We are still years away from where we want to get to, but we are certainly getting there."
He added: "It is still early, but we have got a lot of confidence at the minute.
"The ones that were here last year have grown into it. They know what the league is like.
"The new ones are now part of that and will grow into it.
"But as a team they have come a really long way in a short space of time."
Villa should have defender Ciaran Clark available for Saturday's game.
Clark was forced off in the first half of the loss at Chelsea on Wednesday with a head injury but is expected to be fit for Liverpool's visit to Villa Park, while midfielder Chris Herd could be in contention for a first appearance this term following his calf problem.
Defender Nathan Baker (ankle) remains a doubt and winger Charles N'Zogbia (Achilles) definitely misses out.
Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers may still be looking for new players but he already feels his team have come a long way.
Rodgers is hoping to steer the Reds back into the Champions League for the first time since 2010 and has said he would like to add to the five summer signings he has already made.
But the Northern Irishman was hugely encouraged by the performance in last week's season-opening win over Stoke and is happy with the improvement since taking over a year ago.
Rodgers, whose side finished seventh in the Barclays Premier League last season, said: "In order to be a winner you have to have the belief. That was something last year we were maybe not able to find consistently.
"But we have picked up a lot. The group has grown over time. It might only have been a small thing last week, but to get that win shows the development mentally.
"I can only speak highly of the players. They are the ones doing the work, they are the ones being driven and asked. To get that last week was very important for us.
"Whatever transfer talk or speculation there has been this week, the bottom line is there are some outstanding players here - top, top players.
"They will hopefully keep finding the ways to win games and hopefully we will add to the squad alongside them."
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez remains the only notable absentee.
The controversial forward is now halfway through the 10-match ban he received last season after sitting out the Reds' season opener against Stoke.
Fellow Uruguayan Sebastian Coates, a defender, is likely to miss most of the season with a knee injury sustained on international duty last week.
Striker Luis Alberto was an unused substitute in that game and still to make his debut, while new signing Aly Cissokho could also be in contention.
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