skip to content
Unfair challenge on Stephen Warnock by Steven Gerrard results in a free kick. Shay Given takes the free kick.
Craig Bellamy sends in a cross, clearance by James Collins.
Jordan Henderson produces a cross, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken by Craig Bellamy, clearance made by Gary Gardner.
Craig Bellamy delivers the ball, blocked by Alan Hutton.
Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Shay Given makes a save.
Effort from a long way out by Jordan Henderson goes wide right of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Dirk Kuyt.
Jon Flanagan crosses the ball.
Luis Suarez sends in a cross, Andy Carroll takes a shot. Comfortable save by Shay Given.
Samir Carruthers is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Samir Carruthers joins the action as a substitute, replacing Barry Bannan.
Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line to the near post, Daniel Agger produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
The ball is crossed by Craig Bellamy, Andy Carroll produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
The ball is swung over by Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Liverpool 1-1 Aston Villa.The assist for the goal came from Daniel Agger.
Daniel Agger takes a shot.
Corner taken by Craig Bellamy from the left by-line to the near post, Eric Lichaj makes a clearance.
Dirk Kuyt has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.
The ball is swung over by Dirk Kuyt.
Craig Bellamy takes a shot.
The ball is swung over by Steven Gerrard, clearance made by James Collins.
Daniel Agger produces a cross, clearance by Nathan Baker.
Centre by Andreas Weimann, clearance made by Jordan Henderson.
Caution for Luis Suarez.
Sanchez Jose Enrique goes off and Daniel Agger comes on.
Dirk Kuyt produces a cross.
Luis Suarez takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by James Collins.
Sanchez Jose Enrique delivers the ball, clearance made by Eric Lichaj.
(Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Andreas Weimann coming on for Chris Herd.
Centre by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Nathan Baker makes a clearance.
Gary Gardner takes a shot. Comfortable save by Alexander Doni.
Sanchez Jose Enrique crosses the ball.
Long range shot by Gary Gardner goes wide right of the goal.
Long distance effort from Craig Bellamy misses to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jon Flanagan by Stephen Warnock. Andy Carroll replaces Stewart Downing. Craig Bellamy joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jonjo Shelvey. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Steven Gerrard.
Centre by Stewart Downing, clearance made by James Collins.
The ball is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique, clearance by Gary Gardner.
Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Alan Hutton.
The ball is crossed by Stewart Downing, clearance by Gary Gardner.
Gary Gardner replaces Emile Heskey.
The ball is crossed by Steven Gerrard.
Stewart Downing crosses the ball, James Collins makes a clearance.
Foul by Stephen Ireland on Dirk Kuyt, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Steven Gerrard from right channel, clearance made by Eric Lichaj.
Dirk Kuyt produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
A cross is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Eric Lichaj manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Alan Hutton, clearance by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
Gabriel Agbonlahor concedes a free kick for a foul on Jon Flanagan. Free kick taken by Alexander Doni.
Header by Luis Suarez from inside the area hits the post.
Stephen Ireland delivers the ball, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
Steven Gerrard crosses the ball, clearance made by James Collins.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Warnock on Jon Flanagan. Free kick taken by Jon Flanagan.
Martin Skrtel fouled by Gabriel Agbonlahor, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.
Shot on goal by Steven Gerrard from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
Jon Flanagan delivers the ball, Eric Lichaj manages to make a clearance. Dirk Kuyt takes a shot from close in clearing the crossbar.
Jon Flanagan sends in a cross, clearance made by Emile Heskey.
Foul by Eric Lichaj on Dirk Kuyt, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard, clearance by Eric Lichaj.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt by Chris Herd. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.
Shot from outside the box by Jordan Henderson goes wide right of the target.
Alan Hutton crosses the ball, save by Alexander Doni.
Centre by Stephen Warnock, clearance by Martin Skrtel.
Inswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard, Header from close in by Martin Skrtel misses to the right of the target.
Centre by Sanchez Jose Enrique, blocked by Barry Bannan.
Unfair challenge on Luis Suarez by James Collins results in a free kick. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the free kick.
Corner from right by-line taken by Stewart Downing.
Shot from outside the box by Steven Gerrard misses to the left of the target.
A cross is delivered by Steven Gerrard, Shay Given makes a comfortable save.
Centre by Dirk Kuyt, clearance made by James Collins.
Dirk Kuyt crosses the ball, Headed effort on goal by Luis Suarez from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Stewart Downing, James Collins makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Barry Bannan gets a block in.
Effort on goal by Steven Gerrard from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing played to the near post, clearance by Alan Hutton.
A cross is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique, clearance by Nathan Baker.
James Collins concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Suarez. Steven Gerrard takes the direct free kick.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan from the left by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by James Collins misses to the right of the target.
Emile Heskey takes a shot. Martin Skrtel gets a block in.
Corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan, Alexander Doni makes a comfortable save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Dirk Kuyt on Stephen Warnock. Barry Bannan crosses the ball in from the free kick, Sanchez Jose Enrique manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Luis Suarez on Stephen Ireland, free kick awarded. Shay Given takes the free kick.
Steven Gerrard takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by James Collins.
A goal is scored by Chris Herd from inside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Liverpool 0-1 Aston Villa.The assist for the goal came from Barry Bannan.
Stephen Warnock delivers the ball, save by Alexander Doni.
Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line to the near post, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
Stewart Downing crosses the ball, Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
Corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan, A cross is delivered by Stephen Warnock, save made by Alexander Doni.
Unfair challenge on Stephen Warnock by Luis Suarez results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Shay Given.
Dirk Kuyt crosses the ball, Stephen Warnock makes a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Steven Gerrard. Shay Given takes the indirect free kick.
Dalglish accepts the size of the challenge
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish accepts the task of restoring the club to their once-envied position in European football will not be an easy one.
The Scot enjoyed a hugely successful career as a player at Anfield and continued that into his first spell in charge as Reds boss.
One of the most damning statistics which highlights the decline of a club so dominant at home and abroad from the late 1970s through to the late 1980s is that Dalglish is the last Liverpool manager to win the league championship 22 years ago.
Since then Manchester United have taken their place at the top of English football and, with Manchester City having flexed their considerable financial muscle to become genuine title contenders and Tottenham adding their name to the so-called `big four` Liverpool's - and Dalglish's task - has become even tougher.
They have not helped themselves this season as, just when it looked as though they were well poised to make a late run for Champions League qualification, having missed out the last two seasons, results have collapsed.
The Reds are now eighth in the table, enduring their worst run of form since 1953, and are 16 points adrift of fourth place, with the relegation zone (12 points) closer.
"It is always difficult to get back to where they were because they were so high up," admitted Dalglish.
"But it (the method for success) has not changed too much really - it takes a lot of hard work and a lot of effort.
"We have good players who can get there but you need confidence and belief in yourself and you need a bit of luck.
"We can work as hard as we possibly can and if we do our side of it then at least we can look at ourselves and say we had a right go at it.
"At every football club it is [about] hard work but I can't believe how hard work is a bonus for people.
"I think that was taken as given that you work hard; so for us we'll work hard because you get nothing if you don't.
"These lads are genuine and honest and they have worked really hard to get any success they have had.
"We just have to keep on going and believing and try to keep our confidence up that the hard work will be rewarded eventually."
With confidence visibly ebbing away with every loss, the players will find themselves tested at home to Aston Villa as ever-present goalkeeper Jose Reina begins a three-match suspension after his red card at Newcastle on Sunday.
He is likely to be replaced by Doni, the summer signing from Roma who will be making his competitive debut having played 57 minutes of an October friendly against Rangers before dislocating a finger.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish believes Dalglish is under as much pressure as any other manager ahead of the clash between the teams.
McLeish has urged his players not to have any fear against the Merseysiders - even though injuries and illness have left him without several senior players.
The Scot said: "There's pressure on everybody. I know what Kenny will be feeling. I know Liverpool are 11 players with two legs - the same as everybody else.
"That's why we should not have any fear going to Anfield. At the same time you would be thinking that Kenny will be looking for a reaction from their players.
"As I say, everybody is under pressure regardless of whether they are in the top half of the table or the bottom.
"From now until the end of the season, every single manager, every single player, will be under pressure at some time, without doubt."
McLeish added: "Is it a good time to play at Liverpool? It's been a formidable place and I'm sure they will want to make it a formidable place again. In recent times it hasn't been as formidable.
"That has got to be the challenge for Kenny in the coming weeks, months and years.
"Right at this moment in time we are going up to face Liverpool, and they are going through a little bit of a sticky spell, so, quite simply, we have got to try to prolong that spell."
Right-back Alan Hutton is expected to be fit after missing the 4-2 home defeat by Chelsea last weekend with a calf injury but rookie striker Andreas Weimann is doubtful with an ankle injury.
Captain Stiliyan Petrov (leukaemia), winger Charles N'Zogbia (knee), striker Darren Bent (ankle), defenders Richard Dunne (shoulder) and Carlos Cuellar (thigh) and midfielder Fabian Delph (ankle) are all unavailable.
"Will David Moyes be able to turn it around at Ma..."
© 2004 - 2013 football.co.uk