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(Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Charles N'Zogbia coming on for Andreas Weimann.
Joe Cole is penalised for a handball. Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.
Luis Suarez is shown a yellow card.
Joe Allen takes a shot. Blocked by Ciaran Clark.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Christian Benteke on Glen Johnson. Christian Benteke is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Glen Johnson.
Steven Gerrard scores a headed goal from inside the area. Liverpool 1-3 Aston Villa.Assist by Glen Johnson.
Glen Johnson takes a shot.
(Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Karim El Ahmadi coming on for Barry Bannan.
Corner taken by Luis Suarez from the right by-line to the near post, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Joe Cole misses to the left of the goal.
Shot by Daniel Agger from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
The referee gives a free kick against Matthew Lowton for handball. Free kick crossed left-footed by Stewart Downing from left wing, clearance by Eric Lichaj.
Header by Andreas Weimann from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Joe Cole crosses the ball.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Allen on Matthew Lowton. Barry Bannan takes the free kick.
Fabian Delph challenges Raheem Sterling unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Luis Suarez.
Stewart Downing produces a cross, Chris Herd makes a clearance.
Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Nathan Baker gets a block in.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Stewart Downing.
Raheem Sterling takes a shot. Comfortable save by Bradley Guzan.
Stewart Downing is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
Fabian Delph comes on in place of Brett Holman.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Glen Johnson goes wide right of the target.
Glen Johnson takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
Barry Bannan challenges Joe Cole unfairly and gives away a free kick. Glen Johnson restarts play with the free kick.
Drilled left-footed shot by Daniel Agger. Bradley Guzan makes a save.
Matthew Lowton challenges Raheem Sterling unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Lowton shown a yellow card. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Luis Suarez, Bradley Guzan makes a save.
Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Nathan Baker.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard, Martin Skrtel produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
(Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Jordan Henderson coming on for Leiva Lucas.
Joe Cole has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Blocked by Nathan Baker.
The ball is delivered by Luis Suarez, Bradley Guzan makes a save.
The ball is swung over by Glen Johnson, Bradley Guzan makes a save.
Barry Bannan takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
Andreas Weimann takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save.
Joe Cole delivers the ball, Eric Lichaj manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan to the near post, Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.
Glen Johnson challenges Eric Lichaj unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
A goal is scored by Christian Benteke from inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Liverpool 0-3 Aston Villa.Assist on the goal came from Brett Holman.
Martin Skrtel concedes a free kick for a foul on Christian Benteke. Free kick crossed left-footed by Barry Bannan, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
Stewart Downing takes a shot. Save made by Bradley Guzan.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Christian Benteke. Leiva Lucas restarts play with the free kick.
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andreas Weimann on Daniel Agger. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line, save by Bradley Guzan.
Joe Cole joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jonjo Shelvey.
Raheem Sterling takes a shot. Bradley Guzan makes a save.
Eric Lichaj gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Raheem Sterling. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jonjo Shelvey, clearance by Chris Herd.
Jonjo Shelvey takes a shot. Bradley Guzan makes a save.
Jonjo Shelvey takes a shot. Save made by Bradley Guzan.
Foul by Eric Lichaj on Raheem Sterling, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.
Steven Gerrard crosses the ball.
Andreas Weimann fires in a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Liverpool 0-2 Aston Villa.Assist by Christian Benteke.
A cross is delivered by Glen Johnson, clearance made by Nathan Baker.
The ball is swung over by Glen Johnson.
Jonjo Shelvey is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
Effort on goal by Andreas Weimann from just inside the area clears the bar.
Effort from inside the area by Luis Suarez misses to the right of the goal.
Christian Benteke challenges Daniel Agger unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stewart Downing takes the direct free kick.
Christian Benteke finds the net with a goal from outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Liverpool 0-1 Aston Villa.Assist by Brett Holman.
Pass corner from left by-line taken by Steven Gerrard to short, Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.
Jonjo Shelvey is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save made by Bradley Guzan.
Christian Benteke gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Skrtel. Direct free kick taken by Martin Skrtel.
A cross is delivered by Raheem Sterling.
The ball is crossed by Raheem Sterling, save made by Bradley Guzan.
Corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan, Effort from deep inside the area by Chris Herd clears the bar.
Raheem Sterling delivers the ball, save made by Bradley Guzan.
A cross is delivered by Glen Johnson, Bradley Guzan makes a save.
Raheem Sterling crosses the ball.
Steven Gerrard takes a corner.
Joe Allen produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
Long distance shot from Stewart Downing misses to the left of the net.
Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Bradley Guzan makes a save.
The ball is sent over by Stewart Downing, save by Bradley Guzan.
Chris Herd concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonjo Shelvey. Steven Gerrard delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
Martin Skrtel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andreas Weimann. Barry Bannan sends in a cross, Christian Benteke takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
Rodgers: We're stronger now
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes the criticism levelled at his players this season has actually helped their progress and he now setting their sights on second-placed Manchester City.
After the club's worst start to a campaign for more than a century the Reds now sit just four points behind fourth-placed Everton, with their record over the last 11 matches bettered only by the top two of Manchester United and City.
But having seen his players criticised early in his Anfield reign Rodgers now believes they should now not be restricting themselves to thinking purely about securing Champions League qualification.
"They have been hammered left right and centre by numbers of people," said the Northern Irishman. "When you are a club that is the size of Liverpool then that criticism comes.
"It is well documented, which is incredible really, but when you have won the titles and championships you have before that will come your way.
"But I was quite calm because their focus and concentration has been first class, our mentality was very much relaxed as we can only worry about ourselves.
"The cause we created here was to continue to fight. We know what will come our way when you don't win games and we are trying to still improve so the feeling was fine.
"You can see in their performances it hasn't affected them and, if anything, we have grown from that and it has been the lever for us to continue to work well.
"Everyone has their opinion on Liverpool and I understand that because of the standards set by this club in the 1970s and 1980s.
"But for a club that has been very poor and disastrous by all accounts from other people we lie four points off top four. For me the ambition is to grow higher. We are 11 points off second and that can all turn around very quickly so you need to get consistency - and that is what we have at the minute."
Top scorer Luis Suarez returns after a one-match suspension for the visit of Villa, with defender Jose Enrique Liverpool's main injury doubt.
The Spaniard was forced off with a hamstring injury in the first half of last weekend's victory at West Ham but will be given as long as possible to prove his fitness.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is demanding goals from all areas of his team as he comes to terms with being without record signing Darren Bent for the festive programme.
Bent will be sidelined "for a few weeks" after suffering a hamstring injury during Villa's 4-1 midweek win at Norwich in the Capital One Cup.
Andreas Weimann came off the bench to effectively replace Bent with a two-goal blast at Carrow Road and is described by Lambert as "a natural finisher".
But Lambert knows the importance of players chipping in from all areas of the pitch as Villa look to improve on a tally of 12 goals in 16 Barclays Premier League matches at Liverpool.
Lambert confirmed: "Darren went for a scan and has got a problem with a hamstring that will keep him out for a few weeks.
Asked if the striker would miss the Christmas programme, Lambert said: "Yes, probably the way it is looking. Maybe four weeks.
"It's a blow for him. In football you just never know when it might happen on the pitch. I saw him do it but we have just to get it healed."
Weimann, Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor have shouldered the responsibility for the majority of Villa's goal output, although Brett Holman has netted twice in the last three games.
But Lambert said: "You are looking for goals all over the pitch. It's not just about Christian, Andreas and Gabby.
"You have got to spread it out if you can. The way we are playing we are certainly creating chances, which is the pleasing thing.
"You just hope the lads will be confident enough to go and take them."
Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood is available after being cup-tied for the triumph at Norwich and defenders Joe Bennett and Enda Stevens are also back in contention after recovering from knee and ankle injuries respectively and returning to training.
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