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Clearance made by Ciaran Clark.
Kolo Toure manages to make a clearance.
The referee shows Raheem Sterling a yellow card.
The match has reached full-time.
Raheem Sterling challenges Antonio Luna unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Ashley Westwood makes a clearance.
Clearance made by Ron Vlaar.
Leandro Bacuna shown a yellow card.
Christian Benteke delivers the ball.
Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.
Antonio Luna on for Ryan Bertrand.
Joe Allen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christian Benteke.
Free kick taken by Glen Johnson.
Andreas Weimann challenges Joe Allen unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Kolo Toure makes a clearance.
Direct strike on goal from the free kick by Luis Suarez goes left of the target.
Foul by Yacouba Sylla on Luis Suarez, free kick awarded.
The ball is sent over by Luis Suarez.
Steven Gerrard challenges Grant Holt unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.
Centre by Raheem Sterling.
Free kick taken by Ashley Westwood.
Raheem Sterling challenges Fabian Delph unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Leandro Bacuna takes the free kick.
Aly Cissokho gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christian Benteke.
Martin Skrtel takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Christian Benteke on Steven Gerrard.
Clearance made by Fabian Delph.
Shot by Raheem Sterling went wide of the right-hand upright.
Yacouba Sylla challenges Joe Allen unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
Joe Allen comes on in place of Leiva Lucas.
Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andreas Weimann by Luis Suarez.
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Bradley Guzan blocks the ball.
(Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Yacouba Sylla coming on for Karim El Ahmadi.
Christian Benteke concedes a free kick for a foul on Glen Johnson.
Clearance made by Glen Johnson.
Clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Leandro Bacuna on Daniel Sturridge.
Fabian Delph fouled by Leiva Lucas, the ref awards a free kick.
Shot by Daniel Sturridge. Bradley Guzan blocks the ball.
Fabian Delph has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.
Unfair challenge on Christian Benteke by Leiva Lucas results in a free kick.
Andreas Weimann concedes a free kick for a foul on Raheem Sterling.
Glen Johnson makes a clearance.
Penalty scored by Steven Gerrard. Liverpool 2-2 Aston Villa.
Bradley Guzan challenges Luis Suarez unfairly and gives away a Penalty.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Raheem Sterling by Andreas Weimann.
Gabriel Agbonlahor leaves the field to be replaced by Grant Holt.
Glen Johnson takes the free kick.
The game restarts for the second half.
The whistle is blown to end the first half.
A cross is delivered by Andreas Weimann.
Booking for Ryan Bertrand for unsporting behaviour.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Bertrand on Raheem Sterling.
Daniel Sturridge scores with their left foot. Liverpool 1-2 Aston Villa.The assist for the goal came from Jordan Henderson.
Gabriel Agbonlahor challenges Glen Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Free kick taken by Luis Suarez.
Ashley Westwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Suarez.
Leiva Lucas comes on in place of Phillippe Coutinho.
Centre by Luis Suarez.
Phillippe Coutinho takes a shot. Blocked by Ciaran Clark.
Clearance by Kolo Toure.
Aly Cissokho makes a clearance.
Clearance made by Kolo Toure.
Ashley Westwood manages to make a clearance.
Ron Vlaar makes a clearance.
Shot by Raheem Sterling. Bradley Guzan parries the ball away.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Ashley Westwood.
The ball is delivered by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Andreas Weimann grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Liverpool 0-1 Aston Villa.The assist for the goal came from Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Andreas Weimann grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Liverpool 0-1 Aston Villa.Assist on the goal came from Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Ryan Bertrand makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Ashley Westwood.
Karim El Ahmadi crosses the ball.
Daniel Sturridge takes a shot and went wide left of the goal.
Karim El Ahmadi concedes a free kick for a foul on Aly Cissokho.
Free kick crossed by Ashley Westwood.
Handball decision goes against Jordan Henderson.
Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ciaran Clark on Daniel Sturridge.
Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
Martin Skrtel restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Jordan Henderson manages to make a clearance.
Free kick taken by Ryan Bertrand.
Raheem Sterling is penalised for a handball.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Raheem Sterling on Ryan Bertrand.
Clearance made by Aly Cissokho.
Kolo Toure challenges Karim El Ahmadi unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Ciaran Clark takes the free kick.
Clearance made by Christian Benteke.
Corner taken by Steven Gerrard.
Steven Gerrard crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Raheem Sterling by Fabian Delph.
The referee blows for offside against Luis Suarez.
The referee blows for offside against Christian Benteke.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ciaran Clark by Luis Suarez.
The match has kicked off.
Rodgers: We are stronger now
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes his side have developed a mental toughness which means he is more confident talking about a title challenge than he has previously.
The team are fourth, six points behind leaders Arsenal, and the Reds boss thinks this is due in part to the fact the psychology of the players has changed.
Rodgers talks about mental endurance, personality, confidence and belief and, after last weekend, has evidence to back up his claims.
Leading 2-0 at Stoke - where they had not won for almost 30 years in the league - Liverpool were pegged back to 2-2 at half-time before coming through to win 5-3.
That, said the manager, said more about their state of mind than it did about their talent.
"It was a wonderful demonstration of mental endurance," he said.
"I am sure people sat at home at half-time were thinking 'this is a true test' but in the second half we demonstrated emphatically how our game is improving on the pitch - but equally important was the mental personality and fitness.
"I look at it as a game similar to the one at Tottenham (a 5-0 win), a game which sets up a standard for us.
"At Tottenham it was a wonderful footballing display. Stoke away, in the situation we were in, was a great benchmark of our mental fitness.
"What it gives you is that great belief. We go into any stadium without the fear to play, whatever the opponent.
"You are not going to win the game purely on ability. There are going to be games when you are not playing as well and you have to find a way to get a result - and that was last weekend.
"Psychology is a massive part, at the elite level of sport it is the edge, and that type of performance and result bodes well in the coming months because each game is very important."
Last weekend showed just how true that statement was. Liverpool began the weekend fourth but slipped to sixth before regaining their original position late on Sunday evening.
While the top three of Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea remain most people's choice for title contenders Rodgers insists his side now cannot be discounted.
"We've got all those teams to play at home, and we're only six points off the leaders, so you have to feel that we are (in the title race), and we have the confidence and belief in ourselves," he added ahead of the visit of Aston Villa.
Striker Daniel Sturridge is set for a recall to the starting line-up after scoring on his comeback from injury as a substitute at Stoke.
Midfielder Joe Allen and defender Mamadou Sakho return to the squad after both missing three matches through injury.
Villa manager Paul Lambert has revealed the flak flying his way is nothing compared to what he has previously experienced in Glasgow.
Villa's increasingly worrying home form in particular has resulted in Lambert coming in for criticism midway through his second season in charge.
Villa have failed to win any of their last six matches in front of their own fans, with the nadir a 2-1 defeat to League One side Sheffield United in the FA Cup earlier this month.
Lambert, however, is adamant he has broad enough shoulders to cope with the snipers, especially after his time as a player with Celtic and their bitter local rivalry with Rangers.
Reflecting on the comments now to then, Lambert said: "I used to walk the streets of Glasgow at times and....(exhales a deep breath). If you can handle Glasgow then you can handle a lot of places.
"Criticism is part of the game. You take it on the chin and you try and move on and learn from it. You stay level, which is important."
Crucially for Lambert, he received a resounding vote of confidence from chief executive Paul Faulkner this week, citing that he and owner Randy Lerner have absolute trust in the Scot.
That is music to Lambert's ears as he said: "It's always good to get support from people.
"But I've never lost my focus. Everybody knows football - one minute you are up, the next you are down.
"Very rarely do you get an even keel. It's just learning to live with that kind of situation. The more experience you get and the older you get, you live with the situation."
Lambert will have two new faces on show to bolster his squad in striker Grant Holt and defender Ryan Bertrand, signed this week on loan until the end of the season from Wigan and Chelsea respectively.
However, defender Nathan Baker is out after he sustained concussion in Monday's 2-1 home defeat to Arsenal.
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