MX23RW : Wednesday, April 21 11:53:58| >> :120:5388:5388:

Result: Liverpool edge five-goal thriller against Aston Villa

A Daniel Sturridge double helps Liverpool to edge a five-goal thriller with Aston Villa at Anfield, as Rudy Gestede scores twice for the visitors.

Two goals from Daniel Sturridge have helped Liverpool to edge Aston Villa in a 3-2 victory at Anfield this afternoon.

Liverpool made a strong start to the match, as Philippe Coutinho threaded a pass into space before James Milner latched on to the ball and drilled a low shot past Brad Guzan on two minutes.

Liverpool's English midfielder James Milner (2nd R) scores his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Aston Villa at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England, on September 26, 2015.© Getty Images

Emre Can and Sturridge both tested Guzan in the first 10 minutes, before Rudy Gestede missed two opportunities to find an equaliser for the visitors, as the striker headed straight at Simon Mignolet before firing wide with a volley.

Coutinho forced a good save from Guzan with a deflected shot, before Scott Sinclair looked for an equaliser from distance, but his effort fell straight to Mignolet.

After the break Milner forced a good save from Guzan, before Coutinho fired a free kick straight at the Villa keeper.

Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (2nd L) scores his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Aston Villa at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England, on September 26, 2015. © Getty Images

The match sprung to life on 58 minutes when Sturridge scored his first Premier League goal of the season to double Liverpool's lead, as the Birmingham-born striker struck a volley past a helpless Guzan.

The visitors pulled a goal back on 66 minutes as Hutton found Gestede, who finished past Mignolet from close range.

Just 70 seconds later Liverpool restored their two-goal cushion, as Coutinho found Sturridge in the penalty area, who produced a clinical finish past Guzan.

Rudy Gestede of Aston Villa celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Aston Villa at Anfield on September 26, 2015 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.© Getty Images

Gestede scored Villa's second goal on 71 minutes, as the former Blackburn Rovers man produced a fine header from an inviting Jordan Amavi cross.

Coutinho forced a save from Guzan with a free kick from 25 yards, before Micah Richards headed over the bar from a Jordan Veretout set piece at the other end of the pitch.

Sturridge could have completed a hat-trick before the final whistle, but the England international fired wide with a deflected shot.

ID:248665: cacheID:248665:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:6261:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Liverpool's English midfielder James Milner celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Aston Villa at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England, on September 26, 2015.
Read Next:
Half-Time Report: Early Milner goal gives Liverpool lead
>

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Premier League
Championship
Scottish Premiership
La Liga
Serie A
Bundesliga
Primeira Liga
Coupe de France
Turkish Super Lig
Greek Superleague
Swiss Super League
Ukrainian Premier League
Danish Superliga
Segunda Division
2.Bundesliga
Copa Libertadores
Copa Sudamericana
AFC Champions League
Chinese Super League playoffs
Women's Super League
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City32235467234474
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd32199464352966
3Leicester CityLeicester31175955371856
4Chelsea321510750311955
5West Ham UnitedWest Ham32167953421155
6Liverpool32158954381653
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs321481054371750
8Everton31147104340349
9Arsenal32137124436846
10Leeds UnitedLeeds32144145050046
11Aston Villa301351243331044
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves32118133241-941
13Crystal Palace31108133352-1938
14Southampton31106153956-1736
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3298153553-1835
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton32713123338-534
17Burnley3289152645-1933
18Fulham33512162543-1827
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom3159172859-3124
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd3242261756-3914

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!