Result: Liverpool slump to Aston Villa defeat

Gabriel Agbonlahor scores the only goal of the match as Aston Villa beat Liverpool 1-0 in their Premier League match at Anfield.

Liverpool have fallen to their second defeat of the Premier League season after being beaten 1-0 by Aston Villa at Anfield this evening.

Gabriel Agbonlahor of Aston Villa celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Aston Villa at Anfield on September 13, 2014© Getty Images

Lazar Markovic had an early sight of goal for the home side when he met Javier Manquillo's cross before flicking the ball wide of the far post.

However, it was the visitors who took the lead in the ninth minute when Gabriel Agbonlahor poked home after a corner had fallen to him kindly inside the box.

They had the chance to double their lead four minutes later as Philippe Senderos got on the end of Ashley Westwood's free kick, but the defender could only guide his header over the bar.

The hosts struggled to create chances, but Adam Lallana came close to finding the net moments before half time when he fired a strike just wide of the post, before Mario Balotelli saw a powerful effort deflected over the bar.

After the break, Balotelli and Jordan Henderson both headed over as Liverpool pressed for a way back into the match.

Philippe Coutinho came within inches of equalising for the Reds as the game entered the final 10 minutes, but his curling effort came crashing back off the post, with Brad Guzan left stranded.

Liverpool laid siege to the Villa goal in the closing stages, but Paul Lambert's men managed to hold on and claim the win that extends their unbeaten run at Anfield to four seasons.

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Gabriel Agbonlahor of Aston Villa celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Aston Villa at Anfield on September 13, 2014
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