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Liverpool came from behind to run out 2-1 winners against Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday, ending the home side's run of two straight wins and making it four wins in five themselves in the Premier League.

A bright start from Liverpool was not rewarded with a goal, despite a few chances for Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho. They found themselves behind after a long ball from deep saw Gabby Agbonlahor knock the ball down for Christian Benteke, and the Belgian striker walloped the ball past Pepe Reina from 20 yards.

Villa were the stronger team for much of the first half, and they deservedly led at the break.

Liverpool came flying out of the traps after the break, though, and within 100 seconds they were back on level terms, a great through-ball from Coutinho setting Jordan Henderson free to bear down on Brad Guzan and confidently clip home the equaliser.

From then on, it looked as though Liverpool would be the team to go on and score the next goal, with Glen Johnson hitting the post and Coutinho steering an effort just wide. Luis Suarez, having missed a hatful of chances himself, then won a penalty when Baker went crashing through him inside the box.

Steven Gerrard buried the penalty then a few minutes later saved his team by completing an excellent diving-header clearance off the goal line.

Despite a late scare with a disallowed offside strike from Benteke, Liverpool saw the match out relatively comfortably and were worthy winners in the end, to move back to within three points of Everton in the league table.

It was the fifth away win of the season for Liverpool, who will once again hope to make a late challenge for a top-six place. Villa, meanwhile, remain in the relegation zone on goal difference, but their own improving form and performances will give them hope of catching the likes of Wigan and Sunderland above them.

 

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