Liverpool Vs. Aston Villa: Reds Player Ratings and Post Match Analysis

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Liverpool Vs. Aston Villa: Reds Player Ratings and Post Match Analysis
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Liverpool Football Club welcomes former manager and Kop idol, Gerrard Houllier back to Anfield as manager of an opposing team for the first time. It will be an emotional return for the Frenchman who brought glory days back to Liverpool in his spell.

Many of the current Liverpool squad hold Houllier in very high regard and have a special place in their hearts for him. Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher have both publicly praised Houllier and place him at the top of the list of managers they have played under.

It was Houllier that gave a young and highly promising Steven Gerrard his chance on the first team and supported and laid the foundation of the player the Liverpool captain has turned into.

Carragher has also given great appreciation and credit to Houllier for all he accomplished during his time with the Reds.

Current Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has not endeared himself to the Liverpool faithful and is far from fulfilling the promise and objectives that were laid out at the start.

Sadly both Gerrard and Carragher will miss this match, although they will be there to give Houllier the warm reception that he deserves.

Liverpool comes into this fixture after a draw in Romania and qualifying to the next round of the Europa League.

Joe Cole is back from injury and has 70 minutes under his belt in midweek. He will be looking to get back into playing regularly and increasing his role with the squad. Cole has yet to stamp his attacking effectiveness on games and Liverpool will hope that he can now move to advance his Liverpool career.

Liverpool will be playing at home and need to secure a win as their away form is dreadful. Taking maximum points from home games is a priority for Hodgson as he looks to lead Liverpool further up the table. 

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