Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool – Seventh heaven as Villa smash champions on day of days

What the hell happened yesterday? I’m not sure where to begin with this one. Villa v Liverpool games are at best tight affairs, with us suffering the odd hammering when things aren’t going well.

There’s a good reason everyone’s heard of the 5-1 win at Villa Park in 1976, results like that are as rare as a defecating rocking horse.

So to equal, then surpass messrs Gray, Little and co. was truly the stuff of dreams.

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View Across the Dugout: Aston Villa vs Liverpool ft The Anfield Wrap

For the first time in two decades, Villa have opened a Premier League campaign with consecutive wins, keeping two clean sheets in the process. Considering it took us 8 games to reach the same points total last season, the bright start has been enough to start spreading the belief amongst the fans that we might well be in for a much more positive season.

Whilst the victories have come against a Sheffield United team who have yet to find last season’s levels and a Fulham side who already look a little hapless, especially defensively, it’s still been enjoyable watching us play with greater confidence and even a little swagger. Nevertheless, the visit of defending champions Liverpool will be the real litmus test as to just how much we’ve progressed.

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View From Across The Dugout: Liverpool vs Aston Villa feat. The Anfield Wrap

It’s been a fairly difficult restart for the Villans so far, gaining just two points in our previous four clashes. The problems that seemed to coexist when we took to the field of play, before the lockdown, have been far from eradicated. In a bid to find results, and with games running out, the desirable energy levels must rise alongside a consolidated effective rearguard to give us a profitable margin in our efforts to elude the dreaded bottom three.

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Liverpool (H) Preview ft The Anfield Wrap

This time around – in Week 11 of fixtures – Aston Villa play host to a seemingly unstoppable force from Merseyside, Liverpool FC.

The red half of Liverpool city haven’t lost a league game since their 2-1 away loss to Manchester City in January last season; quite frankly a remarkable defeat. Tottenham were the latest team to face the wrath of the Reds as Jurgen Klopp’s side edged the game 2-1.

Villa on the other hand come into the game off the back of a 3-0 loss to reigning champions Man City. Not that it did our spirits any harm, after all,  even a sniff at goal could be considered a successful afternoon at the Etihad and we held our own for the first half at least.Read More »