Liverpool continue hot streak with 5-0 beating of Aston Villa

22 Mar
Steven Gerrard tallied his first ever Premier League hat trick in a 5-0 win over Aston Villa.

Steven Gerrard tallied his first ever Premier League hat trick in a 5-0 win over Aston Villa.

Liverpool continued their torrid run of form with a 5-0 thrashing of Aston Villa on Sunday. With the win, the Reds are just one point behind league leaders Manchester United, although MU has a game in hand.  Liverpool got a hat trick from skipper Steven Gerrard as well as goals from Dirk Kuyt and Albert Riera. 

Kuyt got the goalfest started in the 8th minute when he put in a rebound off a Gerrard free kick.  Despite the early goal, Villa put pressure on the Liverpool defense and had a couple good opportunities denied.  The first half hour of the game was well played by both sides at a fast pace.  However, Riera gave the home side a 2-0 lead after a lovely volley on a long clearance from Pepe Reina.  You know things are going well for you when your keeper picks up an assist.  Gerrard added a penalty six minutes later after Riera was brought down in the box by Nigel Reo-Coker.

The Reds picked up right where they left off in the second half.  Gerrard tallied his second of the day as he placed a free kick in the lower right corner in the 48th minute.  By this point, it was pretty obvious that Villa was completely deflated and wanted the ref to put an early end to things.  The damage wasn’t quite done yet though.  In the 65th minute, Fernando Torres was clear on goal, but was fouled by Villa keeper Brad Friedel.  Friedel earned himself a red card, quite harshly I think, and fellow American Brad Guzan got to make his Premier League debut by facing a Gerrard penalty.  Welcome to the big leagues – Gerrard scored in pretty much identical form to the first penalty and bagged his first Premier League hat trick.

I continue to be amazed by the form Liverpool has shown in the past couple weeks.  They have scored 13 goals in three games against top flight competition (4.3 goals per game).  After the game, manager Rafa Benitez said that the team could be better and frankly, that is a scary thought.   With his hat trick, Gerrard has now hit the 20 goal mark for the season, only one shy of his total last year.  Also, due to his red card, Friedel will miss the next game for Villa, snapping a Premier League record of 180 (?) straight games played.

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One Response to “Liverpool continue hot streak with 5-0 beating of Aston Villa”

  1. matt March 28, 2009 at 7:42 am #

    This blog’s great!! Thanks :).

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