Sunday 24 August 2014
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Aston Villa earned their first win over Liverpool for eight years thanks to a superb defensive display.
Villa arrived at Anfield under early-season pressure following a home Barclays Premier League defeat by Wigan Athletic and a loss at Rapid Vienna in the UEFA Europa League. But they stunned a Liverpool side who had not lost a Barclays Premier League match at home since December 2007.
It was all Liverpool early on with Yossi Benayoun heading just wide and former Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Friedel deflecting an effort from Steven Gerrard over the bar with his leg. But the visitors went ahead in the 34th minute when Lucas Leiva deflected Ashley Young’s free-kick into his own net.
Villa doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time when Curtis Davies headed in Nicky Shorey’s corner at the near post. Liverpool poured forward after the break and Friedel superbly denied Gerrard again before Dirk Kuyt headed against a post.
Fernando Torres pulled a goal back in the 72nd minute with a neat finish following good work by Emiliano Insua. But three minutes later Young sealed the victory with a penalty after Gerrard fouled Nigel Reo-Coker.
"I have quality players and this was a terrific win," Villa manager Martin O’Neill said. "I was absolutely thrilled – we put in a big effort in the match."
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez said: "We are not playing well and we were up against a team who are excellent on the counter-attack."
Villa finished sixth at the end of the season, a place and a point above Liverpool, although both sides qualified for the UEFA Europa League.