Monday, March 23, 2009

Liverpool Holds Momentum, Beats Aston Villa (5-0)

Liverpool continued to pressure faltering Premier League leaders Manchester United as they beat Aston Villa aside with another goal spree at Anfield. Steven Gerrard gave his team the inspiration with his first Premier League hat-trick - two from the spot - as Liverpool sent out another emphatic statement of intent about their renewed title ambitions.

Rafael Benitez celebrated signing a new five-year contract by watching his side seal victory by half-time as they established a lead of three goals - building the platform for a victory that leaves Liverpool just a point behind the Champions League leaders after their shock defeat at Fulham. Liverpool then added in two more crucial strikes after the interval to extend their goal difference beyond the Red Devils', a factor that could become decisive in the coming weeks.

Manchester United may still have that crucial game in hand, but the huge shift in momentum since Liverpool's win at Old Trafford has all at Anfield seriously believing they can overhaul their fierce rivals in the run-in.

Pictures of the goal contributors can be seen below (courtesy of bbc.co.uk)

1-0 Dirk Kuyt 8"


2-0 Albert Riera 33"



3-0 Steven Gerrard 39" (penalty)



4-0 Steven Gerrard 50"



5-0 Steven Gerrard 65" (penalty)

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