Liverpool eases pressure on Rodgers with 3-2 win over Aston Villa

By: | Published: September 27, 2015 2:06 PM

Liverpool eased the pressure on much-criticized manager Brendan Rodgers following a 3-2 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.

Liverpool eased the pressure on much-criticized manager Brendan Rodgers following a 3-2 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.

Rodgers’ side was without a league victory since the second game of the season.

Stand-in captain James Milner gave the hosts the perfect start at Anfield when he struck the opener in the second minute, the fastest goal in the league this season.

Daniel Sturridge doubled the lead just before the hour mark, before three goals in five minutes set up a tense finish for Liverpool.

Unmarked Villa striker Rudy Gestede reduced the deficit from close range in the 66th, seconds before Sturridge restored Liverpool’s two-goal advantage after a neat exchange with Philippe Coutinho.

Gestede headed in with aplomb to make it 3-2 but Liverpool held on for the points.

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