Aston Villa 0 Liverpool 1

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  1. truebluefan

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    Daniel Sturridge's rich vein of form continued as his first-half strike gave Liverpool a 1-0 Barclays Premier League win against Aston Villa at Villa Park. Sturridge's goal, his eighth in his last seven league matches, was all that separated the two sides as Liverpool made it two wins from as many matches to start the new season.

    In a fixture where both sides struggled to assert themselves, Liverpool's win gave them their best start to a Barclays Premier League season since the 2008-09 campaign, in which they finished second. The triumph also extended their superb run at Villa Park, as they notched their 10th win at the venue since 1998. Of the other six clashes, five have ended in draws, with Liverpool's latest triumph their third in succession.

    Close-season signings Jores Okore and Leandro Bacuna were drafted into Villa's starting line-up by manager Paul Lambert, in place of Ciaran Clark and Karim El Ahmadi, while Liverpool were unchanged, although new loan signing Aly Cissokho won a place on the bench.

    Neither side could find their rhythm in the opening stages, as the contrasting styles made for a cagey beginning, but Liverpool settled first. Villa seemed content to give their opponents time on the ball and attack on the counter, playing into the hands of the visitors, and although they could not create a clear opening, Liverpool controlled the tempo with ease.

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