Daniel Sturridge scored his first goals in nearly six months as Liverpool got back to winning ways with a 3-2 victory over Aston Villa at Anfield to ease the pressure on under-fire manager Brendan Rodgers.
James Milner opened the scoring and his Reds account inside two minutes with an arrowed drive, before Sturridge’s exquisite volley doubled the home side’s advantage after the break.
Rudy Gestede halved the deficit from close range but Sturridge restored the Reds’ two goal advantage almost immediately after, coolly finishing after a brilliant interchange with Philippe Coutinho.
Gestede ensured the Anfield faithful had a nervy final 20 minutes with a bullet header, but the Reds held on for their first win in six games in all competitions.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers had been under pressure after six games without a win, other than Wednesday’s League Cup penalty shootout victory over Carlisle.
Liverpool will be happy to have ended such a poor run and move up to seventh in the Premier League but they were made to work for victory against one of the worst sides in the division.