Two players shine despite underwhelming display: Liverpool player ratings v Aston Villa
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Liverpool player ratings v Aston Villa

Liverpool have progressed into the fourth round of the FA Cup. The Reds beat Aston Villa 4-1 in a far from routine victory. Sadio Mane, Gini Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah were all on the scoresheet.

Here are our player Liverpool ratings v Aston Villa:

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Caoimhín Kelleher – 6

Was left totally exposed for the equaliser. Rather quiet night, otherwise.

Neco Williams – 7

Looked to cause problems down the right flank. He provided most of Liverpool’s attacking thrust, particularly in the first half.

Rhys Williams – 5

Was outpaced and left for dead by the impressive Louie Barry for Villa’s only goal of the night. Was far from an ideal audition from the 19-year-old.

Fabinho – 6

Caught in possession on one occasion in a dangerous area. Despite playing in defence, was one of Liverpool’s most effective players going forward.

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James Milner – 6

Tried to cause problems down the left. His end product lacked cutting-edge, however.

Jordan Henderson – 5

Considering his usual high standards, Henderson will be disappointed with his overall performance. Did create two chances for his team, on the other hand.

Gini Wijnaldum – 7

Was one of Liverpool’s main attacking threats. Wasn’t productive enough in the first-half. Much better in the second, took his goal with aplomb.

Curtis Jones – 6

Crossed for the opener. Otherwise, had a quiet evening. Booked.

Sadio Mane – 7

Headed the opener. Also, was the only Liverpool player near the required standard in the first half. Scored again in the second period.

Takumi Minamino – 5

Could barely have been less involved in the first half. Grew as the game went on, but it still felt like a missed opportunity.

Mohamed Salah – 6

Ambitious with his shooting and had a number of efforts beaten away in the first half. Finally, got on the scoresheet in the second.

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