It was a strange Tuesday evening for Aston Villa. An EFL Cup Quarter Final on home soil, it was our second string on display but pretty much Liverpool’s third string.
Whether Jurgen Klopp could’ve shown more balance given the players he took to Qatar that won’t play is open for debate, but all jokes and footballing insults aside, their young lads didn’t embarrass themselves despite the 5-0 scoreline.
We had to be professional, clinical and hold our nerve, as in some quarters of the media Villa were never going to win this and it was lose, lose all the way with the love in – especially given the banana skin nature of it.
We weren’t great but we definitely did enough and whilst some players clearly didn’t take their chance to impress, others like Jonathan Kodjia and Orjan Nyland certainly did.
Statistics website Whoscored understandably had good player ratings after a scoreline like that, but Nyland took the star man award with a score of 8.78 for Man of the Match.
Completing the top five on the night were Kodjia (8.65), Conor Hourihane (8.63), Trezeguet (8.22) and Jota (7.86).
Additional mentions for Douglas Luiz, Ahmed Elmohamady, James Chester and Wesley who received scores of seven or above.
We all know we can’t read too much into these scores, given the level of the opposition, but Semi’s here we come.
I think most (Forum Thread) would agree MotM was definitely between Kodjia and Nyland here though.
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