Video: Daniel Sturridge silences Aston Villa early as Liverpool lead

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Liverpool took the lead within 16 minutes against Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday with Daniel Sturridge getting on the scoresheet.

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The England international has been plagued by injuries again this season, but on his first Premier League start under Jurgen Klopp, he rewarded the German tactician with an immediate goal as he looks to put his fitness concerns behind him.

The 26-year-old will be desperate to silence his critics and prove how important he can be for the Reds, while his scoring return will only pile further pressure on Christian Benteke who was on the bench on his visit to his former club.

Things got worse for the hosts soon after as James Milner scored to double Liverpool’s lead, and the impressive nature of their start to the game will certainly be a welcome boost for the Reds after a string of disappointing results in recent weeks.

In contrast, Villa were unable to start strongly after seeing both Norwich City and Newcastle United fail to win this weekend, and after giving their supporters hope last weekend with a win over the Canaries, it remains to be seen how badly their good work is undone as Liverpool continue to threaten to add to their tally.

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