Unai Emery’s Villa travelled to Merseyside hopeful of extending their four-game winning run and had Emi Martinez fit to start in goal, and although he could do nothing about the opener there was a fair portion to blame for his defence.
Namely, Pau Torres gave the ball away as the visitors lazily tried to play the ball out from the back. The Spaniard scrambled it out for a corner yet Trent Alexander-Arnold’s delivery beat everybody before falling to Szoboszlai on the edge of the box, and he showed what £60million can buy you with a ferocious volley into the far corner.
However, Liverpool were 2-0 up moments later as Darwin Nunez, in the starting line-up after his match-winning brace at Newcastle, slammed the post with a shot that then cannoned in off the unfortunate Cash.
Cash forced a smart reflex stop out of Alisson Becker early in the second period yet Liverpool’s threat on the counter exposed Villa immediately afterwards, Nunez heading Mohamed Salah’s delightful dinked cross wide on the stretch.
The third goal, on 55 minutes, secured the points as Nunez flicked a corner towards the far post, where Salah timed his run perfectly to poke home.
Klopp made sure to rest the internationals set for longer journeys in the coming week as Luis Diaz and Nunez exited first, before Alexander-Arnold’s superb playmaking display was cut short by an apparent injury.
Liverpool are in action in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off after the international break, away to Wolves, while Villa host Crystal Palace.