Liverpool half-time ratings
Alisson Becker – 6
Saved from Watkins and Luiz in build-up to Villa opener but lucky to escape when hitting a pass straight at the former.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6
Caused a few problems for Villa with his deliveries but his contribution was primarily defensive first half.
Joel Matip – 7
On hand to force home the equalizer and the only Liverpool defender to look at least a bit composed before break.
Virgil van Dijk – 6
Shot prompted the opener but had moments of real concern up against Watkins during first quarter.
Kostas Tsimikas – 4
All over the place in the opening exchanges but did put a decent cross in for Mane header.
Fabinho – 4
Took an early knock, was subsequently bypassed regularly, got away with a few fouls and then went off with an apparent hamstring injury.=
Naby Keita – 5
Didn’t offer much protection defensively but looked to probe Villa. Bad miss when miskicking from eight yards, though.
Curtis Jones – 5
Barely involved amid all the mayhem early on but began to find some spaces in which to work after the half-hour mark.
Luis Diaz – 6
Took a few whacks but kept plugging away although more potential than end product before break.
Sadio Mane – 6
Leapt well with one header midway through first half but forced to drop deep too often.
Diogo Jota – 5
Fair amount of endeavor but too much of his work was with his head done first half.
Jordan Henderson (for Fabinho 30)
Brought a bit of much-needed bite to the midfield with some strong challenges.