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Analysis, Aston Villa-Liverpool: No Suárez, no problem for Reds (Video)

Aston Villa v Liverpool - Premier League

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: Daniel Sturridge (R) of Liverpool is tracked by Jores Okore (L) of Aston Villa during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Liverpool at Villa Park on August 24, 2013 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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If Liverpool is a one-man team, then who’s keeping these clean sheets? The Reds have yet to allow a goal over 180 minutes, and thanks to a pair of tallies from the not-Luis Súarez known as Daniel Sturridge, Brendan Rodgers’ side is off to a perfect start after Saturday’s 1-0 win at Villa Park. It’s been five years since Liverpool won their first two matches.

Of course, Liverpool aren’t a one-man team, as Kyle Martino and Robbie Mustoe discuss, above. Up top, Sturridge continues to get a chance in that lead striker’s role he’s always coveted. To this point, Liverpool’s investment has paid off. Since moving from Chelsea in January, the Manchester City product has 12 goals in 16 league appearances. Still only 23, Sturridge may finally be tapping into his potential.

Another player highlighted by Martino and Mustoe was Steven Gerrard, combining with Lucas Leiva to hold down Liverpool’s midfield. Protecting Daniel Agger and Kolo Touré in defense, Liverpool’s midfield two were important against a Villa team who had success on the counter in their season’s first two matches. On Saturday, however, Paul Lambert’s team was shutout for the first time this season, with both Gerrard and Leiva rounding out their performances by combining for 177 passes.