Goals from Sadio Mane and Curtis Jones settled a game in which champions Liverpool were far from their best against Aston Villa.
Liverpool won their first game at Anfield as Premier League champions as a 2-0 victory piled the misery on relegation-threatened Aston Villa.
Sadio Mane’s 71st-minute goal broke the visitors’ stubborn resolve before Curtis Jones added late gloss as Dean Smith’s men, winless in nine in the league, remained in the bottom three.
Liverpool who lost 4-0 to Manchester City on Thursday has gone back to winning ways after featuring Mane and Curtis Jones on the scoreboard.
Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabinho, Keita, Salah, Origi, Mané
Subs: Wijnaldum, Firmino, Adrián, Henderson, Minamino, Shaqiri, Jones, Elliott, Williams
Aston Villa XI: Reina, Konsa, Hause, Mings, Taylor, Grealish, Douglas Luiz, McGinn, El Ghazi, Davis, Trézéguet
Subs: Lansbury, Nakamba, Hourihane, Samatta, Jota, Guilbert, Nyland, El Mohamady, Vassilev