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Securing regional supremacy and a rare home win over Liverpool will not provide adequate compensation for Aston Villa after this turgid season’s finale at Villa Park.

The visitors were striving to extend an unbeaten league sequence at this West Midlands venue that stretches back to 1998 but that seldom appeared likely.

The loss of Jay Spearing early on following a rash challenge by Nigel Reo-Coker may have disrupted Liverpool’s game plan yet there were few signs of the revival that Kenny Dalglish has inspired at the club since he returned for second spell as manager last January.

A Europa Cup place was the rather muted prize that Liverpool could grasp but in the greater scheme of things, little rested on the final result for either side.

Ashley Young cleared off the line from Lucas in a dull opening before Villa seized in the initiative from their first genuine attack.

Darren Bent began the move with a smart pass out to substitute Marc Albrighton and when Liverpool failed to clear his centre, the ball popped up for Stewart Downing to execute an angled left foot volley that smacked into the roof of the net beyond Pepe Reina for the only goal of the contest.

Liverpool raised their game after the interval and should have levelled when Suarez dummied two defenders and teed up a chance for Paul Meireles but the Portuguese midfield player’s finish was weak, allowing Brad Fridel to scurry across his goalline and parry the ball to safety.

However, Gabriel Agbonlahor ought to have doubled the lead when Bent eluded his markers and the offside trap and sent over a low pass that only needed the faintest of touches, something his forward partner was unable to apply.

Ashley Young then departed during a late substitution to generous applause from the Holte End, conscious that the England winger may have played his last game for the club before moving this summer to pastures new.

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