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Published: 12:39 | 12/2/16

Garde calls for improvement


Aston Villa must raise their game if they are to have any chance of beating Liverpool, manager Remi Garde has warned.

Villa secured just their third Premier League win of the season last weekend when they defeated Norwich but Garde fears they could slip to another defeat if they play a similar game on Sunday.

"If we are playing the same game against Liverpool (as against Norwich), we will have no chance to have points," Garde told reporters on Friday.

"Against Norwich we deserved the win but in the second half they created many opportunities and if we were unlucky we would have drawn the game.

"My job is to say 'well done lads for the victory and three points but the football we played won't be enough to take points from the Liverpool game'.

"When you get three points it's very important. We don't have to waste too much time or energy on winning and everything is okay.

"We won the Norwich game but not in the best way we could have done it. I was not completely happy the game we played."

Gabby Agbonlahor scored against Liverpool and Garde feels it is vital the striker remains fit if Villa are to avoid relegation.

"He has been here a long time. He is a top goal-scorer for Villa and very important," Garde said.

"We missed time to know each other better because when I arrived he was injured and he was away for a long time getting treatment.

"Sometimes in sport you have difficulties with people, I had a lot at Lyon, this is the way of the job and you have to cope with that. But you have to brave the situation and go forward, and that is what we have done with Gabby.

"He has different qualities from the other players and is the one most attracted by the goal and the way he runs on the pitch is different. He likes to go behind the defensive line and stretches the opponent, and it's very difficult to defend against. The way he runs deep also creates space for other players."

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