Jari had given the Reds an early lead, but this was quickly cancelled out by Hendrie's reply. Anelka made his Liverpool debut on 67 minutes, but it was Smicer who scored the vital winner.
Villa keeper Peter Schmeichel's throw out strikes referee Andy D'Urso on the back and rolls into Jari Litmanen's path. The Finnish striker has the simplest of tasks to roll the ball into the empty net.
A goal made in the Czech Republic for Liverpool. Patrik Berger plays Vladimir Smicer through with a glorious forward pass, and the Czech international makes no mistake with a cool finish beyond Schmeichel's reach.