Aston Villa couldn’t hold onto an early lead against Liverpool and ended up losing 2-1 on Tuesday evening, but the performance of Lucas Digne was a positive.

The 28-year-old started at left-back and created more chances than any Villa player while boasting more touches, more aerial duels won, more chances created and more interceptions made.

Tom Gott of 90min gave Digne a player rating of 7/10 and said he ‘impressed at both ends’. Gott also noted how the French international was one of Villa’s ‘biggest threats’ in attack. Ashley Preece of Birmingham Live gave the defender a player rating of 7/10 and said his attacking output was on full display at Villa Park.

Samuel Bannister of TEAMtalk opted for a player rating of 7/10, saying he was in the ‘thick of the action’ over the 90 minutes. Bannister also praised Digne’s cross that led to Villa’s opening goal. Tim Nash of iNews gave Digne a player rating of 6/10.

Against Liverpool, the 28-year-old had 73 touches, won four aerial duels, completed 74.2% of his 31 passes, created two chances, had one shot, whipped in four crosses with 25% finding a teammate, made two tackles, had four interceptions, made three clearances, had one successful dribble and gave away two fouls.

In other news, journalists say Matty Cash was a ‘real presence’ v Liverpool