Liverpool win at Aston Villa and stay close to Man City

Liverpool FC scored an important work victory in the overtaking match at Aston Villa and came on par with leading ManCity in terms of points. For a long time, however, the Reds had a hard time against daring Villans.

Shot the match for Liverpool: Sadio Mané.
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It started right from the first action, also because the home team immediately attacked the Reds. Jürgen Klopp, who compared to the 1-1 draw against Tottenham with Matip, Tsimikas, Keita, Jones and Diogo Jota, had five new players in start-11 (Konaté, Henderson, Thiago, Salah and Robertson were rested (so far))) , so already in the first goal in the third minute. The bell rang in the visitors’ goal after Douglas Luiz followed up after an Alisson save and scored the opening goal from close range. The lead was short-lived, Matip responded with a 1-1 lead after a free kick that Villa could not manage (6 ‘).

A lively exchange of blows developed. The high pace from the furious opening minutes did not stop at the start, but the actions near the goal became less. The Reds then gained increasing control of the game and created good opportunities through Mané (20 ‘) and Keita (35’), but lost midfielder Fabinho, who injured his thigh and had to be replaced by Henderson after half an hour. The tempo and intensity dropped a bit until the break, also because the Villans obviously wanted to save the draw in the break and therefore defended closely.

Mané turns the game around

The picture was the same after the change of sides: The home team waited for a counterattack and made life difficult for the Reds’ offensive. Two free kicks from Alexander-Arnold (48 ‘, 57’) brought the first danger in round two, but Liverpool bit their teeth out of the match. So the next goal came out of nowhere: Mané headed a cross from Luis Diaz over the line to 2-1 (65 ‘).

Then the game picked up speed again, Ings suddenly appeared free in front of Alisson, but failed at the keeper (69th). At the other end, Matip Martinez checked for a corner (76 ‘), as did Keita from the second row (82’). In the final minutes, Villan turned up the heat again and had two good opportunities through Ings – but the striker first found his master in Alisson (84th) and then was offside (86th).

Liverpool just wanted to beat the last few minutes – and did so successfully because Aston Villa ultimately lacked the means to become dangerous again. In terms of points, the Reds are on a par with leading City, but they still have to hope that their competitor, who has played one game less, slips.

goals and maps

1: 0Douglas Luiz (3 ‘)

1: 1Matip (6 ‘)

1: 2Mane (65 ‘)

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referee team

Jonathan Moss

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game info

The final of the FA Cup takes place on Saturday (17.45) between Liverpool and Chelsea. Aston Villa welcome Crystal Palace to the league match on Sunday (15.00).

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